Astral travel is to leave the body and travel consciously in the astral plane.
This split actually takes place every night as we go to sleep, only we’re not normally aware of it since we’re lost in thoughts as we go to sleep, which then become the basis for our dreams. With astral projection however, we can learn to fall asleep consciously and experience the split, and can then consciously explore the astral plane.
Astral travel is a real life experience that can be explored through simple practice. It also sometimes occurs spontaneously.
In ancient Hindu texts it has been referred to as a “state of peace and purification of heart” where the astral traveler becomes “a wakeful witness with certainty of apprehension,” while Essene texts refer to our “spirit” experiencing astral travel, with our “thoughts before sleep … as the bow of the skillful archer” allowing us to enter “the Holy Stream of Light.”
Listed here are texts related to the religion of the sun where references to astral travel can be found (note this is a work in progress and will be expanded as further research is conducted):
- Poimandres, in the Corpus Hermeticum
- The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 4, The Holy Streams
- The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Markandeya-Samasya Parva: Section CCXII (Translation by K.M. Ganguli)
- The Mahabharata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva: Bhagavat-Gita Parva: Section XXXII (Translation by K.M. Ganguli)
- The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva: Mokshadharma Parva: Section CCXVI, (Translation by K.M. Ganguli)
- Lines 326-350, Lugalbanda in the Mountain Cave
- The Astral Codex by Belsebuub
- The Awakening of Perception by Belsebuub
- Concentration and Visualization for Astral Projection and Meditation by Belsebuub
- Gazing into the Eternal by Belsebuub
Below are posts on practices, exercises, and techniques for astral travel from ancient sacred texts related to the religion of the sun.
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