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The Desire Elemental . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 31 July 2015; revised on 2 December 2018

Dear Ones,

Every human being has a ‘desire elemental’, which consists of ‘elemental essence’ that goes along and flows with his or her EMF (electromagnetic field). Some call this desire elemental a ‘being’, but this is an imperfect term, as its beingness is not discretely individualized like that of the human being.

Nevertheless, every human being is attended by this elemental essence, and it in fact performs a very important service to humankind, by keeping us motivated to stay on Earth, and thus to accomplish our Soul missions during this incarnation.

For a good description of the desire elemental, I refer you to …

Citation: “The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, IL. Copyright The Theosophical Publishing House, London, Ltd. 1965 … page 76 (beginning “It will be recollected…”) and then all of page 77 (ending “…as apart from it.”) 

Arthur Powell makes a very good point about not letting our elemental essence get the better of us, as it by nature seeks the coarser astral vibrations, and we humans seek refinement of our astral matter, so that we may realize our God nature.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Alice’s Perilous Tales: The Nagging Wife . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 31 July 2015; revised on 2 December 2018

  • THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BEING NAGGED
  • MALE VIOLENCE AND NAGGING BY WIVES
  • WHAT TO DO ABOUT BEING NAGGED?
  • THE KARMA OF BEING NAGGED
  • THE HYENA’S DAUGHTER . AND OTHER VIVID STORIES
  • PROFESSIONAL ADVICE ON BEING NAGGED
  • NAGGING, FROM THE STANDPOINT OF AN INNOCENT OBSERVER (ME)
  • ON BEING THE VICTIM OF CLAIR SADOMASOCHISM
  • FURTHER AGGRAVATION
  • A MESSAGE TO THE BOTH OF YOU
  • THE FARMER, THE DEVIL, AND THE SCOLDING WIFE

Image: Black-and-white sketch of the head of a feral-looking woman, transforming in about four stages into the head of a hyena; from “The Hyena’s Daughter,” by Simon Roy … https://40.media.tumblr.com/8ba67ac8ab7a46cf3462a4c2059d7391/tumblr_inline_nm6un4Ep4X1qzcbft_540.jpg .. (1)

Dear Ones,

As you may know, I have been studying the Book of Revelation in the Bible. In chapter 1, there is quite a striking vision that John the Divine had on the Isle of Patma. Highlights …

10 “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet …

12 “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; …

16 “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” –Revelation 1, KJV (public domain)

I am guessing that this great and shining presence had a two-edged sword in his mouth because he had learned to counter a nagging wife. (Not really, just a humorous thought….) There is a lesson here. How can a man be strong and shining if he suffers a nagging wife, anyway? What can more wear down a man’s spirit than a scornful attitude in his one and only?

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BEING NAGGED

And what to do about it? If you speak up, she might kick you out. There is always that chance. And with some women, it is a sure and certain outcome of a man speaking up for himself and holding his own.

What can I say? Clearly, this woman must be physically exceptionally beautiful. Clearly, the husband must harbor some hint of a doubt that he will ever measure up.

And what if she does kick you out? Do you feel there is no one in the world like her? Or do you feel, like her, that you could walk right out that door and find the new love of your life waiting for you?

If you meet a wife’s scorn and derision with an open heart and that ‘sensitive man’ thing  … If, for instance, you say to her: When you nag me, I feel like curling up in a ball and crying … what will be her response? Being totally lacking in compassion and empathy, she will go for your jugular. For certain sure.

MALE VIOLENCE AND NAGGING BY WIVES

I saw on youtube just now a story about a husband whose wife was nagging him about a parking ticket. He ‘lost it’ and ‘acted out’ … which is to say, he ran over her. Twice. Then, leaving her body in the driveway, he went inside the house and took a nice, quiet nap.

What struck me most about the video was the smiles on the faces of the reporters who heard the story. They found it pretty funny.

Which, by my lights, points up the likelihood, in a nagged man, of acting out through violence, either toward his wife, or, if that is too scary, toward those he perceives as not so scary.

From this, I feel it is important to look for a solution to the nagging scenario, so that the urge to act out through violence will not crop up in the man’s subconscious over and over again. This will prevent social action against the man, in the form of a jail sentence or the like.

