Alternate title: The Life That Everybody Asks For.
It seems that everyone wants to get to the astral. The Internet is filled with questions, guides and discussions about astral travel, getting there, what to do once you’re there. Much like having a guide or a broke-open head, everyone wants to be a part of this massive thing called the astral.
And I must ask- why? Why in all the multiverse would you want to really immerse yourself into the astral?
It’s an important question, really. Because once that door opens, you can’t readily shut it again. Oh, you can try. But you’ll likely fail. If your life is like a house, the astral is a box of matches and a jug of kerosene. It will light your
life house on fire, and you can either choose to try and ignore it as it burns down around you (likely taking you with it), or you can choose to react to it, and participate in the cluster that is astral life.
That is because, my friends, the astral is a honeybadger. It just doesn’t care. It doesn’t give a shit, it just takes whatever it wants. It will take it’s matches and kerosene and burn your whole block down, if it feels like it.
And honestly, if you could live your entire life not having to subject yourself to that- why wouldn’t you?
The astral, for all its wondrous places, interesting people/entities/beings is really messed up. It really is. Astral brings a lot of heartache, a lot of strife. And it likes to mess with your life all in all. People complain that Set is a pot stirrer, but he’s got nothing on the astral. The astral contains more than just wonderful, nice, helpful things. There is a lot of bad there, too. And if you find yourself in a mess of trouble, there is no way to avoid the bleedthrough into day to day life. What kind of bleed through? How about visions dealing with nasty stuff like rape, death, or murder while you’re trying to work on spreadsheets at work? How about feelings of pain that are so crippling, you can barely get up in the morning? How about whispers and sensations that are non-corporeal that consume you while you’re trying to drive in rush hour traffic?
Not enough yet?
How about finding a group of people you work with on the astral, and then having shit go down (while you’re trying to continue living out here in the physical world), and having to cope with the deaths of said people- all while putting a smile on in your day to day life?
Sound like fun? It’s a lot more common than you think.
The astral. Doesn’t. Care. Things will happen at any time, any place. You will be living two lives- one of which you have to hide, because the physical realms will think you’re crazy, and the other of which doesn’t care that you’re part of the physical realms (or will extort that to their advantage). For all of its supposed awesomeness, the astral is also a huge cesspool of fubar and tears and I think people don’t discuss that nearly enough.
This is not to say that the astral is all bad. The astral can lead to quite a bit of growth and “character building”, and there is a ton of useful information there (but at what cost?). I also have some amazing bonds there, and know some great people- and my life would be missing something without it (I was in the category of the astral was burning my house down, and when I tried to run away, I paid the price- I never went looking for the astral). But I think that I needs to be said that anyone who is seeking the astral, anyone who is poking around, trying to get there (as opposed to the astral poking you), that you really should heavily consider if you want that level of strife and/or responsibility in your life. Because once you fall down the rabbit hole, it’s nearly impossible to truly climb back out again. And if most of the people I’ve met who have a foot in each world, a large chunk of what waits for you is strife, because Astral don’t care.