In the Myth of Er , particularly, Plato rendered an account of the afterlife which involved a journey through seven planetary spheres and then eventual reincarnation. He taught that man was composed of mortal body, immortal reason and an intermediate "spirit". The late Neoplatonist Proclus , who is credited the first to speak of subtle "planes", posited two subtle bodies or "carriers" okhema intermediate between the rational soul and the physical body. These were; 1 the astral vehicle which was the immortal vehicle of the Soul and 2 the spiritual pneuma vehicle, aligned with the vital breath, which he considered mortal.
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Shelves: life-after-death To date I have read this book 4 times, and with each read my understanding proliferates. This text was written by one of the most celebrated psychic, and Theosophist A E Powell. The complete list in the series are, The Etheric double, The To date I have read this book 4 times, and with each read my understanding proliferates. All the books are consistent in their style and detail. As you read about the wonders of the 4th dimension, a sense of awe, and inspiration unfolds.
The level of detail is just such that a vivid visualization blossoms before the minds eye, and greatly enhances the curiosity of the reader. One such description is the viewing of a watch. When any object is seen from the astral world all views are seen at once. For instance you would see every view of every object in side, and outside of the watch simultaneously. Or in the case of a book, you would be able to see every page of a closed book, as though the pages were all laid out with the correct orientation.
Time as a component of the 4th dimension does not enter the equation until you reach the higher sub-planes, when you can see the "history" of the object in all its stages of existent, from birth to dissolution. Because their are no specific sense organs in the astral body, the "entire" astral body can see, hear, taste, smell, and feel concurrently. Keep in mind you would experience the astral counter part of the five senses, which would be much more intense, because the experience does not have to go through the physical senses.
The text also talks about the science behind, such phenomenon as disintegration teleportation , materialization, and levitation, all by utilizing the etheric pressure which surrounds us constantly. Also remember that astral matter responds to the slightest thought.
This manifestation is explain because 4 dimensional matter is more alive, and is known as elemental essence. It has quasi intelligence, and can seem to be a living thing to the uninitiated. It is this type of information that makes this book a good source to any "neophyte" who wishes to "remember" how to travel into the inner realms.
Another section of the book talks about the vast types of inhabitants. From the astral corpse shell, shade , to people in the dream state, people who have died, people who are waiting to reincarnate, thought forms, nature spirits, Astral bodies of animals, The Devas, Adepts and their students, The dark magician and his student, elemental essence, Elementals, Artificial Elementals created by people to carry out their will.
These and other "life forms" are covered in detail by the author. The 7 sub planes are talked about and what can be expected when one is balanced between them. The lowest of the sub astral plane extents below the surface of the earth. Its easy to see why hell was thought to be below ground. Only the most base and lonesome people go there, by default of their choice in maintaining a coarse, and low vibration.
The highest sub-plane of the astral world is said to reach to the surface of the moon. Beyond that the heaven 5th dimension world begins. According to the book, depending on your temperament, and personality type, you will naturally migrate to one of these sub levels. This condition can be changed by a change of character, and an act of will.
Also knowledge of what to expect is a great plus. The author talks about the why of what people see of the astral world. A person can be awake on the astral plane, and live only in their imagination. They would be totally oblivious to the rest of the 4th dimension. There are groups of people who live in their stereotypical definition of heaven, with the angels flying around on clouds playing harps, and drinking milk and honey throughout eternity , while endlessly praising their version of God.
This is what the person wants, and this is what they create. This will be experienced untill their soul cries out for change and expansion, this is called evolution. Also the author talks about how a person works out all the things they would have like to have done in the physical world, if only they had the fortitude, and resources to complete them. All things are worked out in a grand series of what if scenarios. A person cannot go beyond themselves, until they first go through themselves.
Another section of the book describes what an average person goes through when they die. The type of environment they create, the type of cities they inhabit. Adding to the wonder of such a "place" is that each person who has passed through, leaves a little of their creative design. The book goes further into detail as to what happens when you die in the astral world, the average stay there is from 20 to 30 years. If a person has over come certain character flaws, and has some knowledge of esoteric things, their stay in the astral world can be as little as 1 to 2 years, with some people by passing it altogether.
The stage you pass into after the astral world the heaven world is beautifully describe in the 3rd series of his 5 books called the Mental body, of which I give a succinctly interesting review on. Walk, run, or astral project to audition this book, and view it the way you would a road map for a trip you are about to embark on.
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Shelves: life-after-death To date I have read this book 4 times, and with each read my understanding proliferates. This text was written by one of the most celebrated psychic, and Theosophist A E Powell. The complete list in the series are, The Etheric double, The To date I have read this book 4 times, and with each read my understanding proliferates. All the books are consistent in their style and detail.
The Astral Body and other astral phenomena (1927)