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28 November 2021

You create your own reality.

You are a multidimensional being in nature.

You are non-physical in nature and the physical you is an extension of that non-physical being.

You are the creator of your own reality.

You are the creator of your own reality; it is not something you find; it is something you create and draw to you through your desire for it. Not only do you learn and grow, but also you create the learning process and choose how to learn and create the growth. You create your own reality. Nothing more, and nothing less.

Omni-Emmanuel

Johan L. Payne, Omni Reveal the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 1, Who or What is Omni? 13


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What is the nature of our Universe?

What is the nature of the Universe in which we live? 

The Universe is a vast and complex place, with many levels, many worlds, and many realities. 

The Universe is a place of vibration, of energy. As you shift your focus, you shift your vibration, and as you shift your focus away from what you have been doing towards something new, you being to align with that new thing. 

It is consciousnessthoughtthat creates circumstance, that creates worlds and destroys them. Choose to shift your focus freely and with ease, and free and easy it will be. It is as simple as that. Your mind, the you that exists in your head so to speak, moulds universal energy with thought to create a world in which you can live. Our world exists within the mind of God, within your mind. It is as real as you want to be. Envision joyful expansion into a new consciousness, and it will be yours. If you focus on disaster, the Universe will deliver that to you as gladly as it will deliver peace and prosperity to you. It cannot be any other way, for that is the nature of the Universe in which you live. The Universe always delivers unto you that which you focus on.

—Omni-Emmanuel

Johan L. Payne, Omni Reveal the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 1, Who or What is Omni? 9-13


The Temptation of Christ | Ary Scheffer (1795–1858) | Walker Art Gallery

How can you achieve what you want without pain?

How can you achieve what you want without pain and struggle?

Pain and struggle are not necessary to achieve what you want without adding the ingredient of pain. But they will remain until you decide that they no longer give what you want and that you can achieve more without them.

Johan L. Payne, Omni Reveal the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 1, Who or What is Omni? 12


Sorrowing old man | Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) | Kröller-Müller Museum

There is no judgment?

There is no judgment?

Beloved Omni answers—

No, not in the sense that most of you think of judgment. Yes, you have teachers and advisors who guide you in making choices based upon your last lifetime. But they are not there to discipline you or to point out your faults. You decide what you are happy with, you decide what you want to create next, no one else. You are in charge. Their role is to assist you in seeing a greater vision of yourself. Part of our being has been present on what has been called the afterlife, or the astral plane, as teacher and guide to those who are offering guidance to you while you are in both the physical and in the non-physical states. Our experience tells us that humanity's belief in its inferiority is so strong that it has also become part of the consciousness of the Astral Plane. Meaning that the Astral Plane of reality that surrounds the Earth is a reflection of the evolution of your entire species. Therefore, those beings who enter the Astral plane at lower vibrational levels make choices concerning future lives that are unnecessary in terms of hardship, for there is still a very strong belief that suffering is necessary to reach a higher spiritual goal.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveal the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 2, Universal Laws, 22


Summary of notable events from the Big Bang to the present day. Every billion years (Ga) is represented in 90 degrees of rotation of the spiral. Pablo Carlos BudassiCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

What is the mother of creation?

What is the mother of creation?

Desire is the mother of creation, for, without desire, nothing would come into existence.


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Are there any other rules that apply in the Universe?

Are there any other rules that apply in the Universe?

The Law of Love and the Law of Attraction are the primary laws that govern all worlds, physical and non-physical.

There are also four universal principles of creation that express the very nature of God and of who you are—

Love

Health and well-being

Abundance

Creativity.

Universal Laws do not govern you, for there is no external consciousness that has decided that you must adhere to such laws. Rather the laws in themselves describe the nature of the Universe, the nature of things.

The primary Law is the Law of Love; all things that exist rest on this law. Love is the complete and total acceptance of what is; of allowing.

We would define love as the complete and total acceptance of what is.

The Universe is one vast consciousness that has subdivided itself into smaller units and further into even smaller units. This subdivision has been for the purpose of the creation of experience, for it is through experience that the whole begins to experience itself.

