I will get more into the dynamics and technological attributes of magical and psychic constructs in another post. While spending a lot of time in various Discord servers with a mystical, occult, and preternatural themes, I have noticed a similar conversation about chakras, meridians, energy bodies, and other things that extend subtle energy objects keeps showing up. Are they “naturally existing” or are they intentionally created? The answer is it practically doesn’t matter because anything can potentially be argued to be a construct, so it makes no meaningful difference.
Here is the interesting thing: a generic construct is simply the intentional arrangement of elements. It can be ideas, it can be emotions, it can be paint, it can be how your apartment is arranged, it can be how you decided to dress, it can be computer, and it can be anything else like that. What makes a construct a construct is a human arranging things in accordance with an abstract form – a teleology.
There is something called supervenience. That is a formal way of stating that two or more things have the same order of properties such that one is indistinguishable from the other. The two names “Rayn” and “Rayn” are identical to each other such that if I switched “Rayn” and “Rayn”, you could not tell the difference between the two. Conversely, if I switched the two names “Aryn” and “Rayn”, you could tell I switched them. “Aryn” and “Rayn” are comprised of the same letters. The difference is in the sequence or arrangement of those letters. Since the sequences are different, the two names are not indistinguishable; therefore, they are not identical.
Here is the interesting thing about supervenience. It implies the propagation of properties. Relative to this topic, if a human can acquire information that describes something accurately and precisely in such a way that they can intentionally replicate it such that the replication is indistinguishable from the original, this implies they are identical including that teleological property from being intentional. Another way to think about it is that it is possible, and in some cases probable, for something to be duplicated; therefore, that possibility is part of what defines it. Think of teleporters in the science fiction series Star Trek. When they materialize wherever they are going, the teleporter is reconstructing their body. That implies that whatever the teleporter can teleport, it can be, and is, replicated in the reconstitution/materialization phase. This implies that whatever goes out is a construct indistinguishable from before it went into the teleporter.
If a human can intentionally and teleologically arrange elements such that it imitates something that spontaneously and unintentionally occurs, that implies that the original and the replication are both constructs in that it is possible to intentionally replicate something as a construct. In other words, if a human can imitate it, it’s a construct.
Going back to the topic of chakras, this means whether chakras are a construct is contingent on whether chakras can be imitated. If a person by some sort of psychic or magical art can imitate chakras, meridians, or energy bodies such that it is indistinguishable from an “original”, it not only is a redundancy, that redundancy implies that there exists a possibility for those subtle energy systems to be a construct. This implies the crux of the argument is whether a chakra can be technologically created. When I say technologically, I mean some sort of formal system of knowledge and techniques. In order to propose that any sort of thing isn’t a possible construct, you must additionally propose there is a “special” property that makes it so redundancies are not possible by the way of some human technique/technology. You tend to hear that argument in the context of supposed “divine” things where divinity bestows a special characteristic that cannot be duplicated by humans. Chakras can be imitated ergo chakras are constructs.