Create and animate your astral shadow

This post is how to create and animate your astral shadow. Astral shadows have several uses but these two are quite common,

  1. If you wish to use the astral pathways to travel.
  2. If you wish to create an astral guard for yourself while you are busy doing something.

Creating an astral shadow self is a two step process.

  1. First is to create an exact copy of your astral self. Your astral self is composed of the subtle-body and the causal body (You leave behind the gross anna-mai-kosh). For creating an astral copy of yourself you need to know how you look on the astral planes. Every tiny detail has to be replicated. You focus and create this copy of your subtle body.
  2. The second step is animating this astral self. You pull out the consciousness from your current body and put it into the astral shadow body you have created. Thus it gets animated and you have consciously left your physical gross body anna-mai-kosh. Your physical body is not dead, the soul is connected to it by a ‘silvery cord’. It is actually more golden-silvery-shimmery. Or you can animate it for a specific task which can be ‘programmed’ into it, here you don’t transfer your entire consciousness.

All this requires a significant amount of energy. To create the astral self and then animate it. So think twice about why you are doing this. Then there are the dangers of the astral, so you should never never attempt these things alone. Always have your real-live teacher guiding you.

So this post is, in a way, just for information.

Some of us travel astrally at night. Here we are doing it under the control of the sub-conscious mind. This impacts on the physical body after you wake up, like typical pressures on the head, intense body pain, nausea etc. Creating and using an astral shadow self is different as you are doing it under the control of the conscious mind. But the physical symptoms will occur, be prepared for this.

The easiest way is to use the Chhaya-sadhana method. I have written about how to focus on your shadow as a spiritual practice in my earlier post here. Do read it. I had mentioned that tantriks use this method to create a shadow of themselves. If you do this shadow-practice for 21 days with full focus and intention, you will sense your after-image projected into the skies becoming more than just an after-image. This now starts becoming a ‘chhaya-purush’, an astral replica of yourself. Depending on how strong your mental energies are, this chhaya-purush will become stronger and more defined. It might take upto 6 months to get the highest possible details. As you practice and focus deeply, you will be able to call your chhaya-purush at your third-eye chakra at any time you want to.

Till this point this exercise can be done by everyone. Recognising your astral self and being aware of it, is a good thing for the student of the occult.

Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses

Now you know that your personal soul/ jiv-atma or personal consciousness, resides at the third eye chakra. The ajnya chakra is very important for just this reason. If you are able to visualise your finely detailed chhaya-purush in your third-eye chakra, you can easily transfer your entire personal consciousness into it. Understand this statement. You are transferring your complete consciousness into an astral shadow. You will be seeing, working, moving out of this shadow. So the first thing you will see is your material body sitting in front of you, without animation. So even if you are not scared of anything, this is one thing which will scare and scare badly, guaranteed.

Removing the consciousness from the physical body and putting it into the shadow is a mental process. You visualise it, intend it and it happens. There is no need for any ritual or ceremony. However before attempting something like this, it is always better to cleanse the room, this will reduce interference. Switch off the lights, as darkness and silence allow greater focus. Sit on your asan, meditate or breath deeply a few times. Request energy and help from your source of faith, your favourite deity, etc. Concentrate in your third eye chakra and call in your chhaya-purush. It will float in front of you. Now visualise yourself exiting your material body and entering your shadow. You will. Also keep track of the silvery cord linking the two bodies now onwards. Go wherever you want to and do whatever it is. After you finish, follow the silvery cord back to your physical body and just visualise entering it again. After you re-enter, remember to dissolve the shadow. This is all about intention so be very clear about what you are thinking/ feeling/ intending.

You have travelled astrally consciously.

After you return, the body will feel the strain. There will be a dull ache all over, a point of pressure within your skull etc. This should resolve eventually. But to set all your bodies back properly you will have to do some self-healing. (I like using the extended form of Gayatri Mantra for this, as it fixes the bodies back within each other perfectly.)

