Astral

Is having to do with Stars, astral body, a heavenly body; often thought of as floating in space. Many references will try to describe getting from "here" to "there". But First; I feel it important to look at what we are talking about. 

Astral Body

In Theosophy is defined as "a substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body that belonging to each individual , accompanying him through life and surviving him in death.  Some call this the Spirit. Some call it the Soul.  This is in reference to the individuals: (your) personal Astral body.  It is understood that there are many sorts of Astral bodies.  To avoid confusion I will refer to all others as Astral Beings.


There are Two seperate and different ideas; on e speaks about in referring to the "Astral Plane.

Astral Travel

Some see as simply when the astral body separates from the physical body and floats off "into space" this could include only the space in our room; or extend into "outer space" or "other worlds".

Some define these "worlds", or "Planes of existence" as highly stratified, levels, or "heavens" each on top of the other; (that's where seventh heaven came from) with different sort of  occupants at each level.  Others there are numerous "Heavens"  extending into the far reaches of our Universe and the Galaxies beyond (THEOSOPHY).  For still others the "spiritual world" is with us all the time; and  is another dimension on this  Planet.  And in that dimension we Co-exist  with others (generally, invisable entities) who occupy the same time and Space; as we do. 

Some believe we can communicate with the beings, and they with us; and so gain knowledge and insight.   With the help of Spirits or Guides  we can travel into these myriad worlds,

Others follow the tradition that through the cycles of death and re-birth; human beings can progress through these levels  and ultimately attain the "perfect state of Being."  But that; this process can  be aided by achieving "spiritual enlightenment, while in the Earthly plane.

I will touch on some of these concepts; and Then: How to get from Here to There!

Mastering the Body

The Basic idea is still to release ourselves from the constraints of the body.  There are some that see the answer as mastering the instrument; our Physical body, by expanding the knowledge of what we are. They see the answer in examining the Brain Waves themselves; using them, controlling them,  expanding the consciousness and their power. 

Brain Waves

Many of the concepts found universally in the Spiritual Quest are based on the ideal of greater enlightenment.  Whether considered psychic or meditative; in reality the foundation is found in the physical properties of the Brainwaves themselves.  Tapping into the different levels of brain activity, gives entry to an altered state of conscious- ness.  The idea is to control the level of  "consciousness" to put oneself at will, into the different wavelengths; particularly into the "Alpha"  state.

The faster, Fourteen to Thirty cycles per Second, of the "Beta" state occur when we are mentally alert, awake, and engaged in physical activity. This state also may accompany fear, tension, excitement or anxiety.

The slower "Theta" waves, of  Four to Seven cycles per Second, are associated with drowsiness, euphoria, and deep tranquility.

"Delta" waves of One to Three cycles per Second, indicate a deep, dreamless sleep.

"Alpha" brain waves register at Seven to Fourteen cycles per Second. This is the state of consciousness associated with relaxation, meditation, and dreaming.

In alpha the rational filters that dominate our ordinary  reality in terms of our own personal security and survival, are weakened or removed, and the mind is more receptive.  In an alpha state wonderful changes take place. We have heightened awareness; but we are not bound by the ordinary constrains of the natural world around us. We are freed from those time-space constructs; for our mind and our senses to float free.

In alpha the mind opens up the extra-sensory, forms of communication, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition. Alpha is where can would diagnose illness, send healing energy to others, tap the "universal consciousness". Here we may also experience out-of-body sensations and psychokinesis, or receive mystical, visionary information not ordinarily received through the five senses.

          "Time and space are modes by which we think,
          not conditions in which we live."
                                                                                Albert Einstein.

Man has always wanted to free himself from such constraints.  Some say that all dreaming is an out of body experience; and Shakespear's "sleep,  purchance to dream" may bring us all what we seek.

In this state many believe the "Spirit" can actually leave the Body.  Many individuals have experience this phenomena do to a near deathe experience.  Others through a  self induced Trance state.

Summoming Spirit
Astral

Is having to do with Stars, astral body, a heavenly body; often thought of as floating in space. Many references will try to describe getting from "here" to "there". But First; I feel it important to look at what we are talking about. 

Astral Body

In Theosophy is defined as "a substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body that belonging to each individual , accompanying him through life and surviving him in death.  Some call this the Spirit. Some call it the Soul.  This is in reference to the individuals: (your) personal Astral body.  It is understood that there are many sorts of Astral bodies.  To avoid confusion I will refer to all others as Astral Beings.


There are Two seperate and different ideas; on e speaks about in referring to the "Astral Plane.

Astral Travel

Some see as simply when the astral body separates from the physical body and floats off "into space" this could include only the space in our room; or extend into "outer space" or "other worlds".

Some define these "worlds", or "Planes of existence" as highly stratified, levels, or "heavens" each on top of the other; (that's where seventh heaven came from) with different sort of  occupants at each level.  Others there are numerous "Heavens"  extending into the far reaches of our Universe and the Galaxies beyond (THEOSOPHY).  For still others the "spiritual world" is with us all the time; and  is another dimension on this  Planet.  And in that dimension we Co-exist  with others (generally, invisable entities) who occupy the same time and Space; as we do. 

Some believe we can communicate with the beings, and they with us; and so gain knowledge and insight.   With the help of Spirits or Guides  we can travel into these myriad worlds,

Others follow the tradition that through the cycles of death and re-birth; human beings can progress through these levels  and ultimately attain the "perfect state of Being."  But that; this process can  be aided by achieving "spiritual enlightenment, while in the Earthly plane.

I will touch on some of these concepts; and Then: How to get from Here to There!

Scientific  instruments  have detected their "ectoplasm", measured temperature changes  and even photographed Ghostsly apparitions.

This page was last updated on: 12/18/05

Earthbound Astral Beings

In this view of the Universes; that there exists different dimensions or planes of existance occupying the same time and space as our own; Yet; these are predominantly invisible to us  because our limited human faculties do not enable us to perceive their properties.  Just as there are sound waves; color spectrums unknown to us, radio waves, and other vibrations, or other forms of pure energy that we cannot see, or experience with our "normal" senses.


But that  these worlds, are in and around the worlds that we do perceive. It is this world that is called the "Astral Plane".   Also; within this "other world" or dimension" there are "entities".   I think there has been Centuries of evidence that there is something else here.  Some have caledl these unseen ones: Demons,  Psychotic Delusions, Ghosts, Spirits  and Aliens, Angels or Danion Brinkley's "Beings of Light".

Some people claim to be able to see them, or communicate; some hear their Voices, in their  minds; and some claim  they can influence your perceptions and behavior; and some people have had their worlds turned topsy turvy by their influence. 

Posession

throughout the Centuries many such people were sometimes (unintentionally) influenced, or thought to be "possessed"  by the DEVIL, by Demons; by Spirits, by Angels; and even Christ. 

Many more  have been:  Clairvoyants, Spiritualists; Mediums, Psychics, Shaman and Seers.  They "reach out" to this "other world".  Some communicate in Trance, or in a dream like state; and see visions or "feel the messages", from beyond.  For others the  "Spirits are "Channelled", and speak through the Medium.

How does this work?

Most agree, that what s necessary is for the individual to achieve an altered state of consciousness.  Medicine men and woman have used: fasting,  sensory deprivation, meditation, chanting, and ingesting hallucigens to effect this altered state of consciousness.  Modern science has investigated it in terms of Brain Waves.
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