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Astral Body Traveling
There is much confusion existing in the minds of the average students of occultism concerning the
distinction between astral visioning by means of the astral senses in clairvoyance, and the visioning
of the astral senses during the travels of the astral body away from the physical body. There is such
a close connection between the two several phases of occult phenomena that it is easy to mistake
one for the other; in fact, there is often such a blending of the two that it is quite difficult to
distinguish between them. However, in this lesson I shall endeavor to bring out the characteristics of
astral body visioning, that the student may learn to distinguish them from those of the ordinary
clairvoyant astral visioning, and recognize them when he experiences them.
The main points of distinction are these:
When visioning clairvoyantly by means of the astral senses, the clairvoyant usually perceives the scene, person or event as a picture on a flat surface. It is true that there is generally a perfect perspective, similar to that of a good stereoscopic view, or that of a motion picture, in that the figures "stand out", and do not appear "flat" as in the case of an ordinary photograph; but still, at the best, it is like watching a motion picture, inasmuch as the whole scene is all in front of you. Visioning in the astral body, on the contrary, gives you an "all
around" view of the scene. That is to say, in such case you see the thing just as you would were you there in your physical body, you see in front of you, and on the sides of you, out of the corner of your eye; if you turn your head, you may see in any direction; and you may turn around and see what is happening behind you. In the first, case you are merely gazing at an astral picture in front of you; while in the second place you are actually there in person.
There are some limitations to this "seeing all around" when in the astral body, however, which I should note in passing. For instance, if when in the astral body, you examine the akashic records of the past, or else peer into the scenes of the future, you will see these things merely as a picture, and will not be conscious of being present personally in the scene.
(An apparent exception is to be noted here, also, if your past-time visioning includes the perception of yourself in a former incarnation, you may be conscious of' living and acting in your former personality; again if you are psychometrizing from fossil remains, or anything.concerned with a living creature of the past, you may "take on" the mental or emotional conditions of that creature, and seem to sense things from the inside, rather than from the outside. This, of course, is also a characteristic of the ordinary clairvoyant vision of the past.) But when, in the astral body, you perceive a present-time scene in space, you are, to all intents and purposes, an actual participant, in that you are actually present at the place and
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