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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reflections on “Magic”


Reflections on “Magic”

This is offered to you in the spirit of reflection and inquiry, not dogma or truth. What follows is a lot of generalizations and therefore partial truths of the moment--offered here by our church to encourage you to reflect, agree, or disagree. That way you can discover more of what is true for you around all this.

There are a lot of different meanings for “magic” and here are some important ones. What they all seem to have in common is that they are in some way about “cause and effect.”

Magic as the Unexplainable

One meaning is captured by 

 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke


 We take that to mean that if you can’t explain what caused the effect you see, you call the way the effect happened as “magic.” In other words, the cause is a mystery and can’t even be explained--which is true, it can't be explained within the consciousness of the “you” observing it.

Magic as occult rituals and practices

Another meaning is “occult rituals and practices” that are used to cause an effect. These seem to be an exercise of power and will, ultimately. Specifically, one is “willing” some result or effect, but feels insufficient personal power to make it happen. So the rituals and practices are ways of tapping into and manipulating or using “other powers” greater than human, “supernatural,” invoking and asking them to bring about the desired result. These are almost universally, in our view, 4th dimensional energies/beings/identities.

In this area of meaning, there is White Magic, which has a benevolent motive, a beneficial desired result, and Black Magic, which has a harmful desired result. All I say here applies to both.

There are some “magic rituals” that are more like affirmations or celebrations or expressions of gratitude. In fact, “affirmations” as used in Positive Thinking can be seen as a magic practice, in some ways. You are declaring the result, and invoking greater powers to bring it about.

Downsides of using magical practices

The challenge in using 4th dimensional power to achieve one’s desired outcome is that many of the invoked 4-D identities/beings/forces whose power you are using end up using you for their purposes. Their purposes are often not beneficial or benevolent for you or other humans.

Their use of you is hard to detect, however, because they have the power to fool you into experiencing their will as your own, so you’re more willing to carry it out. (This happens on the microbial level also, as viruses etc. can engage in practices that fool the immune system into not seeing them as “other.”)

Another downside of this kind of “magic” is the reason that many spiritual teachers tell their students “Don’t focus on the siddhis.” Those beyond-ordinary, seemingly “supernatural” powers sought through magical rituals and practices are normal side effects of being a spiritually advanced person. They are then natural, not supernatural. Causing effects that seem “magical” is effortless, and is not from personal will or separate sense of self.

So “magic” here is like training wheels on a bicycle, and just like training wheels, the spiritual teachers are saying, one can stop there and not mature/develop further.

In a similar sense, and another reason teachers warn about using magic rituals and practices for more power to cause effects, is that for nearly everyone, it’s like children playing with fire. There can be unintended harmful consequences one was not mature enough to predict or anticipate or prevent.

Supernatural vs natural magical power

So that kind of “magic” is used by an immature ego to achieve things the ego wills but doesn’t have the natural power to bring about. “Magic” evolves with maturity, into spiritual development. “I dwell in therealm of miracles.” (Adapted from Emily Dickinson)

Synchronicities and what are normally regarded as “miracles”  show up. Miracles is another word for “magically caused” but in a spiritually advanced person, their origin is in a larger, higher-dimension, more mature will, not an immature ego’s will.) Achieving what one wills is less effortful, more natural, more from “allowing after intending” than from effort.

And any higher-dimensional beings one asks for assistance from, are either 5th-dimensional or benevolent, and one has the maturity to make sure that is so.

Common magical thinking

A similar meaning to “magic” is captured by superstitions, that are magic rituals which are far more common than we realize. A lot of things we take for granted in our ordinary lives seem to have their origin in magical thinking (about causes producing effects.)

Don’t most people have some tiny practice or belief that they give causal power to, that’s actually not realistic or sensible? How about “Just wear this perfume and men will fall at your feet.” Or “just buy this car and the women will all be yours to command.” Many ads invoke magical thinking, but it can be as small as doing something in a certain way, believing it is causing some result, when in fact it is not the real cause.

“Magical thinking” is a phrase often used, paradoxically, in psychology, to refer to the opposite of using some other power beyond one’s own. Not feeling inadequate power but feeling more power than one actually has. 

