Understanding The Astral Plane
by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.
During the height of the religious and New Age beliefs in the '60s, there was a belief of an astral plane that was filled with
"low level entities", or that it was prevalent for evil or immature spirits to communicate with people. These were very old beliefs
that most had arrived at by way of trying to explain things that we had little understanding of or control over.
Evil spirits or evil forces were blamed for illnesses, hardships, bad weather, natural disasters, and punishment for the misbehavior
and cruelties of humans. Unfortunately, these kinds of fears and beliefs were, and among some still are, a part of the mass
consciousness of the Earth and are still very deeply ingrained in many people.
These beliefs are still being perpetuated today through books and spiritual teachings from many different belief systems; primarily
those found in the "gloom and doom prophecies" of 2012 and the Mayan calendar. When someone who has deep seated beliefs
of this kind attempts to channel spirit, for example, they are much more likely to have bad experiences because they are in 'fear'
that they will be opened to contact with "evil spirits or beings" of some kind ... it's in their belief systems.
Many schools of thought about learning to channel, teach that one first has to call in the white light for protection. Then, we are
taught that we have to go up through the astral plane to reach our Higher Self, guides of Light, or a master teacher. In other
words, right from the start, we are taught to be ready to battle our way through negative or evil beings and unfriendly planes to
reach our own Higher Self and personal spirit guides! This alone sets up a high potential for fearful and misunderstood experiences
because we have now come to understand that we experience our beliefs.
Through such teachings, the mind is put in a precarious position and feels unsafe and insecure in the situation. Under those
circumstances, it can easily go into a mode of voicing its fears and concerns and when that happens, it is mistaken for outside
contact. They hear scary information, verbal abuse, or controlling comments and think that it is coming from another being,
when really it is their own mind (ego self) overreacting or putting out these perceptions as a result of their beliefs.
Again, as a result of these old teachings, the astral plane and astral travel are greatly misunderstood. The astral realm is no more
than an inner level of consciousness that is used by us and our Higher Self and spirit guides to explore and exercise deeper
concepts of the mind. It is not a physical place that exists on its own, common to the Earth and beyond. Even though that is the
case, we can tap into and use information from the mass consciousness of both humankind and some of the higher dimensions
through our Higher Self while exploring within the inner realms of our own consciousness.
The "celestial realm"ť is not really dangerous because there is nothing there that exists outside of ourselves ... it is a part of
our own consciousness. But our fears and nightmares can be projected there and we can seemingly "meet" with so-called
dangerous beings. These are temporary manifestations of our own consciousness that are merely expressions of our
beliefs and subconscious fears. They have no duration beyond the time of the experience of them. If this situation arises, we
have the opportunity to understand it for what it is and overcome our fears by seeing them as illusions and under our control.
We can learn to deal with our unexpressed fears and move beyond them when we know that we have ultimate control over
them. If one continues to believe that the astral realm is a concrete place that is filled with undesirable beings that are outside
of us, then one will never be able to fully master control over this state of consciousness.
Some people can use this state of consciousness at will and others only reach this state when they sleep. It is a very important state
of consciousness and our Higher Self and spirit guides can and do use it to interact with us and to teach us. It is the same level of
consciousness that is reached when we meditate and see visions, go out of body, or have any other experiences of that nature. It is just
described or thought of differently when it is used in that way. Usually, when meditating, it is much more under the control of our
rational mind because we perceive that we are safe and with our Higher Self and guides ... we understand that we are not in an unknown
realm that is filled with a plethora of undesirable beings and scary things that we might run into.
Even though many people who "astral travel", or go out-of-body, think that they are out of body in the 'celestial realm'ťalone, this
is never the case. Our Higher Self is always there with us helping us to navigate and learn from this inner state of consciousness. The
Higher Self can have a much easier time of interacting and teaching if we understand what the astral realm is, who is really there with us,
and that everything that we see and experience is a projection of our own consciousness/belief systems, or a projection of consciousness
that our Higher Self or guides are helping us with. It is only scary when we don't understand what it is, and we take our fears there and
allow them to be expressed freely and out of control.
It's important to learn what is a projection of our own fears and beliefs and what truly exists outside of ourselves. Understanding,
taking control, and clearing belief systems that have no basis in the greater reality is needed in order for us to advance spiritually.
Now that we're reaching that time when we will ascend to higher consciousness, it's more important than ever that we realize that we are
highly creative beings and understand where our fantasies end, and where true co-creation in a concrete and lasting way begins. Why?
Because our thoughts will be manifesting as we have them ... in an instant.
Our guides can only co-create with us in ways that have any lasting effect when we choose to create things that can be sustained in
love for our greater good and that of others. As long as we stay in illusion and fear, we will not be able to create what we want in an
effectual way. Our guides and angels are ever present with us, helping to support and sustain us through the illusions and work with us
to bring us to a fuller state of consciousness and realization.