The Illusion of The Astral Dimension

DigitalLightBeings1The astral realm can be a rather complicated place, and as such it has many different names. It’s called 4D, the mental realm, the void, limbo, purgatory, and it’s where all the religious heaven/hells “exist.”

The astral realm can be anything you believe, your preconceptions influence it enormously. You want to see shining cities of light, you’ll see that, if you want to see hellish realms, you can see that too. If you approach the astral with fear, it can become a nightmare.

Your own thoughts are projected onto the astral, kind of like a movie screen. If you’ve ever had a lucid dream, this is exactly what’s happening. You’re in your own little part of the astral realm, and you can make it into whatever you choose.


The astrals are a realm playing with illusions. It’s largely an imitation of the physical realm as it can be a huge distraction on the path back to Source, and people often get caught up in the astral realm.  There are many who believe they’ve reached 5D, but never actually raise above the upper astral. They have these preconceptions of what 5D is supposed to look like, and the astral realm becomes those preconceptions.

The inability to get past the astral realm is what keeps people trapped in the cycle of reincarnation. If Consciousnessdoesn’t raise up to 5D, they get caught in the cycle and get another chance to learn the lessons they missed in the previous incarnation.

The mind cannot raise above the upper astral, as the mind itself is an astral entity. Consciousness can go anywhere, but the mind cannot get to 5D.


You cannot think or believe yourself to 5D, this is why we put so much emphasis on going beyond the mind. This is why the whole practice of meditation focuses upon stilling the mind, so the Being can witness something More.

5D doesn’t create memories either, 5D is either part of your Present Moment or you’re missing it. You many create memories about 5D, but they’re always pale reflections of the Reality. In fact, even memories of the physical realm are very limited since your perception is so limited. You see only a teeny tiny part of what’s really happening, and on top of that your mind interprets that tiny part into a mentalknowing to create a memory. It’s just a one-sided story a long ways removed from the fullness of the actual experience.

True freedom doesn’t exist in the physical realm, nor does it exist in the astral. Freedom in it’s purest state transcends concept altogether.



6 Questions To Ask Yourself As You Experience An Awakening

Awakening is a process that some would say that never really ends.  It’s more a journey than it is a destination.  If we live in an infinite universe, the process of fully awakening to all of it would be an infinite process.  So it is likely that there are no fully “awakened” souls, but rather those who are in the process of awakening.

Until all of life’s lessons have been learned, awakening can be spoken of as an ongoing process.  Chances are, if you are reading this article then you are on your way down this path.  Here are 6 questions to ask yourself and reflect on.  Some may speak to you and your experience, and others may not.  But the important part is to keep striving for higher consciousness, and to be willing to fall short sometimes in order to learn how to improve.

1) Do you question the nature of reality?

Do you think about how everything came to be ? Awakening souls often ponder their own origins, life after death, and the meaning of existence.  They may not have all of the answers, but it is the interest in the nature of reality that is a telltale sign of a soul that is undergoing the awakening process.  The important part is not always to have the answers.  Carrying around a sense of wonder and mystery is what breeds true transformation.

2) Are you moving in the direction of your dreams?

Are you engaged in some kind of activity that brings out your passion? Do you have work, hobbies, sports or relationships that are inspiring and that bring out your inner fire?  Someone who is not experiencing an awakening will think that living a life that makes you happy is wishful thinking.  Just go to school, and pay the bills.  Those who are awakening find it necessary to follow what makes them come alive inside, even if it means making sacrifices.

3) Do you feel love and compassion for humanity?

The process of awakening is one of realizing that we are all interconnected.  When you feel this connection with the world around you, it becomes harder to be judgmental, mean, and cruel.  Those who are awakening are less likely to judge, criticize and compete with others, and frequently choose to lift others up over cutting them down.

4) Do you question what you’ve been taught in school and by the mainstream media?

 Those who haven’t begun to awaken rarely question the information they are taught in school and the stories that they hear on the news.  A soul who is in the process of awakening starts to see through the veils of delusion that the system has pulled over our eyes, and begins to question and lose interest in what mainstream media has to say.  They may get called “conspiracy theorist”, but in reality, they just have a good bullsh*t detector.

5) Are your actions guided by your own moral compass?

So many people believe matters of moral acceptability are made objective by what the legal system has to say about it.  For those who are asleep, right and wrong are often judged by what is illegal, what is unpopular, or what is natural.  An awakening soul usually measures moral dilemmas carefully, and pays attention to all of the grey areas in between.  Their choices reflect their intuition and their own sense of rationality, instead of reflecting the rulebook their culture has handed to them.

