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Handbook on Ascension
This handbook is intended to answer common questions about Ascension, expected to occur on or before Dec. 21, 2012.
What is Ascension – 1/2
What is Ascension – 2/2
This Ascension Will See the Whole Universe Lifted Up
The Divine Mother: You are Ready to Come Home
Starseeds: Waiters at the Banquet of Ascension
Ascension: What If?
What Do We Need to Keep in Mind about Dec. 21, 2012?
Toolkit for Ascension
Ascension as Sahaja Samadhi
Ascension: The Larger Picture
Where is This Light Coming From?
Will I Achieve Enlightenment without Ascension, by My Own Efforts?
What is Ascension – 1/2
The year 2012 marks the end of the present cycle of duality and “the stage is set for a grand finale,” according to Atmos of Sirius. It will be “a glorious time of enlightenment, and the spreading of much love and harmony. The Light is reaching into people’s heart centers and awakening them to greater possibilities than they have [ever] previously considered.” (1)
The ascended masters, galactics, and celestials who discuss the path to “heavenly transformation” call Ascension “the freedom trail” that leads to a “Golden Age.” (2) What else could Ascension be, they ask, “but Heaven on Earth … beyond your wildest expectations”? (3)
When speaking of it, they cannot escape superlatives. No matter, says SaLuSa of Sirius, “Ascension will by far exceed” any experiences we have had on Earth “and even your most exotic dreams of Utopia.” (4)
Saul describes the ascended space as a “state of total peace, harmony, and balance.” (5) “It is indeed a state of exhilaration and wonder for which [you] have been yearning for eons.” (6)
Previously terrestrial seekers were most accustomed to speaking of “enlightenment.”
The galactics also link ascension with enlightenment.
As SaLuSa says, ascension is a process “that helps you become enlightened.” (7) “The object of working your way to Ascension is to move into a state of enlightenment, and continue to evolve.” (8)
“For those who have not yet experienced spiritual enlightenment,” he adds, “it is hard to convey in words how it affects the psyche.” (9)
We have to be careful relying on our memories because most people’s memories quickly revert to sensual objects like filet mignon and Hawaiian sunsets and ascension is so much more than that.
The fact is that no normal pleasure, even multiplied, could approach what I imagine ascension will offer us. Mata Amritanandamayi, whom I regard as an avatar or “descent of God,” says that “the happiness that we get from worldly objects is only an infinitesimal fraction of the bliss that we get from within.” (10)
SaLuSa says Ascension “instills a calmness and peace that is a delightful energy to experience.” (7) We may sometimes reach that same state of stillness within and momentarily experience the exaltation of perfect peace.
As the energies rise, it will be easier and easier to breathe in and feel that bliss. Someday it will explode and be permanent.
The galactics invite us to reflect on “what it will be like to move within its beauty and majesty all of the time, because that is how it will be.” (11)
SaLuSa predicts that the suddenness of the Ascension transformation will be “quite astonishing.” (12)
Saul agrees. None of our ideas will prepare us for the experience: “Those who are ready will find themselves there, suddenly, to their absolute joy and amazement – amazement because, although they have been praying for it, preparing for it, and longing for it, they can have no idea what it really means until they experience it.” (13)
We may have had a subconscious premonition of it. “At the deepest level, all beings know what Ascension means,” says one source. “Consciously this may be perhaps just a feeling or a knowing that cannot be explained whilst others have full conscious clarity.
“On the highest level of explanation, no third-density being can truly understand the entire picture that is Ascension … but it can be grasped enough to be able to be processed, lived, acted upon, and created.” (14)Ascension does not require us to give up anything of true value; rather we gain beyond anything we can imagine. If we could but see into the future, SaLuSa suggests, we would have no hesitation in relinquishing the hold that Earth has upon us. (15)
Saul provides us with a synoptic view of the worldwide transformation that Ascension will bring. I’ll end this essay with his words.
“God’s love for His creation is infinite and the magnificent events that He will bring about very shortly now are, of course, unstoppable. It is His desire and intent that humanity move into its natural divine state of full consciousness – and so it will, at exactly the appropriate moment.
“When this happens, immeasurable quantities of divine energies of healing, compassion, peace, harmony, and love will immerse your solar system.
“All who wish it will become instantly aware of their divine God-given heritage and will move to renew their relationship with these energies, which will then flow freely through them.
“The consequent change of perception that all will experience will lead to an immediate laying down of weapons, as all celebrate this wonderful release from the treadmill of karma.
“The energy signature of humanity and of planet Earth will change instantly from its present one of anger, fear, hate, and confrontation to one of love, acceptance, compassion, and renewal, which will shine with such incredible brilliance that it will be clearly visible throughout the galaxy and will demonstrate the completion of this stage of the divine plan of creation.
“Boundless joy is shortly to envelop you all, so during these last moments of the old matrix, hold the vision of the new Golden Age that is about to dawn for you. All is precisely on schedule, the countdown is almost complete, and Heaven on Earth will very soon be yours.” (16)That is what we are doing all this for. And not just for us, but as the gift we would like to give to everybody. Everyone, come on in. The water’s warm.
All the want we are suffering from now, all the waiting, all the work is for a permanent state of exaltation, sufficiency, and certainty the star nations call “Ascension” and many terrestrials call “enlightenment.”
It will so eclipse anything you’ve ever experienced that all your work, waiting, and want will be washed from your memory. We will instantly say the whole round of suffering and longing was worth it. That is where we’re going, all of us, and the planet. Keep your eyes on the prize – Ascension is that prize.
Footnotes(1) Atmos, “The Golden Age is About to Commence,” Oct. 13, 2008, at http://www.lightworkers.org/content/49712/atmos-13-october-2008.
(2) Ker-On, July 3, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm; ; Matthew Ward, “Message from Matthew,” Sept. 24, 2008, at http://www.matthewbooks.com/mm/anmviewer.asp?a=92&z=2; SaLuSa, July 1, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htmSpiritual Hierarchy and Galactic Federation, “Update,” through Sheldan Nidle, Aug. 19, 2008 at http://www.paoweb.com/sn081908.htm.
(3) SaLuSa of Sirius, March 11, 2009, ibid.
(4) SaLuSa of Sirius, March 16, 2009, ibid.
(5) Saul, “You are absolutely entitled to this inheritance,” through John Smallman, July 1, 2009, at
(6) Saul, “Full consciousness is where humanity is headed,” June 17, 2009, at
(1) SaLuSa of Sirius, May 27, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/May%202009/salusa__27may2009.htm.
(2) SaLuSa of Sirius, April 6, 2009, through Mike Quinsey, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/April%202009/salusa__6april2009.htm.
(3) SaLuSa of Sirius, March 11, 2009, athttp://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/March%202009/salusa__11march2009.htm.
(4) Mata Amritanandamayi, Awaken Children!, 1, 8.
(7) SaLuSa, July 1, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm.
(8) SaLuSa, May 20, 2009, ibid.
(9) SaLuSa, July 1, 2009, ibid.
(10) Saul, “Full consciousness is where humanity is headed,” June 17, 2009, ibid.
(11) The White-Winged Consciousness of Nine, “Alignment to Earth Ascension,” channeled through Magenta Pixie, Oct. 4, 2008, at http://www.lightworkers.org/content/48417/alignment-earth-ascension.
(12) SaLuSa of Sirius, Dec. 1, 2008, ibid.
(13) Saul, “The coming changes that have been divinely decreed will occur precisely on schedule,” ibid.
What is Ascension – 2/2
Ascension in the modern context refers to an event that will occur on or before Dec. 21, 2012 that will see those who are willing and have assimilated sufficient light to endure higher-vibrational settings leave the Third and Fourth Dimensions and enter the Fifth.
The Third Dimension is the Physical Plane that the so-called “living” inhabit. The Fourth Dimension is connected to the Third and is the Astral Planes that the so-called “deceased” inhabit. Of course there is no death. Life itself is continuous, the soul inhabiting and dropping various bodies and passing through many lifetimes on the universal journey from God to God (more on this later).
In this Ascension to the Fifth Dimension, people or souls will see their physical bodies change from carbon base to crystalline base. This change in composition will enable our bodies to survive in the finer-vibrational setting of the Fifth Dimension. Everything needed for changes like these is already encoded into our DNA.
Gaia, the sentient being that is the planet Earth, will also ascend and leave no living presence in the Third Dimension. Those who choose not to ascend will be removed to other Third- or Fourth-Dimensional settings, all care being given to them, to carry on a life in the Third Dimension while embodied and in the Fourth Dimension when free of the body.
In past Ascensions, the body was left behind, with the exception of two known to us – that of Jesus and Ezekiel, who went “up to heaven” bodily. “Heaven” itself is a term that the ancients used to indicate the Fifth Dimension or Mental Planes. When we say “the seventh heaven,” we’re indicating the seventh subplane of the Mental Plane or Fifth Dimension.
Ascension is happening now because we’ve reached the end of one solar cycle and the beginning of another. Hindus say we’ve reached the end of the Kali Yuga or Dark Age and are entering the Sat Yuga or Golden Age. Westerners speak of the end of the Age of Pisces and dawning of the Age of Aquarius. And other cultures have their own ways of referring to this transition in cycles.
It isn’t onerous to ascend. No heavenly Father with a white beard sits in judgment on us and chooses who will ascend. The qualifications are scientific: (1) a person must choose to ascend, and (2) a person must have assimilated sufficient light to make existence in a more rarified environment bearable. Another way of discussing what must occur is to say that 51% of our own negativity must have been cleared.
The manner in which a person assimilates light is determined by the extent to which they can love. All other distinctions around the cultivation of the divine qualities like joy, compassion, wisdom, integrity, etc., are all derived from, dependent on, or based on this ability to love.
Once ascended, we’ll experience unitive consciousness (the sense that we are all one), new spiritual abilities (to create and travel by thought, to modify our form, etc.), increased bliss and well-being, a huge expansion in our knowledge, and many other qualities that accompany the setting free of the capacities of the soul that occurs in higher dimensions.
Ascension does involve enlightenment but it involves more as well. In Ascension, not only do we attain a much fuller consciousness than we have at this moment, but we shift dimensions as well, leave all negative conditions behind, and come into new spiritual powers. These extra developments are not always associated with enlightenment as we understand it in Third Dimensionality.
Sickness, disability, and old age all will be gone. There will be no negative conditions such as poverty, homelessness, want, etc. We’ll literally be “in heaven” in the sense that, as indicated above, the term “heaven” refers to the Fifth Dimension.
