"Astral Projections do work, But Not with the Results You Expect, because the
Inner Planes are not what you thought they were or were taught they were. So, I
suggest you forget what you have been told the Inner Planes are like or
speculate on what you are going to see and experience. Learn the Art. Practice
the Art. And follow where the results lead. You will then Know what the Inner
Planes are like."
"This is a great book! It actually makes it clear that there are different types of "projection" corresponding to the different levels of energy configuration of the body and our perception of other realities. For example, at the "etheric" level, the energy body is very similar in shape, size and senses to the ordinary physical body. This is the only body you can use to "see" things in "everyday" life since the etheric plane is the only plane really close to the physical body.
In the astral plane, he talks about lower and higher - the lower astral is more like our normal body with "twisted normal" (why is the door handle on the wrong side of the door?) or angelic scenery, while the higher astral becomes more shapes, lights, symbols - where you might just be a "glow" instead of a well defined "body."
Ophiel also gives great techniques - a great system for exploring the nearby, actual geography of your residence, for example; a way of "projecting" into symbols; a way of building a body of light; a way of working with dreams.
He is ultra clear and ultra concise. He is sometimes annoying with his occasionally grumpy old man style of writing. Sometimes he is hilarious - a great, down to earth sense of humor.
This book was old when I first read it as a teenager in the '60's. There is a reason why this irrascible writer has stayed in print all these years!
My one small advice: Ophiel gives a ritual called the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram in this book. This is a well-established technique of "white" magic. It isn't in the book because Ophiel had a religious or ideological axe to grind, but because this ritual really helps to build a body of light." - Reader Review from San Francisco, CA, United States