Astral Planes

Its Meaning and Ways To Interact With

The spirit realms are generally described as dimensions or planes distinguishable by the different densities and vibratory rates (or frequencies) of the substances they contain, and the various dimensions are said to interpenetrate, existing in the same space. [...] The next subtle plane beside physical is called Astral Plane.

The astral planes are generally divided into the lower, middle, and higher, although each division actually contains many, many divisions of varying vibratory rates. After we have shed our physical body, most of us reportedly "wake up" in our astral body living in the specific astral plane in which substance is vibrating at the same rate as the substance of our astral body ...

From our own perception we would like to suggest to you, that you are always keep critical mind to discern when interacting with astral-plane, as many non-evolved entities in trouble and confusion search interaction with humans. Help only, when you are fully grounded and able to discern with your perception. For mental people who are easily influenceable we strongly suggest, do not intentionally search to interact with astral-plane and beings at all.

Another book excerpt of The Complete Ascension Manual written by Joshua David Stone:

Between Lifestimes --- [...] We are going to attempt to give a glimpse of what goes on the astral, mental, buddhic, atmic, monadic, and logoic planes of consciousness after the death [or passaway] of a soul extension. Where a soul extension goes after the death is determined by how it had lived throughout all its past lives, including the most recent past life, and how it dealt with its bardo experience. It will gravitate like a magnet to the plane that is most appropriate to its soul development. [...] The choices for a soul extension first entering into the spiritual world are:
  1. A quick return to Earth life For the average person who has attained even the smallest level of enlightment, an immediate return to incarnation on the Earth would be unthinkable. The average person gravitates to the middle astral plane. Paramahansa Yogananda said that if a person has the slightest degree of a spiritual belief in life, his passin would be a pleasant one. [...] It is usaully only the lower impulses of Earth life that draw a soul back for immediate rebirth without some kind of review and assessment period. This path is followed very often.
  2. Hell regions There is a lot confusion as to whether there is actually a hell region. The most fundamentalist religions say there is, and that if you don't accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour you will burn there forever. Some metaphysical schools of thought say there no hell region, it is just a state of mind. In our opinion the truth is somewhere in the middle. Hell is most definitly a state of mind. It is also a location, but it is not as the fundamentalist religions describe it. People are in hell when they are run by the negative ego, by material and astral desire, and hence are cut off from their own souls. [...] Hell, however, is not a place of eternal damnation. It is really just the very lowest level of the astral plane. Some have referred to it as outer darkness. [...] Soul extensions will stay there indefinitly until they begin to take responsibility for their actions, or until they can't take the torture of their own deluded consciousness any longer and cry out to God for help. Each time they cry out to God for help, a guardian angel will come and offer some aid and assistance. Over time, such a soul extension will begin to emerge out of the darkness. There is no eternal damnation in God's plan or consciousness. God, in His infinite mercy and forgiveness, gives all soul extensions, no matter how deluded, a chance to return home.
  3. Purgatory The term purgatory is also a term that has been confused by the fundamentalist religions. It has very negative connotation and has been associated with hell, but this is not true. Purgatory is a region where soul extensions go who are not evil like those in the hell regions, but rather just misled and not educated properly on Earth. They are those who have been misled in their education through unsound religious practices, those who have been overtaken bad habits, those who are atheists, those obsessed with material desire and attachments, those who have gone insane, and so forth. This would be the lower astral region. It is often very difficult to awaken such people to their spiritual path. There is a great mass of humanity living in this region of consciousness.
  4. Lower, Middle and Upper astral plane There is a borderland zone that is above the purgatory and hell regions and that actually superimposes itself on Earth life. Here are good people who have found what they consider to be contentment in areas close to the Earth. This particular area is like an astral counterpart that duplicates life on Earth, except it is still in the astral plane. Life is so much like that of Earth it is often hard to realize that once has even left. At some point these soul extensions begin to yearn for something better.
[...] It must be understood now that life after death looks not much different from life on Earth. The astral and mental and higher planes have whole thriving life with cities, beaches, mountains, homes, streets, concerts, libraries, social halls, clubs, churches, and temples just like we have on Earth.

Many soul extensions, when they pass over, do not even realize they are dead. They are in their astral bodies which look just like their previous physical bodies. The unique thing about life after death is that astral bodies travel with the mind. If they want to go to the beach, they just think "beach", and they are immediatly there. There is no need to get in a car, train, or airplane to travel.

Very often when soul extensions pass over like this, they will think of the family they have just left and they will immediatly be with a given family member. What they don't realize is that they are in another dimension, and their family members can't hear or see them. This can be quite confusing for people who haven't realized that they have died.

There are some soul extensions who are so attached to the material world that they don't allow themselves to go through the tunnel to the other side and are stuck on the earthly plane even through they are in their astral bodies. There are called "Earth-bound souls". They may continue to live in the same house they lived in before death. They don't realize that it is their own consciousness that is keeping them stuck on Earth and not allowing them to continue their spiritual evolution.

There are some soul extensions who are able to get hold of some vital force and play tricks on people who are still in earthly bodies. [...] Many people, when they die, stick arround and watch their own funerals before passing on the astral plane. Those soul extensions of a more evolved nature will gravitate to their higher astral realms and possibly to the mental realm. Many soul extensions, when they pass over, sleep for a long time before awakening on the inner plane. This is especially true of those who have experienced lingering illness or uncontrollable grief and of those with a strong desire to continue life in the physical body.

For further description look at Bardo Experience ...

For other more subtle planes look at Angelical and General Spiritual Realms.

There could be much more added on description about astral plane and its meaning, but as said above, you may focus your spiritual attention to higher realms, also when the higher realms may look unreachable to you somehow.