Men, it is important to understand that you are the wronged party in this instance. An abusive relationship is an abusive relationship, whether it is a man or a woman who is doing the abusing. The thing to do is to take the necessary steps to resolve the issue before violence occurs.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT BEING NAGGED?

Here you are. For the sixth time today, she speaks to you with scorn and derision ringing in her voice … Or, and this is a favorite of the nagging woman, she speaks to your friends about you … typically, in your presence … with scorn and derision. What to do?

For sure, like meets like. If you counter with scorn and derision, that will stop her in her tracks. Tell her how much your friends dislike her for her nagging. Tell her she is the lowest of the low. Close your heart like hers is closed. At least the blood flow will stop. But will you have a marriage? I dunno.

Here is a clue: If you or your spouse want rough sex, what does that mean? It means one or the other of you, or both, has a habit of thinking cruelly towards love and the lover.

What to do, then? There is always the possibility of getting counselling. If you leave her before working on your own response mechanisms, you are going to run into the same problem again and again, probably with increasing ferocity, till the issue of your own response is solved. Which is ok, too.

THE KARMA OF BEING NAGGED

That is just the way karma works. It is how Soul wounding gets resolved. God does this ‘ratchet up’ thing till we finally take notice, take action, and fix the hitch in our etheric net.

Keeping in mind, God is not a sadist. It is the lovers we attract into our lives who have that quality, when we have that ‘not worthy’, ‘not enough love in the world for me’ malware installed in the ether speak.

So God contrives this movie we call ‘reality’ … simply as a means of helping us clear our Souls of the wounding. God is love. God is the great healer.

THE HYENA’S DAUGHTER . AND OTHER VIVID STORIES

Speaking of movies, there is a comic strip conjured up by a guy who clearly has the ‘nag me’ bug … “The Hyena’s Daughter” (story and art by Simon Roy). This is a story about a woman who horrifically transforms into a hyena (1) …

Image: black-and-white sketch of an Amazon-type woman walking along with a pack of hyenas, from “The Hyena’s Daughter,” by Simon Roy … https://41.media.tumblr.com/df923e619b4af841bf00f67181e371cc/tumblr_inline_nm6ul5P00R1qzcbft_540.jpg ..

Who needs this kind of story line? Here is one that is more fun … the first part is the part about rough sex and nagging. Then it presents some alternatives, such as … go figure! … compliments … ?!

Video: “Star Trek Funny Love Scenes,” by ZeroRamzes, 8 January 2008 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2IHx2Ts57E ..

Here is a song about a wife’s nagging habit …

Video: “The Nagging wife song – Belated Valentine – DJ Electro Swingable Mashup mix,” by ElectroSwingable, 12 February 2017 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUCJrKI37V8 ..

Here is a lady named Dawndee … who strikes me as the epitome of the nagging personality (sorry, Dawndee!) … with her justification for nagging. Which I have heard from others…

Video: “Nag! Nag! Nag!” by DawndeeDALLAS, 7 July 2009 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UePc9-IELzM ..

The trouble I have with this is, who appointed her to be the person who figures out who should do what in the marriage? What about the guy’s ideas on what he wants from the woman? Where is his voice, telling her what he wants from her? I just do not get it!

PROFESSIONAL ADVICE ON BEING NAGGED

Here is Jim Marshall, a professional counselor with a thought on ending the torture …

Video: “Relationship Advice – The Nagging Wife Solution,” by James Marshall, 15 August 2011 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYyShopRAhQ ..

And here is another expert opinion …

Video: “How to Deal with a Nagging Wife,” by Full Frontal Fatherhood, 26 February 2016 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PmQUP_50Cs ..

My thought is, this might be a good way to start. She probably thinks you never listen to her. So, prove that you are listening …

Here is Dr. Dar Hawks counselling on nagging …

Video: “Dr. Dar – Dealing with a nagging wife,” by Dr. Daw Hawks, 1 Jul y2011 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EddKmmCWNDE ..

Seems pretty similar: Listen … then clarify. Negotiate a timeline. It mentions how men retreat in the face of wifely trouble … How it might help to respond verbally instead. Especially to a woman’s expectation that You’re in love with me. You should know what I’m thinking. What??

