Rainbow Body Phenomenon - The Highest Level Of Attainable Consciousness & Enlightenment

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In 1998, a Tibetan Buddhist monk named Khenpo A-Chö was able to achieve a metaphysical ancient phenomenon known as the “rainbow body.” Although this was the most recent record of a rainbow body occurring, there have been over 160,000 people who have reportedly achieved a rainbow body through the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Dzogchen.  Dzogchen is a collection of teachings and meditation practices that have been passed down for generations and aim to help one reach enlightenment. Achieving a rainbow body is the result of reaching peaked enlightenment and refers to the act of either shrinking the body before death/at the time of death or completely transforming the body into light. Through Dzogchen, the most advanced form of the rainbow body generally entails that the practitioner is able to transform their body into light and is able to remain functional and visible through that light. The first recorded person to achieve such an advanced form of the rainbow body was the 8th-century Buddhist master known as Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. 

According to author and filmmaker David Wilcock, Padmasambhava performed a variety of different miracles during his time on Earth, and Wilcock even suggests that he may have been an extraterrestrial. Wilcock claims Padmasambhava could fly, transform rock into sculpture with his mind, and leave his handprint and footprint in solid stone. It is important to note that Padmasambhava is also known as the creator of one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist sects, the Nyingma school, and there are many memorials dedicated to him throughout Southern Asia. Visitors are able to travel to one of these memorials and see his handprint or footprint still left in the stone. In one of his lectures, Wilcock brings up a picture of Padmasambhava’s handprint and points out that he has six fingers instead of five, which Wilcock points to as being evidence that the guru may have been an alien.

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Although Wilcock’s alien argument is very intriguing and potentially valid, many feel it takes away from deep-rooted traditions in Tibetan Buddhism by crediting a spiritual state to something otherworldly. As mentioned earlier, the most basic principle in Tibetan Buddhism connected to achieving a rainbow body is through the study of Dzogchen, which is also known as a teaching dedicated to maintaining the “primordial state.” The primordial state refers to a being's most pure and unaltered state. In fact, many could also describe this as “God-consciousness” or the ability to achieve oneness with the Universe.  Although traditionally taught in Tibetan Buddhism as “The Great Perfection,” Wilcock talks about Dzogchen more as the state of being itself rather than a specific teaching. He describes it as being timeless, without form, and as able to perceive, experience, reflect and express all forms. This describes what is believed to be the essence of our souls and what many would call the Divine or God. 

Wilcock does a great job of covering the broad basics of the rainbow body and some of the Tibetan Buddhist practices that are used to achieve such an incredible state of being and is able to provide listeners with a good holistic commentary. However, he falls short in capturing some of the finer details such as the fact that many Tibetan Buddhist practices have been passed down for thousands of years only between the guru and the student, known as the “parampara” or lineage. This means that there is a lot more knowledge about the rainbow body and the practices of those who’ve attained it than we will ever likely know about. 

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Throughout Buddhist history, there have been a number of dedicated individuals called Bodhisattvas who attained enlightenment for the sole purpose of helping others do the same. Achieving a rainbow body is much aligned with this path of delaying one’s nirvana in service to empathy for others. By achieving a rainbow body, one is able to transcend death and continue on through spirit. Furthermore, people from other religious backgrounds, such as Hinduism and Christianity, have been able to achieve a rainbow body. Some even believe that Jesus Christ achieved a rainbow body, which is why his body was missing from the tomb after his crucifixion. Those who claimed to interact with Jesus after his death reported seeing him walk through a closed door in a functional and visible state. Those who are able to achieve this state do not do so in order to show off and perform magic, but instead, they do so for the good of all human-kind.

An important question surrounding the rainbow body is what exactly it has to do with rainbows and what might a rainbow signify. Many portraits of Padmasambhava achieving a rainbow body feature the outline of his being completely encompassed by a rainbow. Rainbows are a symbol seen not only in Buddhism but in almost every major world religion today. This ties into auras and what they might mean in relation to a rainbow body. Humans are energetic beings and as such, emit auras that have to do with their energy. The color of one’s aura might determine what kind of energy he or she is putting off. For example, a red aura might indicate an enthusiastic and energetic being, while a yellow aura means that one is more logical and intelligence-driven. In most cases, auras will change over time as the person changes and evolves. Some people are believed to have special auras and are known as Indigo Children, Crystal Children, or Rainbow Children.

The term “Indigo Child” is a fairly common term, and many people use it to describe themselves. Indigo Children are described as people born (starting around the 1970’s) with indigo auras who are supposedly here on Earth to help usher in a new era of human-kind. It is believed that Indigo Children are extra-sensitive, empathetic, and have a tendency to feel out of place. Indigo Children are said to have the purpose of crushing modern societal norms and fighting for a better world. Crystal Children, on the other hand, have a more iridescent aura and are mostly born in more recent generations. Indigo Children and Crystal Children have similar characteristics except for the fact that Crystal Children are more blissful and are here to help us transition into the new world. Lastly, there are the Rainbow Children who have not yet been born. Rainbow Children are anticipated as already realized beings with a rainbow aura, who are natural givers and will be ready to provide us with all that we need when the time comes.

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It is interesting to see that the rainbow is almost universally connected with realized beings. This could directly relate to the rainbow body given the fact that all people who were able to accomplish a rainbow body were fully actualized. Therefore, it is possible to conclude that the reason a rainbow is seen when someone achieves a rainbow body is because that is just what a realized being’s energy looks like. When you are able to fully be one with the universe, your aura can become that of the universe and you may be able to accomplish amazing phenomena like the rainbow body.

One does not need to necessarily believe in these special children to take away the empowering point of it all; we are all given the privilege of being a special piece of the Universe and all of us have the ability to transcend our egos and live a life filled with bliss and happiness. We are not separate from those Buddhist monks who attained a rainbow body for we are all part of the one and all capable of transcending our limited personal and worldviews. We have abilities beyond our wildest dreams that we can unlock with dedicated meditation to attain a deeper spiritual understanding and knowledge of the universe and of ourselves. All beings are already glorious and worthy, and all things achievable in the Universe are achievable through each human.  Remembering this truth and feeling it in one’s soul ushers in the peace and happiness all are searching for.