Etheric body (or life body): the personality’s vehicle, body of fine substance in which the energy of life is expressed. The etheric body is what shapes the material body which is built up according to the power lines in the different subtler bodies. This structure is what gives life to the matter that is dead without it, this is what enables any kind of growth. It is about 5 cm larger than the material body. The renewed etheric body, however, is the robe of the immortal soul. See also: astral body, mental body.