This is common in immature egos and shows up all too often, and sadly so, when children blame themselves for bad things that happen to their loved ones. The children believe they caused it by their thoughts or feelings, or they make up that possibility even if they didn’t have thoughts or feelings about the happening. It often doesn’t matter how remote the connection would seem to an adult mind, about such cause and such effect.

Even more broadly a lot of neuroses or harmful psychological patterns involve unwarranted, unrealistic self-blame or blame of others, which involves such “magical thinking:” mistaken beliefs about what was caused by what.

Origins of magical practices

Magical practices seem to have originated in humanity with the ability to form concepts and abstractions beyond what the earliest humans could form. Think about aborigines, or ancient indigenous peoples, or even before homo sapiens sapiens.

What happened in their experience was beneficial or harmful to them/their tribe. But they had no clue about the kinds of “natural causes” of these events that we know about today. So they naturally assumed everything they could sense was alive and conscious just like them. 

Thus, for example, to keep women fertile and food available, they felt they had to “give” to “the gods” offerings of what they themselves would find beneficial, such as food. That would make the gods as happy as food made them, and the gods would use their larger powers to bring what the people willed/wanted/needed. Such ancient magical rituals could be very elaborate.

Since, in our view, the consciousness of many ancient peoples (most notably perhaps the Neanderthals) were indeed merged with the consciousness of their food “devas” and animal spirits, the rituals were probably often successful, because a singular collective will was created. (The reported energies emanating even today from ancient cave paintings is one basis for my saying the energies/consciousness were probably merged.)

Magic as wonder

Another meaning of “magic” is not referring to occult rituals or practices, but more to a sense of wonder and delight or awe. “Have a magical day.” “It was like magic.” “What a magical experience.” That meaning is using the word “magic” to refer to a cause that produces effects beyond those one would normally expect to be able to be produced by oneself or others, by one’s own power.

What else?

That’s a flyover of various possible perspectives on “magic.” What insights, questions, reflections, or comments did it evoke in you? Share below!

by Rev. Alia Aurami, Ph.D., Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church
"Amplifying Divine Light in All" is a completely independent church fostering empowerment of people to co-create loving, thriving God-realized lives, and wellbeing for everyone, on a clean, peaceful Earth.
Our main religious purpose and mission is to amplify the Divine Light in everyone. When you read this article, you will agree or disagree with its various points, and then you will know more about what is true for you. Knowing more of your own Truth amplifies your Divine Light. Thus providing/presenting this article is one way for us to accomplish our purpose and mission. 
This article and our providing/presenting it are therefore a central and essential part of our exercise and practice of our religion. 
None of the contents herein are claimed as absolute truth. They represent one possible perspective which might prove useful for you. All results from using anything written in this blog are solely your own responsibility, which you assume by reading.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

What is Theology?

What is Theology?

Religions usually have a "theology" and if you want to understand a religion, you would want to understand its theology.

So, first, what is a theology, and what is the purpose of a theology?

For our church's religion, our theology is our shared answers to such questions as:
  • What is Ultimate?
  • What is worthy of worship?
  • What do we regard as sacred and divine? 
  • Why is the Ultimate important to us?
  • How shall we express our worship of our Sacred/Divine/Ultimate?
  • How does our shared understanding of the Ultimate, its importance to us, and how we choose to express our worship, naturally express itself in the structure and processes of our church and in what we offer to the world (our ministries)?
Our answers can be found in briefest form in our church brochure.

For us, there is a second layer of understanding. Our religion's theology's purpose is to not only provide us with answers to those questions, it is also to provide answers to these questions for each of us individually:

Given what we as a church worship as Ultimate,  
  • what does that imply about who I am, ultimately, about what my true nature is? 
  • And in turn, what does that imply about how I live my own life
  • what I do, 
  • what I value, 
  • how I relate to others, 
  • what I regard as real, and
  • what I regard as important?

Wikipedia's description of a theology indicates that it studies "the divine," deities and scriptures, and revelations by deities, to help us live in greater understanding of basic concepts about life, and to help us live in obedience to the deities we follow or worship.

All of those elements can be found in our theology as described in our church brochure.

A religious "theology" is for us different from a "philosophy of life" because a philosophy is "secular." It asks about what is important and even ultimate, and how to best live life. However, there is no reference to sacred, divine, deities, worship, religion, or ministries. let alone referring to a church formed to express shared understandings and to worship together.