However you don’t need to push your entire consciousness into your astral shadow. Intending that it goes and does something is rather a small task so you can just programme it and send it off. It will be less draining than transferring your consciousness completely. eg If you want to create a guard shadow as a watchman while you are busy, you will programme your chhaya-purush accordingly. You will instruct it to look for danger/ disturbance coming towards you from all the 10 directions, east, west, north, south, NE, NW, SE, SW, up and down. It will remain inert and watchful. In case of psychic attack it will respond by fighting back. Just remember that it is your projection, your energy, so as it gets battered while fighting astrally you will feel the effects too. When you pull it back into yourself, you will gain a report of what it was doing or what did it observe.

Then there is the second method which is used by western occultists. I haven’t used it, my brother has. (He experiments, he used to take more risks when he was younger.)

So the basic theory remains the same. But here you visualise an exact physical body, same as yours, right down to your nails and hair! In chhaya-sadhana you use a mantra, the energy of the sun/moon, your chakras and things. In this second method you are simply focussing on your physical appearance. Look at your actual physical body in the mirror. Try to remember how you look. Close your eyes and re-create your physical image here. Imagine every bit of your physical body strongly. As you do this intensely, maybe a 6 month time-frame, and you will be able to call on your exact physical like-ness to the tinest detail to your third eye.

Once you have achieved this, the further process remains the same. You pull out the consciousness from your third eye chakra and put it in your visualised body. It also separates just as easily and you will be able to move into the astral dimensions using it. And yes, the visual of your actual physical body sitting like a mass of flesh will unnerve you at first.

There are a lot of things around us. The astral dimensions are not peaceful glowy lights and soft music. There are very real dangers there. Things which attack the mind. If you get scared or emotional or feel disgust or anything for that matter you are in trouble. Most of us have no need to fiddle about with these things. And even for those of us who are required by karma to get involved with the invisible, proper guidance is essential. You need a live person teacher in front of you while actually attempting these antics.

So whoever it was who asked this question on astral projection start by building up your mind. Learn to keep your emotions, your feelings, your mind in your absolute control. This is not easy, but yes, if you build yourself up and practice you will be able to do create your astral shadow, animate and use it.

 

Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses

There is a fundamental difference between methods which use Sanskrit mantra and those which do not. If you are not using Mantra, the energy of the process becomes tamasik, ultimately damaging the practitioner. In India too, there are several dubious people/ tantriks who work with entities, spirit slaves etc. This is very dangerous.

There are several movies which show entities fighting back and harming the exorcists. This happens if you do not use the energy of Sanskrit Mantra. My brothers and I use the energy of Mantra-s, intentions, the blessings of our Devi and our Guru. Thus we do not get harmed in anything that we do. We dedicate all that we do to the Ultimate Parabrahma so that we do not attract karma.

The secret of all Tantra is clarity of intention and the power of your mind. This comes only with regular spiritual practice.

Moon in Scorpio into the subconscious

Signs of the zodiac are classified into fiery, watery and airy. Or as moveable, stable and dual-natured. They also have an associated Gun, satvik, rajasik or tamasik. These words do not literally mean water, fire etc but indicate qualities.

Scorpio is a watery sign, ruled by Mars and is a stable/fixed sign. It is Rajasic in nature. It might seem that these words are contradictory but they describe different aspects of the sign. Rashi is the apt Sanskrit word for sign, which means a ‘collection’, the sign is a collection of qualities. If your birth Moon is placed in Scorpio you are a very different personality. You are aware and in control of the powers of your astral self, specifically the pran-mai-kosh.

Moon in Scorpio into the subconscious

Raja-gun means that the you feel emotionally satisfied only when you are in motion. This motion is generally internal, invisible in Scorpio. You are constantly thinking/ feeling new strategies within. You have the entire summary of your past/ present/ future/ parallel lives to explore and use within yourself. You drill down into your own subconscious mind ever in search of resources. You can also penetrate into the minds of their family/ friends/ enemies too with this same intensity and focus. You observe and intuit highly personal information about others. This makes you dangerous and people tend to be rather uncomfortable around you.

