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.
LifeForce, Prana, Chi, Ki, etc. Called a lot of things, but it's just energy in general, really. Emotional, mental, physical, elemental, etc. Different vibrations of the same thing as far as I can tell.
Anything that would send you energy, such as the memories of others accompanied by their emotional/mental reactions, can prolong the deterioration. As would taking energy from people, animals/plants, places (preferably frequented by some form of biological life) or even things (the Sun comes to mind as a good source, but even a rock has an amount of energy constantly moving through it). This 'taking' is simply through basic energy manipulation.
I've always explained it as the Astral is simply another jungle, and you need to feed to survive.
I think no one really knows for sure. All we can do is give our opinions on books we have read or traditions we have been trained in or what we have experienced through meditation or near death experience. We are just flesh and blood and really can not know the unknown. so this is only my experience and opinion. I had a near death experience back in 1996. I was pronounced dead but here I am. I will never forget what i saw. It was a clear bright blue light i was heading to might even say a bright blue sky and what was funny well to me was I met Jim Morrison. He was talking to me. Telling me wonderful things. I was so happy wanted to go with him. and no I was not a fan at that time. But he told me it was not my time and I argued with him but he sent me back. Now since childhood I saw spirits and always felt I talked to Michael the archangel since really little. But this was not what I was expecting. Here is Morrison. But since my death experience spirits became even stronger and the dead were always wanting to chat with me. And most of them like Jim have kept their astral bodies intact. He has mentioned because he is a part of my spirit guides that some do not keep their astral bodies like say when we are alive and get depressed we commit suicide. or others may decide to reincarnate. Just depends. again this is only my experience and thoughts. I really do not know what happens. I am no expert. I do consider myself a psychic medium but that's just my belief. Does make it so. But great question you asked. I believe the astral body does stay strong if we really want it to.
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.
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