You cannot know who you are unless you can view yourself from outside of yourself.

You learn who you are through experiencing yourself as All That Is whilst holding onto the experience of being singular. For the Universe to grow through experience, allowing or love must be in place, for there cannot be any limitation to the experience. For you to experience what you are, it is also necessary for you to experience what you are not. This comparison pushes you forward, for comparison is one of the most efficient ways to assist you in deciding what you want. This comparison leads to desire, and desire is the mother of creation, for, without desire, nothing would come into existence.

Free will is the natural result of love.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 2, Universal Laws, 21


A University of Arizona-led team of scientists generated millions of different universes on a supercomputer, each of which obeyed different physical theories for how galaxies should form, 9 August 2019 | NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz and the HFF Team/STScI

What is the prime quality of universal consciousness?

What is the prime quality of universal consciousness?

Love is the prime quality of universal consciousness.


Two women walk past the huge cavity where one of the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan used to stand, 17 June The monumental statues were built in A.D. 507 and 554 and were the largest statues of standing Buddha on Earth until the Taliban dynamited them in 2001 | Bamyan Province, Afghanistan | Sgt Ken Scar | United States Army

The more you grow, the more you grow!

The more you grow, the more you grow. Grow is exponential, and when the soul is present and influencing the personality, your life takes on a greater meaning. You begin to see the purpose and design behind all experiences in life; you take on a broader spiritual perspective.


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As you ask for it, so it is yours!

Jesus, the Buddha, and many others are present to serve humanity. You can call upon them for their light, love, wisdom and guidance whenever you wish to. As you ask for it, so it is yours!

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, Which Information is Worthy of Our Attention? 122


Jason Hise

God seeks to remind you that you are loved.

Remember this, God seeks to remind you that you are loved.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 121


Jason Hise

I am at one with All That Is.

 I am at one with All That Is; 

All That Is is connected to me.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 121


Jason Hise

What is Christ-consciousness?

What is Christ-consciousness?

The Christ is a level of consciousness; is awareness and experience of oneness through the heart. Christ-consciousness says I am at one with All That Is; All That Is is connected to me.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 121


A church service on board the Athenic, November 1914. The photograph was taken by George Evan Cook, a Marconi operator on HMNZT No.11 Athenic | Archives New Zealand

The Universe simply responds to attention.

Remember, the Universe does not respond differently to I want and I don't want; it simply responds to attention.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 120


Jason Hise

All true wisdom comes from within.

All true wisdom comes from within; go within and seek your guidance there.


Jason Hise

You are the highest authority in your life, no other!

Remember this, you are the highest authority in your life, no other! There is no one that knows what is best for you better than you do. There is no one that knows the truth of who you are better than you do. 

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention,118


Jason Hise

When you feel good, it is your inner guidance working for you, encouraging you to embrace the ideas presented to you.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 118


Jason Hise

Your natural inner guidance teaches and directs you with love.

Your natural inner guidance teaches and directs you with love. As you ask for guidance, it will be offered to you. 

You can always know when you are in alignment with your inner guidance—you will feel good. 

Remember, emotions and feelings are the tools that your Inner Self, your soul, uses to guide you. When you feel good, it is your soul saying, Yes, think more like this, do more like that, and when you feel bad, it is your soul saying, What you are currently thinking and doing is not in harmony with your greater purpose.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention,117-8


Jason Hise

As you ask for guidance, it will be given to you.

 As you ask for guidance, it will be given to you.


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When you feel good, it is your inner guidance working for you.

When you feel good, it is your inner guidance working for you, encouraging you to embrace the ideas presented to you. 

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 118


A view from the inside of a rotating 120-cell in perspective projected to 3D | Jason Hise

Universal laws are constant.

Remember, Universal truths are constant.


Atlas sculpture, New York City, by sculptor Lee Lawrie | Michael Greene | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

27 November 2021

What is the gift of Knowing?

What is the gift of Knowing?

The gift of Knowing is that you can become whatever you want to be; you can become whatever you want to be!

You are a child of the Universe;

 

You can become whatever you want!

 

You have within you the power that creates worlds.

