Sep 062002

On my birthday friends called and gave me flowers and gifts and I gave them a copy of a five page article called “The Astral Planes and Other Worlds of Spirit” written by Marc Marcy. My husband’s sudden death has made everyone more mortal. This wonderful article reassures all of us not only of life after life (I’m sure we all know that already) but explains how we will travel and whom we will meet.

Much of what is said in this article has been described by Yogi Ramacharaka in the fourteen lessons he gave in the year 1904. Still, it is nice to get a more modern version to remind us that during our lives on Earth and beyond we determine our vibratory rate by our thoughts, attitudes and spiritual understanding. Fear and resentment produce low vibrations, while love produces very high vibrations, while orthodox closed-mindedness (whether religious, scientific or political) produces low vibrations. Attachment to worldly things creates low vibrations while detachment in the eastern tradition produces high vibrations.

The astral planes are generally divided into lower, middle and higher planes, although each division contains many, many divisions of varying vibrational rates.

Marc Macy describes Timestream as a “sending station” where people arrive with the same psychological and emotional nature they had when they died and where shortcomings and imbalances can be overcome through rapid learning, assisted by higher beings. To me this Sending Station already seems like Home. There is much I have to learn and some I have to overcome before reaching higher planes. Timestream was created by human minds and is as “real” to its spiritual inhabitants as the earth is to us.

More spiritual work needs to be done on the concepts of attachment and non-attachment. Attachment can mean love and love would mean higher vibrations. Detachment can mean indifference and a suicidal depression with low vibrations. If a thing gives me joy, I am attached to joy, not to the thing. When a thing that gave me joy is lost , I try to let go. And when I succeed in letting go there is peace. I explained this to a friend, talking about my new Salwar – an Indian outfit with which I am “re-inventing myself” to make our village friends feel more comfortable. I love this for the joy and comfort it gives me. But supposing it goes in the wash and comes back in shreds then “attachment” will be put to the test. Do I throw a tantrum? Or do I let go?

In some ways Timestream has already become my Home. I am learning. And I feel I am being helped.