This won’t be our final Ascension. Every time we pass from one dimension to the next, we’re said to ascend. When we pass from one subplane to the next within a dimension, we’re not said to ascend. Ascension is a dimensional shift.
Ascension is the means of completing the journey that each soul takes from God to God, from unconscious awareness of its true and divine nature to conscious awareness. To know ourselves as God is the purpose of life, the end for which all of life was created.
The emphasis in this Ascension is to have the greatest number of people ascend as possible. Everyone will be instructed as to what Ascension is. All possible help will be given to open up those who are closed to love, to end war on the planet, to bring the nations together, to spread global abundance, to allow people time to rest and recuperate from conditions that hold them back, etc.
We may experience strange symptoms such as fatigue, aches and pains, and the rise of upsets and ancient feelings during this time as all that is old and all that may hold us back is flushed up. It makes most sense to attribute everything untoward that happens to us at this time as related to Ascension and nothing to worry about.
The answer to finding ourselves immersed in these unwanted conditions is to accept them, observe them without resisting, and allow ourselves to experience them through to completion, after which they’ll undoubtedly lift.
For the most part, in terms of attitude, a desire to relax into and accept Ascension would probably be the most appropriate attitude to adopt.
Everything possible to assist people who need assistance to ascend will be given. It doesn’t matter where you are; Ascension will find you. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or not doing for Ascension to occur.
Moreover, waves of light and love are sweeping the planet preparing us for the day (on or before Dec. 21, 2012) when Ascension occurs. Some lightworkers will probably ascend early to model Ascension for the rest.
This end of cycle has been anticipated and prepared for for eons. Everyone needed to help this planet with it is already here and at work. Lightworkers all over the planet are anchoring the light and love into the Earth. The rest is up to us.
This Ascension Will See the Whole Universe Lifted Up
Galactic conception of Ascension: The caterpillar becomes a butterfly
Ascension is Happening Throughout the UniverseOne of the matters that confuses people from time to time is the question of what is ascending. Is it only the Earth or are more areas of the galaxy and universe involved?
SaLuSa tells us that Ascension “applies to the whole Universe.” (1) The changes, he says, “are affecting … not just your solar system, but [the] Universe and Galaxy.” (2) On another occasion, he says, “the whole Universe … is being lifted up into the higher realms.” (3) Like us, he says, the galactics are “part of the Great Plan…. All is uplifting into the higher vibrations, and it is a magnificent event and occasion for great celebrations.” (4)
Ascension, he says, “is to be an enormous event that happens very rarely.” (5) The opportunity to ascend “is the natural conclusion of this cycle,” he informs us. (6) Atmos agrees that “the plan for your Ascension is contained within the many cycles that are part of the orderly function of the Universe.” (7)
Who is Directing AscensionSaLuSa describes the lofty beings who are guiding and directing these events:
“[Ascension] is a tremendous change of scope beyond your imagination, and involves Beings of unlimited power and love. They carry out the Will of God and in that lies your assurance that all will proceed according to the Divine Plan.” (8)Individual Ascensions are always taking place, as Ashtar discussed in An Hour with an Angel on Aug. 13, 2012. (9) But this Ascension will be a mass event, as Archangel Michael tells us through Ronna Herman:
“In past ages, the ascension process was available only to those who incarnated as initiates firmly on the path, and as disciples whose mission was to anchor as much Divine Light and to bring forth as much cosmic wisdom as possible. That time is past. It is a time of mass ascension, for all the planets, solar systems and galaxies within this universe are actively involved in an ascension process.” (10)On occasion in the past, SaLuSa reveals, an Ascension has been planned and has not taken place. But “although you have missed out on earlier occasions, this time, if you are ready, you are absolutely certain to ascend.” (11) To be ready means to agree to ascend and to have assimilated sufficient light or love (they are the same) to endure the higher vibrations of the Fifth Dimension.
Ascension is divinely decreed, he reminds us, and “mere mortals cannot stop what has been divinely decreed.” (12) The dark ones, the Hathors tell us, cannot impede Ascension.
“Regardless of their source, the days, so to speak, for those who are trying to control your destiny for their own selfish ends are numbered. The shift from 4th dimensional consciousness to 5th dimensional consciousness cannot be stopped any more than the dawn of a new day can be avoided. The evolution of consciousness on your Earth and of Earth, herself, is in the midst of a dynamic shift and you are a vital part of it.” (12)They have fought to the end to stave off Ascension, SaLuSa tells us, and have failed.
“You have had immense help and the plan to awaken you has been successful beyond expectations. As you are finding out, the dark Ones fight to the end but whatever they do it will not alter the outcome. The die has been [cast] and Ascension will come with all of its glory and majesty. It truly is a great occasion that has stirred the interest of life throughout the Universe, who watch on to be part of the inevitable and welcome celebrations.” (13)
Will Ascension be Delayed?Before closing, perhaps we can review the statements of several sources, who have assured us that Ascension will not be delayed.
Atmos: [Ascension is] happening by divine decree, … we can confidently assure you that it will not be delayed. Why otherwise would we of the Galactic Federation be encircling your Earth, with millions of craft in readiness for First Contact and the restoration of Mother Earth.” (14)
SaLuSa: “In a short time you will know for certainty that you are firmly on the path to Ascension, and that nothing can stand in its way or delay it.” (15)
SaLuSa: “At the time of the 21st December 2012, the high energy influx due to the alignment of your Sun and the Great Central Sun is going to ‘separate’ those who are ready to ascend, and those who are not.” (16)
SaLuSa: “Nothing will stop the Ascension process from finally manifesting at the end of 2012.” (17)
Saul: “Heaven’s intent for humanity is leading you all forwards towards this supremely auspicious event that will bring with it joy, happiness, peace, and prosperous abundance for all; and that event is, of course, your awakening into your natural and fully-conscious state. That moment is fast approaching and will not be delayed.” (18)
Archangel Michael: “This is the Mother’s Plan … [and] there is no plan for postponement or delay.” (19)So this Ascension, which we already know is special in that it will be accomplished with us taking our physical forms with us, is also special in that it involves not just one planet as, say, with Halion or Venus, but the whole universe. It cannot be delayed and, as Archangel Michael said back in May, we’ve already passed the tipping point, the point before which not enough people had qualified for Ascension, and the boulder is now rolling downhill to its inevitable conclusion. (20) Finally, apparently, Ascension, identified as coming on Dec. 21, 2012 or before, cannot now be stopped.
Footnotes(1) SaLuSa, May 14, 2012, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(2) SaLuSa, April 13, 2012.
(3) SaLuSa, Dec. 8, 2008.
(4) SaLuSa, April 13, 2011.
(5) SaLuSa, March 21, 2011.
(6) SaLuSa, May 14, 2012.
(7) Atmos, Jan. 28, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(8) SaLuSa, April 13, 2012.
(9) Ashtar on An Hour with an Angel, Aug. 13, 2012, at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inlight_radio/2012/08/14/an-hour-with-an-angel
(10) Archangel Michael, “A Clarion Call for World Servers,” May 2010, through Ronna Herman, at http://www.ronnastar.com/latest.html
(11) SaLuSa, May 14, 2012.
(12) The Hathors, “Transcend and Transform Your World,” Nov. 14, 2007, through Tom Kenyon, at http://tomkenyon.org/transcend-and-transform-your-world
(13) SaLuSa, Feb. 1, 2012.
(14) Atmos, Jan. 28, 2009.
(15) SaLuSa, March 26, 2012.
(16) SaLuSa, May 23, 2012.
(17) SaLuSa, Sept. 25, 2011.
(18) Saul, April 8, 2012, at http://johnsmallman.wordpress.com.
(19) Reading with Archangel Michael and Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Aug. 17, 2012.
(20) Archangel Michael: “And yes, the curve of Ascension is very steep at the moment. And as I have said to you, though, you have been climbing and climbing and climbing the hill, and you have been pushing that boulder upwards for a long time — well, might we suggest, perhaps for eons?
“Yes, we know for some of you it has been a long life, and in many ways a difficult one, one that has been filled with challenges. But you have reached the top of the hill. And that boulder that you have been pushing is picking up speed going downhill.” (“Archangel Michael on the Transition’s Impact on Us and World Leaders,” at http://the2012scenario.com/2012/05/archangel-michael-on-the-transitions-impact-on-us-and-world-leaders/
The Divine Mother: You are Ready to Come Home
Linda Dillon channeled a message from the Divine Mother at the second Sedona Conference on Oct. 31, 2012, which reported that we were past the tipping point for Ascension.
My embrace is gentle and it is strong and it will fortify you for the days that lie ahead. Yes, Ascension.
[Ascension] is my plan. It is the Divine Plan and it is what we have waited for. Your countdown is on and so is ours. Every day we take the measure of the quotient of light and love on this planet and in the collective, and, dear hearts, it is growing.
It is not growing so that you will reach a tipping point. You are already there. You are all ready to come home. No, not to what to what you think of as the outer realms or Nirvana.
You are ready to come home to your Fifth Dimension, to your Nova Earth, to your nova self in your magnificent form of crystalline, diamonds under pressure. That is what we have worked so diligently with you for so long. Oh, long before you were born.
I come this day to infuse you yet again with my radiance. As you step through this portal with me, as you travel up, not going around the golden spiral, (1) but traveling up through the center of the golden spiral. Come with me, as I infuse you with joy, temperance, prudence, awe, and strength.
I assisted anchoring you on my daughter Gaia. Whatever you need. And Michael has spoken on my behalf many times and asked you to dream big. You’re not there yet. So let me infuse you, let me gift you that as you expand your creations expand. Your being expands. And the feeling, the knowing, the anchoring of my essence within reach and every one of you expands. Let it be dear hearts, let it be.
Allow and receive right now.
Go with my love. Farewell.
Footnotes(1) In my discussion of my vision, I described a spiritual spiral that we follow as we complete our sacred arc from God to God. Our journey follows a spiral as well as an arc because we return again and again to the karmic lessons that we haven’t completed, which brings the same type of events to us again and again. This return to the same place lifetime after lifetime can be visualized as a spiral.
Sage Vasistha, millennia ago, referred to this spiral as the “rise and fall in evolution” that is brought about by “the law of cause and effect.” (Swami Venkatesananda, ed., The Concise Yoga Vasistha. Albany: State University of New York, 1984, 94.) Twentieth-century Christian Master Beinsa Douno described it as a “partial rise and descent in an oscillating curve.” (“Brother of the Smallest One,” Lectures, 1 January 1917, www.beinsadouno.org., downloaded 7 March 2005.)
