The astral plane is also known as astral world or astral dimension. Since the Plato’s teachings, some medieval, esoteric, oriental and mystery religions refer to it as subtle plane of existence where no physical reality exists. It is seen as a world of planetary spheres and is populated by souls, angels, archangels, spirits and other immaterial beings. The modern culture accepts a mix of teachings about the astral plane, especially after more and more people had come to public with their personal experiences in this dimension of existence. No matter how many different approaches exist considering the astral plane, they all have common elements that prove it as a world based on strict rules.
Ways to discover the astral world
For example, it is generally accepted that astral plane can be reached by few states of the human existence:
- Astral projection (Out of body experience)
- Lucid dreaming
- Near and after death experience
We, of course, do not recommend you to immediately try the last one, since it can have serious consequences for you and your closest environment. Better try to train yourself with other methods, so you can consciously separate your astral body and explore the astral world. In some (early) literature, astral plane was referred to aether. Later, it has been accepted that the astral plane is finer than the etheric plane and “denser” than the mental plane.
The well-known astral projection author Robert Bruce describes the astral world as seven planes/spheres. They take forms of planar surfaces when seen from distance. They are separated by colored “buffer zones”. Higher planes are with bright, colorful patterns, while the lower planes are darker. According to many sources, higher planes are inhabited by highly developed light beings, while the lower ones are populated with lower ones. Bruce says that every detail of the patterns acts as a portal to a different kingdom inside the astral world. The modern culture, however, accepted a general division: higher and lower astral.
What to expect in the astral world
Astral plane is a world of miracles. Everything, just everything is possible there. It is a desire world, where thoughts are everything. To think means to be. Thoughts manifest them self into what was imagined. It is a world of the conscious and subconscious existence. Depending on his/her background and the power of thoughts, one can experience the astral plane as something divine. It is good to think in terms of divination, since we are all divine beings. We would like to make a metaphor that astral plane is a kind of cosmic internet, so you can endlessly surf its “content” according to your wishes and nature. It is all up to you where you will go and what you will experience. Every human being has experience with the astral plane, using the astral body. Astral body is our vehicle to reach the astral world. Most of the people enter astral dimension unconsciously, while sleeping, having experiences they later do not remember. Many dreams are real astral adventures. Some examinations show that nearly 50% of the people have a completely conscious astral projection in certain moment of their life, but they do not know what happened to them.
However, very few people are able to consciously separate their astral body and perform an astral projection. As every being has its own astral body, we all have potentials for this in our DNA structure, but it takes lots of practicing, discipline, and proper behavior. The astral body is our spiritually evolved double. It is a subtle body that has far more abilities than our physical body. It can fly with the speed of light and thought; it can pass through every barrier; it can even go into the past and future. The astral body can be sometimes seen as an aura of swirling colors. As it is strongly connected with our thoughts and consciousness, some refer to it as a “desire body” – it is able to fulfill every wish, to follow every thought’s command, and to be your higher consciousness. As the higher dimensions/realms are designed to have many planes such us etheric, astral or mental, so the human beings have different bodies for each of these planes. One can reach the astral plane only with his/her astral body. Etheric or mental bodies have different functions and abilities.
There are worlds above this world. There are “selves” above yourself, seen as physical being. Depending on your spiritual development and your will to see the existence in its fullness, you can make yourself able to develop abilities that will result with conscious use of your astral body in the astral world. Astral projection is reality as the near forest is a reality.
Connect to your true, inner being. This physical reality is only one of the illusions we are all attached to. There are far more beautiful ways to experience the power of life. Astral world waits for your astral body to visit it and to give it what were your deepest dreams. For dreams are reality too.
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