The Astral or astral body relates to a supposed non-physical realm of existence, to which various psychic and paranormal phenomena are ascribed, and in which the physical human body is said to have a counterpart. The power behind this word was generated in the early 17th century and comes from the Latin word, astralis, from astrum, meaning ‘star.’
The astral body is a subtle body associated with the aura or auric energy. It is the intermediate between the “intelligent soul” and the “mental body”. The concept ultimately derives from the philosophy of Plato: it is related to an astral plane, which consists of the planetary heavens of astrology. The term was adopted by nineteenth-century Theosophy and metaphysicians.
The Astral layer deals with matters of the heart and provides a link between body, mind and spirit and connects the individual with all other living beings. It is the Heart Chakra that also finds a connection here. Therefore, a great deal of interaction takes place between people on the astral level. On an energetic level, verbal and nonverbal communication takes place at this center.
Kirlian photography has determined the astral body is composed of wider layers of color infused with the most neutralizing and balancing hues of green, blushed with the rose light of love. It extends out about one half to one foot from the body. Kirlian photography has shown that when two physical bodies are in love, they possess beautiful arcs of rose light that can be seen between their hearts and a beautiful rose hue is added to the normal golden pulsations of their pituitary gland.
Also rooted in common worldwide religious accounts of the afterlife, the soul’s journey or “ascent” is described in such terms as “an ecstatic, mystical or out-of body experience, wherein the spiritual traveler leaves the physical body and travels in his/her subtle body (or dream body or astral body) into ‘higher’ realms”.
“Astral” denotes an experience of dream-symbols, archetypes, memories, spiritual beings and visionary landscapes.
Use a green or pink crystal, lights or sound energy for this layer, which coordinates with the heart and Heart Chakra. Visualize a pink or green orb of light saturating and balancing this center in your body.
Touch and anointing are extremely balancing here. Use essential oils of rose, lavender or thyme and touch and massage the oil into your skin or into your crystals and then place the crystals on the body or meditate with them.
Vedic Mantra: “I am open to give and receive love to others and to love myself the most.”