Mars rules this sign. He demonstrates his challenging, explosive, penetrating, forceful, etc characteristics here too. Here he will use emotions, the aura, astral self, movement of pran, power of intention etc as his weapons to attack your own subconscious and also other’s. These attacks are usually invisible to the eye. He will control the ‘musculature’ and strength, not of the physical body but of the astral body. He will decide and also manipulate the structure of the naadi/energy channels and the vitality/pran flowing through. He gives you power to consciously control pran!

Now the Moon in the horoscope represents the physical mother, maternal figures, initial schooling, childhood home, nurturing and nutrition. All these aspects of life will reflect these similar Scorpio traits of change.

The natural eighth of the zodiac. So expect a lot of emotional turmoil for yourself and also in your surroundings triggered by your mere presence. You are emotionally ready for any shocking catastrophic change. You thrive on them!

Scorpio is a stable/ fixed sign. This means you have tremendous will power, you can focus on the essential. Mars uses the unfathomable resources of the entire sookshma-sharir, ie the subtle body, with single-minded focus. He is a hunter, a predator of the astral world. If anyone crosses you, you target the emotions. Thus your language is generally incisive, critical, harsh, vindictive, blaming and revengeful. You will try to subconsciously dominate always. Moon in Scorpio creates moodiness and discontent. He responds to threats, real or imagined, with an attack on the astral/ emotional self.

Water is fluid, it can take on different shapes depending on the vessel. As a Scorpio-birth Moon, you are determined in your ideas of dominating others, you command. And your will to implement these ideas is also constant (fixed sign). However you will use different strategies as you are also fluid. You will adopt all psychological, mental, emotional, astral tools at your disposal, highly imaginative. You can in turn become a fluid water, turn into solid ice or scalding steam. The focus and the ability to use, to crush, to command if necessary. And extremely skilled. You does not trust anyone deeply. Mars is made for domination. So you feel satisfaction only when you can dominate everyone around you emotionally. Scorpios have an emotional need to be in control.

Moon in Scorpio into the subconscious

Or imagine water flowing in a network of pipes. It can be shut down in some and forced into other pipes. Now Mars with focussed will has the skill to consciously regulate the movement of pran/vital energy on which the body/mind works. This ability is important for spiritual progress. He will be ultimately shutting down the body’s other naadis and sending all the pran you take in only into the Sushumna. Evolved Scorpios engaged in regular spiritual practice can do this more easily. They can manipulate pran in the bodies of other people also. They can heal as well as hurt with this ability they possess. So becoming energy-healers, shamans, tantrik etc is natural to them.

Mars creates the body which experiences and also the environment which is experienced. As the natural ruler of the 1st Aries, he creates the physical body/world around you. And as the natural ruler of the 8th Scorpio, he creates the astral body/world surrounding you. He is birth, death and rebirth. Death is as vital a process as birth. Death does not mean and end, it simply means a fresh start, a transformation.

Scorpio controls reproductive and regenerative ability of the body. You are experimental and exploratory by nature. Affairs before marriage and during marriage are possible. In marriage there exists some dissatisfaction because the two have different ideas related to sensual pleasures. The partner prefers outgoing boisterous energy, eg family group type activities. Scorpio-Moon prefers secret domination and a bit of tension in marriage. Also will not express his real emotions ever. Scorpio also rules over the reproductive organs and the act of childbirth. Can be a good doctor/ surgeon.

Reconstructive and destructive events often occur in the life of Scorpio-Moon placements. You accept change in your own personality and surroundings in both the physical and emotional contexts. You have a very high level of confidence in traumatic and emotional situations. Scorpio is aware. It has an internal maturity of both maternal/ paternal emotions. It also has the necessary emotional readiness to interact with public, society and foreign elements. So it is are quite capable of facing any situation in life with perfect composure.

