You asked: Could the morontia worlds include what others call the
astral dimensions, or might the astral realms be possible closer/lower
border lands between our physical earth life now and the morontia level,
or might the astral realms be simply a more conscious look and aware
journey into our own subconscious mind and dream lands?
Thanks so much for this interesting question! To answer your question,
I had to do a little self-education, as I have never really been very
knowledgeable about the "astral realm." I found this website which
describes this term as "an extension of the physical plane a transition
place or doorway to access other planes." This has always been my
understanding, more or less..
describes it as "a plane of existence postulated by classical
(particularly neo-Platonic), medieval, oriental and esoteric philosophies
and mystery religions. It is the world of the celestial spheres,
crossed by the soul in its astral body on the way to being born and after
death, and generally said to be populated by angels, spirits or other
immaterial beings. In the late 19th and early 20th century the term was
popularised by Theosophy and neo-Rosicrucianism."
Both of these descriptions of the astral world are what I believe to be
products of "metaphysics," which is that attempt by human beings to make
sense of the spiritual world and our relationship to it. After having
discovered the real story of our existence and its continuation following
our time here on earth, I can see no real need for continuing to entertain
a concept like that, although, as you observe, it could be that what
others think of as the astral plane might correspond in some way with the
concept of morontia. Here are a few UB passages that may help both of us
understand more fully:
103:6.7 But many mortals
have recognized the desirability of having some method of reconciling the
interplay between the widely separated domains of science and religion;
and metaphysics is the result of man's unavailing attempt to span this
well-recognized chasm. But human metaphysics has proved more confusing
than illuminating. Metaphysics stands for man's well-meant but futile
effort to compensate for the absence of the mota of morontia.
103:7.9 The science of the
material world enables man to control, and to some extent dominate, his
physical environment. The religion of the spiritual experience is the
source of the fraternity impulse which enables men to live together in the
complexities of the civilization of a scientific age. Metaphysics but more
certainly revelation, affords a common meeting ground for the discoveries
of both science and religion and makes possible the human attempt
logically to correlate these separate but interdependent domains of
thought into a well-balanced philosophy of scientific stability and
In the end, what we discover is this:
101:2.7 What metaphysics fails utterly
in doing, and what even philosophy fails partially in doing, revelation
does; that is, affirms that this First Cause of science and religion's God
of salvation are one and the same Deity.
103:6.8 Metaphysics has
proved a failure; mota, man cannot perceive. Revelation is the only
technique which can compensate for the absence of the truth sensitivity of
mota in a material world. Revelation authoritatively clarifies the muddle
of reason-developed metaphysics on an evolutionary sphere.
What we have been given in The Urantia Book is certainly "a
well-balanced philosophy of scientific stability and religious certainty."
With it, we can make a huge leap into both understanding reality and
orienting ourselves to it that we didn't have before. And this is one of
the the purposes of revelation.
101:5.1 Revelation is a technique
whereby ages upon ages of time are saved in the necessary work of sorting
and sifting the errors of evolution from the truths of spirit acquirement.
The revelation of the morontia levels of reality that bridge the gap
between the purely physical and the purely spiritual is a gift that can
help any of us to gain more peace, comfort, and stability as we adjust our
thinking about our existence.
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There are a lot of beliefs that are taken for granted as being true
just because people have heard them all their lives and assumed they're
true or because they've never really given them any thought, the astral
plane concept being one. There may be some truth behind it and all the
other metaphysical concepts as well but the picture of the reality they
portray is nothing like the reality we discover in The Urantia Book... it
seems to me that the concept of the astral realms is likely an outworn one
for those of us who have received the gift of revelation contained in
The Urantia Book.
Thanks again for writing; I hope that my reply has been helpful.
And feel free to write back any time!