What is The Astral Plane?
Here's a response to a good question:
The question from the reader:
What is the astral? Is it a part of the universal consciousness? An
alternate dimension? The spirit world? The collective
electro-magnetic energy of the earth? The unified subconscious of
man? Heaven? Hell?
Well, this is a big question, and you're going to get different
answers from every person that you ask due to their religious and
cultural backgrounds. So my opinion is just that, an opinion!
I'm going to answer it based off your suggestion/question above:
Heaven and hell are really just the astral plane, separated by
vibrational frequencies. You can say earth is also "hell"
because it's so low vibrationally, along with the lower astral
realms, and the higher astral planes are "heaven" because
they vibrate at a very fine rate and are quite gorgeous. But the
astral has only 7 levels and then you start getting into the higher
planes of existence (mental, buddhic, etc.) which is where the
"collective unconscious" or "universal mind"
might exist. Everyone uses different words for these planes of
existence (heaven, hell, collective unconscious, etc.) Spirits live
in the astral realm, and when you leave the astral realm to the
higher realms, you are "consciousness" and have no vehicle
like the physical body or astral form although you can elect to
appear in one (Robert Monroe talked about how he would see a blaze
of energy and that energy would tune itself down and appear as a
human). You are simply Conscious energy at that point. All things
are vibrations, whether light or sound, so the physical realm is
just different vibrations (coarser) then the astral, the mental and
so forth. We are here to learn and love, and as we do, our
vibrations raise, which is when you can start to tap into the
different planes of existence. The more I meditate and astral
project, the wider my frequencies become which means that I can go
to higher planes of existence. When I project, I can pick up on
radio and tv frequencies, and can sometimes 'see' or 'hear' what
some other people cannot. When you die, you migrate to the portion
of the astral plane that you are in tune with vibrationally (hence
the whole concept of "bad" people go to hell and
"good" people go to heaven). If you saw the higher astral
planes, you would know why it's confused for "heaven" for
it is simply beyond words.
The astral realm is also known as the "emotional" realm
because it reacts to our thoughts. Not only is it an astral
counterpart to the physical world (so the astral counterpart of a
chair would exist in the astral), but it is also what we
"think" about so a lot of mental "debris" exists
in the astral which is why everyone gets so confused while
projecting. This is not all levels though. The higher levels don't
seem to have the astral thought matter that the lower and mid levels
do (I know, because I've seen them). People think that they are not
astral projecting (despite the unmistakable separation process)
because they see objects in the astral that do not necessarily exist
in the physical, so they question this reality. The fact is, they
ARE astral projecting, and the astral can seem quite jumbled at
times. And we humans are not the only entities that exist in the
astral as well...
The astral is not just a play land for sleeping or projecting
humans. It can be structured like physical life, where people go to
classes, or even "work" on projects of their choice.