You may struggle with this concept, but, truly, you can become whatever you want to be. 

Truly, truly!

You want to believe it? But your inner feelings tell you otherwise. What does this mean?

Have you ever considered that your inner feelings are opposed (or the restrictive belief behind your inner feelings) and limiting? 

Have you ever considered that you have been programmed and taught to accept less?

Begin to think of something you want;

 

Begin to feel what it is you want. 

 

The secret is to feel what it is that you want.

 

Tell yourself you are the source of all that you want. 

However, if you change your mind each day, the Universe won't know what to send you.

If you change your mind each day, the Universe won't know what to send you.

Be mindful that your thoughts and emotions are the cause of karmic conditions and that these thoughts and emotions can develop certain patterns over time. Strongly held beliefs can also have similar effects. Trauma can become a part of your emotional make-up and can also cause emotional entanglements. 

You can resolve these issues emotionally and spiritually by releasing all that restricts you.

Whether you experience your state or condition as negative or positive, it is truly love in action. Remember that.

There is a law that says that you cannot leave something until you love it.

Beloved Omni tells us again and again that Love is about allowing and accepting. As you accept your state or condition, you release it. 

On a deeper level, you will one day see all the beauty and love that this issue has brought you.

As you come to the realisation that all has been in service to you, you will bless the state or condition and thank it for its service to you. 

Remember, as you release something with love, you cease placing your attention on it, and, as you cease placing your attention on it, it ceases to be your experience. 

Emotion is healed at the point when you can honour the true essence of your soul. 

As you release your hurt with love and honour, your soul will have more and more influence upon you and your life will be filled with joy.

Beloved OMNI tells us that as one person releases all that is restrictive, the planet is changed forever.

Release emotion with love and honour, for then your soul has more and more influence upon you! Remember that.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 12, Create Your Own Reality, 125-131


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Your thoughts and emotions cause karmic conditions.

Be mindful that your thoughts and emotions are the cause of karmic conditions and that these thoughts and emotions can develop certain patterns over time. Strongly held beliefs can also have similar effects. Trauma can become a part of your emotional make-up and can also cause emotional entanglements. You can resolve these issues emotionally and spiritually by releasing all that restricts you.

Whether you experience your condition as negative or positive, it is truly love in action.

There is a law that says that you cannot leave something until you love it.

Love is about allowing and accepting. As you accept your physical condition, you release it. On a deeper level, you will one day see all the beauty and love that this issue has brought you. As you come to the realisation that all has been in service to you, you will bless the condition and thank it for its service to you. 

Remember, as you release something with love, you cease placing your attention on it, and, as you cease placing your attention on it, it ceases to be your experience. 

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 12, Create Your Own Reality, 127-30


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26 November 2021

Good health to you!

Love is about allowing and accepting. As you release something with love, you cease placing your attention on it, and, as you cease placing your attention on it, it ceases to be your experience.

Good health to you!

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 12, Create Your Own Reality, 130


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You cannot leave something until you love it.

There is a law that says that you cannot leave something until you love it.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 12, Create Your Own Reality, 130


Maternal Admiration | William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

Honour the true essence of your soul.

Honour the true essence of your soul.

Emotion is healed at the point when you can honour the true essence of your soul. Release emotion with love and honour for then your soul has more and more influence upon you, and your life will be filled with joy.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 12, Create Your Own Reality, 131


William Thomas Horton (1864-1919)

Evolving the Family of Humanitas

Evolving the Family of Humanitas

As one person releases all that is restrictive, the planet is changed forever.

—Omni-Emmanuel

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 12, Create Your Own Reality, 131




Ethel May Sterling and her daughter Margaret Francis Sterling, 1918 | The Sterlings, Samuel J. Hood Studio | Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons

Everything works according to the Law of Attraction.

The Law of Attraction is all-pervading, and you will attract to yourself the object of your attention. If you seek that which uplifts you, educates you for a higher path, assists you to know more about yourself, it will come. If you seek that which uplifts and inspires you, it will come. If you seek that which helps you understand who you truly are, it will come. If you seek that which helps you understand the Universe and how its laws work, that too will come to you. Everything works according to the Law of Attraction; that which you think of will be drawn unto you.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 117; 119


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All you draw to yourself is the result of your thoughts.

