The Scriptures say, ‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven.’ These words are extraordinarily significant.
Whether you are aware of it or not, what you do below on the physical plane is reflected above on the subtle planes.
When you bind someone on the physical plane, you bind him on the astral and mental planes. When you release someone on the physical plane, you release him on the astral and mental planes.
When a mother has to leave her infant alone for a moment in its pram, she straps it in so that it cannot fall out.
The infant is bound on the physical plane, but it is bound on the astral plane as well; it does not feel free, so it cries. When the mother comes back and frees her child on the physical plane, it is all smiles again because she has also freed it on the astral plane.
If you lock someone in a dungeon and deprive him of food, he will also feel limited on the astral and mental planes, and he will suffer and be unhappy. In fact, there are all sorts of ways of binding people or releasing them from their constraints by means of words, a look, a gesture, and so on.