Overastralization – the great challenge of modern life

Technological advances have brought about massive changes to the pace of modern life, which is now many times faster than it used to be and correspondingly much more astralizing too.


I met some very unusual people during the 20 years I lived in Bali.

One was a lovely man who would regularly wake up at dawn, drive an hour from his home to pick me up, take me to the city of Denpasar to shop for things for my hotel, restaurant and conference centre (usually a 10-hour round trip because of the poor quality of the roads and the traffic congestion), then drop me off at home and drive another hour back to his own home.

That’s a 12-hour workday, and we did this at least once a week for many years. On the other days of the week, he worked similar hours driving tourists around Bali. The only time I ever knew him to take a day off was to attend a Balinese ceremony. Yet he was always cheerful and never tired.

He often had to wait for hours in the car while I was shopping, which is a common practice for drivers in Bali, to prevent car theft. But unlike any of the other drivers I saw on my travels around Bali, he never took a nap while waiting. He would talk to other drivers and remain alert. In fact, in all those years, I never even once saw him yawn. I used to joke with him that he was bionic, like the Steve Austin character in the 1970s American TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, whose body-part replacements gave him superhuman abilities.

The trick to my driver’s boundless energy was that he didn’t get overastralized like most people do. In other words, he was able to maintain a good etheric-astral balance all the time.

The etheric body

All humans, animals and plants have a subtle body of energy called the etheric. It permeates the physical body and also extends beyond it. The Chinese call it chi. The Japanese call it ki. In India, it is known as prana. In the West, it is often called life force energy.

The etheric body is what makes things grow and gives them vitality.

One of the easiest ways to feel your own etheric is to monitor your energy levels during the day. When you wake up full of energy in the morning, your etheric vitality is at its best. As the day progresses and you become tired, that’s the feeling of your etheric energy getting worn down. A primary function of sleep is to recharge it.

You can see this in flowers too. They are their most vital when in full bloom. Their ethericity gradually diminishes as they die.

Our etheric is the part of us that loves to be in nature, as the image at the top of this article shows. Before the Industrial Revolution, the entire world was etherically based, living mostly in rural communities, connected to the land. Some remnants of this can still be found in remote Third World countries today where westernization has not yet taken hold.

The astral body

All humans and animals have an astral body, which is the vehicle of thoughts and emotions. It’s the part of us that thinks, has emotions and reacts. If you’ve ever tried to silence your mind by meditating, your astral body is the part that keeps generating chitter-chatter inside your head. It is the veil that separates us from our Higher Self.

The astral body is also what makes our muscles contract and relax so that the physical body can move. Under normal conditions, the etheric acts as a buffer. But if the astral body becomes too dominant, it grasps the physical body through the etheric and causes us to feel pain.

Having a good etheric-astral balance

Having a good etheric-astral balance is the secret to happily inhabiting a human body, and it’s what was so unique about my Balinese driver. He naturally knew how to do that.

Astrality is not a bad thing. It’s the fabric of consciousness. It’s only a problem if we become overastralized, which most people living in the Western world or in urban situations today increasingly are because of our fast-paced modern lifestyle.

Overastralization is a major cause of insomnia because it makes it difficult to turn your thoughts off when you want to go to sleep. It also causes overthinking, neurotic behaviours, obsessions, addictions, physical aches, pains, muscular knots, cramps and a range of other mental, emotional and physical health problems.

How to become less astralized

The most effective way to prevent overastralization is to not let it happen in the first place. Unless you have the good fortune to be born with the etheric know-how my driver had, it will require years of personal work to develop this, together with an astute awareness of what is happening energetically around you and inside you. An excellent starting point for learning this skill is the Clairvision Knowledge Track titled Subtle Bodies, The Four-Fold Model.

Another way to become less astralized is to take steps to ensure you have a better balance of etheric experiences in your life. Some of the best ways to do this are:

  • S-l-o-w d-o-w-n. Stop being so busy and rushing everywhere. Take time to smell the roses along the way.
  • Meditate daily to quieten your mind.
  • Spend less time on screens and more time interacting with people in real life.
  • Be more tactile with people, animals and plants.
  • Have sensual, etheric sex (not orgasm-driven, astral sex).
  • Spend time in nature (without your phone or listening to a podcast or music on headphones while you walk).
  • Eat fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, savouring them as you eat them to absorb their etheric vitality.
  • Stop or reduce the quantity of astralizing substances you put into your body, such as processed food, meat and psychoactive drugs of any kinds, including caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, sugar, prescription drugs (if possible) and recreational drugs.
  • Do daily yoga stretches to release astral impactions in your body or have a deep-tissue massage.
  • Stop watching astralizing media, especially pornography and violent movies (even children’s cartoons can be astralizing because they are full of violent acts).

Having a better etheric-astral balance will allow you to feel like you have more of a life, rather than being on a treadmill. It will help you to maintain good health and fitness, because this is how your body is designed to function. And it will bring so much more joy into your life, you’ll wonder why you ever let yourself get so astralized before.

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4 Responses to Overastralization – the great challenge of modern life

  1. Thank you been wondering about this topic, just didn’t know what it was called. I was taught to cut energy cords mentally, whenever you have contact with others. Have you heard of this practice and what do you think about it?

    1. Hi Belinda – The question you’ve asked has nothing to do with the topic of this article, so I’ll just give you a very brief reply. We are energetically connected to everyone we know and everything we own. In some cases, unhealthy over-attachments can form, called cords. There is a process by which these can be cut, but it is not a visualization technique you can do by yourself and it’s certainly not something you’d want or need to do in relation to everyone you meet.

  2. Hi Karen,

    What an interesting topic! Is this to do with materials too? Plastic vs wood, metal, stone, paper etc? Synthetic fibers vs wool and other natural materials? How about colors or dyes? Full spectrum light bulbs vs those with smaller spectrum? Something else?

    I’d be intrigued to hear more!

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