So Dr. Dar says, when confronted with what she calls ‘nonspecificity’, a husband might try to get clarification. For example, he might ask: What’s going on with you? What can I do to help you feel better in this moment?

NAGGING, FROM THE STANDPOINT OF AN INNOCENT OBSERVER (ME)

I have had my own unforgettable moments in the presence of a woman nagging her husband. Never before having had that experience … in my own significant other relationships or among my friendships, I was at a near total loss for words. However, I did finally (after multiple nagging wife syndrome exposures) cough up: I don’t think you should be mean to your husband like that. To which the response, the next day, was: Who are you to tell me howI should be with my husband? Dee ah duh … What do I say now?

So then on another occasion, I got together with them again. First thing, she said: By the way, my husband and I have talked it over, and we both agree, you don’t have any right to talk to me that way. Dee ah duh … What way? said I. To which she said: What I mean is, you have no right to tell me how to talk to my husband. He’s my husband. This has nothing to do with you.

I am speechless here. The wife is a nagging verbal abuser. The husband, by her account, agrees that this is his cup of tea. She thinks this has nothing to do with me.

What did I not say, here? I did not say: When I hear her cruel tongue, my heart shrinks to the size of a wizened walnut. And guys, if you hear this, just know it is not an invitation to renew our friendship. Not in the least. Cruelty is not my cup of tea.

ON BEING THE VICTIM OF CLAIR SADOMASOCHISM

And on the clair plane, not only did this woman for several years horrify me with hatred during the act of sex with her husband… This was not enough for her. She looked for a single woman, such as me, to torture on the clair plane during the day, when her husband is not readily at hand to be nagged.

So all day for several years, she tortured me with clair demands for sadomasochistic sexual daydreams … what she termed innocent ‘flirting’ … which is to say, cruel thoughts of sex. Then, during casual acts of sex-for-pay, she would imaging she was performing sadistic sexual acts with me. She being the sadist, and me the masochist.

Woman! Look this straight in the eye: You are a sex worker. Be with who you are with! If you cannot stand it, give it up.

FURTHER AGGRAVATION

To ante up, when the couple performed the act of sex, they would wait till I was asleep. Then as the wife poured her cruelty out into the husband’s open heart, he would try to snag my ‘desire elemental’ [see my blog category: Desire elementals ] … which is ever wakeful even when I am in dreamland … as a safe haven for his expression of sexual love.

The desire elemental has a limited intelligence. It has the will to survive. And an avid interest in desire. It can talk, too, on the clair plane, through the means of the intestinal neural network. And so, the husband has this recurring daydream, while having sex with what his unconscious mind conceives to be a ‘hyena woman’ … of having sex with me instead. Which he verifies through what he hears from my desire elemental while I am asleep.

Guy! I am not the person you are having sex with. I am not my desire elemental. It is just a little body elemental, a little thought form that zings in on the desire world. And you know very well, when I am wide awake, I change my own mind to a different thought train whenever you start to indulge in this daydream. Face the facts, and face your fears. Look the person you are with in the eye when you have sex. If you cannot stand it, find yourself someone else.

A MESSAGE TO THE BOTH OF YOU

It’s not ‘rough sex’ you are dreaming of. It is sadomasochism.

It is not a variant of the norm. It is a samskara that you carry, a karmic miasmic distortion, a wounding of the Soul.

Outa my life, dudes! Deal with it. Horrify me no longer. If you want friends, check it out! … Open your hearts to a loving relationship with your spouse.

THE FARMER, THE DEVIL, AND THE SCOLDING WIFE

Video: “The Farmer’s Nagging Wife,” by Paul Clayton – Topic, 12 April 2014 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5NJ4H8IlE0 ..

In love, light and joy,
(well ok, less so at this moment)
I Am of the Stars

See also … Link: “Compendium: Dylan Redwine Murder Mystery,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 22 February 2020; revised on 23 April 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-gz4 ..

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(1) For more on For more on this, see …

Link: “The Refutation of the Primitive, and the Exaltation of the Fantastic in Simon Roy and Jason Wordie’s Tiger Lung,” by Sarah Horrocks, 2 April 2015 … https://mercurialblonde.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/the-refutation-of-the-primative-and-the-exaltation-of-the-fantastic-in-simon-roy-and-jason-wordies-tiger-lung/ ..