Questions and comments welcome below!

by Rev. Alia Aurami, Ph.D., Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church
"Amplifying Divine Light in All" is a completely independent church fostering empowerment of people to co-create loving, thriving God-realized lives, and wellbeing for everyone, on a clean, peaceful Earth.
Our main religious purpose and mission is to amplify the Divine Light in everyone. When you read this article, you will agree or disagree with its various points, and then you will know more about what is true for you. Knowing more of your own Truth amplifies your Divine Light. Thus providing/presenting this article is one way for us to accomplish our purpose and mission. 
This article and our providing/presenting it are therefore a central and essential part of our exercise and practice of our religion. 
None of the contents herein are claimed as absolute truth. They represent one possible perspective which might prove useful for you. All results from using anything written in this blog are solely your own responsibility, which you assume by reading.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Heart-opening Suggestions

Heart-opening Suggestions

Are you someone who is feeling a desire to live more open-heartedly? Or maybe you're having experiences of more open-heartedness and are feeling a bit disoriented by them?

As I'm often asked for some spiritual guidance in these situations, I thought I'd write some suggestions up here, for whatever value you might glean. Feel free to comment and add your own experiences and/or suggestions!

These are NOT in order of importance or time-priority or simplicity, just random order.

Put your attention on your heart area whenever you think of doing so. 

Imagine, remember, or feel now, appreciating something. That vibe brings coherence to your physical and energetic "hearts," according to the HeartMath Institute's research.

Place your hand on your heart.

Imagine your breathing goes in and out of your heart itself. 

All four of those can be done separately or combined mix-and-match. They are no big deal: you can do them anytime, anyplace, for as long as you wish: several seconds to several minutes. And just notice what happens, as you do.

Lying down, on your back, you or someone else can hold a pendulum (small object on a string or chain several inches long) steady over your heart area and just watch what it does. Ideally it will swing in a circle several inches wide, clockwise from the point of view of the hand. Any other pattern indicates incoherent heart energy, and will, if the pendulum is held for awhile, tend to normalize in that direction. As it does, you might experience emotions, memories, spontaneous body movements, so be prepared to allow all that to move through you like a wave, not holding onto any of it. The force of healing knows what it's doing, and you haven't a clue.

You can do that as often as you like, for as long as you like.

Begin to intend to become aware of which feelings/emotions you are experiencing in your heart area. Is that where you experience love? What else: grief, heart-ache, longing, sadness, regret, forgiveness? Just become more aware.

If you read and search around, you will find many guided meditations available in print and audio and video formats to cultivate heart-opening; experiment with them and find the ones you experience as most useful -- and expect the most useful ones to change over time, as your heart becomes more open, more "intelligent" in its natural functioning, and you move to the next stage of development. 

Find people you regard as living open-heartedly and hang out with them. You'll learn a lot and be changed a lot just by their transmission and your own "osmosis" -- the way we learn as children, mostly by subconscious observing and imitation. You can also converse with them and learn that way too. 

A variation on this is to be around animals and/or children that you find heart-activating. This goes also for movies, videos, books, artworks, and music, etc. Just notice and experience and welcome and explore, your responses.

If you're into it, ask your Guides, Angels, Spirit-healers, for help in having a more healthy, natural heart-chakra, (or whatever words you use for your own intention) and follow their guidance. Your intention itself, and also their guidance, will generate the impulses that if you follow them, will bring the best resources and experiences to you. 

You might "contemplate" "open heart" (or whatever your own phrase is), just by keeping your attention on the phrase for some minutes, and write down or speak-record whatever insights arise for you. 

You might also "inquire" on your own questions or beliefs about heart, in the same way. (The difference is that contemplation has a shorter object of attention, and is somewhat more meditative. These two powerful modes of spiritual growth are described at length in Adyashanti's book The Way of Liberation.)

For example, does being open-hearted mean to you only having more compassion? Does it mean only being kinder? Does it mean only "feeling loving" more often? What else might it mean to you? Explore the delights of many new meanings and experiences.

If you find it useful, you can create experiences of the standard colors of the heart chakra (green, pink, gold) and/or you can use images that you find heart-activating, whether they are symbols or pictures, or even stories you read. Maybe a piece of jewelry that hangs from a necklace over your heart, reminding you to attend there, or which even activates your heart energy.

