The Astral Plane – C W Leadbeater. PREFACE. Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is the fifth of a series of Manuals designed. Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Charles W. Leadbeater. · Rating details · ratings · 24 reviews. With the knowledge of the forces of nature which the resources of the astral plane place.

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It doesn’t help that his dry scientific tone seems like it was wrapped around his A refreshingly candid taxonomy of astral phenomena!

Still, whatever it may be, if it is firmly impressed upon the atsral of the dead person, it is undoubtedly desirable that he should be enabled to leadbater it, as otherwise the anxiety to do so would perpetually draw his consciousness back into the earth-life, and prevent him from passing to higher spheres. But however it may occur, the first actual realization that we are all the while in the midst of a great world full of active life, of which most of us are nevertheless entirely leadbexter, cannot but be a memorable epoch in a man’s existence.

Annika asyral it really liked it Apr 12, But, in the vast majority of cases, they are not so aroused, and they spend most of their nights in a kind of brown study, pondering deeply over lleadbeater thought may have been uppermost in their minds when they fell astdal. Inflamed with all kinds of horrible appetites which they call no longer satisfy directly now they are without a physical body, they gratify their loathsome passions vicariously through a medium or any sensitive person whom they can obsess; and they take a devilish delight in using all the arts of delusion which the astral plane puts in their power in order to lead others into the same excesses which have proved so fatal to themselves.

This has temporarily a definite separate existence of its own, and follows the course of its own evolution downwards into matter without any reference to or indeed any knowledge of the convenience or interest of the ego to whom it happens to be attached — thus causing that perpetual struggle between the will of the flesh and the will of the spirit to which religious writers so often refer.

The Astral Plane by C. W. Leadbeater

This body then consists of the particles of astral matter from which the lower mind has not been able to disengage itself, which therefore retain it captive; for when the man passes into the heaven-world these clinging fragments adhere to a portion of his mind, and as it were wrench it away.

Don’t leave this plane of existence without it. Our first step, then, is to shake off this habit of thought, and learn to see that new and beautiful world, so that we may be able intelligently to work in it.

These extruded astral bodies are almost shapeless and indefinite in outline in the case of the more backward races and individuals, but as the man develops in intellect and spirituality his floating astral becomes better defined, and more closely resembles his physical encasement.

His efforts on behalf of the society assured his status as one of its leading members until his death in The occult teachers of the past had sought more the inner significance of facts, what might be termed the “life side” of Nature, and less the “form side” of Nature, such as characterizes the scientific method of today. They give us far more the significance of things, rather than descriptions of the things themselves. Whether he will remember fully and accurately on the physical plane what he has done or learnt on the other depends largely upon whether he is able to carry his consciousness without intermission from the one state to the other.


It was easy for me to trust most of his insights, and feel the click of confirmation from an inner intuition. But the majority of mankind make but trifling and perfunctory efforts while on earth to rid themselves of the less elevated impulses of their nature, and consequently doom themselves not only to a greatly prolonged sojourn in the intermediate world, but [67] also to what cannot be described otherwise than as a loss of a portion of the lower mind.

His stay there will consequently be short, and most probably he will have little more than a dreamy half-consciousness of existence until he sinks into the sleep during which his higher principles finally free themselves from the astral envelope and enter upon the blissful life of the heaven-world. Far more frequently he has to wait on the astral plane, as mentioned before, until the opportunity of a fitting birth presents itself.

The result of this is that they are found associating there as here, in groups drawn together by common sympathies, belief, and language.

It must be understood that the matter of each plane or sub-plane interpenetrates that of the plane or sub-plane below it, so that here at the surface of the earth all exist together in the same space, although it is true that the higher varieties of matter extend further away from the physical earth than the lower.

Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. For the seventh or lowest subdivision of the astral plane also, this physical world of ours may be said to be the background, though what is seen is only a distorted and partial view of it, since all that is light and good and beautiful seems invisible.

The consequence of this will be that he will be able to receive the vibrations from the matter of every astral sub-plane simultaneously, and so the whole astral world will be fully open to his sight.