Like everything in your world, all you draw to yourself is the result of your thoughts and intentions regarding the subject.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention,116


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25 November 2021

So how does inner guidance feel?

So how does inner guidance feel?

Your inner guidance seeks to teach you that you are the master of your destiny and that your will is dominant in this physical plane.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 116


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As you think, so it is!

 As you think, so it is!

1964 cartoon by Virgil Partch

Growth is what your soul seeks at all times.

 Growth is what your soul seeks at all times.

If it feels good, do it!

If it feels good, do it! 

Do that which makes you feel good, and do all that you do with awareness.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, What Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 108; 111


We Can Do It! | J. Howard Miller (1918–2004) | National Museum of American History

What is the only measure of your spiritual growth?

What is the only measure of your spiritual growth?

The only measure of your spiritual growth is your capacity to love—your ability to ascend out of fear and upwards into love.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 11, Which Information is Worthy of Our Attention, 124


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24 November 2021

The soul always seeks growth.

The soul always seeks growth. As you are a growth-seeking being, growth is what your soul seeks at all times.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 10, Sexual Behaviour, 111-2


The good Samaritan (after Delacroix) | Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) | Kröller-Müller Museum

What is the long-term goal of any soul?

What is the long-term goal of any soul?

The long-term goal of any soul is to find self-acceptance whilst in physical form. Self-acceptance leads to love, compassion, courage, generosity, sacrifice and gratitude, all the qualities that the soul wishes to develop and express.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 10, Sexual Behaviour, 112


Angel fighting for the soul | Alexey Vasilievich Tyranov (1808–1859)

Who am I? Why am I different?

Who am I? Why am I different?

Remember, self-worth comes from within; it springs forth from self-appreciation.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 10, Sexual Behaviour, 115


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What are the keys to all spiritual growth?

What are the keys to all spiritual growth?

The Self, and the discovery of the Self, are the keys to all spiritual growth.


The hiker above the sea of fog | Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) | Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Everything must come from within.

Everything must come from within.


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How to have power in your life.

How to have power in your life.

One who is fully blended with source and is in the physical dimension is able to wield great power—is able to move mountains, for this one knows that matter is energy, just as all is energy. This knowledge enables the blended one to manipulate all matter with thought, for this one understands that s/he is at one with the power that created all worlds.

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 10, Sexual Behaviour, 115


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One person can change the world.

One person can change the world.

True power comes from within and does not seek to dominate or control any other being. False power, the power that is based on feelings of lack, always involves manipulation and contains a sense of power over, even if this is subtle. As you become increasingly more aware of your non-physical self, you become increasingly more powerful.

—Omni-Emmanuel

John L. Payne, Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation, 2001, Findhorn Press, Scotland, UK, Chapter 10, Sexual Behaviour, 114-5

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22 November 2021

Godly Humour

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Let your light so shine—!

Thought draws to itself little fragments of similar thought-form and energy. The tendency of thought attracts others of their kind—like the proverbial birds of a feather, they flock together—thoughts come home, bringing their friends with them—each man creates his own thought atmosphere.

Let your light so shine—!


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Remember to maintain a positive mental state.

Always remember to maintain a positive mental state and to deny the power of external forces to harm you. A firm mental attitude and the assertion of your own immunity act as a barrier through which these influences cannot penetrate.


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What does Astral Plane mean?

In this classic, Volume II of the Occult Manuals, The Astral World, Its Scenes, Dwellers, and Phenomena, spiritual master, Swami Panchadasi, describes the astral plane, its scenes, dwellings and phenomena. 

The blog writer has summarised those salient points of Swami Panchadasi's description of the astral world. The reader is encouraged to read the full text of Swami Padchadasi's first-hand experience of the Astral here. 

The Seven Planes of Being 

There are Seven Planes of Being. The lowest of these planes is the Material Plane. 

The second is the Plane of Forces. 

The third is the Astral Plane. 

The fourth is the Mental Plane. 

Above these four planes are three higher planes. 

