Today, in meditation, i asked for guidance on how to leave the body. The Tibetan Buddhists have kept that practice alive but we don't seem to have that in our practices any more.
Here is how it goes:
You can expand your soul at any time. Your soul is not limited to this body. At the same time, your soul can be in your body and can surround it (this happened).
Your soul can be here and can encompass an area as large as you'd like. The soul is not limited. It is infinite and not bound by the laws of Physics. (i did not experience this stretch)
When the soul leaves the body, it is not upwards from the feet, as is usually believed. Slowly, it detaches itself from the body - starting with the skin. When you cook masala, you see that a well cooked masala leaves the bowl on its own. There is no pressure, no force, no residue on the pan. It is exactly the same with the soul. In a ready soul, it detaches itself easily and with love from the body. An attached soul feels force, and therefore, pain. An attached soul resists, leading to friction, which also causes pain. The process of leaving the body, when one is ready, is beautiful, peaceful, and completely painless. It happens around us every day, and yet we do not notice.
How does the soul then leave the body?
The soul leaves the body either through the crown chakra, or the heart chakra, or the root chakra, depending on the nature and life of the person. Rarely, it also uses the stomach chakra. It can use more than one chakra, but that is not the usual practice, and the soul always assimilates above the body. All souls, when they are done, even the tormented ones, wait for a while above the body and thank it for its service. The body is bound by the laws of the physical world and must remain in this realm. But at this time, the consciousness of the body, no matter how miniscule, does accept the gratitude of the soul. At this moment, the body is the benefactor and the soul is the beneficiary. The body has selflessly allowed the soul to experience this physical world for a period of time.
Only after this gratitude to the body does the soul go on its onward journey. From here, the journey that you somewhat aware of begins.
What happens to tormented souls or souls who are still attached to the physical world?
They leave the physical world only when they are ready. But the reason is not always attachment only. Sometimes, a soul has to be guardian to another soul. In that case, even if an even makes it impossible for the soul to have a physical body, the soul can remain in the physical world if it so desires.
There is never any rush or pressure to return or to come away from the physical world. Nor is the physical world inaccessible between births. Think of it as two neighbouring countries. We live in one, but we visit the other at will. That is how physical souls visit the realm and the realm souls come back to check on their loved ones or protect them whenever they want.
What about reincarnation?
Only the physical body soul has forgotten the past. The soul remembers. It does not remember the specifics. But it carries forward the spiritual knowledge and some part of physical knowledge as well. Your spiritual knowledge is never forgotten. It cannot be forgotten.
Do souls sometimes come back to a lower level?
There is no upper and lower level. To a molecule of water, what is up? A spot near the top of the bucket, or on the sides? We all learn and assimilate. All levels and all layers have their use. Some are kinder, some are more cruel. They are both valuable. The more we know, the kinder we become, the more our propensity to help and make other souls feel good. It is not superior or inferior. I have told you this before also. Every speck of dust, every atom, every quark, every tormented soul, has its place in the world.
And that is the lesson from today :)