The soul resides in the Spiritual body, which is covered by the intellect, the mind, the vital body and the physical body in that order. The Spiritual body, the intellectual sheath and the mental sheath constitute the Astral Body. The Astral Body can come out of the physical body and move around. This is known as Astral travel. When the Astral body moves away from the physical body, the silver cord that connects the two stretches like an elastic band. The silver cord can stretch to any length.
When we come out of the physical body, we are free from the limitations of the body. This helps us to understand higher truths and to learn faster. The Rishis sometimes use Astral communication where physical communication is not feasible. Whether we are in the physical body or the Astral body, we perceive and operate through our mind and intellect.
It is possible for the Spiritual body to free itself from the Astral body and travel in space. This is known as Soul Travel or Causal Travel.
The Astral body can be used to visit most places on earth. It is not possible to enter a place like Shambala in the Astral body for an ordinary person because of its high vibratory level. In such cases, the soul must travel without its Astral body.
There is a field of energy around the earth at a distance of 51,840 miles. Known as Shaishumara Chakra in Sanskrit, it protects the earth and its inhabitants. It is safe to travel astrally within this field of energy. To go beyond, one must travel without the Astral body.
Soul travel is undertaken whenever Astral travel is not possible. For example, to enter other dimensions, one must travel in the Spiritual body and not in the Astral body.
Soul travel is not meant for experiencing the Creation, since the mind is not present. Before the soul travels, a Light Body is created and used as a vehicle to travel in and to protect the Spiritual body. This vehicle known as Merkaba, also camouflages the soul during its travel.
Though a lot has been said and written about Merkaba, we believe that it is just a vehicle meant for Soul Travel.
Soul travel must be approved and assisted by the Rishis.
For Soul travel to be possible, one has to be pure, one has to be Light. Anyone cannot do it. There should be no Karmas. But the Rishis can take anyone on a Soul travel by temporarily keeping the Karmas aside.
After the Soul travel, it is very difficult to recall the experience, since the experience is recorded by the soul and not by the mind. The experience may surface to the unconscious mind first and then to the conscious mind through intuition, if the knowledge of the Soul travel is required at this level. Otherwise, it will never surface. A sharp intuition is necessary for recalling both Astral travel and Soul travel experiences. And the intuition can be sharpened by regular Meditations
Some reasons for Soul travel:
•To access information, to work in a different cycle of earth
•To connect to a discarnate soul; to heal; to do planetary work
•To travel to your past and work from your higher self
•To meet someone and communicate to them at the soul level for the sake of service
•To travel to Cosmic schools and other dimensions to learn
•To become more aware of your multi-dimensional self
Some misconceptions about Soul travel are listed here in -:
“Soul travel is a shift in consciousness.”
“A form of Soul travel is an expansion of consciousness.”
“Soul travel is a movement of inner consciousness.”
“Soul travel is an individual moving closer to the heart of God.”
In our understanding: Soul travel is not about a shift or an expansion of consciousness. A shift is not a journey. Soul travel is travelling in the Spiritual body during which, the awareness will be at a higher level, since the Astral body is left behind and the soul can operate without the mind.
Under normal circumstances, when a soul is due to take birth, a human body is allocated to it and it gets connected to the foetus through the silver cord. At the time of birth, the soul’s Astral body is attached to the physical body with the help of the Vital body received from the Sun, which acts as a glue between them. At the time of death, the silver cord is severed, the Astral body is separated from the physical body, the Vital body is released and it returns to its source, the Sun. This process applies to all the souls that take birth, including the great Masters, Rishis and Avatars. After birth, they all must go through childhood, education, adulthood etc. before they can begin their work.
Under special circumstances, some workers who prefer to skip the childhood and like to begin their work without wasting any time, take up the body of a person already living, but willing to leave the body. This, of course, is done with the permission of the individual and the beings in charge of the birthing process. Even the physical body is consulted and only if it is willing, it is used. Before the body is taken up by the new occupant, the silver cord is severed and the old occupant’s soul with its Astral body leaves the body, leaving behind the Vital body. The incoming soul is then attached to the body and life continues for the body but with a different soul. In this method of taking birth, the incoming soul is known as a ‘Walk-in’.
There is a plane of existence in which a Council of Souls exists, which is responsible for managing birth, death and walk-ins. Also, some souls from there live on this earth to facilitate the walk-in process from this side.
In most walk-in cases, the walk-in process is planned before the birth of the walking-out soul on this earth. This is also known as a contract between the two souls involved. It is possible that for a brief period, both the souls exist in the body. This is allowed to help the walk-in to get acquainted with the body. During this time, only one of the souls stays connected to the body through the silver cord.
After the Walk-in process is complete, the new soul should learn to operate the body and integrate it with its own personality. This process can take months or years and is not easy. The mind carries Karmic impressions from many lifetimes. These impressions are transferred to every cell in the body in the present lifetime. When the ‘walking-out’ soul leaves, these impressions are not automatically removed. The ‘walk-in’ must reprogram the body at the cellular level. It can be a painful and confusing experience for the body and its cooperation is a must for this to work. The walk-in must treat the body like a child with lots of love and patience. Each cell has the intelligence and awareness to know whether there is a higher purpose for the walk-in and whether to accept or reject the whole process.
This method of birthing is very rarely employed. Many New Agers believe that most of the Masters in recent times such as Mahatma Gandhi, Lord Krishna and Jesus Christ were Walk-ins, implying, their bodies were occupied by other souls until they walked-in and began their work. This, however is untrue and none of these Masters were walk-ins. These Masters do not prefer the walk-in route because it takes many, many years to prepare their bodies for such important works and other souls cannot do it for them.
Another form of walk-in is, when a soul takes birth in the normal way, only a part of it comes down and occupies the body. At a later date, when a higher responsibility is given to the soul or when it takes up higher work, more of the soul comes down and enters the body by joining the already incarnate part of the soul. This is done so that the individual can work more efficiently. In this type of walk-in, the body is not subjected to confusion and suffering as this is not a violent process. Also, no changes can be noticed in the personality since the part of the soul that came first continues to be in the body.
This method of walk-in is also not common and it is employed only by those who take birth to work for the Creation rather than to experience life. In the case of the individuals who take birth only to experience life, the entire soul descends into the body at the time of birth and there is no scope for further walk-ins.
What some New Agers say: “Typically, a Soul Exchange is made by the “walk-in” taking on the lower three personality Chakras (Solar Plexus, Sacral, and Root Chakras) of the “walk-out” while retaining their own upper four Spiritual Chakras (Crown, Third Eye, Throat, and Heart Chakras). The lower Chakras must remain connected to the earth at all times for the body to survive. Yet the upper Chakras are a person’s “Divine core essence” which they carry between lives and bodies.”
In our understanding: The Chakras are located in the mind and not in the body. They connect us to higher planes and remain in the mind until the mind is returned. Therefore, when the soul leaves, it leaves with the Astral body comprising the mind and intellect and hence, all the Chakras go with it. It is generally believed that when a soul walks out, its memories and experiences are left behind but this is not so. The memories are in the mind and when the soul leaves, it leaves with the mind and hence the memories and experiences as well. Only physical habits such as walking, talking (in specific languages), cycling etc. are left behind. However, in certain cases where the walk-in prefers to retain some of the memory of the walking-out soul in order to maintain relationships, a part of the memory is left behind to facilitate this.