Monday, June 04, 2012

Astral projection, the soul and the spirit
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In astral projection (sometimes called astral travel) the conscious mind leaves the physical body and moves into the astral body.

The individual ceases to consciously experience things in the physical body and experiences them, instead, in the astral body - that is out of the physical body and in the fourth dimension. These experiences, therefore, are sometimes referred to as out-of-body experiences, or heightened states of consciousness.

During astral travel the individual is aware of things encountered on the astral plane and retains a coherent recall of those encounters in various degrees of detail and vividness/vagueness depending, to some extent, upon his personal state of spiritual evolution and training.

In astral projection the individual's astral body remains attached to his physical body by a long, thin, silver cord. Sometimes this cord, or astral umbilicus, can be seen during the out-of-body experience. It is reported that if this cord is severed permanently, the physical body dies.

Sometimes the astral body is described as one of our resurrection bodies. The mental body might be described as another.

Astral projection, out-of-body-experiences and lucid dreams complexly overlap each other in their essential characteristics. They may well represent different paradigms for conceptualising very similar, or even identical, experiences. In each case, the person is asleep, the person is conscious, and the person has the ability to compare his present heightened state of awareness with his "normal" waking state of awareness.

Understanding the nature of conscious experiences which occur during sleep, and learning how to manage and respond to them, is important for spiritual growth. Such understanding and learning is also necessary for engaging in active spiritual work during sleep.

Conscious sleep phenomena have discrete sensory, emotional and mental content which exist in direct subjective awareness while the physical body is "fast asleep" on the bed or in the chair.

It is worth repeating that the vehicle which leaves the physical body during astral projection is the astral body. The astral body is neither the soul nor the spirit.

From our point of view in physical plane waking consciousness, the human being can be thought of as having a tripartite constitution: it has three bits to its makeup. The three bits are the "incarnation module", the soul and the spirit. The incarnation module is itself made up of three components: the physical body, the astral body and the mental body.

Establishment western religiosities are in error in positing a bipartite constitution for the human being.

The physical body has seven levels of organisation within it, of which solid, liquid and gas are the three densest. The other four levels, not yet formally investigated, recognised or taught by western orthodox science, are sometimes referred to as the etheric levels.

The physical body is our vehicle of transport on the physical plane (sometimes called the third dimension); the astral body is our vehicle of transport on the astral plane (sometimes called the fourth dimension), and the mental body is our vehicle of transport on the mental plane (sometimes called the fifth dimension).

Within the incarnation module, the astral body and the mental body (together) are sometimes referred to as the personality. From our point of view in physical plane waking consciousness, it is the incarnation module which comes into being at conception or birth, and which later leaves the physical plane at "death".

The soul is quite different from the human physical, astral and mental bodies. The soul is an individuated expression of the spirit which provides animation for the incarnation module. The incarnation module is a temporary vehicle used by the soul to express itself in the world of matter.

Our spirit is our divine spark, our core star. It is the highest level of our being; it is that part of us which partakes of the divine nature; that part of us which is perfect and infinite; that part of us which has always been, is now, and will always be, one with the being of God.

Spiritual practice, among other things, seeks to align the energies of the incarnation module with those of the soul and the spirit so that the energies of light, love and abundance can be anchored on Earth.

Meditation is a spiritual exercise which seeks to align the physical brain with the soul.


Gottfried de Purucker's Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary can be found here.

Share International has an introductory glossary of esoteric terms here.

And a useful introductory book on all things astral is "The Astral Body and other astral phenomena" by Arthur Powell (1927). The full text of this work can be found online here.


Astral Body Asleep
A picture by Mati Klarwein

Astral Body Awake
A picture by Mati Klarwein


1 comment:

Colby Hart said...

I wont post a rediculous threat or tell you what the so called Christians involved in rioting or beatings are doing is right, because its not. But I will tell you this
I am a Christian and I care about you and muslims and all people. Regardless of how you or they treat others. There is a God of this universe and you will face Him someday. He will hold you accountable for what you have done and have not done. His name is Jesus Christ and He tell's us that no one is rightous all have sined. Romans 3:23 in the Bible says "for all have sined and fallen short of the glory of God". That means even me, we are on the same playing field. He also tells us the there is hope though. Romans 6:23 says "for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of god is eternal life." The hope of eternal life here is brought about by believing in Jesus Christ. Romans 10:10-11 says this "10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.""
We have all sined against God and none of us are worthy of his love yet he gives us His love freely. Romans 5:8 says "God showed His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." but that wasn't all that He did He rose again on the third day winning the victory over death and making it possible for us to have salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

If you know the Bible story of who betrayed Jesus for the crucifiction you know it was Judus Iscariot one of His disciples. Now the one that betrayed Jesus had followed Him for a long time. There was no doubt in the other disciples minds that Judas was a Christian. But then after walking and talking and acting like a Christian he betrayed Jesus to the Jews. Of course he was not a Christian but for as much as the world knew, it was a Christian that betrayed Jesus. These so-called Christians you mention in your other articles are not Christians at all, they are like Judas, Betrayers. I said a prayer for you. If you would like to know more about Christianity I'd be glad to tell you more. But please dont hate Christians because of people like Judas.