Since every world of the four worlds has a Kether, they also have an Ain, Ain Soph and Ain Soph Aur. For those of you familiar with Qabalistic ideas, you can flow through the astral without sight, but just in a state of awareness of all events chosen to be perceived. Yet the typical approach to traveling in the spirit is more useful to most. Thus the Sigilum Dei Ameth was created for the elect, to enter the truth, which is beyond form.
|The Tree of Life, used as a guide map for rising through the ethers.|
|Collegium et Spiritus Sancti.|
Through meditation techniques you can attain concentration. You must be in a state of controlled thought. Your body must be unmoving, basically forgotten about. Various relaxation techniques will work for that, especially raising the Ruach, throughout the entire body. As you forget about your body you can become absorbed in the presence of spirituality. For a time you allow that gentleness to flow through you.
|The Tree of Life, a great abstraction in the tradition of the Surrealists.|
You practice this until it is normal to you. Using the vehicle of understanding provided by the Tree of Life you can rise to a Sephirah or path and explore. As is explained we dwell in Malkuth, the Kingdom, that is the world of the physical with all its attributes. We can practice rising through the sky until we enter the starry expanse. This is the 32nd path, having the elements of both earth and spirit attributed to it. We flow through it to the realm of the Moon, or Yesod, which is where the astral begins. This Moon is where etheric forces come to play in all things. It is a violet color, a purple realm of illusion, which can be the plastic substance with which we shape reality. Force leads to form. A perusal of Qabalistic principles will give you an understanding of this side of existence, a travel guide to the astral.
You can develop this through varying techniques. Enter your astral form, then fly to a place you already know. Remember as much of the place as you can, colors, objects, architecture, people, and then return to your body. Compare this with what you already know about the place, and check the history of the locale; if there are any variances with what you saw and what presently exists. A traveler went to a building and saw gold carpet, but was told that the building has green carpeting. Upon asking they found that the carpet used to be gold and was recently replaced with new green carpeting.
This then leads to what today is called remote viewing, or psychic spying. Information gathering. Please note, that only a lucid and well controlled mind can collect information. Practice in mental control and concentration exercises lend to a balanced set of results. Few people gather correct information. Even fewer can shape reality, or perceive it directly.
The ancients used to refer to the astral as the plastic substance of the universe, the world of formation or Yetzirah. They said that it is here that reality can be shaped. The alchemists suggest that it is this plastic substance from which the vegetable or healing stone is made. What to do? A good approach is that offered by the Qabalists. This approach has been altered by modern writers on the subject. Studying 20th century writers who wrote before 1950, following with the old writers will yield better results.
Experiment. How would you shape this Ether if you could shape the ether. With the power of the mind through its power of visualization and will, we often can create phenomena to occur in accordance with the Will of God. We must do more than that. We must create, for the moments we spend doing this, a complete belief in what we are doing. No matter how fantastic the thing is you are trying to create upon the astral, you must be completely committed to the belief in what you are doing for the time you are doing it, in order to gain any results. In the attempt to make illusion into reality we must accept small strides as we progress, not presuming to any successes.