What is the Astral
The astral is the closest dimension to the physical. It overlays and
permeates the world like a huge mind net, catching and holding all
thought. Its contents are created by the collective consciousness of the
world mind. It contains all the thoughts, memories, fantasies, and
dreams of every living thing in the world. In it, the laws of
sympathetic attraction, or like attracts like, causes this ocean of mind
stuff to strata and settle into layers or pools. These pools of thought
are more commonly called astral planes, astral worlds, astral sub planes
or astral realms.
The astral dimension is
composed of astral matter and is aptly described as mind stuff. It is
extremely sensitive to thought and can be moulded into any shape or
form. These creations can be so perfect as to be indistinguishable from
The best way to explain
this, mind stuff, is to draw a comparison between astral matter and
unexposed, high speed photographic film. When this film is exposed to
light, focused by the cameras lens, a perfect image of reality is
instantly burnt into the film by the chemical reaction of the film to
light. When astral matter is exposed to thought, focused by the lens of
the mind, a perfect image of reality is instantly formed out of astral
mind stuff by the reaction of astral matter to thought. The complexity
and durability of any creation in the astral dimension depends largely
on the strength of the mind doing the creating.
This is how the subconscious mind creates dreams: By tuning into the
astral dimension during sleep, it can create any scenario it wishes.
This is the subconscious mind's way of solving problems and of
communicating with the conscious mind. It creates a series of complex
thought form scenarios and projects them into the mind stuff of the
astral dimension, where they become solid. The conscious mind then lives
through and experiences these created scenarios in the dream state. In a
way its like a movie projector (subconscious mind) projecting onto a
movie screen (astral dimension).
Any new object in the real world is assimilated into the astral
dimension over a period of time. A thought form representation of it
first grows in the lowest part of the astral, close to the physical
dimension, becoming more and more permanent as time goes on. As with all
thought forms, the more attention paid to it the quicker it grows.
The higher up in the
astral dimension, or the further away from the physical, the less
thought forms, of the physical world, as we know it, are found. Physical
things have to soak in to it for a very long time before they take
shape, and are found, in the higher astral.
Have you ever tried to
move around a strange house in the dark? You bump into everything,
right. But as you become familiar with it though, a mental picture of
your surroundings forms in your mind, and you can find your way around
The longer you spend in this house the stronger this mental
picture becomes. This is similar to how things are assimilated and
grown, as thought forms, in other dimensions.
The generation of thought
forms in the astral also works in the reverse. If a physical object has
been around for a very long time, it will have grown a lasting thought
form impression in the astral. After the object is destroyed or removed,
its thought form still endures. You may, for example, in the astral,
find furniture in your house you don't have, jumbled up with your own.
This is caused by the decaying thought forms of old stuff, belonging to
previous tenants etc, still being there, years after the originals have
Old thought forms do not
follow their physical counterpart around when they are moved. New ones
begin to grow in the astral wherever it is while the old ones slowly
decay. The longer a thing is in one place, the stronger the thought form
will become in that place. This also applies to buildings, structures
and geological features. You may project into a park and find a house,
bridge, stream, hill etc that you know is definitely not there. These
may have existed in times past. The higher up in the astral you go, the
older the thought forms are, or the further back in geological time you
appear to be.
The rate of growth of a
thought form depends largely on the amount of attention paid to it. For
example, a famous painting; loved, viewed and highly thought of by
millions, will have a much stronger thought form than that of a common
painting that hangs in someone's bedroom and is only viewed by a few.
The number of thought forms you find in the astral also depends on how
close you are to the physical dimension. If you are very close, as in a
real time projection or OOBE, very few thought forms, if any, will be
found. In a real time OOBE you are not quite in the astral dimension but
are existing as an astral form in the buffer zone between the astral and
the physical dimensions.
In the physical body we have 220 degrees of vision, i.e. we can only see
in front of us, but not behind, above and below at the same time. In the
Astral body we have MORE than 360 degrees of vision and can see on all
sides at once. This is Spherical vision. During projection, habit forces
us to focus our attention in one direction only, where we feel the
forward part of our vision is. The view behind, above, below, left and
right is still there, and seen all at once, but it can not be
assimilated by the brain, all at once. This goes against the brains
lifelong habit of frontal vision. Spherical vision is like being one
huge multi faceted eye that can see in all directions, up, down, left,
right, front, back, but all at once!
In the astral body you do
not have any physical organs, i.e., eyes. You are a non-physical point
of consciousness floating in space. You are also unaffected by gravity
and other laws of physics. In this state there are no ups or downs,
backs or fronts, left or rights. It is only lifelong habit that tries to
force this perspective on you during projection.
It is important to
understand spherical vision, if you are to operate competently in the
astral. This is especially so when you project, in real time, close to
the physical dimension. Spherical vision will often cause you to think
you are in a mirror image dimension, or a reversed copy of reality.
means your house, for example, will appear to be reversed, back to
This is caused by you losing your original natural viewpoint
At some point during the
projection you have become disoriented and taken a different viewpoint
from normal, i.e., you have rotated or turned upside down or inside
without thinking. This reverses your natural left right, up down
viewpoint. This tricks the subconscious mind into reversing the place
you are in so your conscious mind can function properly.
