It seems that my childhood experience with Astral Traveling and seeing Spirits was not meant to remain a lighthearted diversion. When I was a sophomore at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, I moved into a house on Bowen Street. It happened to be haunted. While I was taking classes, writing papers and completing projects as a Visual Art Major, a bunch of Spirits decided to also sign me up for their ‘Astral Training Boot Camp’. It lasted 3 years.
Over those three years, a series of wise Spirit Teachers taught me how to be a dynamic and resilient Astral Traveler. So, no matter what unexpected Astral environment I found myself in or what kind of Astral creatures I met along the way, I could navigate myself through or out of a wide variety of intense/dangerous Astral situations. The Spirit Teachers did not coddle me, at all. They threw me in the middle of the Astral ocean–that haunted house on Bowen Street–to teach me how to swim.
This three-story house was built at the end of the 19th century and once the University bought it, apartments were created to house mostly junior and visiting professors and grad students. The entrance hall was wide, poorly lit with threadbare utility carpeting and led to a dramatic winding staircase. I lived in the old parlor on the first floor and the main ‘wall’ separating my living quarters from the main entrance hallway was a series of flimsy folding glass doors framed in wood. My bedroom was small, oval with wonderful light and hardwood floors. The living area was huge for an apartment and had a dramatic albeit defunct fireplace with hand-carved molding. The bathroom and kitchen were crammed into what might have previously been a generous closet. I remember my first night there-the hair stood up on the back of my neck. My new home was beautiful. It also felt very dangerous. Spirit School Boot Camp had begun.
The house was very complex and porous energetically. Normally, in most places on Earth, there are firm boundaries separating the physical world from the Astral World(s). An experienced Astral Traveler knows how to alter his or her consciousness in order to cross this boundary. Also, within the Astral, there are normally firm boundaries separating different Astral worlds from each other with ‘doorways’ allowing a Traveler to move between them.
This urban house was a dramatic exception to that rule: it had the intensity of an ancient worship site, like an Aztec, Mayan, or Incan temple, but without the vast open landscape to help dissipate the energy. This house was a building that seemed to physically exist in the same energetic location as a complex configuration of Astral crossroads. My apartment was an Astral high traffic area of perpetual movement. The boundaries separating the physical and the Astral and the boundaries separating Astral Worlds from each other, were paper thin and nearly transparent. So, there were layers upon layers of distinct Astral activity occurring in different worlds, but in the same 3-dimensional physical space. There was also an overwhelming number of Astral doorways. There were always opening and closing as Spirits traveled through them.
For three years, that house in Providence was my Astral training ground and though I was terrified for a large part of it, I am deeply grateful for the experience. Because the Astral reality of that apartment was so viscerally intense, multi-layered, multi-dimensional, and never stopped, I believe everything I witnessed, participated in, every world I traveled to, every Spirit teacher I had and being I encountered during this time, enabled me to further develop my Astral skills at an exponentially accelerated rate.
The training and experience I received at this ‘Spirit School’ expanded my perception of: 1) What exists in the Astral, 2) What actions are possible there that aren’t possible here, in the physical, and
3) How the act of witnessing and/or actively participating in an Astral event or scene can have a positive impact in the physical world–specifically on an individual’s mental/ emotional/ physical/ spiritual wellbeing. I also learned many of the structural ‘rules’ of the Astral which allowed me to better navigate Astral environments and engage with a wide range of Astral beings. Overall, this intense Astral training honed my skills in: Astral Traveling, Visual and Auditory Spirit Communication, Astral Mapping, and Astral Self-Defense. I learned how to shapeshift my energy and raise my vibration.
During my time at the house on Bowen was also when I first I began to see complex energetic structures inside clients’ bodies. Thanks to the Guardian Spirits, it was also when they first instructed me on how to handle these complex energetic structures in order to help my clients. Finally, I learned how to reach and maintain a state of ‘in-between’–keeping one foot in the physical world and the other in the Astral– for long periods of time. I have found this ability to be a huge asset that enables me to further help my New moon clients. In this ‘in-between’ state, I am able to physically record what I have experienced on the Astral on my client’s behalf, while reviewing the information in the Astral–like re-watching a video–and simultaneously being in communication with the Spirits involved as they clarify and expand on my notes.