6) Have you experienced “the oneness”?

Experiencing the “oneness” is a profound experience, where we literally feel as if we are connected to everything in the universe.  Our ego dissolves, and we step into our universal identity. It’s a hugely transformational sensation that not everyone will experience, but if you have experienced it you will know exactly what it is like.  Once you experience this oneness, something inside you remains permanently activated.

Though not all awakened souls will experience all of these things mentioned above, they will likely experience at least a few of them.  The awakening process is different for different people, but when it comes down to it, we are all souls.  We all live on the same planet.  We all have bodies, minds, and egos.  This is why the majority of awakening signs are so universal.

There is no reason to judge yourself or others based on how “awake” you or they may be.  Everyone is doing what they can from their level of consciousness.  Encourage them, guide them, and provide them with the wisdom and knowledge they may need to step into a higher version of themselves.  When we stop allowing our egos to try to take credit and gain recognition for spiritual awakening is when we will realize we are all on the same team, and that its our job to offer what we can to others to assist them on their journey.

Thanks for reading!

Steven Bancarz

Team Spirit


An Extraterrestrial’s Guide to Understanding Earthlings

Welcome to Planet Earth! This planet is home to roughly 7 billion human beings, and an enormous variety of other amazing species whom they share the planet with, though many of the other species numbers are rapidly declining.


Oddly, the humans don’t seem to understand they’re a part of the ecosystem and they exploit the overall health of the planet for short-term conveniences. The humans, who have this amazing potential to be conscious stewards of the planet, instead treat it as some disposable resource.

They have this expression “don’t bite the hand that feeds you” yet they don’t seem to grasp the meaning of it.

Human beings still fight with, and even kill, each other. Many follow this dubious system of morality that says it’s okay to fight and kill, so long as a government or religion condones it. They rely upon external systems of morality and these systems are manipulated by their leaders for their leaders own gain.

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The Difference Between Duality and Polarity

One of these is essential to the way the physical realm works, the other is nothing more than a two-dimensional belief system. Some people use the terms duality and polarity interchangeably, but I’m going to make a strong distinction between the two for the sake of clarity.

The first thing to understand about duality is that it divides, it’s either one thing or the other. Black or white, right or wrong, good or evil. It does this through judgement, separating things and creating conflict.

Duality is how human beings, who have much more in common than not, are convinced to fight with and even kill each other. Duality is used to create an “us versus them” mentality.

Now polarity is something else entirely. Where duality has a positive and negative that conflict with each other, polarity has a positive and negative that attract each other. In the case of what recently happened with our Sun’s poles, they can even switch places. Polarity is complimentary forces that work together to create balance, duality is the belief in opposing forces that conflict with each other and create chaos.

In duality one is “better” or “above” another, and this is responsible for so much suffering on the Planet. Some people believe they’re more worthy, more deserving than others, and they take far more than they need. People compare themselves to others, and judge themselves as being “better” or “worse”, which leads to an inflated ego or hating oneself. If you really want peace in your life, I recommend letting go of duality altogether.

Where duality divides things into black or white, polarity includes the full spectrum, it’s all inclusive.


Duality takes thespectrum and draws a line somewhere, cutting it in half. Duality really only exists in the mind, it doesn’t directly relate to the physical realm. What people call “evil” is only the product of not seeing clearly, it’s human judgement, not something inherent to the Universe itself. What is “evil” varies from culture to culture, and also between individuals. It changes over time, as people minds and opinions change.

The only darkness is that which you can’t see, what you don’t know. It’s the fear of the unknown that makes darkness menacing and “evil”. Your eyes only see a tiny fraction of the full spectrum of light, and yet all the light you cannot see you call “darkness”. This is a perfect example of why people believe in duality, it’s a product of limited perception. It’s a judgement based upon limited senses, people see only a tiny fraction of Reality and make assumptions about the whole thing.

16736_1_miscellaneous_digital_art_water_vs_fireUnderstanding vibration is key to understanding polarity. Take a guitar string for instance, is a low pitch “bad” and a high pitch “good”? That’s a lot like how duality interprets things. With polarity, you go up and down the full scale to make a beautiful song, the low notes complimenting the high notes.

This is a “secret” to how Creation works, not through opposing forces, but Everything coming together to create a beautiful song.



What Does It Really Mean To “Let Go”?