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Emerging from the Astral Shell . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 29 July 2015; revised and republished on 10 June 2018

Dear Ones,

For some years now, I have been clair hearing folks conversing, in their astral bodies. They sound so emotional, so negative, so socially unacceptable! They identify themselves as folks I know. Yet when I call these people up, or email them, the tenor of the conversation, the quality of the thoughts and emotions, is completely different. Upbeat. Logical. Socially acceptable.

What gives? I used to think.

I tried theory after theory. Finally I came up with the notion that people quite naturally carry on conversations together in the astral plane (aka the feeling world, the world of emotions, the dreamtime realm) all day long. But, their logical minds and their physical brains do not know it.

Further, I feel, our astral bodies contain all our repressed, socially unacceptable ‘thought forms’. These are encapsulated by an energy barrier or shield (to prevent our expressing them and being socially ostracized).

They are tiny, furious thought forms that really want out of this barrier. They want to express themselves. They want to be free. And specifically, they want to be loved by their creator … our own beautiful heart. Our own vast Soul field. Barring that, they will express themselves to anyone else who is listening in on the clair plane.

So now, my human logical mind goes on to wonder, why is this happening? I came up with the theory that the astral body is somehow barred off from participating in the full life of the physical form. A more expansive energy barrier exists, separating astral matter from physical matter and mental matter. A Veil.

And that, during the Ascension process, in the last few years, the Incoming Light is creating micro wormholes through folks’ Veils, so that they begin to participate in their astral commotion. As these micro wormholes form, they begin hearing the astral conversations. Wondering, like I did, what in tarnation is all this astral commotion about?

And more importantly, the micro-encapsulated repressed energies are beginning to release and resolve into the Soul field. Not globally, necessarily, but first and foremost, unity within our own Soul field.

Yesterday, in my reading, I was very surprised to find Arthur E. Powell describing an ‘Astral Shell’, more or less in terms I had been surmising about. He further offers a direction in which humankind may be headed….

This would be one milepost in our Ascension process, the ‘knowing’ of our astral form while in grounded physical awareness. The ability to switch from physical sensation to astral awareness all in an instant, without the need for the astral body to leave the physical form (as is the case in our dreamtime astral travels).

For the information on the Astral Shell, see … Citation: “The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, published 1927, Quest Book edition 1973, copyright The Theosophical Publishing House, London, Ltd. 1965 … “Chapter VIII: Physical Life,” pp 80-81. 

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Activation of Light to Maintain Astral Field Integrity . by the Hathors through Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 29 July 2015; revised on 25 January 2016
Originally entitled: Activation of Light to Maintain Energy Body and Soul Field Integrity

Activation of Light

Dear Ones,

A Hathor activation of light to maintain astral field integrity …

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Fear of Murder . and Eating Chicken . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 29 July 2015; revised on 2 December 2018

Dear Ones,

Recently I have developed a sensitivity to eating ‘flesh’ … not just beef, but also chicken. Every time I eat chicken I am surrounded by a cloud of thoughts about being killed …

I remember, in my youth, my family raised chickens, both for eggs and to eat. When my dad went to kill chickens (which he would do several chickens at a time, because we had a freezer in which to keep them), he would take his hatchet and chop off their heads. I would be staring in horror … And then the headless bodies of the chickens would run around for a minute or two, not yet realizing that they were doomed.

I remember saying: Dad, they’re still alive!

He shook his head. Said, No, they just don’t know yet. Their bodies haven’t caught up with their heads. Like when you chop off a snake’s head and the body is still moving.

He was right. After a minute these headless chicken bodies would flop onto the ground. One wing would raise up, then slowly lower. The legs would straighten out, and stiffen. Then relax. And that would be that.

I never understood it. How could that ‘running around with the head chopped off’ thing happen? But basically, seems to me recently like, the feeling in the body of those headless chickens is what has been getting to me when I eat chicken lately. Like: Oh my gosh, I’ve been killed!

Being somewhat scientifically inclined, and also skeptical, last week I bought a baked chicken once again. I was thinking: No. This can’t be true!

