Written and published on 10 July 2015
In an Ascension context, we are now expanding our Awareness into a second ‘dimension’, the astral realm, while retaining physical form here on Earth. Using the terms of the School of Theosophy, we are expanding our Awareness to include two planes of being. These are the material plane and the astral plane, kamaloka. Which is why an understanding of the astral plane is pertinent.
We may clair see this realm, or clair hear it, or clair sense it in some other way, no matter. When we begin to experience the astral plane, with any of our clair senses, why that is the time to study up on the astral plane. Because we must deal with the astral phenomena as we further expand our Awareness into another dimension. This higher dimension is known as ‘the fifth dimension’ in an Ascension context. I gather from my reading on the School of Theosophy’s teachings that it may be known as ‘devachan’, the ‘heaven worlds’, or the ‘higher mental plane’ in that context.
I have seen schemas of the planes of being (1) that indicate the causal plane lies above the astral plane and the lower mental plane, and below the higher mental plane. For instance, in this image, “Diagram XXV. The Cycle of Rebirth,” the astral plane is shown below the lower mental plane, and presumably below the higher mental plane …
Image: “Diagram XXV. The Cycle of Rebirth” … http://hpb.narod.ru/Images/causal147.gif ..
In an Ascension context we speak of ‘transcending time and space’, stepping into the eternal Now in the fifth dimension. Since it is the causal plane that binds us to the law of cause and effect, I am guessing that we must also somehow overcome this hurdle of causality before experiencing the synchronicity of the Now.
How this may transpire, I do not know. Is the causal plane the void of which Tom Kenyon and Sandra Walter speak? Or is the void on just the ‘other side’ of the causal plane? That is something yet to be discovered.
Meantime, to my lights, the task at hand is to purify the emotions, so that my astral body will be free to experience any of the astral subplanes at will. I found a good quote from Arthur E. Powell’s chapter “Mastering the Emotions” from his book “The Astral Body and Other Phenomena,” but to preserve their copyright I must provide the reference rather than including the quotation. I hope this will not deter the reader from looking up the passage …
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 XXV: The Mastery of Emotion,” page 221, third full paragraph (beginning “It is obvious …”) to the end of page 221 (ending “… and to Initiation”).
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
(1) There are many variants on this theme. See, for instance …
Link: “An Historic Dig into the Planes of Existence,” http://savevsdragon.blogspot.com/2014/07/an-historical-dig-into-planes-of.html ..
In the “Planes of Nature” chart on that page, the “mental plane” is said to include the mental body and the causal body.
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