A very important "practice" of heart-opening is to be sure to allow your own heart its full expression. Act on heart-impulses when you feel them, if you deem that OK for your and others' well-being. The results might be unexpectedly delightful or unpleasant, but you'll be learning how to live with a stronger heart energy in this world. Part of this practice is to get clearer and clearer over time, about what your own intention is: what way do you want to be living, with respect to your heart?

Another practice, which you might need some guidance from a spiritual counselor for, is exploring the current relationship of your heart chakra to your other chakras. Which ones are inhibiting which ones, and how could the interactions among them all, be encouraged to become more free-flowing, open, healthy? In this regard, you might explore some Tantra teachings which can help integrate heart energy and sexual energy.  

Check your posture. Can't easily keep an open heart chakra when your chest is all contracted, when you're hunched forward. Work on retraining, keeping your whole body relaxed, including stomach, throat, and heart areas. That will probably bring up a lot of "shadow" material to heal ! Be sure to get professional help if you need it.

Most of us have unnaturally closed hearts to protect us from re-experiencing overwhelming unpleasant, painful feelings or memories, and prevent those in the now and future. If you decide to live more open-heartedly, you might want to get some professional support for healing this often-intense stuff from this life and past lives.

It might not be true that we should all live with totally open heart chakras. Perhaps the optimal is that there be no blocks to living with a heart chakra which is free to use its natural Divine Intelligence as to when and where it is more or less open or closed. Perhaps a heart can get "stuck" closed, or even "stuck" open; both situations would be not-optimally healthy and natural.

I've previously described my own views of what a healthy and unhealthy heart chakra looks like in a person's life; here is a summary:


Heart
Fourth Chakra





 Some indications of healthy heart chakra:

Love, connection, caring, relating, belonging. The sense of loving life, the external world, and one's own body. Ability to embrace, to nurture, to protect. All the flavors of human love. Love as a state of Being, not just a human emotion: unconditional love.























Unhealthy heart chakra shows up in life like this:

Playing the martyr, neediness, emotional unavailability, sense of isolation or disconnection, emotional shielding or numbness. Hating life, the world, one's body. Feeling unworthy. Protection against emotional pain, criticism.

However, it's really best not to have pre-conceived ideas of what your own healthier, more open, more activated heart-chakra functioning will look like or be experienced like. That would severely limit the possibilities for developing the unutterable beauty and majesty of your own unique heart's expression in the world.

Comments are invited, about your own questions, experiences, and suggestions!


by Rev. Alia Aurami, Ph.D., Head Minister, Amplifying Divine Light in All Church
"Amplifying Divine Light in All" is a completely independent church fostering empowerment of people to co-create loving, thriving God-realized lives, and wellbeing for everyone, on a clean, peaceful Earth.
Our main religious purpose and mission is to amplify the Divine Light in everyone. When you read this article, you will agree or disagree with its various points, and then you will know more about what is true for you. Knowing more of your own Truth amplifies your Divine Light. Thus providing/presenting this article is one way for us to accomplish our purpose and mission. 
This article and our providing/presenting it are therefore a central and essential part of our exercise and practice of our religion. 
None of the contents herein are claimed as absolute truth. They represent one possible perspective which might prove useful for you. All results from using anything written in this blog are solely your own responsibility, which you assume by reading.

All rights reserved under the Common Law. This means please respect our creatorship.

Friday, January 10, 2014

"Affairs are now soul-size"

This is so awesome, I had to share it. This so articulates that all of life is sacred, and why this is a sacred time in earth's history and humanity's history. Our church has some theological differences from the views expressed and implied, but nonetheless we find this uplifting, energizing, and inspiring:

“A SLEEP OF PRISONERS”, from the play with that title, by Christopher Fry, 1951

“The human heart can go to the lengths of God.
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes.
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us ‘til we take
The longest stride of soul men ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity’s sake?”

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Astral Plane/Fourth Dimension

The Nature and Importance of the
Fourth Dimension/Astral Plane


Note: As with everything I write, but especially so in this paper, it is sheer speculation for heuristic and stimulative/catalytic purposes, rather than being an attempt to set forth something which has been validated in some way.