A watery sign has considerable intuition, it uses the resources of its astral self naturally, spontaneously and more often. The sign has access to astral selves of other people too. Their interaction is more on the astral levels than the physical levels. If you meet someone who has significant number of planets in the watery signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces you ‘feel’ the interaction more. The auras interact with more intensity. If you are a watery Moon and your best friend too, you might notice being together without talking for long periods but then feeling like you have had entire conversations in silence. The aura exchanges information more easily in watery signs.

Watery signs are about ‘rhythm’, there is a distinct ebb and rise in your every action. Water also has depth, things move unseen, gather force till they explode like underwater volcanoes. Just like hydraulics which uses the power of fluids, Scorpio uses the targeted power of the fluid astral self in a very targeted and dangerous manner. Watery depths conceal secrets. Secrets about oneself and of other people are known to the Scorpios. And they will use them in unexpected force to dominate.

Moon in Scorpio into the subconscious

Now some astrologers completely forget to study about the Nakshatra, lunar mansions. If you want to perfect your readings, you have to learn the Nakshtra in detail. It will make your understanding of the D-9 Navamsha divisional charts also easier. Scorpio consists of 3 lunar mansions.

Vishakha – influenced by Jupiter. It uses concealed sources of wisdom to create changes to itself and its surroundings. There are rhythmic large surges in growth. Something like cell division? To grow there is first the pain of division. Desires to learn and then teach too. Is capable of healing type of pranic manipulation and the occasional kindness. A healer doctor.

Anuradha – influenced by Saturn. This lunar mansion uses secrets to resist dangers. It transforms itself by disciplined response to emotional challenges. Here the role of karmic influences in higher and the explosions of Mars’s energy are regulated. You cannot rest, there are so many duties lined up. You need to work. A doctor who works in the trauma emergency ward?

Jeyshtha – influenced by Mercury. Highly intelligent, inventive and skilful of the three. This naksahtra born are intelligent, analytical, calculative and communicative. However they will communicate nil iIf they wish to hurt someone, they know the exact precise amount of cutting words to use. Can directly confront with single minded force, refutes other’s ideas. Can be a good investigative or detective agent. Understands the criminal mind very well. Birth Moon in the very last degrees of Jeyshtha means it is a Gandant birth with its own set of issues.

Moon in debilitation. The energy of the Scorpio environment is completely unmatched to the Moon’s nature. For a Scorpio Moon to be successful the ascendant sign/lord should be well placed. The Mars should be capable of giving benefic effect. And such a Moon should be influenced by benefic and auspicious planets. Scorpio is a highly esoteric rashi. If you are a Scorpio-birth Moon, choose to explore your inner spirituality. You will be great here.

Here you are aware of the biggest fragility of of the human being. The sookshma-sharir, the subtle body. You are aware of deepest emotional astral needs, which everyone keeps secret. Acknowledge to yourself your own frailty. What you do with this knowledge, decide for yourself. This is the challenge.

If you learn to trust your own entire self, trust the conscious and the sub-conscious both. The sub-conscious mind is not a challenge that you annihilate with brute force! Yes, ultimately you will annihilate your self so that you can create yourself anew but if you try to understand the process and the reasons it will be more fulfilling. The natural Moksh trikon is created using the energies of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. These three signs are the most mysterious of the twelve. In Scorpio, secrets and hidden forces are used to liberate the soul from the illusion of the manifested Universe.

 

Moon in Scorpio into the subconscious

The energy beauty of sounds

If you have been able to re-learn to see auras, you have now opened for yourself completely new dimensions. You can now ‘see’ sound, ‘see’ tastes, ‘see’ touch and ‘see’ smells, and ultimately you will be able to ‘see’ your own magnificent self too!