Each of the Seven Planes has seven sub-planes; each of these sub-planes has its own seven subdivisions, and so on, to the seventh degree of subdivision. 

Instead of the planes rising one above the other in the scale of the fineness of matter, they are graded according to their respective degrees of vibration of energy. In short, they are planes of vibrations of energy, and not planes of matter at all. Matter is simply the lowest degree of vibrations of energy, that is all. 

These planes do not lie one above the other in space. They have no spatial distinction or degree. They simply interpenetrate each other in the same point of space. 

A single point of space may have its manifestations of each and all of the seven planes of being. 

On the physical planes, we find many forms of vibratory manifestation occupying the same point of space at the same time. 

The Material Plane has, of course, its seven sub-planes, and likewise its seven-times-seven series of subdivisions, as have all the seven planes. 

Beyond this fourth sub-plane of matter covering, there lie three other, and still finer, sub-planes, of which science at present has no conception. 

Next higher in the scale of manifested being, we find what is known as the Plane of Forces. 

On the Plane of Forces, we find the seven sub-planes, and likewise the seven-times-seven subdivision. There are forces far below the scale of the ordinary forces of Nature known to man. And likewise, there are great series of Nature’s Finer Forces at the other end of the scale. Next above the scale of the Plane of Forces, we find the great Astral Plane. 

The astral regions occupy the same space as the material regions, neither interfering with the other. 

The phenomena of the Astral Plane is just as real—just as readily sensed—as is the phenomena of the material plane to those functioning upon it. 

Each of the physical senses of man has its astral counterpart, which functions on the astral plane just as the physical senses do upon the material plane. 

To vision astrally, the occultist has merely to shift his sensory mechanism. 

The second avenue of approach to the Astral Plane is that in which the individual leaves his physical body and actually travels on the Astral Plane in his astral body. The astral body is composed of an ethereal substance of a very high degree of vibration. It is not mere matter, and yet is not mere force—it is composed of astral substance, which resembles very fine matter, but which is far more tenuous than anything that is known as matter. Ordinarily, the astral body can be sensed only by the astral vision, but under certain other conditions, it takes on the semblance of a vapory form of matter and is perceptible to the ordinary physical senses as a ghost or apparition, even when the person is in physical life. 

The astral body is a counterpart of the physical body but survives the latter by a number of years. It is not immortal, however, and finally disintegrates and is resolved into its original elements just as is the physical body. 

The advanced occultist, in his astral body, can leave his physical body (which remains in a state of sleep or trance) and visit at will on the Astral Plane, even at points in space far removed from his physical body. 

He, however, is always connected with the physical body by a thin, cobweb-like, filament of ethereal substance, which extends or contracts as he travels away from, or toward, the sleeping physical body. If this filament is broken by an accident on the Astral Plane, his physical body dies and he is never able to return to it. 

Many persons can travel in the astral body, during ordinary sleep, but usually have no recollection of the same upon reawakening. 

The occultist, on the other hand, travels consciously, and with a purpose, and always is wide-awake on such journeys. He is as much at home on the Astral Plane as on the physical one. 

The Reality of The Astral 

The Astral is just as real, abiding and fixed as is the material world. 

Just as steam is actually as real as water, or even as ice, so is the Astral just as real as the world of the physical senses.  

If we could see our world of matter placed under a sufficiently strong magnifying glass, we should perceive it not as a great body of solid fixed matter, but rather as an aggregation of an infinite number of the tiniest particles themselves built into atoms; these built into molecules, and these built into solid masses. 

The space between the ions of the material atom is as comparatively great as the space between the planets of our solar system. And every ion, atom and molecule is in constant and intense motion.  

Under a glass of sufficient power, there would seem to be nothing solid in the material world. If the magnifying glass were to be raised to an infinite power, even the ions would melt into seething nothingness and there would be nothing left but the ether, which has no weight and which is imperceptible to the senses even when aided by the strongest instruments of the laboratory.  

The solidity of things is merely relative and comparative.  

The vibration of substance on the Astral is higher than those of the material plane, but even the Astral vibrations are far slower than those of the next higher plane, and so on. 