Starseeds: Waiters at the Banquet of Ascension
“The souls who came from fourth, fifth and higher density worlds specifically to assist Earth in her ascension—when their mission is completed, they will return to their homelands.” (Matthew’s Message, Feb. 14, 2010.)
“You will only leave the Earth before Ascension if it is already within your plan, so it is necessary that you understand each soul has chosen its path to the next stage of its evolution.” (SaLuSa, Dec. 31, 2010.)
I wanted to mention a few things about Starseeds. Not like I know what I’m saying, but just because I have a hunch, based on what I experienced recently in my short but powerful meditation retreat.
I think I may have said earlier (maybe not) that most people reading this blogsite and all the other sites on 2012, are in my estimation Starseeds. Terrestrials reading these sites, I believe, might mostly say, “Hey, these folks are nut cases. I’m outta here. Stanley Cup Night tonight!” Starseeds feel some resonance, perhaps for a reason they know not. Terrestrials may not feel a resonance at all or they may not feel it until after Disclosure.
But we all feel a tug when we encounter this information, and that’s probably as it should be.
We Starseeds signed on to wait tables at the banquet of Ascension so we’re supposed to feel that tug. We’re going to carry the food from the chefs (angels, ascended masters, and galactics) to the banquet guests (terrestrials). It isn’t our banquet, I believe. We’ve already had ours and now it’s time for the next group to have theirs.
I now believe that most Starseeds are already ascended. Why would the hierarchy and the star councils ask people to leave their home planets and come here who were unascended? To be part of the problem? No, we’ve come to be part of the solution. Why add to the number of unascended beings a whole bunch from Andromeda who also have not ascended? It doesn’t make sense.
Invite Starseeds who’ve ascended, lock them up in these darn heavy Third-Dimensional bodies, give them medical ailments to keep their attention “down to Earth” and show them what terrestrials have to deal with, and program them to awaken when their service begins.
So no need to worry about Ascension. Only a need to worry about our terms of service. And no need to worry about your children’s Ascension or your kitties’ or puppies’. Your kids’ Ascension, in the event they’re terrestrials, is a surer prospect than that of most Gaian adults! But children born today are probably the new crystals, rainbows, magentas and others who are destined to lead the New Society anyways. No need to waste energy worrying about them.
Moreover, and here is the radical suggestion, most Starseeds, I’m willing to bet, have come from dimensions higher than the Fifth. Coming from higher dimensions, if God enlightened us, we’d probably leave this Earth and go back to whence we came. So it just very well may be that no Starseeds should expect to experience enlightenment before their terms of service are over. That would seem to defeat the whole purpose of our being here. Awaken us, yes. Enlighten us, maybe not. Of course this is only a hunch.
We’re wearing blinkers and, even if we’re given an experience of ourselves, I think we’ll still be wearing at least dark glasses. If we know truly who we are, again we’ll be outta here. Vamoose the ranch.
And another hunch: Some of us will be early risers or ascenders. But we’re supposed to come back here after Ascension and serve the guests.
We need worker bees as well as queen bees. Some Starseeds like Drunvalo and Lisa Renee have signed up to sit at the head table and make speeches. But many more of us have left our sublime existences and regal homes to serve in rather menial capacities, serving food, planning finances for the banquet, and rigging up the lighting.
Some need to be the spiritual teachers and some need to meet and greet. But all come from higher dimensions just the same. We have a lot of high-priced talent wearing bibs.
Gabe says he was hired to be a guinea pig, a banquet taster. Let him sample the food first and see if he keels over. So they took an angel and made him a food taster. Ellie was sent here to create the mood and environment. Take Pleiadian royalty and make her a step-down transformer. My heavens, what we aren’t called upon to do!
Enlist Drunvalo and have him travel around the world lighting candles, chanting hymns and waving cosmic sage around the place. Don’t diss the janitor. He may be a Seventh-Dimensional being who agreed to come here from Lyra.
We all of us think the Fifth Dimension is the end-all and be-all. I predict that many of you will find that you come from much higher dimensions than that. But they had you sign on the dotted line and made you all Men in the Iron Mask, dumbed you down, saddled you with asthma and fibromyalgia, took away your abundance, memories, and capabilities and said “Thank you very much.” Later on you get your galactic Mastercard back.
Why are we doing this? Serving the One in the many. Ensuring that the Divine Plan unfolds. Doing unto terrestrials what other galactic civilizations have done unto us in some distant past.
We take time out from our wonderful lives in the Elysian Fields and don our waiters’ bibs and dishwashing aprons and see that the feast of Ascension comes off without a hitch and then we clean up, close up shop and go home. Job well done.
So I just encourage you to not worry about Ascension. You’re already there. Just worry about opening websites and building blogsites, spreading the word, providing the answers, reassuring people who are about to see a legion of angels descend with wheels in wheels and chariots of fire.
Very soon the joy will spread and infect us all. And we’ll begin a steady march to the banquet. Let’s help the terrestrials fill their lamps with oil and prepare to meet the bridegroom. We’ve eaten our fill already and married the Spirit before we came here.
Let the joy spread. Let there be peace on Earth and happiness among men and women, the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. A new era in human civilization is about to begin and we Starseeds are an important part of the crew welcoming the rest. We have nothing to worry about, save doing our job well. This is not our time. It’s the time of terrestrials. This is our turn to serve.
Ascension: What If?
According to Archangel Michael, many of us have “what if” fears around Ascension. What if Ascension is postponed, what if our loved ones don’t come with us, what if…. our questions go on. In my last reading with him on Aug. 17, he asked:
“Talk about this concern and fear that many are feeling about the ‘what if’ around Ascension. Because … it is lurking in the shadows. …
“What we are talking about is people’s fears. Their fear of ‘what if.’ There is no ‘what if.’ But the fear of ‘what if.’ … What if somehow this is all a cosmic joke. … It is not that we do not appreciate jokes. We love jokes. And our idea of a joke may be very different from yours. But it would never be a joke to hurt so many. “ (1)So, let’s try to address some common “what if’s.”
Question: Is there any chance that ascension would be postponed from the given time of Dec. 21, 2012 or before?
Archangel Michael: This is the Mother’s Plan. It is not our plan. It is not your plan. Yes, we are the fulfillment of that plan. But there is no plan for postponement or delay. (2)Question: Is there any possibility that I will be in the wrong place at the wrong time for Ascension?
SaLuSa: Be assured that you will all be in the right place for the end times, and follow your prompting if you feel a strong urge to re-locate yourself. At such times it is quite likely that you will feel a desire to be close to your family, and if so follow it through if you can. (3)Question: Will families ascend together?
SaLuSa: Many families will ascend together although it will not apply to everyone, as there must be allowance made for each soul’s freewill choice. Bear in mind we are referring to groups of different souls, that come together for the purpose of furthering their evolution.
There will always be comings and goings within them, and very few souls will stay permanently for life after life. Be pleased for all those contacts you have made whether they were brief or otherwise, as they were intended as part of your experience, and each valuable in their own way. (4)Question: Will the family’s pets ascend and ascend with the family?
Matthew Ward: Earth’s animal and plant life automatically will go along with the planet and as she ascends, the animal kingdom once again will become peaceable. (5)
The innocence of her animal souls automatically lets them journey with [Gaia]. (6)
Animals who are loved and cared for automatically will travel along with their families. (7)Question: I’m having issues with members of my family. Must I stay with them?
SaLuSa: There is no time like the present to review your relationships with friends or family. Often when you incarnate you are placed with souls you have known in previous lives, and it is for the reason that you are likely to have issues between you that need facing again.
Because there is a block between you it carries forward to each life until it is resolved. When you are placed together again in a family you do not know why, but you may have antagonism for each other. Because family members are expected to try and get on with each other, it would be hoped that differences could be more easily overcome. However, that is not always the case and they can become worse.
So if you recognise yourself as being in such a situation, realise how it has come about and make a move to repair the damage to your relationship. Sometimes the hardest part is being able to forgive and it is not a sign of weakness on your part. Be the first one to offer the olive branch and it will release the negative emotions that you hold within.
It will be better to have addressed the problem now rather than let it fester and remain with you. Those who hold on to the idea that they are the victim, should understand that karma is the outworking of problems between two people and both are equally involved. (8)
Matthew Ward: You are your first responsibility. This is not selfishness or egotism, nor is it lack of love and caring for others. It is that only you can make decisions that are in line with your instincts and intuition, your soul’s guidance to your consciousness that nudges you into avenues that in your soul contract you chose to experience during this lifetime. This may include changes in relationships, employment, location, group affiliation or other interests and activities. (9)Question: What if a loved one does not want to ascend?
SaLuSa: All is planned to ensure that as many souls as possible are ready to ascend. However no pressure whatsoever is placed upon those who choose to remain in the third dimension, but to continue that experience they will move elsewhere.
Neither is it considered a failure not to have reached Ascension, as you have infinite life and absolute freedom to take as long as you wish in the lower vibrations. Eventually every soul will rise up, as it is impossible to continue resisting the higher vibrations for any great length of time. (10)Question: What can we tell young children whose parents choose to die rather than change their religious beliefs, and who will care for all the children who are orphaned?
Matthew Ward: Many whose religious or scientific beliefs are the foundation of their lives will choose to depart rather than accept the forthcoming truths that differ profoundly from what they were taught. (11)
The choice about when to leave this lifetime is made at soul level in original or amended contracts, and no one knows even his own contract, much less anyone else’s. All you can know about someone’s death is that the cause was a vehicle crash, for example, or cancer, heart failure, aneurism or any other medical diagnosis. So it is foolhardy to think, much less assume, that religiously-devout people who die when their children are young chose to do that rather alter their beliefs.
Overt devotion to religion is not the same as what is in one’s heart and mind. Persons you may think never would believe anything that conflicts with teachings of their church may be listening to soul-level messages; conversely, some of the darkest individuals among you attend church services or even hold high offices. …
If both parents die, their children will be cared for by the same family members, friends or legal guardians who would step in just as happens now. With consciousness increasing just as vibratory levels are, children are much more aware and resilient than you may think, and when telepathic connections open, they and their parents may discuss whatever they wish. (12)Question: Will many be departing at this time?
