“Enq: What do you mean by a different set of senses? Is there anything on our human plane that you could bring as an illustration of what you say, just to give a clearer idea of what you may mean by this variety of senses, spaces, and respective perceptions?
Theo: None; except, perhaps, that which for Science would be rather a handy peg on which to hang a counter-argument.
We have a different set of senses in dream-life, have we not? We feel, talk, hear, see, taste and function in general on a different plane; the change of state of our consciousness being evidenced by the fact that a series of acts and events embracing years, as we think, pass ideally through our mind in one instant.
Well, that extreme rapidity of our mental operations in dreams, and the perfect naturalness, for the time being, of all the other functions, show us that we are on quite another plane.
Our philosophy teaches us that, as there are seven fundamental forces in nature, and seven planes of being, so there are seven states of consciousness in which man can live, think, remember and have his being.
To enumerate these here is impossible, and for this one has to turn to the study of Eastern metaphysics. But in these two states – the waking and the dreaming – every ordinary mortal, from a learned philosopher down to a poor untutored savage, has a good proof that such states differ.
Enq: You do not accept, then, the well-known explanations of biology and physiology to account for the dream state?
Theo: We do not. We reject even the hypotheses of your psychologists, preferring the teachings of Eastern Wisdom.
Believing in seven planes of Kosmic being and states of Consciousness, with regard to the Universe or the Macrocosm, we stop at the fourth plane, finding it impossible to go with any degree of certainty beyond.
But with respect to the Microcosm, or man, we speculate freely on his seven states and principles.
Enq: How do you explain these?
Theo: We find, first of all, two distinct beings in man; the spiritual and the physical, the man who thinks, and the man who records as much of these thoughts as he is able to assimilate.
Therefore we divide him into two distinct natures; the upper or the spiritual being, composed of three “principles” or aspects; and the lower or the physical quaternary, composed of four – in all seven.”
H. P. Blavatsky