To the traveller on the Astral the scenery, and everything connected with it, seems as solid as the most solid material does to the physical eye. It really is just as solid as is the astral body in which you visit it, for that matter. As for reality, the Astral is just as real as is the material, in every respect. 

The Forces of Nature are not perceptible to the physical eye, except as manifesting through matter—but they are very real. 

You cannot see electricity, but when you receive its shock, you realise its reality. You cannot see the force of gravity, but you become painfully aware of its reality when it drops an apple on your head or causes you to fall suddenly when you make a misstep on the curb of the street. 

If there really can be said to be any degrees in the reality between things, the balance is in favour of the finer forms of substance and forces, and against the less fine. They are all but the mechanism of consciousness, or awareness, each adapted to the peculiar requirements of its environment. 

The Astral has its scenery, geography, and things, just as has the material world. 

The law of constant change operates on the Astral just as on the material plane. There, things come and go, just as they do here on the material plane. 

The difference between the things of the two planes is simply like the difference between red and blue—simply a difference in the rate of vibration of substance. And this again is the cause of the difference between steel and hydrogen gas, between electricity and light, between magnetism and heat—simply a difference of vibrations of substance. 

Moreover, the Astral has its laws just as has the material world. These laws must be learned and observed, otherwise, the inhabitants of the Astral, as well as the visitor thereto, will reap the result which always comes from broken natural laws. 

Again, there exists what may be called geography. There are regions, points of space, places, kingdoms, countries, etc., on the Astral, just as on the material plane. Sometimes, these Astral regions have no connection with any on the material plane, while in other cases, they have a very direct connection with, and relation to, material places and their inhabitants. 

One may travel from one region of the Astral to another by simply an act of will, which raises the vibration of the astral body without it moving a point in space. Again, one may travel in space from one point to another on the Astral, in cases where these points have some relation to points on the material plane. 

As an instance of this latter form of travel, one may travel in the Astral from Berlin to Bombay, in but the twinkle of an eye, by merely wishing or willing to do so.  

Without leaving your seat, you may traverse all of these sub-planes, one after the other, witnessing their scenery and inhabitants, their phenomena and activity, and then return to the material plane—all in a moment of time, and without changing a single point in space. 

Or, if you prefer, you may travel to any of these sub-planes of the Astral, at your point of space, and then travel in space on the Astral to some other place on that sub-plane, and then have the choice of returning either the same way by which you came, or else descending to the material plane and travelling on it, in your astral body, back to where your physical body is resting. 

In travelling on the Astral, one meets with many strange inhabitants of that wonderful realm of Nature—some pleasant and others unpleasant. Some of these inhabitants have passed on from the material plane, while others have never dwelt there, these latter forms being natives of the Astral and peculiar to itself. 

Passing the Border 

You find yourself outside of your physical form or body and clad in your astral form alone. As you glance at your body, you find that it appears no different from your ordinary one. Even your clothing is the same, to the most minute detail—this occurs through perfectly natural laws on the Astral plane. 

You realise, however, that you are indeed out of the physical body when you turn your head and perceive your own physical form, seemingly sunk in sleep in the armchair in which you seated yourself a few moments ago. 

Looking a little closer, you see that your astral form is connected with its physical counterpart by a tiny, thin, tenuous filament of ethereal substance, resembling a rope of shining spiderweb silk. This filament is capable of expansion and contraction and enables you to move about freely. 

You find yourself in a strange atmosphere, although you have not moved an inch in space. Behind you, so to speak, you perceive dimly the room in which you were just living, and ahead of you, so to speak, you perceive strange flashes and streaks of phosphorescent light of different hues and tints. 

These are the vibrations and waves of force, for you are now passing through the Plane of Forces. That vivid, bluish streak is the passage of some electric current. Back of you, you see the magnetic ore or lodestone paperweight, which always lies there. But now you see the peculiar phosphorescence around its poles, which is not visible on the material plane. 

You also notice a peculiar faint vibratory glow around every physical object—this is the force of atomic and molecular attraction, etc. 

Still fainter, you find a peculiar radiance permeating the entire atmosphere—this is the outward sign of the force of gravitation. 