The Arcturian Group: Many are choosing to leave at this time. Do not mourn them, but wish them well in their journey back home, for each and every one of you has been given the choice of staying or leaving for the dimensional shift. You know there is no death, no reason to sink into fear and sadness for those choosing to leave for they are simply moving to another place. Those on the other side can always hear you. Send them love and light, but do not consistently engage them, for that serves to hold them in bondage to the earth and the energy they have chosen to leave. It holds them back from proceeding with their own journey.
If someone leaves you with unfinished business, it is appropriate for you to remove any energetic cords, forgive if needed, send love, and consider the issue closed. Unfinished business involving forgiveness can often hold the loved one back because they need closure as much as those left behind. Closure is always possible whether both are in body or not. (13)Question: What allows a person to ascend?
Matthew Ward: It is the light within a body that transforms its carbon-based cellular structure into the crystalline form that enables the body to live in the high vibrations of energy planes beyond third density. (14)
SaLuSa: Only those of you who have lifted your vibrations sufficiently, will be able to join those energies. Thereby lies the outworking of a truth, that only those of the Light can exist in the new dimension. (15)Question: Must I at least know a great deal about Ascension to ascend?
SaLuSa: It is not even necessary to be fully enlightened about Ascension to ascend, but simply to be of good intent and live the love that is inside your heart for all life forms. (16)Question: What is the situation of those who awaken at this late date?
SaLuSa: For some souls who have only just awakened, their reality has been shattered. And for a while, they will cling to what they believed to be the truth.
It is important that they realize that the coming changes are not to be feared. Also, that it is not too late to alter their pattern of thinking to allow their consciousness levels to be lifted and place themselves on the path to Ascension. (17)
Footnotes(1) Archangel Michael through Linda Dillon, Reading with Steve Beckow, Aug. 17, 2012.
(2) Loc. cit.
(3) SaLuSa, Aug. 5, 2011, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(4) Loc. cit.
(5) Matthew’s Message, March 13, 2005, at http://www.matthewbooks.com/mattsmessage.htm
(6) Matthew’s Message, Feb. 8, 2004.
(7) Matthew’s Message, Feb. 8, 2004.
(8) SaLuSa, July 11, 2012.
(9) Matthew’s Message, July 4, 2012
(10) SaLuSa, April 18, 2012.
(11) Matthew’s Message, Jan. 4, 2012.
(12) Matthew’s Message, Mar. 1, 2012.
(13) The Arcturian Group, June 3, 2012, at http://www.onenessofall.com/
(14) Matthew’s Message, Jan. 4, 2012.
(15) SaLuSa, Jan. 9, 2012.
(16) SaLuSa, July 5, 2011.
(17) SaLuSa, May 28, 2012.
What Do We Need to Keep in Mind about Dec. 21, 2012?
You heard Archangel Michael on Monday’s An Hour with an Angel, explain what will and will not happen around Dec. 21, 2012. And that’s what I want to talk about here.
I tried to pin him down on the matter of Dec. 21, 2012.
Steve Beckow: I’d like a really clear and unequivocal answer to the question. And that is, will we ascend as a planet with all its inhabitants to the 5th dimension on December 21st, 2012, or will we not? Will something else happen?
Archangel Michael: Yes, you would like a very clear, unequivocal answer, would you not?
SB: I would, yes.
AAM: But as you know, I have been very hesitant not only in this forum but in other forums to give this answer. Let me put it this way. And I am not trying to avoid your question, but it is not as clear-cut as you are presenting. (1)Why was it not as clear-cut as I was presenting? He went over the matters that make him reticent to emphasize the date too much or that make it difficult to represent it as a “one-size-fits-all” situation. In the first place, he said some time ago that he did not want us fixating on that date and not doing our preparations beforehand.
Archangel Michael: When you are talking about a specific date, the reason that I am avoiding it is because too many people in your collective become fixated on a date and time. Is this [i.e., Dec. 21] a moment in time that is highly significant in terms of the shift? Yes. Do I suggest that you wait until December 19th to get ready? No. Do I suggest that if you arrive on December 22nd that you have missed the boat? No.
So what you are doing is you are focusing on one point rather than getting on with the process. (2)So on the one hand we need to refrain from postponing our work of clearing ourselves of our negative attitudes and vasanas (3) until Dec. 19. And on the other hand, if we don’t ascend on Dec. 21, we need to refrain from lapsing into thinking we won’t ascend at all. But I’ll leave this latter point to a fuller explanation later in this article.
In the second place, he did not want to focus on Dec. 21 over all other dates because many lightworkers and lightholders will be ascending before Dec. 21. He said this past Monday: “Many are already ascending, and that floodgate, that portal is already open, and many, many, many are taking advantage of it. Hundreds of thousands now have taken advantage of it.” (4)
He had previously reported this development on An Hour with an Angel on Nov. 12, 2012:
Steve Beckow: Well, I think one question that is on many listeners’ minds, and it may be primarily on my own, is: Did many lightworkers ascend and did they return as gatekeepers?
AAM: Yes, yes. And it is not a coincidence that many, many went through the portal. And what we are suggesting is that it is about a 24-hour portal and so many are anchoring, re-anchoring today back in what they feel is some physical form. So yes, many ascended. Well over a hundred thousand. (5)If we can keep the sense of people ascending at different times in mind, then we can understand why, when I asked him if Ascension would be sudden or gradual, he replied that it would be “incremental.” It will be sudden for people when it happens and they will disappear from 3D. But they will ascend at different times. Here he explains the point in detail:
Steve Beckow: Is ascension sudden or is it gradual?
Archangel Michael: It is incremental. But let us be very clear, people will disappear. Now, in conjunction with that, they will also become a dim memory. You’ve had situations like this where you have had a pain or a bad habit or something that used to bother you very deeply, and you let it go. And then a year or two later, this situation will arise again and in a very vague way, you will say, “Oh, … yeah, that used to bother me,” and then you will continue with your day.
The shifting can be incremental. [Depending] on the readiness of the population, what we are seeing right now is that it will be in shifts. And there will be steps and doorways where some will simply go through and anchor for the whole, and then more will go through and anchor for the whole, until the entire process is completed.
Now there still will be those unfortunately, (or fortunately for they are doing what they wish, although it is not my desire), that will choose to continue on in this type of a reality, of the Third as you could think of it as … and they will be shifted to an alternate situation. The people, say, who are sitting there, may blink and not even remember … or have dim sense, ‘I wonder where so and so went?’
People will disappear. It will not be cause for trauma or mayhem. It will not be the same grieving as someone in the physical realm dying. It will just be a slight shift in the case of friends. But, in the case of husbands and wives, parents and children, there would be a knowing. (6)In the third place, he did not want us to think that Ascension would be an all or nothing affair on Dec. 21, 2012 because some people who were not quite ready would remain behind in a temporary 3D holographic world and ascend a little later when they are fully ready, as he explained this past Monday:
Archangel Michael: If you are determined that you still are requiring [a 3D experience] in terms of your own soul journey, for a very brief period of time, there will be a window open — and this has been a part of our work – if you are choosing to still have partial, and I do mean partial, experiences of what you consider to be the 3rd dimension, then you can do so. But the reality is not going to be there. You will experience a hologram.
Now, I am talking about the portion of the human race — not those who absolutely refuse to go and therefore have chosen reassignment — that is ready to go, holding love, but still clinging to some false belief systems. Now, I do not mean the false belief systems that are of the lower vibration, such as control, greed, death, destruction, despair.
So there will be some who find themselves in an intermediary position. But for the majority of those who have said yes, you will find yourself in very rapid transition into the 5th dimension. And perhaps even higher, for some of you. (7)He said that “by and large, that is not the people who are listening to this program tonight.” (8) The people who are not quite ready include these people who, for instance, would be furious if nothing happened for them on Dec. 21. He asked them to let go of their fury because it will stand in the way of their ascending.
Archangel Michael: There are also those who are still clinging — and we do include the lightholder, loveholder community who are still clinging to some fear, to some anger, to some reticence.
You need to let go of this, my friends. This is the last push. We have been flooding you with energy, but we cannot do this completely to you. This is a joint undertaking. This is the creative partnership.
When you have said, for example, if you wake up on the 22nd of December and it seems like you are in the same old same old, then you will be angry – then you WILL be angry, because you are holding onto anger. It has no place! It cannot exist, within your heart, within your being, within your essence, and it cannot exist in the air you breathe and the vibration of New Gaia, of Nova Earth.
So if you are holding on to it, if you are sitting there with your arms folded and saying, “If this doesn’t happen I am going to be furious,” I am begging you, let go of the fury. Let go of the fear. Let go of the reticence. This is a co-creation with you. It is the only reason you came to Earth at this time. (9)In the fourth place, there is another group who will not ascend in a “snap,” as he says. As a group, they’re not familiar with Ascension and if they suddenly woke up in a Fifth-Dimensional world, they might have a psychotic break, wondering what had happened to them and feeling alarmed. I’m reminded of people in the Sixties who took too much LSD, took adulterated acid, or did not know what to expect and for one of these reasons had a “bad trip.”
These potentially-unnerved ascenders would have a period of rest and adjustment that he called “incubation.”
Archangel Michael: Now I have said that this is a process and not quite a snap. And what do we mean in terms of divine understanding when we say that? Because when we say [it is not quite a] snap, we mean that it is not completely instantaneous. So for example, there are many, many, many upon your planet who have no idea about such a shift occurring. We are not trying, nor do we wish to set up a situation where people wake up and feel that they are psychotic. So for them, there will be a transition, somewhat of an incubation, while they attune themselves to the new reality. (10)So will Gaia and her inhabitants ascend on Dec. 21, 2012? The answer is yes. But will there be others who do not ascend on Dec. 21 but ascend either earlier or later? The answer is also yes. And will there be those who ascend and are not made conscious of their ascent until they have adjusted, acclimatized or become aware of what has happened? Again, yes. Moreover, would he prefer that people not focus on Dec. 21 and do their work now? Decidedly yes.
So these are the extenuating circumstances that prevent Archangel Michael from simply saying that we ascend on Dec. 21, 2012 (period). Most of us who intend to ascend and are ready for it will do so, but, for one reason or another, others will ascend but either not on that day or else will not be conscious that they have ascended on that day.
(1) “Transcript of Archangel Michael on Persistent Questions Relating to Ascension and a Roundtable – Part 1/2″ at http://the2012scenario.com/2012/11/transcript-of-archangel-michael-on-persistent-questions-relating-to-ascension-and-a-roundtable-part-12/.
