Some say that when we die, the astral body starts to decay and disintegrates as well. Others say the astral body stays intact and we can exist as an astral entity for thousands of years. Which one is true? Do we decay further after death? If yes, can we somehow strengthen our astral bodies through an exercise so that we could live forever on the astral plane?
Yes, it can deteriorate. Yes, there are methods to prevent this deterioration. There are also ways to strengthen the Astral body itself as well as increase the conscious control you have over it.
The Astral body is an energy system. All energy systems lose energy over time, and like many there are ways for this energy system to both absorb fresh energy as well as better limit the amount that's expended unnecessarily.
Whether the primal body is astral or ethereal, I take solace in that each successive "death" is the welcome removal of training wheels. But I can well imagine that a spirit, after epochs, might say "I"m simply tired of existing, and have exhausted my potential".
The soul is ruled by certain laws. Such as Alpha and Omega. This brings forth the concept of eternity. Eternity is basically out side of time. Yet I imagine it stretching from the beginning to the end parallel to reality. This creates an interesting phenomena. Such as prayer. When a prayer is recited it then travels into the eternal. When the prayer returns from eternity it is capable of doing so at any point within the timeline of reality. This entails receiving blessings from prayers recited in other lifetimes. I generally consider the soul body as an expression of life. A gift that may be held as ones karma. A deep concern is then not necessarily about death and deterioration. But instead the question of salvation or damnation. For if the soul is eternal and always a part of life. Then in any instance such is saved or damned. Then the affect of such touches the entire alpha and omega of ones journey. Some would say that there is no rest for the wicked. Further mention is in accord to the mental body or spirit. Which works with time and space. In order to strengthen such I would recommend meditation.
Hey Sorcerer! I've had an experience where, I'd managed to go to the Underworld. All of a sudden, I found myself on a green beautiful field. At the time, it was night, but the grass looked, liked like they glowing, and illuminating the atmosphere. I saw my Great Grandmother, my grandmother, and my grandfather. It was great! I'll let you know of my encounter with Robin Williams as well later.
It's been about 29 to 40 years, since My great grandmothers passed away, both one from My Mother side, and the other one from my Father side. When I had the experience I'd mentioned above, they were so glad to see me. Although they thought I was dead as well. They were like: "Are you dead?" and I was like no. They were confused, I have to go back and helped them out to understand who they really are.
Thank you for your interest!
Namaste, and many Blessings to you and your Love Ones.