Many Mansionsby Ann Frazier West on 09/25/14
"In my Father's house are many mansions." John 14:2 in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
"These many mansions are the many subtle planes in the spiritual world," states Geoffrey Barborka in The Divine Plan (1980). Death, and birth in the astral world are merely a change in consciousness. When we die to the physical plane, we lose consciousness of the physical life and become aware of our subtle astral form in the astral world. This does not intend to imply that all consciousness of the physical world is annihilated, however, but rather that our attention will be primarily in the next dimension where our vehicles or bodies are compatible with the astral atmosphere.
We live in a solid, material, physical world and wear solid physical bodies. The physical or material world is where our consciousness resides. When we leave our bodies during sleep we are conscious on another level in another of our bodies - one of the more subtle bodies which we occupy. We travel to the realms of those who have made their transition from the physical world and visit with them, at times, when we dream.
When our senses are active, in tasting, smelling, touching, listening and seeing, we are working principally through our physical bodies. When our powers of will and visualization are exercised we are working mainly through our astral bodies - while still in the physical. Our causal body finds expression when we are thinking or diving deep into introspection or meditation; the cosmic thoughts of genius come to the person who habitually contacts his/her causal body. This process of contact can be conscious or unconscious. In this sense, a person may be classified as chiefly materially minded (physical level) or energetic (astral level) or intellectual (causal level) depending on the level one is accessing at that time. While still in the physical level of existence, then, a person uses and is more or less conscious of all three of these vehicles, the physical, the astral and the causal bodies. (The Great Transition: Bridges to the Afterlife, Ann Frazier West) http://www.amazon.com/Great-Transition-Bridges-Afterlife/dp/145258480X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411688966&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+transition+bridges+to+the+afterlife