(2) “Archangel Michael: This is the Unfoldment of the Promise of the Mother” at http://the2012scenario.com/2012/09/archangel-michael-this-is-the-unfoldment-of-the-promise-of-the-mother/
(3) A vasana is a dormant habit pattern born of earlier traumatic incidents, a sleeping volcano that erupts into life when some event in the present that looks like the event in the past sets it off.
(4) Loc. cit.
(5) “An Hour with an Angel: Archangel Michael and St. Germaine on 11/11 and NESARA” at http://the2012scenario.com/2012/11/an-hour-with-an-angel-archangel-michael-and-st-germaine-on-1111-and-nesara/.
(6) “Archangel Michael on Ascension” at http://the2012scenario.com/the-2012-scenario/what-role-are-the-angels-playing/archangel-michael-on-ascension/
(7) “Transcript of Archangel Michael on Persistent Questions Relating to Ascension and a Roundtable – Part 1/2,” ibid.
(8) Loc. cit.
(9) Loc. cit.
(10) Loc. cit.
Toolkit for Ascension
I was just answering a series of questions from a reader about some aspects of Ascension and it occurs to me that I should repost the answers here as well. (1)
The first was a question about what place we should be in at the time of Ascension and the answer comes from SaLuSa:
“Most of you by now should be in the right place for the end-times, and it will be where you shall experience the final days of this cycle.” (2)
“Be assured that you will all be in the right place for the end times.” (3)So the answer is that you will be in the right place at the time of Ascension and there’s no need to worry about the location you’re in.
Some people find themselves in a situation which doesn’t seem the best for them. Say, they’re surrounded by skeptics or fearful people. That may not show up as the “ideal” circumstance. And the people themselves may wonder if they should be out of that circumstance and location.
Archangel Michael once answered a question for someone in a personal reading who asked why she was assigned to a part of the hospital that was negative, competitive, back-biting, etc. What was she there to learn? His answer was that she was not there to learn anything. She was there to shower them with her love. Same in this instance.
Most of us are Starseeds, here to assist with Ascension, not to go through our own Ascension per se. We come from dimensions higher than the Third and often higher than the Fifth. We’re the leaven in the loaf, not the loaf itself. We cause the loaf to rise. Once the blinkers come off, we’ll probably see all this but until then we have to go by certain signs to get that this is so.
One is noticing that you have an acute interest in Ascension, that you’re reading blogs like this one, listening to TV and radio shows on Ascension, that you’re considering the matter, that you’re concerned about the matter, etc. You may have a feeling you’re from somewhere else.
In my last reading with him AAM said something like you never did really assimilate very well to Earth. (Apparently I’ve only been here a few times.) Indeed I’ve regarded it as a novelty and sampled everything I felt drawn to but I have very little interest left in almost anything Earthly. My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. It’s been fun but there isn’t very much left to do. That does corroborate what I’ve been told in readings.
So, if we’re Starseeds, we’re here to assist the rest. That doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy Ascension as much as anyone else but it probably does mean that you signed up to wait tables rather than enjoy the feast.
And finally, in the course of answering the reader’s question by perusing the First Contact website (http://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/fc/fc-index1.html, which is how I answer most questions (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), I came across Archangel Michael’s wonderful description of what occurs at the moment of Ascension. So let me include that here as well in this toolkit for Ascension.
The Experience of Ascension
The sense will be that you are flying upward. It is a physical sensation of movement. And a remembering, or a sensation of remembering, that you have wings, or the ability to fly. So that is the feeling of ascending up the sacred spiral.
There will also be in that period, which can be moments or a few hours, [a sensation] of feeling disassociated, that even if you were to open your eyes, even if you were to look at a floor, you would see that it is simply made of particles, subatomic particles, quantum particles, that it is not solid. So you have begun immediately to have the real sensation or vision of how things can be seen, and how they are seen, maybe, from this side.
So there is a sense of unreality. Now, if you wish to make things solid, you will just simply say that you want that, and it will appear. But the knowing that that is simply a construct that you are creating already is there in full consciousness. When you decide to open your eyes, how you see the colors, the textures, the richness, the air, will be very different. What you think of as your senses will be heightened, oh, at least a thousand-fold.
So, there is a little adjustment. And we are with you, and we obviously take care of that, because this is completely a joyous situation to be in. Think of it as being spiritually orgasmic. It is the union of all.
Then, you will settle into this knowing, and of course that choice of physicality. But also know that if you choose to keep physicality, immediately what you have noted as, what we would call human aches and pains are gone. But the biggest shift is you no longer live or exist — you can visit, you can exhibit, but you do not live — within the third dimension, where you are in that movement of what you think of as going up the sacred spiral.
That is the best analogy I can give you. It is the elevator to the Fifth [Notice that AA Michael says here the Fifth Dimension]. And further, there will be some who simply choose to keep going [to dimensions higher than the Fifth]. But as a collective, that is the plan.
And it will be the place of love. It will be all of a sudden that the decisions, the actions, the existence, the form is love, and is from love, and is of love. So that sense of either/or, of what you traditionally have thought of as yes or no, of duality, of polarity, is gone. It is the alignment. The entire journey in this third-dimensional existence is reaching this place of alignment, of placing yourself beyond the either/or. And when you are doing that in this ascension process, it is like a Roman candle: off you go. (4)
Footnotes(1) Another good source of answers is this article: “Ascension: “What If?’” at http://the2012scenario.com/2012/08/ascension-what-if/
(2) SaLuSa, Oct. 26, 2011, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(3) SaLuSa, Aug. 5, 2011.
(4) “Archangel Michael on NESARA, Opposing the Cabal, and Ascension – Part 2/3,” Oct. 3, 2011, at http://the2012scenario.com/2011/10/archangel-michael-on-nesara-opposing-the-cabal-and-ascension-part-23/.
Ascension as Sahaja Samadhi
Sahaja Nirvikalpa SamadhiThe Divine Mother has identified Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi as the level of enlightenment the vast majority of people reach upon Ascension (some go higher). Here is her statement on the subject and her request that I explain what Sahaja was.
Steve Beckow: The last question is I’m trying to understand what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to. And I think it’s beyond the normal seventh-chakra enlightenment. I think it is what is called — and I’ll make this clear to readers — Sahaja Samadhi. Am I correct?
Divine Mother: Yes, it is beyond what you think of with your seven chakras. It is beyond, because what you are doing with the chakra system, even with the thirteen, we have emerged from the Third-dimensional realm, which is that reference point for the chakra system, into the new. So yes, you are correct, in this question and in this statement.
SB: Sorry, I am overwhelmed to hear you say that. It’s wonderful to have that confirmed. Thank you very much, Mother.
DM: It is wonderful for us as well, you know! … Now, you understand that most people – and yes, you will do a good job of explaining – have no conception of what this really means.
SB: Well, you know that I have a website that discusses Sahaja Samadhi at length. … If I take that material and present it to readers, would that be adequate?
DM: That will help. (1)Let’s look at the stage of attainment that Sahaja Samadhi represents.
Sri Ramama calls Sahaja our “original state” (2) and our “natural state of absorption in oneself without concepts” (3) On another occasion, he adds the stipulation that “remaining permanently in the primal state without effort is Sahaja.” (4)
Sri Ramana tells us that the difference between Kevalya and Sahaja is that in the former the state is reached because of a temporary opening of the heart and in the latter the state is reached because of a permanent opening of the heart.
“[The] Heart is the seat of Jnanam as well as of the granthi (knot of ignorance). It is represented in the physical body by a hole smaller than the smallest pin-point, which is always shut. When the mind drops down in Kevalya Nirvikalpa [Samadhi], it opens but shuts again after it. When Sahaja [Nirvikalpa Samadhi] is attained it opens for good.” (5)So Sahaja is (a) our original or natural state (b) attained as a result of a permanent heart opening (c) of effortlessly (d) and permanently (e) residing in a state of absorption into the Self (f) without concept or any other movement of the mind.
Annamalei Swami tells us that for most people it takes long and continued practice to reach the state of Sahaja and that as long as there are breaks in our awareness of the Self we haven’t achieved it:
“If there are breaks in your Self-awareness, it means that you are not a jnani [enlightened sage] yet. Before one becomes established in the Self without any breaks, without any changes, one has to contact and enjoy the Self many times. By steady meditation and the continued practice of self-inquiry, one will finally become permanently established in the Self, without any breaks.” (6)Sri Ramana was unique in that he did no spiritual practice before attaining Sahaja. As Sadhu Arunchala says:
“Bhagavan [Sri Ramana Maharshi] attained Sahaja Samadhi directly without any intermediate state. Many people consider that Nirvikalpa Samadhi is final, and once having attained it they seek no further progress.” (7)
“His Self-Realization, attained in the upstairs room of his uncle’s house in Madurai, was final, there was no more to be done.” (8)Arthur Osborne explained that, when most people attain Nirvikalpa Samadhi the vasanas kick in and cloud the mind of the seeker, causing him or her to lose the connection with the Self. But not in the case of Sri Ramana. He went directly to Sahaja without ever needing to pass though Kevaklya, making it almost unique in spiritual history.
“Such an experience of Identity does not always, or even normally, result in Liberation. It comes to a seeker but the inherent tendencies of the ego [ie., vasanas] cloud it over again. … The miracle was that in the Maharshi’s case there was no clouding over, no relapse into ignorance: he remained thenceforward in constant awareness of identity with the One Self.” (9)Here is Sri Ramana’s entry into Sahaja:
“It was about six weeks before I left Madura for good that the great change in my life took place. It was quite sudden. I was sitting alone in a room on the first floor of my uncle’s house … [and] I just felt ‘I am going to die.’ …
“The shock of the fear of death drove my mind inward and I said to myself mentally, without actually framing the words: ‘Now death has come; what does it mean? What is it that is dying? This body dies.’ … But with the death of this body, am I dead? Is the body I? It is silent and inert but I feel the full force of my personality and even the voice of the ‘I’ within me, apart from it.
“’So I am Spirit transcending the body. The body dies but the Spirit that transcends it cannot be touched by death. That means I am the deathless Spirit.’
“All this was not dull thought; it flashed through me vividly as living truth which I perceived directly, almost without thought-process. ‘I’ was something very real, the only real thing about my present state, and all the conscious activity connected with my body was centred on that ‘I.’