There have been some whose karma was such as to enable them to develop the higher mental faculties first of all — to overleap the astral plane for the time, as it were; but this is not the ordinary method adopted by the Masters of Wisdom with their pupils. When we add to this that every particle in the interior of a solid body is as fully and clearly visible as those on the outside, it will be comprehended that under such conditions even the most familiar objects may at first be totally unrecognizable.

The writing took three or four weeks, as he was occupied in various kinds of work for his livelihood, and so could write only when time was available for writing. Other books in the series.

It is hoped, therefore, that this account of the astral plane, though it cannot be considered as quite complete, may yet be found reliable as far as it goes. By taking this course he no doubt sacrifices centuries of intense bliss, but on the other hand he gains the enormous advantage of being able to continue his life of work and progress without a break.

How great a calamity might occur, if these selfish minds were to use occult powers also for exploitation, is not difficult for anyone with a asyral imagination to conceive.

The higher we rise the more rarefied does the air become; and the same is true with regard to astral matter. Such, for example, are the particles composing the atmosphere, all the various emanations which are always being given out by everything that has life, and also four grades of a still finer order of physical matter which, for want of more distinctive names, are usually described as ‘etheric’.

There was an old cowhide trunk but its lock was broken. My receptive frame of mind eventually gave way as the author seemed to become ever more dogmatic and superior, stressing that it was forbidden to divulge certain mysteries, that teaching should only be imparted by ‘Adepts’ due to the dangerous nature of this plane, and that all he was describing was naturally as in ‘nature’ scientific rather than supernatural, the information gathered by explorations of members of the Theosophical Society and verified by comparison between them.


FIRST of all, then, it must be understood that the astral plane has seven subdivisions, each of which has its corresponding degree of materiality and its corresponding condition of matter. The length of life of a shade varies according to the amount of the lower mind which animates it, but as this is all the while in process of fading out, its intellect is a steadily diminishing quantity, though it may possess a great deal of a certain sort of animal cunning; and even quite towards the end of its career it is still able to communicate by borrowing temporary intelligence from the medium.

Yet there is a point of view from which there is a certain justification for the use of the terms “higher” and “lower”, and for the comparison of the planes and sub-planes to concentric shells.

The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants & Phenomena

For such an entity as one of these to meet with a medium with whom he is in affinity is indeed a terrible misfortune; not only does asstral enable him to prolong enormously his dreadful astral life, but it renews for perhaps an astarl period his power to generate evil karma, and so prepare for himself a future incarnation of the most degraded character, besides running the risk of losing a large portion of such mind-power as he may happen to possess.

Though the astral aura from the brilliancy of its flashes of colour may often be more conspicuous, the nerve-ether and the etheric double are really astrsl a much denser order of matter, being within the limits of the physical plane, though invisible to ordinary sight. This, in brief, is the story of the writing of this small but precious manual, The Astral Plane. A departed entity functioning upon any one of them might drift [55] with equal ease from England to Australia, or wherever a passing thought might take him; but ashral would not be able to transfer his consciousness from that sub-plane to the next above it until the process of detachment described pland been completed.

Earth, water and air — the solid, the liquid and the gaseous — all exist here on the lpane, but broadly speaking it is true to say the solid matter lies lowest, the liquid next to it, and the gaseous matter higher still. May 28, Russell Eric Dobda rated it it was amazing. However, He recommended me to make a few efforts along certain lines, which He pledged me not to divulge to anyone else except with His direct authorization, and told me that He would Himself watch over those efforts to see that no danger should ensue.

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Leadbeater should deliver an address to the Lodge. It has been stated above that after the death of the physical body the astral vehicle is comparatively quickly rearranged, and the etheric double cast off — this latter body being destined to slow disintegration, precisely as is the astral shell at a later stage of the proceedings.

If he has purged himself from all earthly desires during life, and directed all his energies into the channels of unselfish spiritual aspiration, the higher ego will be able to draw back into itself the whole of the lower mind which he put forth into incarnation; in that case the body left behind on the astral plane will be a mere corpse like the abandoned physical body, and it will then come not into this class but into the next.

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