The Astral plane exists here and now simultaneously with the physical. Similarly, part of our consciousness is connecting to the astral right here and now. Understanding and experiencing this part of consciousness is all about training the mind to be aware of it. Deeper levels of projection simply require training of the mind to shift more energy into the aspects of consciousness that are already connected to the astral.
The ability of projection begins with the development of awareness. It is like the difference between being aware of a door or not being aware of a door. Awareness provides the opportunity to move through while ignorance hides the door completely.
It is necessary then to train the mind to first become aware that the astral exists right here and now. This must be achieved through experience. The mind must be observant to itself, to feeling for and noticing the aspects of itself which are tuned into the astral.
These openings are the keys to deeper travel.
Experienced astral projectors no longer require a deep level of relaxation to project. They simply tune into the astral plane and through focus and mind control, enter directly. The higher and subtler planes too, exist here and now and are accessed by tuning into the aspects of mind that are already connected. The subtler and higher the planes are, the ‘further’ or ‘fainter’ they will seem from our awareness.
Difficulties shifting into subtler planes or even astral projecting in the first place occur because the consciousness is attached to the densities of emotion, thought and the physical. The more that we get these under control, the ‘closer’ the subtler and higher planes will be perceived by our consciousness. A full shift occurs when we have control over the specific densities, those being emotions, thoughts and sensations that would prevent us from moving deeper. In could be compared in some ways to an air filled balloon resting on the ground. It may wish to go higher, but it is only when it is filled with a lighter gas such as helium or hydrogen that it will.
Various temples, monasteries and places of learning exist within the astral and these also can only be accessed if the right frequency is met. These frequencies cannot be bought or sold. They are simply requirements of consciousness that when met allow entry. If the frequency is not met then most likely these places will not even be perceived at all. The same requirements exist for meeting certain teachers and masters.
It is interesting to note that the same energetic shifts in consciousness required to project into and within the astral hold to the same principles required for emotional mastery, psychic communication and manifestation. The complexity lies within deciphering the unique laws of each plane and dimension. Just as in the physical however, we are fortunate that knowledge and teachings are always available – we simply need to be willing to seek and to ask.