This is an emailed astral experience report:
I had a dream that I was in a reception hall with a number of English-speaking people and I happened to see the leader of Saudi Arabia ten feet away from me and he turned to the leader of Oman and said in Arabic, "Brother, we are just a star now. We've been cut off/beheaded." As he said this, he made a visual gesture to show a star with five points. Mentally I assumed he was referring to the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). The Saudi leader seemed to displayed the feelings of a little kid as he said this, as one who couldn't quite believe what was happening.
Both of them assumed that no one else in the room could hear them because they were English speakers and they thought I spoke only English as well.
It was very strange for three reasons:
1) I speak some Arabic but my mind just automatically understood everything.
2) I had no knowledge of the GCC member composition (happens to be six countries).
3) It was a very short dream...that begun right before I heard these words and ended after as I awoke
Assuming that the experience actually did occur on the astral planes, it is good to know that nothing is ever done in total privacy. There can always be someone in this or in another dimension who is looking in on what someone is doing in private.
As soon as someone thinks, an energy from the thought vibration is expressed and that can be read accurately or interpreted inaccurately by the mind of another.
On the high end of meditation practice, one reaches a stage where one causes the outer membrane of the mind chamber to be a neutralization zone, such that any thoughts or images energies which is from certain levels of energy, is immediately de-energized. This is better than having to deal with lower energies and having to react to them every time they come into the mind.
To be realistic with this, imagine that you are responsible for protecting a country which has a very powerful enemy. You get your instructions from the leading council which are that you should not attack any other country, nor retaliate to any attack from any other country but you are still supposed to neutralize all attacks. You would have to create a system in which if any other country launches a missile, you would destroy that missile or disable it before it impacted your country. You would also have to deal with internal threats from agents of countries which considered your country to be an enemy.
In yoga practice a similar situation occurs where one has to protect the psyche from external energies which can pierce it and alter its evolutionary course, but you must also watch for energies which might not pierce but which would affect just the outer layer of the mind. Some of these energies have a code within them, which causes them to burst into a piercing explosion, when they make contact with the outer layer, so you have to find a way to neutralize all of these psychological projectiles.
In the Western countries, people use the word meditation, but most of the time they are not meditating because meditation begins when the mind stop its access to and its formation of thoughts. Observing breath and observing thoughts is not meditation according to Patanjali but people think that it is. It is better to regards thoughts observation, breath observation, thought control and breath control as preparation for meditation.
Regarding the dream, the astral body has access to many places where the physical body cannot go. This helps tremendously in yoga because a yogi can fulfill many desires using his astral body alone, such that he does not have to endeavor for those things with this physical form.
An example from my life, is that I do not go to India to see any gurus there, and yet, I go there astrally and have taken complete instructions just through the astral body. That has made it easy for me to advance in meditation practice without having to acquire thousands of dollars travelling back and forth to India physically.
It is a huge convenience if a person can become aware of the activities of the subtle body since then there would be satisfaction from fulfillment of many desires and one would not have to hanker for those aspects physically nor feel one is lacking in that. Too much reliance on the physical body and its facilities, causes general frustration and it also causes a person to place unreasonable demands which providence will ignore.
In the astral existence language is irrelevant, because the astral body picks on the original idea as it is, before it is converted into language. That is real direct communication. Thus it does not matter what language the other person is using, one understands perfectly well what they are indicating. There is however some distortions which might occur if the astral body has carried within it and has activated certain cultural prejudices which it developed while using the physical form.
We are carrying psychic containers of cultural prejudices from many previous lives, and each is in a separate memory compartment, like on a separate memory card or thumb drive. If any of those is accessed during an astral experience, it will cause prejudices to arise immediately. And so it will tarnish or embellish the astral experience accordingly.
In the dream that happened because the dreamer identified with being a Westerner listening to Arab leaders rather than just being another human being, listening to human beings. So in that dream the present stockpile of Western prejudices tarnished the experience.
One can eavesdrop on a friend or on an enemy. And one can eavesdrop on someone who one is neutral towards. Which is which? Is the reaction to each the same?
Astral travel is wonderful because it will free a person from the ignorance of what that person is and can be without a material body. Astral travel also allows one to poke one’s nose in many hidden areas of this existence.
During 1973-1974, I used to astral travel every day without fail and in clarity. Third eye use to open regularly. I used to try to leave the earth and go into outer space but it was not easy to do so, because the astral body use to go up into the sky to about 300 to 1000 feet and then it would rise no further. At about 40 feet it used to go at a rapid speed if I wanted it to.
Sometimes I would be in one of the adjacent parallel worlds, and all the people there except myself would have walk on the ground while I would be flying about.
Some person would notice and then yell to others to show what I was doing and people would get angry and try to cause me to fall to the earth. Some would run, jump and try to pull me down or try to do so with their will power.
After a time, I used to make my astral body unseen, so that I would be in the sky but someone in that parallel dimension could not see that I was there.
On one occasion when I tried to go up beyond 1000 feet, I found that I could do it. Something happened that altered the buoyancy effects in the astral body, and I went up and up and up and then I found myself looking into a spaceship window viewing an astronaut.
From that I knew for sure, that the scientists did in fact put these vehicles into orbit around the earth. The astronaut could not see me because I was in a dimension which his eyes had no access to.
All the same even though I could see him and the spacecraft, I could not do anything to affect that either, because my astral body only had visual access.