As you don't have a
physical body in the astral, if you want to look behind yourself you
don't have to turn around, or move at all. You just change your
viewpoint to the rear.
This, when done without moving, causes the mirror
image effect, in a way its like looking in a mirror to see behind.
The diagram below
illustrates this reversal of viewpoint without turning, note left and
right do not change:
i.e. If viewpoint (A)
becomes viewpoint (B) without turning, then Left and Right are not
reversed. This causes the subconscious mind to use its creative power to
correct the view by reversing it, or parts of it. This is easier and
causes fewer problems for the conscious mind than if it had to try and
accept a reversal of left and right.
A similar effect can be
had by lying down and looking above your head, or standing on your head
and trying to pick the left and right sides of things. This causes a
slight confusion in your sense of left and right, i.e., you have to
consciously calculate which is left and right from your reversed
position. This slight confusion is all that is needed to trick the
subconscious mind into creating something easier to accept.
Your brain is unable to
assimilate this reversal and thus gives you a new perspective according
to what it feels is left and right at the time. Once you consciously
notice this anomaly it is too late to reverse it. The brain cannot
accept a conscious change of left and right. If you understand
spherical vision though, and happen to get reversed sometime during a
projection, it is no longer a problem. You can take it into account and
function normally, rather than thinking you are wasting your time in
some strange mirror dimension, i.e., if you had plans to do something in
the astral you still can.
All you have to do is, take your left right
coordinates from the building or structure around you, and ignore your
own sense of left and right completely.Everything you see while
you are in the astral dimension is directly perceived by the mind. It is
a simple matter for the subconscious mind to twist or reverse, all, or
even part of, your conscious perception of reality during a projection.
This reversal of viewpoint can happen many times during any one real
Creative Visualization Power
The subconscious mind has VASTLY greater powers of visualization than
the conscious mind. It is like comparing a super computer to an childs
calculator. In the astral dimension, during any conscious projection or
lucid dream, where the conscious mind is aware, this difference can
cause great confusion. The subconscious mind simmers beneath the surface
during any projection. All that creative power is just bursting to get
out, to create, and it will do just that any chance it gets. This
difference in creative power, combined with the lifelong habit of normal
frontal vision, is the cause of the "Alice In Wonderland
Effect." Let me explain....
The incredible creative power of the subconscious mind.
2. The weak creative powers of the conscious mind.
3. The sensitivity of astral matter to thought.
4. Spherical vision.
5. Left, right sense reversals.
And you have a recipe for
The Alice In Wonderland Effect
You project your astral body and look around your room. Everything
appears normal, but suddenly, you notice the door is on the wrong wall?
While looking around, you have seen this door with your rear vision,
confusing your natural left, right, brain perspective. The brain can't
assimilate this because your frontal perspective, and the position of
the furniture, pictures, windows etc, are normal; but the view behind
you is reversed. This tricks the subconscious mind into creating a door
where it thinks it should be. When you look at this door, it appears
real, even though you know it is in the wrong place.
Once it has been
created, it will not be uncreated, as that would be unacceptable to your
conscious mind. i.e. solid doors don't normally have a habit of
vanishing before your eyes.
When you turn to where
the door really should be, you will, usually, find the door there as
normal. Now you may have two, or more, doors where there should only be
one. If you go through the real door, you will find the rest of the
house as it should be, hopefully. But, if you go through a false door,
the mind knows its false and won't accept it opening to a normal part of
your house that it knows can't possibly be there. So, if you open this
door you will find something else. It is usually a corridor or passage,
you don't have, leading off into other parts of the house you don't have
From then on, if you go
through this door, you are in Wonderland, where everything is possible,
just not very plausible. What you are doing, in effect, is entering the
astral dimension via uncontrolled creation, through this door you don't
have, but now do. Once the subconscious mind starts creating like this
it continues to do so at a geometric rate. It has to, for the conscious
mind to assimilate the abnormal situation it is in. At some stage, in
this creative maelstrom, the subconscious mind loses it completely and
starts tuning in to other parts of the astral. At this point of the
projection, all semblance of reality is lost and you fade into the
astral dimension proper.
There are many ways this
"Alice" effect can happen during a projection, the above
example is just one variation. It has been noted by many projectors that
at sometime during a projection they seem to lose control of it. Objects
appear, disappear, and generally everything gets a little strange. This
is caused, basically, by the subconscious mind's vast creative ability
being triggered. It starts making and unmaking things, and tuning into
other areas of the astral and generally making everything difficult for
the poor projector.
To avoid the above
problem: Concentrate on what you are doing while you are projecting and
don't let your mind wander. The vision reversal problem can be minimized
if you concentrate on your forward vision during projection, i.e., focus
in one direction at a time. When you turn, follow the room around with
your vision and don't allow it to flit from one view to another. The
astral is not a good place to relax if you have serious plans.
