Your Astral Ticket to Ride
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Your Astral Ticket to RideTake an adventure of a lifetime.
The winds of March are carrying our minds in far-flung directions. What will it be: April in Paris? May in Machu Picchu? Or does it have to be a “stay-cation” based on finances? How about trying something new—a way to have fascinating adventures that require no passport, no tickets, and no funds: astral travel!
Actually, you travel this way every night. Your astral body leaves your physical body sleeping soundly in bed and roams the dream world. Sometimes you remember where you went and what you experienced; most of the time, however, you don’t recall. And sometimes a “dream” seems more real than usual, even more real than waking life. You might encounter a Higher Being, maybe an angel or your spiritual guide, who gives you a deeper understanding of your life purpose. You might find yourself in a room surrounded by healers who are “operating” on you to fix energetic or health imbalances. Wow!
Wouldn’t you like to be able to go to those places on purpose and with recall?
Sometimes people are catapulted into out-of-body (OBE) experiences because they are involved in a trauma, like an auto accident or a life-threatening illness or surgery. There are countless stories of people who have near-death experiences and “come back” with a new appreciation of life and no fear of death; an estimated 14 percent of people have had an OBE!
These are a difficult way of having an out-of-body journey. I know. I had a near-death experience on my very first date with my husband, when I fell into a freezing-cold, swiftly moving underground river. When I ran out of air, my total panic suddenly shifted to an incredibly calm and peaceful state. I had left behind the horrors my body was experiencing, until I heard a voice that said: “Go back. You still have a lot to do.”
You or someone you know may have had a spontaneous out-of-body experience. Maybe you’ve seen your physical body from the vantage point of the ceiling, attached to your astral body by a “silver cord.” Or you’ve learned how to initiate lucid dreaming, in which you are aware that you’re dreaming and can exert some control over the dream environment. Or you’ve had an experience during meditation that was literally out of this world. Some drugs can throw you scarily out of your physical body—not a pleasant or safe way to experience other realms.
Where can you go on an astral adventure? There are different types of out-of-body experience. One is more in “real time,” meaning you leave your body and travel to a friend’s home and see what they’re up to or to other locations to see what’s happening in real time, known as etheric projection (this is called “remote viewing” and has been of great interest to the military).
In astral travel, however, you leave behind the known physical realm and enter the “astral planes.” Where you go will depend largely on your vibratory level or that of your guide. If you are filled with fear and other negative thoughts and emotions, your visit to the astral may be frightening because you are on the lower levels. However, if you are filled with love and have a strong connection to your Higher Self, you can visit breathtakingly beautiful spiritual realms and meet Beings of Light who are there to further your spiritual progress.
There are ways of traveling safely, with a guide, which will help you connect more deeply to spiritual wisdom. You can learn to float out, swing out, sink out, roll out, or teleport out of your body and visit the higher astral realms. You can learn how to set your intention and call in protection, sort of astral travel insurance, before leaving on your journeys.
Almost all spiritual traditions have examples of astral travel, from the “soul travel” of the ka, the term for the subtle body in Ancient Egypt, to the Amazonian shamans who perform “soul flight,” to the mystic interpretation of Muhammad’s “night journey” to the seven heavens, to the great Indian saint, Meher Baba, talking about the conscious use of the astral body, and on and on.
Imagine flying high above the highest mountains and into the starry galaxies, visiting times and places from the past or the future, meeting with loved ones who have passed on to resolve old issues, visiting the “heaven” realms and losing your fear of death. These are all possible when you possess the consciousness and desire to astral travel.
May your journeys be safe, joyful, and fulfilling!
Join Deborah and Hay House next week on the Astral Travel adventure of a lifetime.