“From that moment onwards the ‘I’ or Self focused attention on itself by a powerful fascination. Fear of death vanished once and for all. Absorption in the Self continued unbroken from that time on. Other thoughts might come and go like the various notes of music, but the ‘I’ continued.” (10)Sri Ramana agrees with Annamalei Swami that “he alone is ‘liberated while alive’ (jivan mukta) whose wisdom is firm.” (11) “The state in which awareness is firm and one-pointed, even when objects are sensed, is called Sahaja,” Sri Ramana says. (12)
In Kevalya the state is not firm. Objects being sensed or vasanas arising, the seeker loses his or her absorption in the Self.
Thus it’s the permanence of Sahaja, or “firmness” and “one-pointedness” of absorption in the Self, that results in Mukti or liberation from the wheel of birth and rebirth. Sri Ramana says:
“Finding the Heart will be experienced as being the Heart. When this experience becomes permanent through constant practice, the much-desired Self-Realisation or Mukti is said at long last to have been achieved – the ‘I-am-the-body’ illusion has broken for ever.” (13)On another occasion he tells us that “Sahaja Nirvikalpa is permanent and in it lies liberation from rebirths.” (14)
When I was a young man, Brahmajnana or Kevalya Nirvikalpa Samadhi was considered the ultimate state. Sadhu Arunachala identifies Sahjaja as the ultimate state.
But we now know that Sahaja is only Fifth-Dimensional enlightenment and that there are many, many states of enlightenment above it.
Sadhu Arunachala describes the situation as he sees it.
“Many people consider that [Kevalya] Nirvikalpa Samadhi is final, and once having attained it seek to progress no further.
“Sahaja Samadhi is the final and most blessed state, the goal of all Yogis. In this state the individual has become completely merged in the Supreme Self. His identity which became lost in Nirvikalpa Samadhi has become enlarged and is now the Supreme Self and knows itself as such.
“Trances are no longer necessary, a person can still carry on with the ordinary day to day business but he no longer identifies himself with the activities, but watches them like a dreamer watching a dream.
“There is no more to do, and no more to be attained. This is the Supreme State of Absolute Bliss. But in the words of Bhagavan, it is the SELF and it can be realized by one and all by Self-enquiry.” (15)
“His identity which became lost in Nirvikalpa Samadhi has become enlarged and is now the Supreme Self and knows itself as such.” In Kevalya, our identity is lost and we become aware of a second more real “identity”: that we are God. In Sahaja that new “identity” expands until we see that everything is God.Sri Ramakrishna described the situation this way. He compared the man who achieved Kevalya to a person walking up the stairs to the roof. He leaves all behind and realizes at the top that he is God. But then he goes down the stairs and:
“The vijnani [the one who attains sahaja] … realizes that the steps are made of the same materials as the roof: bricks, lime, and brick-dust. That which is realized intuitively as Brahman, through the eliminating process of ‘Not this, not this,’ is then found to have become the universe and all its living beings. The vijnani sees that the Reality which is nirguna, without attributes, is also saguna, with attributes.” (16)So at the roof he realized the One God as formless, without attributes (nirguna), transcendental. But by the time he reaches the ground again in Sahaja he has realized that everything, with or without attributes (saguna or nirguna), is God.
Once one has attained Sahaja, it doesn’t matter whether one is aware of the world or not; the Samadhi is permanent.
“What does it the matter whether the body-consciousness is lost or retained, provided one is holding on to that Pure Consciousness? Total absence of body-consciousness has the advantage of making the Samadhi more intense, although it makes no difference in the knowledge of the Supreme.” (17)But “in both [cases] the Self is realized in its nakedness and the essence of bliss experienced,” Sri Ramana says. (18)
In Sahaja, our effort has won us freedom from effort. Sahaja is natural and permanent and hence effortless, Sri Ramana tells us:
“By repeated practice one can become accustomed to turning inwards and finding the Self. One must always and constantly make an effort, until one has permanently realized. Once the effort ceases, the state becomes natural and the Supreme takes possession of the person with an unbroken current. Until it has become permanently natural and your habitual state, know that you have not realized the Self, only glimpsed it.” (19)Sri Ramana held that one could not realize Sahaja until he or she was free of vasanas: “Even though one practices kevala Nirvikalpa Samadhi for years together, if one has not rooted out the vasanas, he will not attain salvation.” (20)
But on another occasion he said that attachment was the cause of bondage and felt that some vasanas could be experienced safely even after Sahaja if we were not attached to them.
“Vasanas which do not obstruct Self-Realization remain [after Self-Realization]. In Yoga Vasistha two classes of vasanas are distinguished: those of enjoyment and those of bondage. The former remain even after Mukti is attained, but the latter are destroyed by it. Attachment is the cause of binding vasanas, but enjoyment without attachment does not bind and continues even in Sahaja.” (22)Sahaja being mukti, the sage is free from karma. Because the one in the Sahaja state is free from karma, Sri Ramana calls it “ultimate”:
“As karma alone is responsible for the activity or inactivity of the sages, great souls have declared the state of Sahaja Nirvikalpa (the natural state without concepts) alone to be the ultimate state.” (23)It is the ultimate state as far as freedom from birth and death is concerned but not it’s not the final state of all beings. That comes much, much later. The Fifth Dimension is by no means the ultimate destination.
In the concluding chapter, we’ll listen to some probable assertions from practitioners of other paths of the attainment of Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi or Ascension.
Footnotes(1) “The Divine Mother: Come to Me as I Come to You – Part ½,” Oct. 17, 2012, at http://the2012scenario.com/2012/10/the-divine-mother-come-to-me-as-i-come-to-you-part-12/. The website is From Darkness Unto Light and the particular page on which this information can be found is http://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/fdl/e1.html.
(2) Ramana Maharshi in Paul Brunton and Munagala Venkataramaiah. Conscious Immortality. Conversations with Sri Ramana Maharshi. Rev. ed. 1996. , n.p. [Hereafter CI.]
(3) Ramana Maharshi, Spiritual Instruction of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Eighth Edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1974, Chapter 3, Question 4. [Hereafter SI.]
(4) Ramana Maharshi in S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana. Memories and Notes. 6th edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1993, 89. [Hereafter GR.]
(5) Ramana Maharshi, GR, 96.
(6) Annamalei Swami in Berthold Madhukar Thompson, The Odyssey of Enlightenment. San Rafael: Wisdom Editions, 2003. 110.
(7) Sadhu Arunachala [A.W. Chadwick], A Sadhu’s Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1961, 47. [Hereafter SRRM.]
(8) Sadhu Arunachala [A.W. Chadwick] in SRRM, 17.
(9) Arthur Osborne, ed., The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi. http://www.ramana-maharshi.org . Downloaded 10 Sept. 2005, iii. Clearly Sri Ramana had done his work in other lifetimes and was here on a special mission.
(10) Ramana Maharshi in Arthur Osborne, ed., The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi. Tiruvannamali, 1979. , 1979 iii.
(11) Ramana Maharshi, Jewel Garland of Enquiry (Vichara Mani Malai). Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1996; c1977. , 20.
(12) Ramana Maharshi in Ganapathi, Vasistha, ed., Sri Ramana Gita. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanashramam, 1977, 27.
(13) Ramana Maharshi, GR, 95-6.
(14) Ramana Matarshi, GR, 88.
(15) Sadhu Arunachala [A.W. Chadwick], SRRM, 47-8.
(16) Paramahansa Ramakrishna in Swami Nikhilananda, trans., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 103-4.
(17) Ramana Maharshi, GR, 88.
(18) Loc. cit.
(19) Ramana Maharshi, CI, n.p.
(20) Sri Ramana Maharshi in Rasmananda Swarnagiri, Crumbs from His Table. http://www.ramana-maharshi.org . Downloaded 10 September 2005, n.p.
(21) Ramana Maharshi, GR, 89.
(22) Ramana Maharshi, SI, Chapter 4, Question 6.
Ascension: The Larger Picture
SaLuSa: “For many lifetimes your Guides have travelled with you, and proportionate to your level of development have led you to the truth and real purpose of life. … Clearly … there are those who profess little interest in the purpose of life. They will be ill prepared to take the opportunity to ascend, in view of the few years left to this cycle.” (1)
I’d like to contextualize Ascension, to show how it relates to the purpose of life, where it differs from enlightenment and evolution, what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to, and how many ascensions we may have before us before we complete the task that lies at the heart of the journey of life.
The VisionThe energy I have for all the subjects discussed here arises from an event that happened on 13 February 1987, a vision. Rather improbably, it happened while I was driving my car. I’ll try to describe it in as much detail as I can for interest’s sake. You may recognize it as a variation on the spiritual parabola or Jacob’s ladder of consciousness.
The previous weekend I had been at a rebirthing workshop and had had a full breath release, an event which left me feeling incredibly clean and clear.
Moreover, I was at the time studying for my doctorate in sociology and had been counselling people on a volunteer basis. This experience as a counselor contributed directly to what happened next.
At first, like so many counsellors, I used “problem-solving therapy,” but soon became weary of trying to “sell” solutions to people who weren’t inclined to buy. They seemed to want to tell their stories no matter what and rebuffed any attempt I made to offer a solution until they had had their say so I started listening.
I found that people presented me with a puzzle and, when I listened and they talked about it long and deeply enough, they suddenly had an “Aha!” The puzzle turned into a picture which caused their upset to disappear. (Of course I’m simplifying a more complicated process.)
In all sincerity that day, I said to the universe in general, “If our early lives are a puzzle which turns into a picture, is it possible that life itself is a puzzle? And, if so, what might the picture be that life is?”
I’d turned the corner in my car and was travelling through a part of the city I knew well. Having asked my question, everything suddenly turned black. I forgot about my car and found myself staring at a wordless tableaux, a spiritual movie, if you will. All of it was relational, a cause-and-effect story in pictures. I was watching God’s wordless way of speaking to me.
At the same time as I watched this spiritual tableau — and this is very important – I was filled with bliss. The experience of bliss resulted in greatly-increased comprehension. It somehow made it easier for me to take things in so that, what I could not wrap my thoughts around in everyday consciousness, I now knew and understood quite simply, intuitively, and directly.
I knew intuitively the identity of the actors in the film and the nature of the drama that was unfolding before my eyes. Words just arose in my mind to explain what I saw.
There was before me a large Golden Sun, which I knew intuitively to be “God the Father” (Brahman, the irreducible Essence, the Tao). From it emerged a small golden star, which I thought of as “God the Child” (the Atman, the Buddha-nature, the Christ, the Pearl of great price). This small golden star streaked out into the blackness of space and disappeared.
