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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Astral Facts—Reality and Nature of the Astral World

Reality and Nature of the Astral World

The astral is a real and not an imaginary or hypothetical world and is composed of matter in much finer and far more ethereal states than we find it in the Physical World—so ethereal that even in its densest expression, the physical senses are scarcely able to respond to its vibrations. Nevertheless, the astral is a material world which exists above in the sense of being higher in rate of vibration, the next higher octave (a state of matter conditioned by an octave of vibration above the octave within which the Physical World manifests), as well as extending far above and beyond the earth's surface—around and within the Physical World, interpenetrating every atom more completely than the air penetrates every building, receptacle or body, i.e., this finer astral matter penetrates the coarse physical matter. The astral is, therefore, a locality in space in relation to the Physical World and its lower Realms are so physical that under certain conditions of condensation, their inhabitants can be photographed by the ordinary camera, attesting to the reality and the material nature of the substance of that world.

The Various Divisions of the Astral World

Everything is reflected in the Astral World or the astral plane, both from the spiritual Realms above and the earth plane below. The ethereal and rarefied matter of the Astral World surrounds both this globe, its humanity in general and each individual Soul just as the amniotic waters do the unborn foetus [born of water and of spirit], separating them from direct contact with the higher worlds. 

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The astral, being the great reflector, contains all the mud, debris and offscourings of earth mingled with the pure, clear Waters of Life from the spiritual plane. This is a World to be passed through under perfect control but is not the Father's home. It is the Hall of Learning. In it, thy Soul will find the blossoms of life, but under every flower, a serpent coiled.

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Just as the Physical World is divided by nature into seven subdivisions, according to the various forms and conditions of manifestation of which we and the World are made up, so the Astral World is naturally divided into seven subdivisions—Realmsfor they are more than mere subplanes—corresponding to the seven principles of man, in each subdivision or Realm of which one of the seven Worlds of Manifestation is represented and has its characteristic manifestation, i.e., each as corresponding to a separate Realm with its own characteristics.

Each Realm is divided into seven Orders and each Order into seven suborders. This classification is, therefore, not an arbitrary one, but is in harmony with the universal seven-fold classification of the universe.

These seven Realms are classified as follows (giving their correspondence to the Worlds of Manifestation)


The Realm of Reflection (corresponding to the Physical World)


The Ethereal or Etheric Realm (corresponding to the Astral World)


The Realm of the Life-force or Vital Realm (corresponding to the World of the Life-force or Pattern World)


The Desire Realm (corresponding to the Desire World)


The Mental Realm (corresponding to the Mental World)


The Spiritual or Inspirational Realm (corresponding to the Spiritual World)


The Divine of Ecstatic Realm (corresponding to the Divine World).


If we regard the Astral World as the next higher octave above the physical, its seven Realms will correspond to the same Realms or notes of the Physical World, but in a higher octave, hence will have corresponding characteristics.


Since the Astral World as a whole is the World of sensation and desire, all its Realms partake of those 
characteristics, although greatly enhanced and intensified by the far more ethereal conditions of that World and includes as many states of consciousness, even more than the Physical World, which is entered through the gate of birth, for birth into the Physical World is death to the Astral World, just as death to the Physical World is birth into the Astral World.

Excerpted and edited from Realms of the Living Dead—A Brief Description of Life After Death, Harriette Augusta Curtiss and F. Homer Curtiss, the Curtiss Philosophic Book Company, Washington D. C., 1926