C.W. Leadbeater was quite the writer. In this book, which is more like a sacred text than anything else, he illustrates very calmly another order of existence discovered through his practice of Astral projection; Yoga with an edge, one might call it.
Anyone who has tried this personally will attest to some strange goings on afterward. It is as if Blake's mind made manacles crack, but something more happens as well. Leadbeater never goes into the techniques (he is the one "going there") and it is evident he spent a lot of time doing these exercises.
"These evanescent shapes, though generally those of living creatures of some sort, human or otherwise, no more express the existence of separate entities in the essence than do moments on a previously smooth lake by a sudden squall. They seem to mere reflections from the vast storehouse of the astral plane, yet they have usually a certain appropriateness to the character of the thought stream, which calls them into existence, though nearly always with some grotesque distortion, some terrifying or unpleasant aspect about the phenomena."
This is as beautiful a book as I have read. Recommended.
"Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena" is a seminal work on the subject of the nether-world. Written in 1895 by C. W. Leadbeater, an Anglican Priest who joined the Theosophical Society in 1883, "Astral Plane" is an interesting examination of ideas on the after-life as proposed by new age philosophies such as Theosophy.