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originally posted by: fossilera
a reply to: 808Funk
You may be better off starting your own thread on these questions, but I'll briefly give my take on this.
Depending on who you read and who you follow, the astral usually falls into one of the below options:
1. It's an intense lucid dream, and doesn't exist.
2. It's something that exists within yourself.
3. It's something that encompasses everything beyond the physical (IE: The spiritual realm/afterlife is just one level of the astral).
If I had to be biased, I'd say it was 3: I feel it's very much like Dante's The Divine Comedy, and arranged in "levels". Depending on how mature you are and grow as a person or spirit, that will determine how high you can go. The "lower" astral planes are closest to the physical world, and the higher are closer to "enlightenment".