The energy beauty of sounds

So where is the real you? In this physical body the real you is located ‘behind’ your third eye in a location called the Kuthastha. This is the seat of yourself, the consciousness, also called the ‘hrudaya’. Now this is the place where all the pran/vital energy, that you pull in from the Universe is brought for allocating it for various activities. Here you decide how to use it best, during the awake phase you allocate it to the organs of sense and action of your robot/body and during the sleeping phase you allot it for rest and rejuvenation of the body and also for your Self. So the point is that the real you is the one who senses everything not your sense organs as such. These sense organs are powered by pran they recieve from the Kutastha. If you have become sufficiently conscious of your Kuthastha Purush/real you, you can just sense everything (taste, smell, hearing, touch and sight) from your third eye, you don’t need the senses of the robot/body.

So enough of theory, back to what this post is about, a look on how sounds ‘look’ like. A small example, you are in bed, the room is dark, you are half asleep and guy in the room above your’s drops a weight on his floor, in your half-asleep state you hear a thud with your ears, but you also see a burst of light in front of your eyes. You ‘see’ the thud! I am very sure this has happened to you at some time. Maybe you didn’t understand what happened but the next time this happens remember it! So here are some very familiar sounds and how they look like. You can practice ‘seeing’ sound by tying a blindfold on your physical eyes and trying to focus on the sound with your third eye. Try it sometime when you are especially relaxed and in nature, with minimum artificial sounds around you. These are tiny exercises which will help you become more aware of the real you. Here are a few examples of everyday sounds to pique your interest.

Thunder looks like a explosion , a sort of a sphere with spikes of energy projections often electric blue and of undescribable color. If you ‘see’ the sound of the wind through trees it looks like a network of glittery stuff undulating in regular curves and loops. Ocean is another beautiful sound, the waves are a series of parallel lines changing colors as they break on the sea-shore. The chirping of birds has typical loops and curving lines of different colors. The birdsongs which sounds sweet to your ears are beautiful, regular loops of light. And the harsh cawing of crows is seen as waves of jagged crests and dips. I once saw the tiger in the zoo roar, it was a terrible blast of energy, am sure its prey animals must be ‘seeing’ it too, thus freezing with fright.

The national anthem and similar music played by the police band for march-past is a powerful pulsing rhythm, very strongly undulating. It affects everyone’s astral bodies so much so that brings in powerful surges of strength. It is so stong and entraining that it stops the mind from independent thoughts. It is needed for soldiers I guess. Now to human speech, when someone speaks in anger the sounds is seen as a high red colored energy wave of sharp highs. An innocent laugh of a young child is seen as loops of softly colored luminous clouds.  Artificial laughter is almost always brown/grey, sharp waves of light, quite unpleasant. A genuine real laugh is rounded clouds of yellowish or bright light.

Then the barking of dogs (almost everywhere in Indian cities) creates highly distasteful bursts of projectiles of light which severely unsettle the astral body. A train screeching loudly is equivalent to a knife of dirty murky light cutting  into the astral body. Repeated exposure to such sounds will damage the astral body beyond its ability to repair itself. And a damaged astral body will result in an illness of the physical body soon. Repeated loud sharp noises are like blows of traumatic energy and irritate the astral body. This discordant energy affects the mind, tiring it and robbing it of its ability to think clearly.  If this continues, physical symptoms are not far behind. The continuous sounds of modern living are damaging us on levels which we cannot even comprehend. Especially for children with their highly sensitive astral and mental selves, such ceaseless noise can lead to a lifetime of problems.

So it is important to take a break from city life as frequently as possible by being in nature, by the sea-shores, in the mountains like the Himalayas, near rivers of high positive energy like the Ganga etc. But not all of us can do this very often, so it is important to fortify ourselves against this non-stop cacophony polluting our cities. You can do this by listening to classical music performed by a master who has immersed himself in the music (not amateur musicians). The quality of such music is divine, beyond beautiful. Amateur music is dull bursts of energy. Stringed instruments and wind instruments are the best sources of such light bright energies. Religious chants are also very good for the astral body’s health. Especially Mantras in Sanskrit are the best way to repair your astral self.