So I tried eating a little chicken. Gosh, did that taste good! But then, right away, bam! Half a million thoughts about being killed.

But, remembering how good the chicken tasted, and how much there was still to be eaten, I waited a day. I thought: Maybe I’ll try it for breakfast. Time of day might make a difference.

So that is what I did. Very tasty! Then once again, bam! Deja vu!

So I carved up the rest of the chicken, and put it in little sandwich bags in the freezer. I do not know if I want to perform this experiment again. Maybe I will just give it to my cat.

Meantime, hummus! Tofu! Rice and beans!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Nephilim versus Cherubim and Seraphim . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 29 July 2015; revised on 2 December 2018 and 2 July 2021

Dear Ones,

If you are bothered by the Nephilim, call on the Cherubim …

Image: “Cherubim,” by Kim Sy Ok, at FineArtAmerica … http://render.fineartamerica.com/images/rendered/medium/greeting-card/images/artworkimages/medium/1/cherubim-kim-sy-ok.jpg?&targetx=0&targety=-6&imagewidth=700&imageheight=512&modelwidth=700&modelheight=500&backgroundcolor=1B120C&orientation=0 …This image is of curving, striated swirls of golden Light.

or the Seraphim! …

Image: “Seraphim,” by ShadowedDancer, at Deviant Art … http://pre15.deviantart.net/011d/th/pre/i/2009/105/d/3/seraphim_by_shadoweddancer.jpg ..

Image: “Seraphim,” by Daily Art … http://aj-ross.blogspot.com/2011/06/daily-art-seraphim.htmlImage is of curving, spiraling blue-grey angel wings.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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How Large Is the Astral World? . by C.W. Leadbeater

Written and published on 28 July 2015; revised on 2 December 2018

  • HOW LARGE IS THE ASTRAL WORLD?
  • ASTRAL MATTER
  • THE SEVEN INTERPENETRATING ‘WORLDS’
  • OCTAVES OF VIBRATION, TYPES OF MATTER; SEVEN TYPES OF MATTER PER ‘WORLD’
  • SEVEN SUBDIVISIONS OF THE ASTRAL WORLD
  • EXPERIENCES IN THE VARIOUS ASTRAL SUBDIVISIONS AFTER DEATH

Dear Ones,

The below is from The Project Gutenberg EBook of “A Textbook of Theosophy,” by C.W. Leadbeater. (1) Subheads, bolding, bulleting, and some paragraphing are mine. –Alice

HOW LARGE IS THE ASTRAL WORLD?

“Since our evolution is centred at present upon this globe which we call the earth, it is in connection with it only that we shall be speaking of these higher worlds, so in future when I use the term “astral world” I shall mean by it the astral part of our own globe only, and not (as heretofore) the astral part of the whole solar system. This astral part of our own world is also a globe, but of astral matter. It occupies the same place as the globe which we see, but its matter (being so much lighter) extends out into space on all sides of us further than does the atmosphere of the earth—a great deal further. It stretches to a little less than the mean distance of the moon, so that though the two physical globes, the earth and the moon, are nearly 240,000 miles apart, the astral globes of these two bodies touch one another when the moon is in perigee, but not when she is in apogee….” (1)

“The astral world extends nearly to the mean distance of the orbit of the moon; but though the whole of this realm is open to any of its inhabitants who have not permitted the redistribution of their matter, the great majority remain much nearer to the surface of the earth….” (1)

ASTRAL MATTER

“The matter of the different subdivisions of that world interpenetrates with perfect freedom, but there is on the whole a general tendency for the denser matter to settle towards the centre. The conditions are much like those which obtain in a bucket of water which contains in suspension a number of kinds of matter of different degrees of density. Since the water is kept in perpetual motion, the different kinds of matter are diffused through it; but in spite of that, the densest matter is found in greatest quantity nearest to the bottom. So that though we must not at all think of the various subdivisions of the astral world as lying above one another as do the coats of an onion, it is nevertheless true that the average arrangement of the matter of those subdivisions partakes somewhat of that general character.