Fourth dimension, higher dimensions, astral plane, ghosts  -- these are all terms tossed around and of interest to many people. As a minister I have developed my own model for understanding of what all that is about, and I find it very helpful for people, as they develop spiritually, to also develop a model for understanding of some new experiences they are having as their awareness expands and starts to include phenomena which are different and can be disconcerting.

Summary points
I would like readers to take away at least these two insights:
1.    Just because something is seemingly beyond our ordinary reality does NOT guarantee it is benevolent.
2.    Don’t get too fascinated by 4-d phenomena. There is “more.” As one develops spiritually, the “more” becomes part of the reality one is aware of.

Dimensions/Planes vs The “All”

Yet, understanding is mental, and the map is not the territory; the territory itself is The Ineffable “what is.” It is a mite strange to carve a seamless reality up into “dimensions” and when I use the term, I am using it as a somewhat arbitrary model or framework of understanding; I am not referring to something obvious which everyone would agree is “real.”
It is closer to the truth to realize that everything is “in” all dimensions at all times, so separating reality conceptually does violence to the Wholeness, and should not be taken literally. Nothing happens in just one dimension; everything happens in all dimensions simultaneously. Likewise, we all have “identities” on each dimension, and they are a seamless Whole, as well.

Uses of this Speculative Description

The usefulness of describing different dimensions is merely as a guide to people who are starting to have unusual experiences, as their awareness expands to include more of what is always already present. For the mind to have even some kinds of labels, and hints at connections, can save a person from feeling unpleasantly disoriented, and can facilitate their quality of life during spiritual growth/expanding awareness.
It’s also important to not limit our spiritual growth once we encounter and have some facility with, our 4th dimensional selves and experiences. Unfortunately, this is all too common; people don’t realize they can go further! That’s another reason I include the list below, as these are examples of limited awareness we don’t have to stay within.
It is a challenge to try to talk about all this without going into my entire cosmology but I’ll give it a go! Questions, challenges, are welcome in the Comments!

What Are “Dimensions?”

Briefly, the “dimensions” can be thought of as in a spectrum of densities, or frequencies of vibration of matter-energy.  The “higher” ones are less dense, or faster frequencies, and are associated with expanded consciousness associated with spiritual development.  In other words, frequencies or densities correspond with phases along the spiritual line of development.
Our ordinary world can be loosely termed the “third dimension” and we won’t here go into the complexity of what first and second might consist of! Different models do include those, including some of what I am putting into the 4th dimension, in my model. Our ordinary world includes physical objects, plus thoughts and feelings, everything associated with ordinary human awareness.

What I call the 4th dimension includes many experiences and phenomena, listed below, but for now, let’s just call it where ghosts are “located.” It is very close to our ordinary human consciousness and reality.

Within it, there seem to be many sub-divisions or gradations or points on the spectrum of frequencies; the number posited by different people varies greatly. There also seem to be interface layers to both the 3rd and 5th dimensions, which have special transitional properties, enabling the blending of identities and realities within these different bands of “dimensions.”

There are phenomena which are experienced only on one dimension or another, but truly everything is in all dimensions, so calling something an astral plane phenomenon is just a matter of emphasis.

Also in our ordinary human awareness, we experience nothing, I believe, which has not been “stepped down” through the astral plane which acts as a transformer. In fact, that’s what each dimension does, it steps down (or up) the frequencies of the energies from the dimension above.

Identities and Dimensions

What is ON these dimensions is challenging to describe, but in my model, we all have an identity on each dimension. Think of this as “your embodiment” and “your soul” and that gives you the basic idea. Each identity is distinct and can "speak" and "operate" as an "I" yet they are One across dimensions and One with all other identities within Awareness as such. Each identity (layer of a Self) expands in scope of awareness as we move up dimensions.
So for any given purpose, we can "come from" or "focus from" any of those dimensional identities.
Obviously, our various dimensional identities are not always in our ordinary human awareness; specifically, 3rd dimensional identity and 4th dimensional identity can be relatively ignorant of their higher “selves” and believe themselves to be separate totally independent Beings, instead of just “differentiated/individuated/unique/distinct” Beings.

On the astral plane, there are mental and emotional and somewhat “physical” bodies but they are all less substantial than in our ordinary reality.

