The following was submitted by a friend who has been a regular
astral-traveller all her life. It's a cautionary tale about the
darker end of the astral spectrum and advice on how to avoid it.
Note that this is the last place new travellers should ever expect
to end up in, but seeing that so little about the content of the
astral planes is available, it is good knowledge for the would-be
astral traveller to be armed with.
Iíve had experiences all my life of astral travelling in the dream
state as well as in meditation and some spontaneous visionary
types of experiences. Before I did any extensive spiritual
development or training I sometimes would travel to parts of the
lower astral plane that were quite dark and I had difficulty
dealing with some of the spirits and energies that resided in such
I thought Iíd share one difficult experience I had and then some
of my general thoughts on the astral plane.
I was staying with some relatives in a part of New Zealand where
there are some fairly unusual and chaotic energy currents. My
family and I had all got together and had been drinking that day
and when I went to sleep I had the most intense dream.
In my dream I was walking through tunnels of a jet black sticky
gluey like substance. I found with some effort I could push my way
through the walls of the tunnels. Each wall I pushed through would
open up into an area inhabited by very scary beings. I kept trying
as hard as I could to escape such a horrible place but each new
area I pushed through to was just as bad as the last one and I
didnít know how to get out. It was like being trapped in some kind
of horror movie that just kept getting worse.
After what seemed like hours I came to a place with hordes of dead
spirits. If I didnít know any better I would of said it was the
place where guys that get their kicks from vandalism, rape and
general violence go after they die judging from the types of
things they were doing.
I tried to walk past the area they were congregated in but they
spotted me. They were burning some sort of bonfire and were having
some kind of party.
I was held by two of the guys and was told that they were going to
have some fun with me before I went on the bonfire. I freaked out
but was totally trapped and powerless.
The only thing I could think of doing was screaming a friends name
at the top of my lungs. My friend had been involved in occultism
for years and he showed up and rescued me.
When I woke up from that dream I had a splitting headache which
wouldnít go away. I called my friend who told me he had a dream
where I called out to him and he rescued me from a terrible place
that matched the description of what I saw in my dream. I told him
about my headache and he recommended I go see a spiritual healer
that he knew. So three days later (still suffering from the
headache) I went to see the healer. He said that I had some thick
black energy coating my head which was the reason for my headache.
He did his healing work and the black energy and the headache
disappeared. I guess I picked up the black energy from pushing my
way through all those black sticky tunnel walls in the dream.
I have been back to similar places like that now and then in
dreams. Fortunately in later times I have had some knowledge of
techniques that would remove me from such zones of the astral
plane. The way I understand it is that all places on the astral
plane resonate to different frequencies. Some places are denser
and lower in vibration, others are lighter and higher in
vibration. Itís my understanding now that after a person dies they
naturally go to a place that is closest to their own frequency for
awhile. During this time the astral body slowly is cast off in the
same way the physical body is released upon death. I think people
naturally gravitate to where they are most comfortable and if you
go to a dark place, chances are your earthly life was similar
anyway, so there are no surprises in what you may find in the
Over the years I have found that chanting sacred sounds and
mantras or visualising images like the sun seem to work in
removing me from the lower vibrational astral worlds and the
attention of their occupants. I think if you are practising a form
of meditation or chanting everyday it comes more naturally and is
more powerful at times like these when you need it most. These
spiritual techniques seem to work because they align your own
energy with higher dimensional energies and the lower worlds just
slip away from you.
The astral realms seem in many ways more complicated to me than
physical realities. One of the difficulties with the astral realms
is that your thoughts take form and have a life of their own. So
say you are on the astral plane and for some reason think of
something scary. Once the thought has been formed that fear comes
to life, enlivened by your own energy and presents itself in front
of you. These simulacra seem very real and difficult to deal with
because they are formed from your own energies. It is useful to
develop some techniques that you feel comfortable with in working
with your own dark side and inner fears as you get more into
exploring the astral worlds. It is also useful to develop
relationships with deities, guides or totem animals that can
assist you and guide you in these realms. There are many ways of
doing this and many books that offer guidance on such things.