I noticed that I had the capacity to follow the golden star wherever it went. I simply wondered where it had gone and I was there, looking at that corner of “space.”
In the corner where the golden star had gone, there was a kind of hazy cloud. I knew that cloud to be God the Holy Spirit, which I would now call “God the Mother” (Shakti, the Word, Aum/Amen, the creative universal vibration).
Within the haze, I saw a spiraling tube and recognized the Star-Child, moving through it. Now it had lost its brilliance and I could only see its perfectly-circular outline, as it wended its way through what I knew intuitively to be “lifetimes in matter.”
I watched for a time and then, suddenly, the Star-Child flashed back into brilliance and I knew that to be an experience of enlightenment. As soon as its luminescence returned, it left the tube and raced back to the Golden Sun in which it submerged itself. I knew this to be another, more senior experience of enlightenment.
The Star-Child having disappeared, I pondered what I had seen and the words formed in my mind: “Enlightenment is the purpose of life.” This understanding summarized my experience.
As soon as I had reached this conclusion, the vision disappeared and I was back behind the wheel of a car.
Knowing that part of the city well, I looked to the right and the left of me to see how far I had moved in the roughly eight seconds I had been somewhere else. I had not moved an inch. I concluded that the whole event had taken place outside of time.
The experience was not enlightenment. It was a teaching about enlightenment. I had been given a glimpse of God’s great Plan for life, a representation of the total journey of an individual soul. It went out from God, on a spiritual parabola, all the while spiraling forward, through the universe of matter, and back again to God once it had achieved a supreme level of mergence or enlightenment.
“It All Works Out in the Final Reel!”Behind the wheel of the car again, I came to a red light and looked over at the worried expression on the face of the driver in the next car. I wanted to roll down my window and shout: “It all works out in the final reel!”
For the next three days, I remained in bliss. I saw that all of nature praises God and reveals His Plan. Trees raise their leafy branches to the sky as if in adoration. Their leaves drop off, as our bodies do, but the trees don’t die. The birds flying through the air leave no trace; nor do souls journeying through life. The way the sand and sea mix and yet return to their basic natures reminded me of the relationship between the soul and the body. Everything natural was a metaphor of the Divine or one of Its created processes.
Thereafter my doctoral studies seemed insipid. I tried to enroll my professors in allowing me to study enlightenment for my dissertation but no one at the university, including the religious studies department, would hear of it. Religious studies said that the university regulations prevented them from studying such a subject. I was amazed.
Empirical materialism was the dominant paradign at my university in those days. Only what could be known through the senses was considered real. None of what I’d seen was known through the senses; hence none of what I’d seen was, to the university, real.
I felt confined by the academic paradigm, was glad to leave it, and have never looked back. Moreover, I’ve never allowed my research, since that day, to be subject to academic scrutiny to preserve my freedom to wander where I will.
I remained entranced by the vision. I had to find words to express its wordless message. One by one, as I read the classics, statements appeared that explained what I had seen. Jesus saying that he came out from the Father out into the world and now returns to the Father was an exact description. Jacob’s Ladder was a depiction of it. Here it was discussed in Ibn Arabi; there in Krishnamurti.
I spent almost twenty years trying to put that eight-second movie into words.
The Purpose of Life is for God to Meet God …God is One without a second. In its highest expression, God is formless and thus encounters no forms and can draw on no tools or technologies. God is alone in the universe of form and beyond.
There being no other, there is no one to know God and no means for God to know God. In light of this, to satisfy a desire to know itself and taste its own bliss, God created life forms, finger puppets, shadow dancers, us, bestowed upon them consciousness and the capacity for Self-Realization, allowed them to convince themselves that they existed separately, and assigned them the purpose of realizing themselves.
Thus, God created the drama of life or lila for its own pleasure, a game of blind man’s bluff in which God plays all roles and is the object of the search as well as the searcher and the search itself. Only God can realize God. Each time a life form realizes its true identity as God, God meets God, and for this meeting was all of life created.
Rumi discusses our situation, having been given our assignment from God:
“There is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten. If you were to forget everything else, but did not forget that, then there would be no cause for worry; whereas if you performed and remembered and did not forget every single thing, but forgot that one thing, then you would have done nothing whatsoever.
“It is just as if a king had sent you to the country to carry out a specified task. You go and perform a hundred other tasks; but if you have not performed that particular task on account of which you had gone to the country, it is as if you have performed nothing at all. So man has come into this world for a particular task, and that is his purpose; if he does not perform it, then he will have done nothing.” (2)He implanted in them a homing beacon, a longing that can only be satisfied by our realization of our identity as God. He created universal laws that aid the individual being in the journey from God into the world and from the world back to God again.
… In a Moment of Our Enlightenment by Us Knowing the TrinityTo achieve the task of God meeting God, God made from himself a trinity of forms of reality which we must realize.
The Christian Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost is the Hindu Trinity of Brahman, Atman and Shakti. It is the Transcendental, the Phenomenal, and the Transcendental embedded in the Phenomenal. These are the trhree levels of Reality which we must know if we are truly and completely to know God. We know them in stages of enlightenment.
The Divine Mother is a primal universal creative vibration known as Aum/Amen, the Logos or Word. Known to Solomon as “Wisdom” or Sophia, to Lao-Tzu as the Mother, this level of reality is the Phenomenal world whereas the Father or Brahman is the Formless Transcendental, beyond the Phenomenal world.
The Christ or Atman is “the Father in me” or “Brahman-within-the-individual,” a “fragment” or “spark,” metaphorically speaking, lodged within the body (or bodies), which are created by the Mother. One cannot know the Father without first knowing the Son in a moment of enlightenment. This first sight of the Light grows, with meditation, till one day it becomes the sight of the Father’s Light. The Son is the Father but the Father is greater than the Son. The Father is in me (in the heart of the individual) and I am in the Father (as are all things).
Neither is the Father male nor the Mother female. These designations were conventional teaching devices used by sages of old. There is no cosmic male, strictly speaking, and no cosmic female. The difference being pointed at is the same as the difference between movement (Mother) and rest (Father), sound and silence. Only the Father is not physical or material; everything else, no matter at how sublime or refined a level it exists, can be said to be physical or material when compared to the Father.
The descriptions of the Trinity and enlightenment that lie beyond words and beyond religions has been called the “perennial philosophy” or “ageless wisdom.” One group called it the “divine wisdom” or theosophia. Another called it the “eternal law” or sanathana dharma.
The Realization of the TrinitySo the One became Two and the Two became Three. And the Three became a multitude and went out into the world. The Mother taught her children well and showed them the direction of the journey they must take.
The prodigal Child enjoyed the material world; ate, drank and made merry. And when finished with all the delights of the world, it took up the journey again, driven on by an inextinguishable longing that only God could satisfy, placed there by God himself to drive us on.
And it completed the journey by realizing the three members of the Trinity in reverse order: Child, Mother, Father.
When the spiritual current or kundalini reaches the fourth or heart chakra, we realize the Child or Christ, as a discrete light burning in the darkness. We experience spiritual awakening or stream-entering.
When the kundalini reaches the sixth or brow chakra, the Third Eye is opened and we realize the Mother, the Light in all creation. We experience cosmic consciousness or saviklapa samadhi, samadhi with differences intact.
When the kundalini reaches the seventh or crown chakra, we realize the Father, the Light beyond creation, the Transcendental Absolute. We experience Brahmajnana (God Realization) or kevalya nirvikalpa samadhi, samadhi with a temporary heart opening, samadhi without differences.
And far, far beyond these three stages of enlightenment, the Three will become Two and the Two will become One and the journey will be complete. And this realized One, this realized Child who has become the Father, will go out again into the world to help the many.
Enlightenment, Ascension and EvolutionDepending on the power of the microscope, we describe the markers and stages in the journey back to God as enlightenment, ascension, or evolution.
Enlightenment is an event in consciousness; ascension is an advance in dimension; evolution (in the final analysis, spiritual evolution) is an advance in kingdom or domain.
Which process one observes depends on distance from the individual. If one stands up close, conceptually speaking, one sees events in enlightenment; if one stands back a distance, one can make out events in ascension; if one stands back a great deal farther, one can see events in evolution.
Enlightenment relates to events that happen to individuals in historical time. Ascension relates to events that happen over tens and hundreds of thousands of years. Evolution relates to events that happen over such vast stretches of time that I’ll call it “developmental” time, for lack of a better measuring stick.
Regularly, spiritual seekers have numerous enlightenment experiences in the Third Dimension and remain in 3D after them. Even after exalted experiences such as those gifted to Sri Ramana Maharshi or Shankara, the individual remains embodied in this material world or physical dimension.
Ascension implies movement (and I mean “movement” in a metaphorical, rather than an actual, sense) from one dimension to another. Ascension does imply enlightenment as well, but it isn’t enlightenment that’s being principally referred to; it’s the “relocation” (again, a metaphorical use of the word) to a higher dimension that’s being pointed at.
Spiritual evolution implies enlightenment and ascension, but neither is being principally referred to; it’s the entry into and exit from one kingdom or domain of life to another that’s being described – mineral, plant, animal, human, angelic, and so on.
Looked at from another angle, enlightenment signifies a radical, discontinuous leap in consciousness or experience; ascension signifies a radical, discontinuous jump in dimension or plane; and evolution implies a radical, discontinuous step up in kingdom or domain.
SaLuSa tells us that “evolution is quite natural and the desire to do so remains with you forever. It is fun and rewarding, particularly once you graduate to the higher dimensions.” (3) Here Rumi describes the path of evolution.
“I died as mineral and became a plant.
I died as plant and rose to animal.
I died as animal and I was man. …
Yet once more I shall die as man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! For Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’” (4)
I died as plant and rose to animal.
I died as animal and I was man. …
Yet once more I shall die as man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! For Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’” (4)
But Enlightenment Itself is Virtually EndlessThe Divine Mother confirmed for me that Ascension is equivalent to Sahaja Samadhi. (5) When all movement in the mind stops, when the spiritual heart (or hridayam) opens and never shuts again, the individual being realizes God in sahaja nirvikalpa samadhi, the stage of liberation from the need to be physically reborn (or mukti). This level has been called vijnana (or perfect wisdom) by some and nirvana (or cessation of movement).
But spiritual evolution does not cease here.
Once we climb the mountaintop that humans must surmount, off in the distance as far as the eye can see, we glimpse more mountains rising range upon range.