In my model, the 5th D self is completely transparent to and has full access to and moves as One with, all ITS higher D selves, it just has a more specific scope of awareness than the higher-D “selves.”

Examples from Culture

For a good glimpse of what 4th D identities are like, check out the movie “What Dreams May Come” and “Ghost” and “Just Like Heaven” and “Ghost Town.” All contain considerable inaccuracies though, about what the 4th dimension is really like, although people can have widely differing experiences in their astral plane identity, because compared to our normally stable reality, what is experienced as “reality” in 4-d is much more mutable and variable depending on individual differences.
Here is a critique of a number of movies which portray the 4th Dimension, by someone who says she knows a lot about it: http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/real-ghost-movies-realistic/

Astral Plane and Dualism/Separation Illusion

The identities on this plane can be still within dualistic thinking, iow, they are subject to the illusion of good and evil, they are NOT necessarily enlightened or awake. They CAN be beyond the illusion; they can be well into the enlightenment process, but there are plenty of identities on this plane who are NOT.
Every one of us humans has an identity on this plane. 
It is a plane of greater "powers" than our ordinary 3-dimensional consciousness, and "work" on this plane can indeed affect powerful changes/miracles in our ordinary-perceived reality -- for good OR for ill, depending on who is doing the work.
(However, even benevolently-intentioned "white magic" type of work lacks the "whole-systems" integrated perspective available on the higher planes, and often can have unanticipated and undesired consequences, so it is like playing with fire, in some ways.)
We also each have identities on the further-"up" dimensions, higher vibrational, less physical, whatever metaphor one wants to use. Those identities are all in nondual, enlightened, awakened consciousness. They are what we normally call our "higher self." Shamans very rarely are aware of or work within this plane, as far as I have heard and experienced. 
Therefore, a 5th D "self" and above is beyond duality because its scope of awareness is vaster than ordinary human and than a 4th-D identity. 

Shamanism and Astral Plane

Shamanism as I conceive of it deals mostly with the astral plane, and shamanic travels to realms and worlds within that plane (such as nature spirits, animal guides, etc.) and occasionally higher than that plane (angels, galactic consciousnesses, planetary identities, etc.) The shamans travel out of their ordinary human consciousness via methods like chanting, drumming, or drugs; they do not usually abide in nondual awareness in their own astral plane identity, though I think some do.


In contrast to our ordinary “Three-dimensional plane,” the astral plane is

Not bound by gravity
Not bound by space-time
Can mind-read
Can’t ‘die’
Usually in awareness of past lives
Not bound by the laws of physics, chemistry, biology and psychology, so reality varies a lot more depending on the individual
Experienced reality changes far more rapidly in response to changes in consciousness
Emotions are deeper, feel more real and more vast. Hard to underestimate the significance of this difference.
Illusions tend to be about one’s identity ( e.g. I am defective) or about one’s relationship to “God” or the Ultimate (e.g. God has abandoned me.)
Experience and communication are less in language and mental concepts, more in just “getting”


In contrast to the Fifth Dimension, the Astral Plane is

Subject to duality-illusions of separation, good-evil
Identity is not always wider than the individual identity/astral-plane embodiment, not always abiding in Oneness-identity; identity is not as wide in scope
Closer to space-time
More in concepts and language
Bodies are more definite in shape
Beings are experienced (by themselves and others) as HAVING siddhis/powers rather than their powers being part of their “isness.”

Phenomena and Behaviors which are IMO primarily related to the Astral Plane

Acupuncture
Archetypes
Astral travel and projections
Astrological influences
Auras that most psychic people see
Bardo, Purgatory
Bioenergetics (the field of study)
Bi-location
Chakras as perceived by most people who are aware of them
Chi/Ki energies and their uses and experiences
Collective emotions, collective shadow, “collective unconscious”
Deities who appear in visions to people
Deity Mysticism
Demons and devils
Devas, collective souls of animal species
Dreams which have an unusual quality of reality and “experience”
Drumming, whirling, chanting, as state-altering behaviors
Empaths
Extra-terrestrial beings/lifeforms/species (some of them, not all of them are 4-D)
Ghosts
Gods and Goddesses
Guides, Guardian Angels (but some angel experiences are 5-d, I think)
Hell, Heaven experiences
Higher Self, as some people use the term
Highly Sensitive Persons
Homeopathy
Hunches
Inspirations of creative art, music, etc. are often from astral plane
Intuition
Kinesiology (muscle testing)/biokinesiology
Kundalini energy
Law of Attraction, work with “Intention”
Levitation and “walking through walls or on water”
Mantra-reciting
Martial Arts
Mediumship
Meridian energies (Nadis are probably 5th-dimensional energy channels in our bodies)

