Blog / The Astral Body: A User's Guide
Monday, 23 January 2012 at 17:15
Out of the temporary subtle bodies that we have been given for our current incarnation, the astral body is perhaps the the one which has caused the most controversy current incarnation, the astral body. It is a body that requires our daily care and also attention, as it is forever changing and unfortunately for most people, not for the greater.
It is the body by which we will spend a large part of our post- mortem life, yet not many consumers are particularly interested in taking good care of it properly, mainly because they are unaware of its presence but also because they do not know how interpret this signs that this wonderful body gives us on a daily basis.
Astral body is the seat of our emotional life and desire impulses, and for this cause is also called "emotional body". We have developed this specific body during our evolution in the animal kingdom, as part of the evolutionary goal your animal brothers is to be able to strive towards individualization from their Group Soul, through the awareness of their individual needs and feelings.
In humans, where this individualization has already been achieved and is prominently notable, the evolutionary goal would be to refine these primal wants and impulses to unselfishness as well as ultimately to nonexistence. This takes several lifetimes of spiritual work upon the Path of Initiation to achieve, but we only have to know a few key points so that you can perfect our astral body and make an impact to the quality of our lives. In truth, the astral plane because it is now (which is where the astral body operates) is man's own creation.
As Alice Bailey wrote in her book "Esoteric Healing ": The astral plane doesn't have factual existence, but is an illusory creation from the human family. From now on, however (through the defeat on the forces of evil plus the disastrous setback suffered through the Black Lodge), the astral plane will slowly become a dying creation, and in the final amount of human history (inside seventh root-race), it will become non-existent".
This is good reports, for we can mould and shape our astral body in any way we elect to; the bad news is actually that the complete disappearance of this plane is quite a distance off.
So what is it that is stopping us from moving forward in our Evolution as Beings of Light and what can all of us do to refine our astral body?
Wouldn't it be much better to spend time directly in this mental body upon death and connect to Causal Plane entities rather then slowly shedding our astral counterpart on the illusion and coarseness that any of us have accumulated during our earthly lives?
There are a few things to be aware of that will greatly speed up our evolution and choose this transition process so less difficult.
The quality and intensity of our emotions colour the nature of our astral body and determine its rate of vibration. Most people in reality, by letting their emotions run riot in their lives, do great damage to the astral body they may have been given upon delivery, and since it is the vehicle that they're going to find themselves in after physical death, they will end up inhabiting a weak and crippled Astral Body. Consequently, their transition from the Astral to the Causal Plane will be long in addition to toilsome.
This matter is more dangerous than most people imagine. Emotions of a low vibratory rate for instance anger, envy, fear, guilt and greed one example is, coarsen our astral body towards the extent that, if we do not struggle to overcome these tendencies even though in incarnation, we will end up inhabiting the lowest regions of the astral plane because we won't be able to sustain the actual high vibratory rates connected with light of the Higher Astral, or otherwise called "The Summerland". (for more info on the astral body see The Master Plan by MB Cooke)
The emotional body of all people is usually with dire need of therapeutic, whether we are prepared to admit it or not. There are certain afflictions that are directly connected with a great imbalance in the Astral Body and that are directed at us as daily reminders or signs that our Astral Body is weak and that it takes more care and awareness from us.
These common complaints are kinds of indigestion, nervousness, liver and stomach complaints, frequent nightmares (which tell us a good deal about the lower regions of the astral plane that any of us visit during our sleep thereby about the vibratory rate and attractor fields your own astral vehicle). In short, anything related to the solar plexus chakra, the chakra of feelings, as it is the idea of connection of the emotional body towards the physical and it serves as a transmitter of its powers. The healing path to the Astral Body is through the 3rd chakra (the Solar Plexus), and an emphasis need to be placed in governing and also healing this chakra all through our lives.
The other main factor that results in the deterioration of the astral body whilst in incarnation could be the barbaric practice of the consumption of dead flesh. This was thoroughly explained by Hilarion through Maurice B. Cooke (Threshold: a letter for Michelle, Hilarion, M.B.Cooke):
"The body of the actual slaughtered animal is fraught with a large number of fear and desperation, which results in this contamination of its astral equal, both of the animal and of the person who ingests its flesh. After years of eating this astral poison, the astral body in the person starts to weaken, due to the toxins ingested from the intake of astral corpses. Soon the physical body will start to
mirror its astral vehicle and the person becomes unwell, as the astral infirmities are filtered because of the physical.
This causes death at a younger age than was foreseen for your soul. The rampant rise of colon cancer is directly proportional for the fouling of the digestive tract by eating decayed come; the stomach, as said earlier, being the first portal to the Astral Body. If man is precisely what he eats, then eating death by means of meat brings death by itself closer.
The Karma that is generated from slaughtering in addition to inflicting pain upon the helpless Animal Kingdom (which was entrusted to care to further their evolution through love) is usually considerable and mustn't be disregarded. The day that animals will not find a grave inside a human stomach will be a day of great enlightenment and evolution for mankind".
The consumption of alcohol and nicotine is also detrimental for the health of the astral body. As Theosophical literature states, if a man was great smoker, at death he will see himself literally paralysed due to toxic accumulation of your nicotine in his astral body and it may need some time before the guy can move his astral braches.
Needless to say, the dangers derived from your ingestion of alcohol are amply enumerated by Annie Besant in her pamphlet "The Influence of Alcohol".
Hilarion has added that this substance can lodge its toxins inside etheric and astral physiques, causing them to come to be frayed and weakened over time. The over indulgence regarding alcohol causes a tear at the rear of the Anja or 3 rd eye chakra, which can induce the inhabitants with the lower astral planes to prey upon the energy centers of the one who has thus abused it.
The astral body even so, has great regenerative powers providing that it is not constantly weakened from the ingestion of astral poison caused by the intake of fear generated by youngster before it is killed, or by the toxic compounds of nicotine and alcohol. If the person abstains on the ingestion of these substances for just a period of nine several weeks, Hilarion says that the astral body has the ability to restore itself to any near perfect state. These changes gradually will filter down to the physical and become manifest and visible with our third dimensional degree.
One can clearly identify that the degree of health your astral (and ultimately physical) person is given by the quality of our thoughts and emotions and with what we ingest. Just by paying attention to the products our life we can experience a great improvement within the next.