Astral Planes (from Encyclopedia.com)
In occult cosmology, the astral plane is one of several (most often, seven or twelve) planes of existence, along with physical, etheric, causal, and mental. Although humans function within all these dimensions at once, they are usually only conscious of the physical plane. The astral plane is the level beyond the physical, the realm of dreams, spirits, and psychic phenomena, the substance and vehicle for contact between the material and the mystical.
Within the astral plane, there are believed to be numerous densities and vibrations, commonly divided into lower, middle, and higher planes, each associated with a distinctive sound and color. After death, people are thought to shed their physical bodies and exist in the astral plane in astral bodies resembling their previous physical ones; from there, they may ascend to a higher plane of existence and/or be reincarnated in a different physical form.
There are different densities in the Astral Plane. The place I visited during this OB is a dimension between the physical and the non-physical. When an out of body explorer begins to explore the dimensions they usually always come across the realm soon after they begin to explore other realities.
In the lower density of the astral plane the atmosphere is quite dark so I call it the dark realm. It’s a realm that exists because many people that physically die are simply not ready to accept death or some don’t even know they died. Many people lived a life where they have a lot of guilt and don’t believe they deserve better so they send themselves there. The people that live there, can and often do, visit us in the form of a ghost.
The mix of confusion, anger, guilt, and depression coming from the people that live there give the realm its dark atmosphere. They stay there until they are ready to move on. They choose to go there and they choose when to leave.
The dark realm was a pretty overwhelming place the first time I experienced it. I had to work hard to keep my fear in check because any emotion, like fear, will send you directly back to, “GO” (your body).
I wanted to write about this experience because it shows how my beliefs directed this OBE. My fears made it difficult navigate there. We are eternal sovereign beings and nothing can hurt us but my fear made me forget all that so I got stuck.
Even though it’s a slower process, we can manifest great things in our physical lives on earth but our fear and beliefs hinder us. This OBE is a good example of letting fear rule.
In my dark realm experience I looked around and seemed to be in a country setting. I could see old run down barns and buildings. There were old fences that were mostly falling to the ground and it was very dark. I don’t know if they had day and night there but it looked like a cloudy night right after a storm. A heavy mist covered the ground.
My senses were alive! I could smell the damp dank earth and the air was heavy with a wet fog. There was no sound at first but there was a tense feeling there. It was like I didn’t know what the first step would bring.
I heard some strange noises and out of that old barn ran, what I can only describe as, crab people! They looked like humans that had deteriorated to a point where they no longer bothered to stand upright. They used their arms and legs to dart towards me very crablike.
I could see what appeared to be a skeleton that had loose and rotten cartilage hanging from it. This crablike person had come close then stopped about 20 feet away from me. Fear was coming fast as I looked at this creature. I didn’t see a lot of humanity left in him. I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could go.
I found that it was hard to think. My mind felt just like the place, sluggish and dark. Suddenly the creature ran on all fours, straight at me as if to challenge me.
I jumped high into the air fully expecting to simply fly off and be out of there but instead I just landed back down with a thud. I again jumped hoping to take flight but again landed back into the same spot. I could see the creature as if in slow motion as I attempted my failed escape one more time.
I heard dogs barking and my own dogs, in my current lifetime, ran around the dirt road and chased the creatures away just that easily. Then they both ran over and jumped up on my legs so happy to see me. My dogs definitely came when I needed them. In life they spent their days making sure I was okay. They were out of body in the dark realm too. Animals have souls, (energy bodies) they go out of their own bodies, just as humans do. Our pets don’t live with the kind of beliefs we grow up with as humans in this life experience so it was so simple for my dogs to scare that creature away.
It was apparent that I had a deep fear of flying. I couldn’t seem to fly out of there. In my current life I have a pretty big fear of heights. I’ve no doubt my fear of flying was based there.
I finally jumped up and straight back into my body. My dogs were right there in my room in their beds.
A few days after visiting the dark realm I had a spontaneous OB where I was in a forest of tall old oak and pine trees. There was a large clearing in a thick part of the forest that looked like it had been perfectly carved out.
I was wearing a very bright red shirt. I was being given flying lessons. I could see myself down there in that red shirt from way high above. I could also see myself from ground level. Strangely, I had a sort of double vision where I could clearly see the lesson from both perspectives. It felt comfortable like I had used this kind of sight many times.
I couldn’t see my teachers but I could feel them and I knew them well. They stood just behind my shoulders quietly whispering directions for flight right into my ear.
I jumped and flew just a little with each landing. Then after a few times of that I was lifted right off the ground. Strong arms held me as we flew over the forest. I felt like I was on a magic carpet ride.
When I felt ready, the arms went away and I was flying! I have never experienced such freedom. It was exhilarating and so much fun.
I remember wondering how to get back to the ground, and with a thought, I was on the ground.
I was given a knowing that the next morning my first thought would be a bright red shirt. That’s exactly what was on my mind the next morning.
I no longer have a fear of flying!