Nature mysticism (“One with Nature” or with a part of Nature)
Nature spirits (fairies, leprechauns, etc. etc.)
Near-death experiences
Ninjas
Numerological influences
Out-of-body experiences
Precognition
Psychic healing (as distinguished from spiritual healing) (involves merging of mental and emotional bodies on astral plane)
Psychic reading (as distinguished from 5th D “just knowing”) (involves merging of mental and emotional bodies on astral plane)

Psycho-kinesis
Remembrance of “past lives”
Remote mind-control
Remote viewing
Reports of “between-life” experiences and planning
Shamanic journeys
Shapeshifting
Some of the Channeled Entities
Soul contracts
Soul retrieval work
Souls (as distinguished from Spirits such as Angels)
Spirits that “possess” people
Synchronicities
Tarot and other “divination” tools
Telepathy viewed as mind-to-mind of separate entities
Totem animals
UFO and ET phenomena, a lot of them, not all, some are probably 5-d
Underworld
Vampires
Visions of religious figures, encounters with them, communications with them
Voodoo effects
Vulcan Mind-meld (merging of mental and emotional bodies on astral plane)
White and black magic
Zombies

Functions of the Astral Plane

The 4th dimension gets a bad rap because it is the location of black magic and “evil spirits” but just like our ordinary so-called 3-d world, it is simply part of the structure of reality, and we cannot exist without it, as I see the matter. It is simply one of the dimensions on which “I” exist. A great deal of what we consider “good” comes from it, too, as you can see from the list.
As our identities expand out of the merely human “I” our identity WILL come to include our 4thdimensional selves/aspects, and that is simply something which the human self learns to embrace and cope with, because it is natural.

The Crucial Role of Astral Plane Shadows and Healing

A great deal of our “shadow” actually resides, IMO, not in our human subconscious, but in our astral plane selves. The thoughts and emotions of the astral plane are experienced as far more “real” and strong/intense than any experience within the human mind aspect of ourselves. And they influence us far more widely and deeply than human-level experiences. They are actually a CONTEXT in which influences on a particular human embodment happen. In other words, they actually set and influence pre-birth, gestation, birth, and post-birth experiences.  
Therefore we will never fully understand how we are who we are, unless we take into account our “astral-plane psychology,” or what we might for shorthand call our past-life psychology: the beliefs and self-images we have played out in many lives and continue to play out in these characters on this stage. In that sense, psychology based within a single lifetime can never be complete nor as powerful as it might be. One needs to understand the “soul-level illusions” being carried, and have those become dissolved. (Soul-level illusions will be the subject of a future paper I write.)

I cannot overemphasize the importance of dealing with 4-D shadow-consciousness in healing ourselves. Psychology cannot begin to address the deepest level on which we have things that can be and need to be healed if we are to function as the healthiest humans possible, whatever stage of development we are in, but especially at the more mature stages.

Therefore, the "astral-plane" healing modalities listed above are far from trivial; I do not "dismiss" anything just because it is mainly or only fourth-dimensional. Trans-personal psychological healing modalities and many of the activities and approaches listed above, are the ONLY ways to approach full healing of our fourth-dimensional illusions/shadows. They are absolutely necessary and crucially important, and need to be utilized fully -- and very carefully, because of their extra potential for introducing shall we say super-human malevolence into our lives. They also are the ONLY ways of introducing super-human benevolence, too, and IMO the ONLY ways to heal certain shadow stuff which ordinary psychology cannot begin to address. 

Lots of times we believe we have "healed" something via medical methods, or via psychological methods, but unless we have healed the astral-plane aspect of whatever the condition or problem was, we are not fully healed, and it will just manifest again in our experience, perhaps in some other way. Complete healing of anything, requires healing every level and aspect of it. So in the concept of "holistic," I would add, the inclusion of our astral-plane selves, including the feelings and beliefs held by that aspect/level of our full multi-dimensional Selves.



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