Smaragd wrote: ↑Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:45 amYet I'm quite certain we could have both, the ability to focus and create accurate impressions in to the astral and the ability to let loose, to inspect the astral without manipulating it. This way the conversation could be with the other individual AND the shadows of both.
Paradoxically, I think that one's ability "to inspect astral without manipulating it" would be possible only from a non-astral level of experience. Compare to the quantum mechanics axiom of necessarily influencing a phenomenon we are perceiving. To be on the same level with something we are experiencing is also giving expression to it. This is the hermeneutical root of being, the oneness in factual communication. It is both horrible (because of the tremendous stress of constant extrasensory perception) and a gospel of spiritual joy (because things actually do meet, instead of everything just floating relative in infinite space of fundamental meaninglessness).
Wiktionary gives for projection an archaic meaning of "crisis or decisive point of any process." So, the point of projection is a critical point, where the element is changed. This we can compare to (or see in) the "powder of projection" of alchemists. Every human being – and every other being in the universe as well – work by projecting its own nature into everything else, by magical union. The contact is not mechanical: a mechanical contact means the least when we meet each other, or other beings. The actual content is being projected. This is magic.