Clair wrote:Just to be sure I understand, would that mean the spirit world is in a way our imagination or is linked to it?
I think of it like this. There is a doorway in our mind which leads to our soul consciousness. One way to access that gate or door way is through the imagination. When I cast a circle I use my imagination in calling up the forces. I still feel the elements there and they still come. I just use my imagination as a door way to the realms of the spirit.
For traveling astrally in this world I have often heard is said to imagine your spirit body floating above your physical body in your room. The imagine yourself going where you want to. Sometimes its the next room and other times its physical places you have never actually been but want to see.
The mind is very powerful. For me the mind is a part of the soul and a part of the spirit. This is why it is possible to travel to the other worlds using the imagination. I also use a bit of self hypnosis to get into a meditative state for my visualizations exercises.
Visualization and imagination for me are the same thing. If you can see in your minds eye (your imagination) the spirit worlds then you can get there through the door in your mind.
The text that explains this better than I am right now is The Inner Temple of Witchcraft
by Christopher Penczak. There is a CD companion that goes along with the book. That CD companion has the exercises that guide you and teach you how to astrally travel using your imagination and your mind.