The vast creative power
of the subconscious can, however, be utilized. It is an extremely
valuable tool if you know how to use it. I will outline ways to do this,
in the third part of this series, under the heading: "Virtual
Reality Projection" where I will outline how to custom create your
own personal astral realm.
When you project the astral body close to the physical world you do not
have a body as such. But, the mind cannot accept this and so provides a
thought form one made out of etheric matter. If you try and look at your
body, say your hands, you will find they start to melt very quickly.
They look pale and odd, and in a couple of seconds your fingers start to
melt away like ice under a blow torch. They shorten into pale stumps,
then the rest of your hand and arm starts to melt away too. This melting
effect only seems to happen when you deliberately try and observe a body
part or consciously create something.
Deliberately observing an
astral body part like this, uses the conscious mind, which, having poor
creative powers, can't hold complex shapes together for very long and it
is this that causes the melting effect. If you happen to notice parts of
your body, in passing, during projection this melting effect will not be
Created Thought Form Objects
You can use your conscious mind to create objects while projecting. The
duration of these, thought form, created objects depends on the strength
of your creative visualization ability. It also depends on how much time
and effort you put in to a creation.
This same melting
phenomena happens with any conscious creation done in the astral
dimension. If you create for example, a sword, it will appear in your
hand just as you imagine it, briefly, and then melt away just like the
hand did. If you concentrate on it you can hold it in shape, but as soon
as your concentration wavers so does the creation. This is similar to
any other visualization you do in the real world. It is difficult, and
you have to concentrate to hold the visualization in your minds eye.
Once your concentration wavers, so does the visualized image. This
illustrates the vast difference between the creative powers of the
conscious and the subconscious mind.
To make a lasting thought
form object you have to trick the subconscious mind into creating it for
you. I will deal with this subject, in greater depth, later in the
How does Projection Happen?
During sleep, the energy body, also known as the etheric body or
vitality sheath, is put on charge. It expands and opens in order to
accumulate and store energy. The energy body can, normally, only do this
in its expanded state during sleep. Once expanded, the chakras trickle
power, in the form of etheric matter, into the energy body. During this
recharging process the astral body separates and tunes into the astral
dimension where it can create and experience dreams.
If this separation is
done consciously, or if you become aware after it, you can take some
control over it. It then becomes an OOBE, astral projection or lucid
differences between an OOBE, astral projection and a lucid dream are:
The OOBE (out of body experience) is a real time projection close to the
physical world. This often occurs as part of a near death experience.
This is where a person is knocked out of their body as a result of some
kind of severe trauma, i.e. car accident, surgery, heart attack, child
birth etc. OOBE'ers are aware of things happening in the real world, in
real time; such as conversations and events centred around, or near to,
their physical body. In many cases, these events and conversations are
accurately reported by the person after they have returned to their
Note: The OOBE is
slightly different from astral projection or lucid dreaming because of
its real time, objective aspect. This is caused by the astral body
containing a large amount of etheric matter, which holds it close to the
There are two main causes
of real time OOBE:
A person's body is near death, or thinks it is, which causes a large
amount of etheric matter to be channelled into the astral body in
preparation for the death process.
The person has active chakras which are doing a similar thing i.e.
channelling etheric matter into the astral body. Having active chakras
can be a natural ability, or it can be developed by training.
You can project consciously, and have a real time OOBE if enough etheric
matter is generated by the chakras. In an OOBE, reality is perceived as
objective (real) and time is normal (real time).
Technically, when you
project into the physical world in real time as in an OOBE, it is really
into the boundary area of the buffer zone, between the physical and
astral dimensions. If the astral body contains enough etheric matter it
can exist only slightly out of phase from reality. This means the
projection is in real time and so close to the physical dimension as to
be indistinguishable from it.
I have checked this many times, by projecting, in real time, during the
day and scouting my local area for road works, accidents, incidents etc,
then verifying the accuracy of my findings afterwards.
There are strong natural
barriers to conscious, real time projection, the OOBE, in the physical
world. The amount of etheric matter generated and channelled to the
astral body, is one of them. It limits the duration of any real time
projection to the degree of chakra development and control.
The Astral Projection
This is where the astral body is projected into the astral dimension,
where things are quite different from the real world. Time is distorted
and extended, i.e., an hour in the astral can be like a few minutes in
the physical dimension, depending on what part of the astral you are in.
Reality is fluid and changeable.
The Lucid Dream
This is where a person becomes fully aware that they are dreaming during
a dream. They either take some kind of conscious control over the course
of events, or they convert the experience into an astral projection.
Lucid dreaming is more similar to an astral projection than to an OOBE,
as time and reality are distorted.
Astral Projection Or Lucid Dream?
Many astral projectors black out before making a conscious exit from
their body and return to awareness in the astral dimension. You become
aware after the actual separation from the physical body and are usually
already in the astral dimension. If you miss the conscious exit from
your body you are technically having a lucid dream, not an astral
projection as you have become aware after separation.
All three types of
projection are closely related, i.e., they all involve the astral body
separating from the physical and experiencing a reality separate from
the physical body.