I'm Gonna Meet You on the Astral Plane

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 31, 2019 04:00pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Astral projection, also called astral travel, is a term used in esotericism to explain an intentional out-of-body experience. In some far away tribes, men would use these abilities to fly over the jungle forests to look for the perfect tree to chop down to carve into a canoe. For me, I wanted to revisit the Mark Twain Saloon in Virginia City to see the paintings on the walls again, but my jalopy truck broke down before the trip, so that night I laid in my bed and let my spirit travel the astral plane over the state line. Folks, with practice, this is the cheapest way to take a vacation.

Perhaps the most famous song about traveling the astral plane is..."Astral Plane" on The Modern Lovers first album, which came out in 1976. And those who love the dreamy, soft voice of Valerie June from Memphis have probably heard her sing of dancing on the astral plane. But let's get more freaky with the 1970 song with the same title by the acid folk band Influenza.

In fact, in music, books, movies, and comics of the 1970s to early '80s, astral projection was the talk of the town...if you lived in a weird town. My Uncle Fred who lives down in Mexico practices astral projection. I'll never forget my aunt once asking him what he looked forward to doing when he got home after a family visit and he said, "Oh, just leaving my body and going where I wanna go."

In the 1975 horror-thriller Psychic Killer, a nut job from a mental hospital goes on revenge via astral projection against those he believed did him wrong. In the 1978 thriller, The Astral Factor, a murderer with some reading time in prison learns the powers of astral projection (more of invisibility really) and he too escapes to terrorize the five ladies that got him put in the slammer. Talking about slammers, have you ever taken the walking tour with the headphones on at Alcatraz? Take the headphones off next time and you will feel like you are in a zombie movie with the groups of tourists walking around in silence with theirs still on.

If crazy kung-fu, fried chicken, and new wave villains sounds like your kind of party (if it is not, you should ponder why we live on this planet or the parties that you go to) then see Furious (1984) in which a martial artist must save the world by fighting wizards on the astral plane. Scour the Amoeba movie room, for this amazing gem can still be found!

I hope tonight, while you are lying in bed, you too attempt to leave your body. Perhaps try to travel a short distance on your first try and go sightseeing above the rocky Farallon Islands, 25 miles off the coast from San Francisco, where the great Egg War of 1863 took place, but that, my friends, is another story.

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