Anyone familiar with the construction and maintenance of an Astral temple? I kind of suck at visualization right now, any advice would be very helpful.
it sounds like you're looking for the first master key.
a good place to start would be to sit or lie down and close your eyes. meditate for a bit, at least until you're able to stop your thoughts from coming (i find the shambavi mudra very helpful for achieving this).
from this state you just imagine "getting up" out of your body. it's not quite enough to imagine it though, you have to really 'feel' it. start small: get up and feel your astral feet on the floor. touch a table with your astral hand, and maybe try tasting some astral food. the more you practice this the easier it'll get, and the better you'll be at it. eventually work your way up to walking around your house, then leaving your house and walking around your street. eventually you'll get to the point where you can fly, or construct whatever reality you want. this is the true first master key
I have a question for you though
An alter ego or tulpa of mine that exists outside of my conscious mind is constructing a really, really elaborate astral reality. I don't like it. It seems to grow in complexity each time I visit it, and it's beginning to have colors even (whereas before it did not). It could even be an extrinsic entity I don't know.
Why is dis happening and how can I make it stop happening? It seems to be "karmically" linked as it feeds off of my experiences and such.