Now, you feel your life force vibrating at a higher rate, and realise that the sense of weight seems to be dropping from you. You feel as light as a feather and as though you could move without an effort. You may begin to walk. You are still on earth and the floor of the room is still there under your feet. 

You walk through the wall of the room and out into the street. You step through the wall as if it were made of fog. You stop to consider that as you moved, the wall really passed through your thin substance, instead of the latter passing through the wall. 

You walk down the street. A man walks right through you! And he never even saw you! 

A dog sees you. And a horse vaguely feels your presence! You see how nervous it is.  

Animals possess very keen psychic senses, compared to those of the human person. 

You look closely at the persons passing by you. You notice that each one is surrounded by an egg-shaped aura extending on all sides of him to the distance of about two or three feet. You notice the kaleidoscopic play of blending colours in the aura, the difference in the shades and tints of these colours and also the predominance of special colours in each case! 

You notice the beautiful spiritual blue around a woman’s head! And see the ugly muddy red around the man passing her!  

You notice those great clouds of semi-luminous substance, which are slowly floating along—notice how the colours vary in them. 

Those are clouds of thought vibrations, representing the composite thought of a multitude of people. Also, you notice how each body of thought is drawing to itself little fragments of similar thought-forms and energy. You see here the tendency of thought forces to attract others of their kind—how like the proverbial birds of a feather, they flock together—how thoughts come home, bringing their friends with them—how each man creates his own thought atmosphere. 

You notice that each shop you pass has its own peculiar thought atmosphere. You look into the houses on either side of the street and see that the same thing is true. The very street itself has its own atmosphere, created by the composite thought of those inhabiting and frequenting it. 

You look at the variety of forms and colouring of those thought forms flying through the atmosphere! Some are most beautiful, the majority quite neutral in tint, and occasionally a fierce, fiery one tearing its way along toward its mark. You observe those whirling and swirling tiny cyclonic thought-forms as they are thrown off from a business house. Across the street, you notice a great octopus monster of a thought-form with its great tentacles striving to wind around passing persons and drawing them into a flashy dance-hall and dram-shop. A devilish monster that you would do well to destroy. 

You turn your concentrated thought upon it and will it out of existence. You watch it sicken and shrivel! But more of its kind will come forth from that place. 

Here, you will yourself up above the level of the housetops—you do it easily. However, if you were to lose confidence and grow afraid, you would tumble to the ground, bruising your astral body. 

From this height, you look down around you. 

You see a great multitude of tiny candlelike lights—each represents a human soul. 

Here or there you see a few much brighter lights; far apart you see some that shine like a brilliant electric spark—these last are the auric symbols of an advanced soul. 

Let your light so shine—! Behold the radiance emerging from that humble house of religious worship and contrast it with the unpleasant auric atmosphere of a magnificent church structure next door to it. 

Some Lower Sub-planes 

Now, you enter the vibrations of the lower sub-planes of the Astral. You nerve yourself to witness some unpleasant sights. You maintain a positive mental state and deny the power of the Astral inhabitants to harm you. A firm mental attitude and the assertion of your own immunity act as a barrier through which these influences cannot penetrate.

Your first impression is that the material world is still around you with all its scenes plainly visible. But, as you look, you find that there seems to be a peculiar veil between those scenes and the plane upon which you are temporarily dwelling. This veil, while at least semi-transparent, nevertheless, seems to have a peculiar appearance of resistant solidity and you find yourself instinctively realising that it would be a barrier to the passage of the astral entities back to the material plane. 

The lowest sub-plane of the Astral Plane, which the old occultists were wont to call the Astral cemetery, presents you with a ghastly sight and its atmosphere is most depressing. 

Gazing around you on all sides, you see what appear to be the disintegrating forms of human beings and even some animals. These forms seem to be floating in space. They seem real, and yet, in some way, not real. You realise that they are not physical bodies, but still, they bear too close a resemblance to physical corpses to be pleasant. 

These disintegrating astral forms are astral shells.  

The astral shell is really an astral corpse, just as the physical body in the grave is the material corpse. For, the disembodied soul eventually leaves the Astral and moves on to the mental or spiritual planes of being, which are symbolised by the race conception of the heavens, of which all religions teach.

