Succulent Goddess suggested to me that I write a HOW-TO.
Interesting cos for those of you familiar with how I come across my learning experiences on matters spiritual you will know that I haven’t actually ever formally studied any of these matters.
And in fact I don’t actually know of any foolproof way of instructing people how to access the astral plane. But I do know it is a place we all visit regularly; whether consciously or not. Any of you with some good advice on this topic please post via a comment.
I challenged Succulent Goddess to write a manual that I could provide a link to. Keep posted.
Visiting the astral is something I could always just do.
Many people think that the astral is a place that is only visited during sleep or is accessed through the use of special meditations; guided or otherwise. This for me is untrue as I am a shaman and knowledge and awareness of the astral as part of my normal waking state.
However for most people the astral is a place to visit during meditation or sleep. After much experience of accessing the astral that way then perhaps you can also learn how to access the astral simultaneously to your normal waking consciousness.
I can very easily accept that the astral could be a scary place for the uninitiated and those unfamiliar with it. For these reasons I think that learning a particular technique, or series of meditations might well be a very good idea. There is here on AC a content producer who I believe has written a book on this exact topic, though I cannot remember his details. Perhaps he could identify himself via my comments room.
Better to establish some ground rules for astral safety first. Though, as Succulent Goddess said, “intent is everything”. To a great extent I do agree with that comment though after the action has been performed the ‘intent of it’ needs to borne in mind so that any necessary future adjustments can be learned and made. In my experience Indigenous people always ask permission before enacting spiritual things; but this is fodder for further articles – so once again; keep posted.
Tantra Bensko, another AC Content producer asked how can we actually know if we’re just plain dreaming or actually having an astral encounter?
She imagined a clue might be in the constancy with which the same lover appears in your dreams.
We are constantly being monitored and observed by astral beings.
And though we may be merely having a plain old sexual dream someone on the astral will be watching it. And, in certain circumstances may want to partake too.
By the same token we too are also constantly roaming the astral – and it is possible we could, if invited take part in another person’s sexual adventures on the astral plane.
Therein lies the key word; invitation. And invitation cuts two ways in this regard.
The friend to whom I addressed my initial article about astral sex, where an ex lover of hers visited her for an astral sex encounter had invited him to do so albeit implicitly and in an unconscious manner and he had reciprocated her invitation by unconsciously accepting it.
In a simplistic kind of way the astral plane is like a great spiritual bank that you can transact with by making a series of withdrawals and deposits. .
So to get back to Tantra’s question; I believe it is possible to have sexual dreams that you don’t allow or invite anyone to join just as there are encounters with astral lovers that can involve either invited or uninvited participants. But remember that even those who seem to be uninvited ones have been invited by us too. This is an important point to bear in mind.
After my marriage break up I had a series of sexual dreams that were not astral sex encounters. Indeed I wrote a book about this stage of my life where all these dreams and many of the topics I have recently aired are all discussed. Support a starving writer by buying a copy!! (right click your mouse here). Thanks.
If you are out astral-slutting just hunting for a suitable partner then there are often many takers and our unconscious processes sort out the most suitable and therapeutic lover for us at this point in time. So I therefore think the most therapeutic form of astral sex is most likely astral slutting.
I would recommend conscious astral sex only with current Tantric partners.
And what I believe is likely to happen is that we will attract certain consistent partners for a while. Bit like being on the physical plane too where the next please rule applies
But on the astral we don’t need to apply anything like a 3-strike policy (right click your mouse here) cos your unconscious will naturally assure that the passion and adventure quotient is high.
I learned a great deal from my astral lovers who became my regular astral visitors. Keep posted.
Tantra Bensko also expressed concerns about the dangers of the astral.
There are certainly more than humans on the astral plane. I have encountered ancestral ancestors, ancestral animal and mythical beings, in fact all manner of natural, breathing phenomena. And yes – there are demonic and dangerous type creatures and people there too. The astral plane is neither heaven nor hell.
Being tolerant, non judgmental, humble, open and loving are the best prerequisites for both life on the physical plane and on the astral plane. Much can be learned on either plane of existence.
And people sometimes ask me, “How can you be so fascinated by violence when you espouse peace”? (many if you may be already familiar with my work in prisons with victims and perpetrators of violence).
I believe that in order to bring peace on earth we need to understand the nature and modus operandi of violence. Darkness is only the veil of pain that the light sometimes hides behind.
When I was writing my book, Detournee I was often followed by a fearsome, huge creature that also inhabited the astral plane. My good friend who was a Buddhist knew of that creature as he was a mythical demon in some Buddhist cosmology.
I think that this type of experience is what Tantra Bensko was trying to warn against. But one evening, just as I was nearing the end of writing the book I ‘exorcised‘ this 50 metre long creature; turned around to face him and shoo him away from me and my life forever.
As such I don’t believe that an astral encounter is ever a direct threat.
And perhaps I can invite Tantra Bensko to write an article or two on this topic to enlighten us further by her own experiences and beliefs.
To Dina – have you had any luck on the astral plane yet? And to medievalquarter – do you have any further questions? And to Paul – I’m happy and intrigued to know what questions and healing my previous article brought about?