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One of the more popular gifts making news in the present spiritual movement is healing: the process of sending loving and healing energy to people in need. In healing (also covered in a following chapter), a person lays on the hands or sends positive, powerful thoughts in order to direct healthy energy towards ill bodies and sick minds. Actually, healing is done by the ill person's body. But that sick body may need a little help from a healer's positive energy or a doctor's helpful medication.


The final and most advanced psychic skill covered here is astral traveling. Also termed out of body experiences (OOBE) and astral projection, this skill finds you leaving the physical body to travel in the astral body, the etheric counterpart to the physical vehicle. Out of body traveling is similar to the much publicized near death experiences. But the astral travelers in their trance state (or dream state) leave the body behind, not in a simulated release of death, but to deliberately visit higher planes of existence.


These planes are visited for various reasons: to learn lessons from master spirit teachers, to visit old pals on the "other side," to touch base with a higher source of inspiration, to raise levels of awareness, to open psychic centers and to terminate fears of death. The astral traveler may also travel to other spots on the physical plane - France, Hawaii, a sold out rock concert. But, says Timothy, no astral traveler should partake in "keyhole peeking," whereby one spies on friends, enemies, boyfriends and girlfriends to see how and what they're doing.


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