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What is the Astral Body

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The astral body is the theoretical subtle or spiritual body, a third option between the eternal soul and the body (according to Platonic theory) though some believe that the astral body and the soul are equivalent.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The astral body, often referred to as the “spiritual double,” is a subtle energy form that exists alongside the physical body.

It is believed to separate from the physical body during astral projection or out-of-body experiences, allowing for exploration of other realms and dimensions.

Various cultures, such as ancient Egyptians and Tibetan Buddhists, have their own interpretations of the astral body, viewing it as a vehicle for spiritual growth and enlightenment.

The astral body is thought to possess unique abilities, including telepathy, instant travel, and the capability to interact with spiritual entities.

What Exactly is Astral Body?

The astral body maintains your personality separate from your physical body, the mind and emotions, separate from the physical brain. Some refer to this body as the etheric body. The word “astral” means “of the stars”.

The astral body is often related to the aura. Some believe that the aura surrounding everything is their astral body, though many disagree with this. The astral body is often reported as appearing identical to the physical body with the aura intact and more readily visible.

Functionally, the astral body is the part of you that travels during an out-of-body experience that is not a near-death experience, such as astral projection.

Many believe it is also the “dream self”, that part of you that moves around in dream space, though many prefer a more solid division between dreams and astral activity.

Astral Body in Different Cultures

Different cultures relate ideas similar to the astral body although different traditions identify different bodies.

Neo-Platonic philosophy describes three bodies, the physical, the astral and the immortal soul while the ancient Egyptians described the body, the Kha, and the Ba, the immortal soul, symbolized by a bird.

Theosophy describes seven spiritual parts.

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