“Astral matter interpenetrates physical matter precisely as though it were not there, but each subdivision of physical matter has a strong attraction for astral matter of the corresponding subdivision. Hence it arises that every physical body has its astral counterpart. If I have a glass of water standing upon a table, the glass and the table, being of physical matter in the solid state, are interpenetrated by astral matter of the lowest subdivision. The water in the glass, being liquid, is interpenetrated by what we may call astral liquid—that is, by astral matter of the sixth subdivision; whereas the air surrounding both, being physical matter in the gaseous condition, is entirely interpenetrated by astral gaseous matter—that is, astral matter of the fifth subdivision….” (1)

THE SEVEN INTERPENETRATING ‘WORLDS’

” … this globe upon which we live is not one world, but seven interpenetrating worlds, all occupying the same space, except that the finer types of matter extend further from the centre than does the denser matter.

“We have given names to these interpenetrating worlds for convenience in speaking of them.

  • No name is needed for the first, as man is not yet in direct connection with it; but when it is necessary to mention it, it may be called the divine world.
  • The second is described as the monadic, because in it exist those Sparks of the divine Life which we call the human Monads; but neither of these can be touched by the highest clairvoyant investigations at present possible for us.
  • The third sphere, whose atoms contain 2,401 bubbles, is called the spiritual world, because in it functions the highest Spirit in man as now constituted.
  • The fourth is the intuitional world, [Previously called, in School of Theosophy literature, the buddhic plane.] because from it come the highest intuitions.
  • The fifth is the mental world, because from its matter is built the mind of man.
  • The sixth is called the emotional or astral world, because the emotions of man cause undulations in its matter. (The name astral was given to it by medieval alchemists, because its matter is starry or shining as compared to that of the denser world.)
  • The seventh world, composed of the type of matter which we see all around us, is called the physical….” (1)

OCTAVES OF VIBRATION, TYPES OF MATTER; SEVEN TYPES OF MATTER PER ‘WORLD’

“The matter of which all these interpenetrating worlds are built is essentially the same matter, but differently arranged and of different degrees of density. Therefore the rates at which these various types of matter normally vibrate differ also. They may be considered as a vast gamut of undulations consisting of many octaves. The physical matter uses a certain number of the lowest of these octaves, the astral matter another group of octaves just above that, the mental matter a still further group, and so on.

“Not only has each of these worlds its own type of matter; it has also its own set of aggregations of that matter—its own substances. In each world we arrange these substances in seven classes according to the rate at which their molecules vibrate. Usually, but not invariably, the slower oscillation involves also a larger molecule—a molecule, that is, built up by a special arrangement of the smaller molecules of the next higher subdivision. The application of heat increases the size of the molecules and also quickens and amplifies their undulation, so that they cover more ground, and the object, as a whole expands, until the point is reached where the aggregation of molecules breaks up, and the latter passes from one condition to that next above it. In the matter of the physical world the seven subdivisions are represented by seven degrees of density of matter, to which, beginning from below upwards, we give the names solid, liquid, gaseous, etheric, superetheric, subatomic and atomic….” (1)

SEVEN SUBDIVISIONS OF THE ASTRAL WORLD

“To a large extent people make their own surroundings. We have already referred to the seven subdivisions of this astral world. Numbering these from the highest and least material downwards, we find that they fall naturally into three classes—

  • divisions one, two and three forming one such class, and
  • four, five and six another;
  • while the seventh and lowest of all stands alone.

“As I have said, although they all interpenetrate, their substance has a general tendency to arrange itself according to its specific gravity, so that most of the matter belonging to the higher subdivisions is found at a greater elevation above the surface of the earth than the bulk of the matter of the lower portions.

“Hence, although any person inhabiting the astral world can move into any part of it, his natural tendency is to float at the level which corresponds with the specific gravity of the heaviest matter in his astral body. The man who has not permitted the rearrangement of the matter of his astral body after death is entirely free of the whole astral world; but the majority, who do permit it, are not equally free—not because there is anything to prevent them from rising to the highest level or sinking to the lowest, but because they are able to sense clearly only a certain part of that world.

