There are many dimensions to reality, but most human beings today are only in touch with it at the lowest level which, from a vibrational perspective, is the 3D physical reality.

From time to time, I get a good, honest question and I devote the time to give an honest answer based on my own research and experiences in life. Below, you will find my answer to a YouTube question on how I connect to the astral realm, and a little bit about what it is.

Misha Vlaskalin: Hey Paul! You mentioned that you’ve spent lots of time in the astral (realm). How do you get into that state? Are you using plant medicines to connect with that realm or do you have specific techniques that you employ to get there through sleep? I’d love to hear more about this topic.

The intermediary realm

The astral realm is the intermediary realm between the noosphere — a sphere of mind or intelligence vibrating at an extremely high frequency, like thoughts move faster than light (you can find research and/or commentary on this if you choose to look into it) — and the etheric body — the slowest moving light or electromagnetic interface with the physical body.

The alchemists describe creation as emerging from the realm of Fire (if you study alchemy, you’ll find that there are multiple types of fire, but in this case, it’s the highest and most refined of the fire element expressions or Source energy/Intelligence/Consciousness) and stepping down into the Air Element, which is what embodies the mind or noosphere.

This steps down into the Water Element, which is where our sense of feelings and emotions emerge, which produce the basic language of consciousness.

Emotions are how we feel what kinds of energies we are engaging and creating, and give us the first “language” from which our experiences of ourselves, others and our environment emerges.

The astral realm is called astral because when one focuses their Awareness/Consciousness there, it appears as though they are in an infinite field of space full of stars and starlight.

The Earth Element makes up the “physical aspects of your body,” which, sadly, most people trapped in scientific materialism think is who they are without realizing that matter cannot organize itself.

Dreaming awake

When we close our eyes and begin to dream, or still our minds and hold a specific intention — communicating with someone at a distance from you, like your mother, a friend, pet or favorite plant — we are essentially using the Cosmic Internet of Spirit (the intelligence of the Cosmos) to call up and connect to that part of ourselves which is the Higher Truth beyond the individuality of the ego and ego-mind.

With practice, one is very likely to start to see that person or being for which one’s intention is directed. That would be the spirit-soul of that being. At that point, you can and are interacting with the intelligence/soul-spirit of that person or being, and it with you.

As a Shaman, I refer to this practice as dreaming awake. The truth is that you, and all of us, are doing this all the time.

For example, how many times have you been driving a car and listening to the radio, a CD or podcast and had to rewind because you realized that you missed something important because you