This is perhaps the most popular of all the current spiritual platitudes, “let go”. Even in mainstream society you can’t avoid this advice, “Let it go” is the main musical number for a very popular movie at the moment. Despite it being a generic piece of pop culture, there actually is some very deep wisdom to letting go, but it needs a little more explanation than simply telling people to let go.

butterfly handsLet’s go straight to a situation where letting go is the most difficult, the bond between a mother and her child. If I tell the mother to let go of the child, what does that mean? Does she just drop the baby on the floor? Does she pack up supplies for her 5 year-old and send him off to make his own way in the world? Does she become emotionally cold to her teenager? The kind of letting go I’m talking about has nothing to do with any of those situations. Letting go means releasing the expectations we have for another person, which actually leads to a deeper love, an Unconditional Love.

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The Two Sides Of The Conscious Community: Where Do You Fall?

One of the things that I’ve noticed over the years is that there seems to be some division within the conscious community.  Two sides have emerged that often seem to find themselves at odds with each other.  For every Yin, there is a Yang.  And even in a community built on love and peace, you still find a great deal of separation.

This isn’t to say that every member of this community is polarized on one end of this spectrum.  There are may shades of gray in between the two opposites,  so you may find yourself on a middle ground between these two polarities.  It will be interesting to review this within ourselves and on a mass scale so we can try to come to an understanding that combines the best of both worlds and use the strengths of both to initiate some real change.  With that being said, here are the two sides of the conscious community:

Side 1 – Positivity Is The Only Way

On one side, you have your predominantly “positive vibes” group.  This group is usually very concerned with the quality of their vibration and they aim to live in a positive state as much as possible.  They don’t see any good reason why they should dwell on anything that makes them feel anything but blissful.  Life is too short to spend it feeling miserable.  Avoid the negative, and amplify the positive.

Oftentimes, this crowd follows the Law of Attraction and works to avoid conflict and drama.  They tend to believe that it is important to have positive thoughts, use positive language and focus on positive issues to create the most spiritually fulfilling life possible.  They typically do not like to focus on problems or negativity in any form, and tend to avoid anything that compromises their high vibration.

The judgment on people who are not always positive seems to be that they feel they are focusing too much on the negative, and are thus drawing more negative circumstances into their realities.  This side of the fence tends to believe that the way you initiate positive change is through focusing on the positive, and that negative thoughts only create more problems. Therefore, they would say, by focusing on government corruption we only create more government corruption because we are feeding it our attention.

Side 2 – Facing The Darkness Is The Only Way

This side tends to spend more time talking about the problems with the world in hopes that they can arrive at a solution.  This side of the community is very vocal about the things that they want to change.  They are concerned about issues like animal rights, immunizations, GMOs, conspiracies, and corruption in the government.  They tend to believe in the importance of spreading awareness about the problems in the world in order to initiate positive change.

These people tend to be activists, and believe that facing the negative is what allows us to transmute it into something positive.  If we don’t take the time to learn and talk about what is wrong with the world, how can we expect to change it?  These people don’t exactly dwell on the negative, but they invest more of their attention there in hopes it will result in something transformative.

The judgement appears to be that they believe the positive vibe side has their head in the sand, and are deliberately ignoring important issues to make themselves feel better.  At times those on this side will express that they believe that people who focus only on the positive are squandering their potential to initiate change.  They will often say that ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away, it just takes help and support away from the cause.  They believe it is our duty to help those in need and stand up for what’s right, even if it makes us feel miserable or uncomfortable.

The Middle Ground

The middle ground between these two polarities is that both sides have something to offer.  We should speak out against injustice, but at the same time we should not allow it to drive us into insanity.  Friedrich Nietzsche once said “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster”, meaning that we should be careful that we don’t turn into the very thing we are fighting against.

By creating a balance in our attention on both the light and darkness, we are well equipped to be the change the world needs right now. Ignoring the darkness won’t produce anything positive, but neither with dwelling there.  By learning what we are up against and balancing that out with spiritual grounding and a well-trained mind, we have a much greater force in the world.  We can’t live in ignorance, but we can’t allow the darkness to consume us.

Although there are many similarities between these two sides, this one particular issue has created a bit of division. Do we solve today’s problems by generating awareness about them and fighting for change? Or instead, do we solve today’s problems by choosing to make peace with them and focusing instead on what’s going right with the world?

What side of this spectrum do you fall on? Do you believe positivity is the key to world change, or that fighting the darkness is the key? Or, have you developed a perspective somewhere in between? Comment below and let’s hear your take on this issue!

Thanks for reading!

Steven Bancarz

Team Spirit


Seeking Higher Consciousness