“I have described something of the fate of a man who is on the lowest level, shut in by a strong shell of coarse matter. Because of the extreme comparative density of that matter he is conscious of less outside of his own subdivision than a man at any other level. The general specific gravity of his own astral body tends to make him float below the surface of the earth. The physical matter of the earth is absolutely non-existent to his astral senses, and his natural attraction is to that least delicate form of astral matter which is the counterpart of that solid earth. A man who has confined himself to that lowest subdivision will therefore usually find himself floating in darkness and cut off to a great extent from others of the dead, whose lives have been such as to keep them on a higher level.

“Divisions four, five and six of the astral world (to which most people are attracted) have for their background the astral counterpart of the physical world in which we live, and all its familiar accessories. Life in the sixth subdivision is simply like our ordinary life on this earth minus the physical body and its necessities while as it ascends through the fifth and fourth divisions it becomes less and less material and is more and more withdrawn from our lower world and its interests.

“The first, second and third sections, though occupying the same space, yet give the impression of being much further removed from the physical, and correspondingly less material. Men who inhabit these levels lose sight of the earth and its belongings; they are usually deeply self-absorbed, and to a large extent create their own surroundings, though these are sufficiently objective to be perceptible to other men of their level, and also to clairvoyant vision.

“This region is the summerland of which we hear in spiritualistic circles—the world in which, by the exercise of their thought, the dead call into temporary existence their houses and schools and cities. These surroundings, though fanciful from our point of view, are to the dead as real as houses, temples or churches built of stone are to us, and many people live very contentedly there for a number of years in the midst of all these thought-creations.

“Some of the scenery thus produced is very beautiful; it includes lovely lakes, magnificent mountains, pleasant flower gardens, decidedly superior to anything in the physical world; though on the other hand it also contains much which to the trained clairvoyant (who has learned to see things as they are) appears ridiculous—as, for example, the endeavours of the unlearned to make a thought-form of some of the curious symbolic descriptions contained in their various scriptures. An ignorant peasant’s thought-image of a beast full of eyes within, or of a sea of glass mingled with fire, is naturally often grotesque, although to its maker it is perfectly satisfactory. This astral world is full of thought-created figures and landscapes. Men of all religions image here their deities and their respective conceptions of paradise, and enjoy themselves greatly among these dream-forms until they pass into the mental world and come into touch with something nearer to reality….” (1)

EXPERIENCES IN THE VARIOUS ASTRAL SUBDIVISIONS AFTER DEATH

“Every one after death—any ordinary person, that is, in whose case the rearrangement of the matter of the astral body has been made—has to pass through all these subdivisions in turn. It does not follow that every one is conscious in all of them. The ordinarily decent person has in his astral body but little of the matter of its lowest portion—by no means enough to construct a heavy shell. The redistribution puts on the outside of the body its densest matter; in the ordinary man this is usually matter of the sixth subdivision, mixed with a little of the seventh, and so he finds himself viewing the counterpart of the physical world.

“The ego is steadily withdrawing into himself, and as he withdraws he leaves behind him level after level of this astral matter. So the length of the man’s detention in any section of the astral world is precisely in proportion to the amount of its matter which is found in his astral body, and that in turn depends upon the life he has lived, the desires he has indulged, and the class of matter which by so doing he has attracted towards him and built into himself. Finding himself then in the sixth section, still hovering about the places and persons with which he was most closely connected while on earth, the average man, as time passes on, finds the earthly surroundings gradually growing dimmer and becoming of less and less importance to him, and he tends more and more to mould his entourage into agreement with the more persistent of his thoughts. By the time that he reaches the third level he finds that this characteristic has entirely superseded the vision of the realities of the astral world.

“The second subdivision is a shade less material than the third, for if the latter is the summerland of the spiritualists, the former is the material heaven of the more ignorantly orthodox; while the first or highest level appears to be the special home of those who during life have devoted themselves to materialistic but intellectual pursuits, following them not for the sake of benefiting their fellow men, but either from motives of selfish ambition or simply for the sake of intellectual exercise. All these people are perfectly happy. Later on they will reach a stage when they can appreciate something much higher, and when that stage comes they will find the higher ready for them….” (1)

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FOOTNOTE

(1) from “A Textbook of Theosophy,” by C.W. Leadbeater. (2004). Urbana, Illinois: Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 28 July 2015, from http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12902 [Subheads, bolding, bulleting, and some paragraphing are mine. –Alice]

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