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Dr. Trudie Bartholomew, PhD




How often in life do we say to ourselves or God: “I swear I’ll never do that …. again!”? Whenever we make such an emotional promise to ourselves, someone else, or a higher being, it is considered a ‘vow’, with certain spiritual connections and implications.


A vow or promise to ourselves is usually made when we are in a highly emotional state, and is thus stored in our emotional/astral body. The emotional/astral body lives in the astral world, which is a place where we can create things about which we are emotional and passionate, but it is also the place where ‘dead people’ live.


Because a vow is so emotional, it creates an energy field in our emotional body, and will attract similar frequencies to itself. It will thus attract beings to itself that live in the astral world; these beings usually have a need to still experience the same emotion that drove you to have made the vow, and they become the ‘vowkeeper’. If the vow was made in anger, it means that the entity who would attach itself to you, will harbour the same type of anger towards someone from his past life on earth.


During our lifetime, we make lots of different types of promises or vows, but are surprised that we actually do the opposite of what we promised ourselves. Most of us remember the times when we were children and decided that we would never be like our parents or never start arguments as they did, only to find ourselves doing exactly that in our grown-up life. On the other hand, you may find yourself being so submissive, that your spouse walks over you and never takes you seriously, because you are always giving and serving.


These vows are much like an ISE (Initial Sensitizing Event), that is usually not recallable by the subconscious mind, because the vow is made in a moment of crisis, which could either be a very negative or positive event. A moment of crisis puts us in an altered state of consciousness, or in our terms ‘on a high’; which could happen when we make a marriage vow, or we promise each other that we will ‘never love anyone else’. This type of emotional state actually takes us for a few moments out of our physical body, and our consciousness is momentarily focused in our astral body.


If it is a vow that is more of a ‘mind thing’, it would first start originating in the lower mental body and secondly in the astral body. An example of this will be a vow that has to do with pride.


Then there are vows of a much loftier nature, which we make on the higher mental plane where our soul lives. Although we mean well, the emotion that goes with this type of vow is still stored in the emotional body and we have the same effect and attachments. A good example of this type of vow is when we promise that we will always put other people first or serve humanity above everything else.


One would think that only negative vows attract vowkeepers, but to our surprise we learned that ‘good vows’ also attract the same type of vowkeepers! There is no law that gives these entities the right to attach themselves to us; it is just something that happens automatically.


The Planes or spheres of existence in our Solar System


We have seven planes of existence in our Solar system:










These 7 planes or levels of existence form only the physical cosmic plane. In other words, on a much higher scale, we will have a Cosmic Physical, Astral, Mental, Intuitional Plane … etc.


Each of the seven spheres or areas in our solar system is made up of a different type of substance, and we find beings living in these areas who have a body made up of that specific type to live in. It is almost like a vehicle in which our consciousness can live to be able to see, feel, think and move around.


Potentially, we have al those bodies available, but we need to develop them in order to be able to use them. Most people can only use their physical, astral and lower mental bodies, simply because the others have not yet been developed. Developing these bodies takes millions of years, and many lifetimes of difficulty, striving and hard work, but we also make many mistakes in trying.


Because we make mistakes, we make karma for ourselves, meaning that we have to reap what we have sown. Mostly we do not intentionally hurt people, but unless we experience the same pain, humiliation and sadness that we caused others, how will we ever know what it feels like on the receiving end?


Each of the dimensions mentioned above, has seven sub-levels, also called sub-planes. In understanding the type of entities that attach themselves to us, we need to have a knowledge of the different levels of existence on the astral plane. The seven levels of the astral plane are numbered from one at the top to seven at the bottom.


The lowest level of the astral plane is the deepest, darkest and most dense area where we find what we understand as ‘hell’; very dark entities live and work here, but also those beings who did horrible things to others when they were still alive.


On level six we find more earthbound entities, and lost, lonely souls. There is fine line between the sixth level and the etheric levels where very lost souls can be found. In the African Traditional culture, we find some Ancestors also on these levels, as they choose to live close to their families who are still in physical existence.


Level five and four are where we find hospitals; many nurses and doctors find themselves there where they continue nursing people who died of physical or emotional illnesses.


Many good, balanced souls find themselves on level three, where ‘all our dreams have come true’, and we find that house, landscape or art that we so much loved on earth.


Level two is a much expanded version of level three, where we may even find universities and other grand buildings and systems; indeed a place of beauty and joy.


Many scientists and researchers often spend far too much time on level one, as they become so absorbed in their research, that they delay the time and ignore the calling of their soul to move up to the mental plane.


Where do we end up on the Astral plane after dying?


After physical death, most people find themselves on one of these subplanes of the astral plane, which is determined by the condition of our astral/emotional body at the time of death. When passing over to the astral plane, the astral body re-arranges itself with the darkest, most heavy emotions on the outer edge, where the Law of Attraction pulls the astral body to the level in the astral plane that corresponds to the frequency of the outer astral body.


Thus, to ensure that we end up in a ‘nice place’, we must make sure that we clear our astral bodies of all negative emotions while still ‘alive’ on the physical plane. In other words, we need to do what the great teacher Jesus came to teach us! The last minute before dying is too late …. we need to forgive and love while on earth.


There is however hope, because we do not live in the astral plane forever; it depends on the heaviness in our astral bodies, but also on the decisions of the Lords of Karma. The average time spent on the Astral Plane is approximately thirty years, although some advanced souls spend a few minutes, while other may stay there for millions of years.


If we understand this, we can determine what type of entity would assign himself to you for a specific type of vow.


Most of our childhood traumas have vows attached to them, even as early as conception or before conception. It is quite surprising when you take a person back to a few moments before conception, looking at his future parents, and he tells you that he would like to be their child because he hates them!


When we find this type of negativity, we can be sure that the person already has an attachment because of a past life vow. The person could also have incarnated directly from the sixth or seventh astral plane, and have a contract with the darkness instead of the light; it is a matter of free will and choice. There are many types of vows with many consequences.


It requires a much knowledge, patience and intuition of the practitioner to assist the client in understanding when and why he/she made the vow, that the vow is no longer neccessary, and to forgive all involved, release the vow and design a new life filled with joy.