When the soul so passes on, it leaves behind it the astral body it has inhabited while on the Astral. This astral body, or form, then begins to disintegrate and, in time, disappears altogether, being resolved to its original elements. 

During this process, it dwells on this particular division of one of the lower subdivisions of the lowest Astral sub-plane. This particular division has no other purpose and is separate and apart from the other subdivisions. 

There is a great difference between the astral shells of different individuals, so far as is concerned the duration of the shells in this particular place of disintegration. For instance, the astral of a person of high spirituality and ideals will disintegrate very rapidly, as its atoms have little or no cohesive attraction once it is discarded. But, on the other hand, the astral shell of a person of earthly ideals and material tendencies will hold together for a comparatively long time, so strong is the attractive force generated while the shell is occupied by its owner. 

Those astral bodies are dead and have no consciousness or intelligence and, as a rule, cannot even be galvanised into appearing a life, as can the class of astral forms known as the spectres or shades, which belong to a slightly different category.  

You notice that instead of floating about in astral space, these spectres act like shadowy human beings in a dazed or dreamlike condition. You see them walking dreamily about, without set object or purpose—a weird, unpleasant sight. 

These spectres are really astral shells from which the souls have departed, but which have left in them sufficient power, arising from the former thought and will vibrations of their owners, to give them a temporary semblance of life and action. This power gradually wears away and the shell then sinks to the subdivision below it. In the meantime, it dwells on this particular sub-division. 

In the case of the soul with high ideals and spiritual aspirations, there are practically no material thought vibrations remaining to galvanise the astral body after the soul has withdrawn itself. Its higher nature has neutralised these lower, but strong, vibrations. But in the case of the soul retaining strong material thoughts and desires, the power is much stronger. In the latter class, even after the higher nature of the soul has drawn it upward, above the Astral, these lower mental vibrations may persist in the deserted astral form and thus give to the latter a semblance of life and activity which, though a counterfeit, may manifest considerable power for a time. 

The counterfeit power of these spectral forms steadily decreases, but, in some cases, it persists for a comparatively long time. As a rule, the power disappears in the way stated, but in certain other cases, it is used up, as a spark is rendered bright by blowing upon it, by means of a psychic stimulus from persons living on the material plane. The psychic power so generated, coupled with the strong mental attraction set up between persons in earth life and the spectral form, may cause the latter to manifest itself to the former, either by more or less complete materialisation or by partial manifestation through the physical organism of the medium, or mediums, present. 

In such a case, the spectre, reanimated and galvanised into seeming life by means of the psychic power of the medium, or those composing the psychic circle, will strive to manifest itself by speech, automatic writing, raps, or otherwise. But, at the best, its efforts will be feeble and faulty, and the persons witnessing the phenomena will always remember the same with the dim idea that there was something wrong about it—something was found to be lacking. In some cases, the vibration of old memories will survive in the spectral form, which will enable it to answer questions fairly well and to allude to past experiences. But even then, there will be a shadow of unreality, which will impress the careful observer. 

Remember, there are many other forms of spirit return, partial or complete, but much that passes for the real phenomena is really but a manifestation of the presence of these spectral forms. Moreover, these entities borrow ideas and impressions from the minds of the mediums or persons in the circle, in addition to their own shadowy memories, and thus doubly become reflections or counterfeits. 

These spectres have really no soul. The soul, which formerly occupied the form has departed to a higher plane and is in ignorance of the performance of its discarded shell.  

These spectres are no more departed souls or spirits than a galvanised physical corpse is the individual which once inhabited it, though the current may cause it to move its muscles and go through the motions of life. It remains a corpse and discarded shell—and that is just what the spectral form is, plus the remaining vibratory echoes of its old mental life. 

End of Part 1   


Dante and Beatrice gaze upon the highest Heaven, The Empyrean | Gustave Doré (1832–1883)

Swami Panchadasi, Volume II of the Occult Manuals, The Astral World, Its Scenes, Dwellers and Phenomena, 1915, Advanced Thought Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois