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I have read a lot about ethereal beings and astral plane
I have heard that these two are different
Can anyone explain.the difference between these two worlds clearly
Or are they same?
I know some explainations but i am not clear
Generally, the term "ethereal plane" is used to refer to the level of existence encompassing the subtle energy that is closely tied to locations and objects on the physical plane. For example, the subtle energy present in a personâ€™s body (their energy system and aura), and the ambient energies at various physical locations. Ghosts are present primarily on this plane. Some entities either exist on this plane or project themselves to it since it is easier to interact with the physical world from the ethereal plane than it is from the astral plane. It's also sometimes called the lower astral plane.
The term "astral plane" is used to refer to the collection of levels of existence that are based on what we know of as subtle energy. There are actually many planes and sub-planes that make up the astral, and they are completely non-physicalâ€“they do not correlate to any physical location. Astral entities are the native inhabitants of these planes. It's also sometimes called the Astral Realm.
Does that help?
Yeah it did help clear a lot of things
In my meditations and connection to the collective mind I found a wealth of information about the astral plane and what it really is. The astral plane is a buffer, or a divider between the physical and spirit planes. There is a great deal of overlap and this is what creates the appearance of "levels" of the astral plane. I diagrammed it once based on a session where I had asked the collective mind about it. If you take two triangles, one point up and one point down, and overlap them so that the points connect to the base of the other this is essentially how we connect to the spirit plane. Everywhere there is overlap exists the astral plane, as a cushion to prevent the two realities from colliding.
The "levels" are created by the varied exposure to one side or the other. To give a visual, imagine the ocean at the surface. This is the physical plane. Once you touch the water you are pressing into the ethereal plane. As you go deeper and deeper the pressure becomes greater and the light from outside becomes weaker. Once you reach the pitch black bottom you are touching the spirit plane. I don't know for certain what would happen if you were to push through but I would imagine it would not be good.
If I may add my input as well... in my study of the ethereal and astral plains/realms a few things have stuck out to me insomuch that I feel them to be factual truth. (Again though this is my opinion and you can do as you will with it in the area of belief or disbelief.) In my years of active study into these realms/plains, I have found that it is quite apparent that the human as a whole is made of 5 major parts and these exist in plains of consciousness all their own. This is how we are connected to these plains. You can consider it similar in generality as logging in to many different sites with usernames, for you have access to these sites once you are plugged into the consciousness of that part of your being. The 5 major parts of the human as a whole are the body (physical world), spirit (ethereal realm), soul (celestial realm), mind (astral realm) and personality (our individual signature mainly seen in the astral and ethereal realms).
A note on the last part. When we interact in any way with anything we leave an imprint or our signature from our personality. This can be seen or felt by those that are connected to these realms and can see or feel into these realms. When we view anything and interact with it others that have the ability can see that we have interacted with it.
Notes on the mind. Our mind can travel great distances and still be connected to us. With our mind traveling from us we do not have full access to our physical body. Now our mind can travel very quickly and easily at the speed of thought (faster than light or sound) and we can with training search with our mind other places and still act with our body by repeatedly switching to our area of focus and our body. This is how we can "guess" a card someone has behind their back is by "viewing" it with our mind as it travels. Astral project is a form of traveling this way.
A note on the celestial realm and the soul. Our soul is very vital part of us. You can consider it our way of being human. I know that all things before they were created physically were created spiritually but not everything has a soul. When we die and our body rests, we are (the rest of us) still active and free to roam. The body is no longer our main anchor point but our soul is. To visit this realm while in a physical body would be considered a near death experience. The soul is vital because without it we would not be anchored to a realm after our body is not our anchor. The celestial realm is much like the physical realm in sights and sounds but very different in that we are far more connected to the other realms without the perceived limitations that we put on the physical realm because of our bodies. Because we are in our bodies we think that we have limited abilities and that there are limits to our potential. The sky was never the limit. The lack of limitations is a discussion point for another time.
A note on ethereal realm and the spirit. Our spirit can interact and see other spirits in the ethereal realm. This realm also holds keys to the understanding of the "unseen" laws of the universe like magnetic fields, sound waves, radio waves, light waves and all other waves, even gravity and centrifugal force and many others. The spirit can view as well emotions and energy fields. This is how we can have empathic abilities and energy field interactions, such as healing and viewing through the energy fields. This ethereal realm (just as the name suggests) is very airy and lite in how it seems when we visit, very "ether-real" so to speak. We can spend long hours here or in the astral realm. That is simply a planar shift that we can use to visit these plains and in them we can view/interact with many things.
This is all I have to say right now on this subject but feel free to ask more about it or request to reason with me concerning it. I welcome skepticism for in a healthy form of it we can gain greater understanding of many things. Through skepticism we can view things objectively and be free thinkers not bound by the thoughts of others before us but ready to understand new things and grow in knowledge and understanding. Although this may be true, inasmuch as we are closed to further understanding in our skepticism we are not in a healthy form of skepticism. So do keep your minds open and your understanding hungry for knowledge.
I am rambling again, so I will close in saying thank-you for your time and patience in reading my post and I hope it was enlightening and enriching for you.