Travel in the Spiritual Worlds
Three Kinds of Transitions
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In order to do spiritual travel, the soul or consciousness of the traveler must temporarily leave the physical body. This usually means shutting off all physical sensations and entering completely into an inner environment. There are three basic ways of doing this.

Conscious Transitions Out of the Body:
The most dramatic method of leaving the body is to go directly from a waking state into the inner world. This usually happens during meditation but may happen spontaneously while relaxing, such as while lying in bed.

Waking Up in a Dream (Lucid Dreaming):
By far the most common method of spiritual travel occurs when the traveler "wakes up" in a dream. The sense of waking up brings with it a kind of excitement which is accompanied by a feeling of increased awareness, self determination, and concentration. It is also usually accompanied by a wonderful sense of freedom and possibility. The traveler feels himself to be free of the limitations of the physical body.

Bilocation or Alternating Awareness of Inner and Outer Environments:
An unusual form of spiritual travel involves the ability of shift back and forth between the outer world of the senses, and a separate inner reality. Doing this at sufficient speed makes the spiritual traveler capable of being in touch with two separate realities, or seemingly in two places at once- thus the term bilocation. To control this ability requires a great deal of skill, and such control usually only occurs in advanced practitioners.

Introduction | The Geography of Spiritual Travel | The "Travel" Analogy | Leaving the Body in Spiritual Travel | Spiritual Travel Versus Dreams | Sacred Light | Sacred Sound | Psychic States | Spiritual Travel in Western Religious Scripture | The Self in Spiritual Travel | Returning to the Physical Body | Near-Death Experience | Navigation During Spiritual Travel | Spiritual Matter | Method and Techniques To Induce Spiritual Travel | Shamanism and Spiritual Travel | After-Death Experience | Spiritual Travel as a Rehearsal for Physical Death | Beyond Spiritual Travel | The Landscape of Heaven | Lucid Dreaming and Spiritual Bodies | Charged Symbols | Scientific Reductionist Arguments about Spiritual Travel Experience | Ascended Masters and Their Role in Guiding Souls Through the Death Process | Awakening to the Hierarchy of Dreams | Buddhist Dakinis as Expert Guides in Spiritual Travel | Conclusion


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