Listen to uplifting soothing music, it not only soothes your soul but repairs your astral, mental and physical bodies in the process.

We are surrounded by sound, everything even our thoughts create sound vibrations. Just maybe if we can cut past the discordances that we have created for ourselves we just might hear the sound of ourself, Om!

 

The energy beauty of sounds

Astral travel, how to control it

Recently I came across a new client who complained of being tired all the time, getting typical pressure type of headaches feeling dizzy, getting flashes in her eyes and all this despite having a comfortable life style and sleeping properly. And was spiritual with a regular puja schedule etc. The doctors did not find anything wrong with her physical body.

I looked up her horoscope and it was so interesting to see that she had her ketu conjuct with venus which was her ascendant lord. The saturn was in the 12th house aspecting the moon in the 6th.

But my client was travelling astrally almost every night and that explained her physical symptoms. Our body is made up of layers, the physical body is visible to the eyes the other bodies are more eletro-magnetic in nature can just be felt. The way I visualised it was her other bodies were literally flying away from her physical body like kites. It was the first time I had seen someone in such a state. Of course this was partly reflected from her horoscope.

Ascendant venus with ketu – disassociated feeling of “self”, apathy and non interest in the physical sense of the self as in the physical body

Saturn in the 12th house – the main karmic planet in the 12th house of ‘unknowing’, 12th house represents dreams, sleep, unknown depths of the mind etc. And saturn representing her karmic burden and the karmic work that she had to perform in this life. So her main karmic workload was in the realm of dreams and subconscious state.

Saturn aspecting moon in the 6th house – the emotions and expression of emotions was highly restricted and her understanding of the subconscious realm during her awake state was practically nil.

There are 4 types of existance, jagrut (awake), swapna  (dreaming), shushupti (deep sleep) and turiya (transcendence). And in all these states we have to fulfill our karma.

So my client was in her swapna state leaving her body, moving about in her astral form and completing a sizeable amount of her karmic load in her sleep. And her physical body was suffering badly as a result and she was completely unaware of her astral travel. It was understandably traumatic for her as she was using up all of her energies in the dream state and not knowing what it was being used for.

There was a relatively easy way to settle her other bodies properly inside her physical body. The powerful Gayatri mantra in its complete form.

भूः भुवः स्वः  महः जनः तपः सत्यम्
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्
आपो ज्योती रसोऽमृतं ब्रह्म भूर्भुवः स्वरोम् |

She chanted this full Gayatri mantra 108 times in one set, thus was able to fix her other bodies back into her physical body and her dizziness, flashing lights nausea symptoms faded. (Sit on your asan, in any yogasan posture. Keep your palms in the bhairav mudra on your lap. The recite this long form of gayatri, 3, 27 or 108 times. Keep your focus on your ajnya chakra between your eyebrows. Each of the vyhrutis, eg. om bhu with the muladhar, om bhuvah with the swadhisthana, om swaha with the manipur, om maha with the anahata, om janah with the vishuddhi, on tapah with the ajnya till the om satyam for the crown chakra help ‘fix’ the chakras and all your energy bodies to these chakras.)

For recovering her energies I advised her to do reiki healing on herself everyday which worked wonderfully. And for reducing and stopping such daily astral travel again reiki worked with drawing cho ku re symbol over her feet and ankles locking her body during sleep. And as she had a regular dhyan puja system in place already she was strong enough to bring about her own cure

It was wonderful working with this client as she realised her own strengths and whatever was done to treat her problems was done by her own self.

I believe our higher self, hidden within us, knows what is going wrong with us and if allowed to can perform miracles.

 

astral travel