Many times you’ll see articles and posts on the Internet about how dangers the astral can be. However, I have yet to see any full guides on methods to keeping your ass safe or alive if you enter into a confrontation while traveling on the astral. Now, as always- I wouldn’t recommend you running around and picking fights willy nilly, but sometimes it can’t be helped. Sometimes, an entity finds you, and its not leaving until it has dug its nails into you. So if this happens- what do you do? That’s what this guide is hoping to accomplish.
Keep in mind that no two fights on the astral are the same. Depending on where you’re at and the enemy/ies you’re up against- the mechanics, physics and other circumstances of your fight could vary. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive- it is merely some tips and guidelines that I have found useful and effective during my stay on the astral. As with everything of this nature, there is a huge YMMV disclaimer attached.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
1. Get Calm and Stay Calm
The number one rule during a fight is to calm down. Whenever I find myself in a dangerous situation, the first thing I do is take a deep breath- followed by another and another. Taking the time to calm down can help for a variety of reasons. It can allow you ascertain your location and how many enemies you’re up against. Being calm allows you to think clearly and break out of potential bindings or illusion magix that could be enacted against you. I have found that being calm can make or break your ability to win a fight.
2. Break Out of the Box
Many times, we have a bad habit of placing limitations on ourselves. On the by and large, the astral is as expansive as anything you can come up with (there are exceptions- such as realms with mechanics that are similar to living here). So when you come into a fight- don’t limit yourself. Try anything and everything that you can come up with.
Like a sword you saw in a game once? Manifest it in your hands. Want to use a bow and arrow? Why not make your arrows explode on contact. Perhaps you’d rather have a flaming whip of doom, or something more sparkly- like glitter that explodes when it touches something. Or perhaps you’d like to change the form you take- try something that is less solid, such as smoke or fire.
Anything you can think up- you can almost always create (sans exceptions listed above). And you’ll never know what you can create until you try.
3. Remember Mind Over Matter
In order for this to really work, you will likely need to be calm. Many times in the astral, wounds don’t always take the same way that they do in the physical realm. Also, its entirely possible to take more damage than you would initially expect because we are used to rules of the physical realm that we live in. In order to maximize your ability to kick butt and stay safe, you have to remember “mind over matter”. Many times, if your will and mind are strong and able, you can withstand things that you would not normally be able to. Enemies could find certain magix don’t work as well as they should, and you might find that certain attacks don’t hurt you as much as they could. You might also find that you are able to heal your wounds instantly, which can come in handy! Remember that you are likely in a non-physical plane, in a non-physical body. So the rules will be different- so long as your mind can keep them in mind.
4. Do Not Talk Excessively / Do Not Show Your Entire Hand
Whenever you come across someone you’ve never met on the astral and they want to fight you, be sure to not talk excessively- or if you do, make sure that your words don’t contain information that can be used against you (or you can flat out lie, which works, too). It took me a while to learn how sometimes the simplest of things can be used against you. Be sure to never show your entire hand right away- don’t pull out your biggest guns if you don’t have to. Don’t share your name, your residence- none of that stuff- as it can potentially used against you (now or later). If I had to do things over, I would have talked a lot less to certain shady people I’ve met during my time on the astral.
5. Break Free of Gravity
Gravity is something that we’re so used to, we often forget that it’s not a rule of the astral (on most planes- not all). We also get so used to mundane things such as only walking or running that we forget that neither is mandatory Over There. Work on learning to float, fly, or “flash step” (also called shunpo for you Bleach fans). Don’t forget that sometimes the ground isn’t solid, either. Many times I find that I’m getting into fights in space that is more or less nothing but darkness. Often times, I can force my way through the ground and “drop down” a few levels- almost like riding an invisible elevator. This breaks the line of attack for the aggressor and can buy me time to run away or perform my own attacks.
Hopefully some of these ideas will be helpful in getting your mind going with different possibilities you can use while on the astral to stay safe. Don’t be afraid to practice when you are not under attack, and don’t be afraid to try new things- even on the fly! Sometimes the stress or adrenaline of the situation can cause us to come up with things we would have never considered otherwise. And as stated above, you’ll never know what you can do unless you give it a shot.