And we see more travellers, in different forms, some with bodies of light, some with wings, all of them marching on or returning. Angels ascending and descending Jacob’s ladder. Here is the way that Dr. Franklin Merrell-Wolff describes what lies ahead:
“A certain Sage…, speaking of unfolded Consciousness above the level of the highest human Adepts, said: ‘We attain glimpses of Consciousness so Transcendent, rising level upon level, that the senses fairly reel before the awe-inspiring Grandeur.’”
“Here, certainly, is space for evolution far beyond the highest possibility of man as man.” (6)
“Truly, within the Infinite there are Mysteries within Mysteries, Deeps beyond Deeps, Grandeurs beyond Grandeurs. … Mystery of Mysteries, reaching inward and outward, but ever Beyond! And from that Beyond ever there come new whisperings of other imponderable Glories. Ah! How little is this world at the beginning of the Trail, barely a point in a Space of unlimited dimensions!” (7)
“Beyond [the sage's] attainment, whatever it may be, there lie further mysteries awaiting his resolution. In other words, We find no conceivable end to evolution.” (8)
In SummaryWhat I’ve tried to do here today was to contextualize Ascension, to show how it relates to the purpose of life, where it differs from enlightenment and evolution, what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to, and how many ascensions we may have before us before we complete the task that lies at the heart of the journey of life.
May your efforts to achieve the purpose of life and consummate God’s Plan for you be blessed with success. May you be filled with divine joy and love. May all God’s children be enlightened through Ascension, fulfilled and reunited with God.
Footnotes(1) SaLuSa, Feb. 27, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(2) Rumi in A.J. Arberry, A.J., trans., Discourses of Rumi. New York; Samuel Weiser, 1977; c1961, 26.
(3) SaLuSa, Feb. 8, 2010.
(4) Rumi, in Anne Fremantle and Christopher. In Love with Love. 100 of the Greatest Mystical Poems. New York, etc.: Paulist Press, 1978, 58.
(5) An Hour with an Angel with the Divine Mother, Oct. 15, 2012, at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inlight_radio/2012/10/16/an-hour-with-an-angel)
(6) Merrell-Wolff, Franklin. Pathways Through to Space. A Personal Record of Transformation in Consciousness. New York: Julian Press, 1973, 17.
(8) Ibid., 43.
Where is This Light Coming From?
Where is this Ascension light coming from and how long has it been coming to Earth?
Spirit teacher Matthew Ward tells us that it is coming from many extraterrestrial sources. “If only you could realize the vastness of the light coming from countless sources in the universe, your hearts would be uplifted immeasurably to hasten the moment when darkness succumbs to the brilliance, and love permeates Earth.” (1)
On another occasion, he describes its origin as “myriad extraterrestrial sources.” (2) In a third message, he refers to it as “the ever-increasing light beaming from afar,” which is “adding to that which you are generating on the planet.” (3)
SaLuSa agrees with Matthew and says: “New energies permeate the Earth, that come from outside your solar system. These are behind the personal changes you are experiencing, and are becoming more powerful each day.” (4)
Elsewhere, SaLuSa tells us that the light originates with great beings. He reveals that “many higher Beings are … focusing their Light upon Earth.” (5) He explains that: “There is so much help coming to you from many quarters, as the Universe follows the events upon Earth very closely. Your evolution is viewed as being most important, and a successful outcome is essential to the future of Mankind.” (6)
SaLuSa’s colleague, Ker-On of Venus, agrees that light “is beamed to Earth from many different sources. The Universe is playing its part in ensuring your successful completion of this cycle, and continues to send ever-increasingly powerful rays of Light.” (7)
Some sources identify a Sun at the center of the galaxy, others a black hole, which the Mayans referred to as Hunab Ku, as a major of these uplifting vibrations of light and love. For instance the ascended master St. Germain says:
“Behind everything that occurs is the motivating force of Light that comes from your Central Sun. The God Force is being given to you at such levels as you can accommodate, and your power is increasing tenfold. I see the wonderful Light that encircles the Earth, and it grows faster than ever as more souls respond to its call.” (8)Intuitive David Wilcock refers to this energy source as a “galactic wave”: “The galactic wave specifically seems to be part of an intelligent design that energetically pushes us to the next level.” (9)
The spirit teacher called Saul describes this light energy in the following manner.
“Planet Earth is enveloped and wrapped in the most glorious cloud of divine Energy, which is revitalizing and invigorating her and all the life forms she supports. It is most beautiful and awe-inspiring to behold. It shimmers and shines with a brilliant intensity of constantly shifting colors.” (10)All of us are bathed in it, say the light beings speaking through Phoebe Lauren.
“This new energy that is coming to earth now is stronger and purer than any which has come before. … This is an energy of pure light and pure love. (11)SaLuSa tells us that the light has been increasing for many decades now.
“For over a century the amount of Light being brought to bear on you has increased tenfold, and has been instrumental in lifting many of you up. This is in accordance with the Divine Plan to release you from the lower vibrations, and end the cycle whilst giving every soul the opportunity to rise up.” (12)The Group, speaking through Steve Rother, explains that the space nations that gave birth to the human race have returned to Earth to assist us through this period: “All eyes in the universe are upon planet Earth right now. The six parental races that helped you form these physical bodies that you hold right now are back again to help. The interesting part is that they are fighting over who can help the most.” (13)
For us this is a great opportunity, Diane of Sirius says.
“Now is your opportunity to awaken to your true potential, as the Light is being beamed to Earth.” (14)
“The energies you are now bringing into focus are the means of your upliftment and they will continue for quite some time.” (15)SaLuSa also attempts to make us aware of the opportunity before us: “The Earth [is] becoming a Planet of Light. The dazzling points of Light coalesce. … So it shall continue until the lower vibrations hardly exist, and then you will be near to the end time and Ascension.” (16)
Ker-On of Venus describes its significance and tells us how to take advantage of it.
“What many thought would never come in their lifetime has suddenly arrived: The opening of a new pathway that is glowing with a Golden Light that is going to become more intense, one that beckons all who have desired the opportunity to ascend and requires only your intent to live the remainder of your life to your very highest understanding of what it means.” (17)In our next article in this series, we’ll look at what life may be like in the higher dimensions towards which we’re headed. (I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to post the next part soon. The worldwide protests have intervened and take precedence.)
Footnotes(1) Matthew’s Message, July 16, 2004, at http://www.matthewbooks.com/mattsmessage.htm
(2) Matthew’s Message, Oct. 6, 2004.
(3) Matthew’s Message, May 23, 2006.
(4) SaLuSa, Oct. 4, 2010, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(5) SaLuSa, Apr. 16, 2010.
(6) SaLuSa, March 22, 2010.
(7) Ker-On of Venus, Aug. 5, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(8) Saint Germain, 26 Sept. 2008, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(9) David Wilcock, interview with George Noory, Oct. 6, 2009, Coast to Coast AM, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5JTtnXy2Q4&feature=player_embedded
(10) Saul, Sept. 23, 2009, at http://johnsmallman.wordpress.com
(11) Message from Light Beings [or Angels] through Phoebe Lauren, email from Mark Huber, Machube@comcast.net, Oct. 5, 2008.
(12) SaLuSa, Feb. 20, 2009.
(12) The Group, “A New Spin to Earth,” April 15, 2010, through Steve Rother, at http://www.lightworker.com/beacons/2010/2010_04-NewSpin.php
(14) Diane of Sirius, Feb. 2, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(15) Diane of Sirius, Dec. 24, 2008.
(16) SaLuSa, Jan. 17, 2011.
(17) Ker-On of Venus, 21 January 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
Will I Achieve Enlightenment without Ascension, by My Own Efforts?
I had an enjoyable conversation with a lightholder about enlightenment under normal circumstances vs. enlightenment at this time of mass ascension and I’d like to make a few comments arising out of that conversation.
Many people say, “I’m happy with my spiritual path. I don’t need to be thinking of Ascension.” That’s an acceptable choice, but how likely is it that a person would achieve an enlightenment of a similar level to Ascension by their own efforts? I would say the chances are not great.
Only a permanent heart opening, which occurs in a level of enlightenment called sahaja samadhi, leads to a stable, enduring and “full” experience of enlightenment, (1) as far as I’m aware. And a stable, enduring and full experience of enlightenment is what we can expect from Ascension.
The lesser experiences, such as stream-entering (when the kundalini reaches the fourth chakra), savikalpa samadhi (sixth chakra), and nirvikalpa samadhi (seventh chakra), don’t result in a permanent heart opening and so don’t lead to liberation. (2) They’re not equivalent to Ascension, as far as I know.
In the lesser experiences of enlightenment, the vasanas or latent tendencies survive, which accounts for all the stories of “enlightened” teachers having sexual escapades, giving way to violent fits of anger, enjoying palatial mansions, etc.
Their habit patterns haven’t been eradicated. They’re not siddhas or “boiled”; that is, their seeds or vasanas are not boiled, so to speak. They’re said to be halfway up the mountain.
If one was to count the number of seekers who experience sahaja samadhi in a discrete period of time, I’d expect the number to be relatively small. And the number becomes even smaller when one subtracts the people who’ve experienced enlightenment in previous lifetimes.
So, for instance, if Mohandas Gandhi was a later life of St. Francis of Asissi, as St. Francis said was the case, (3) then Gandhi experienced a sublime enlightenment in his past life and had a great leg up on his lifetime as the Mahatma.
We’d need to subtract from that number also illustrious personages like Sri Ramakrishna, Mata Amritanandamayi, Anandamoyi Ma, etc., who were avatars. An avatar is a descender from God; an ordinary spiritual seeker is an ascender up to God. Avatars are fully enlightened before they ever came here.
The number becomes even smaller when one subtracts the great spirits who came back to serve an avatar and were themselves known sages or eternal companions of avatars in other lifetimes. If we subtract them from our number, we lose such masters as Swami Vivekananda (reputedly one of the Seven Sages) and Swami Brahmananda (an eternal companion of Krishna) and many others.
Whatever the number may be, it would be a very, very small figure in any one time period.
Now we come to the present day in which a very large number of people are promised a very high state of enlightenment (in relative terms, not high dimensionally perhaps). Ascension will carry people to the Fifth Dimension and to a permanent, stable and full enlightenment. Masses of people will ascend at the end of the present age, which will soon be upon us.
Therefore if one were to contemplate Ascension and say, “Well, I can achieve enlightenment without being associated with this thing called Ascension. I can achieve it by my own practice,” the question becomes: how realistic might that thought be?
Very few people achieve sahaja samadhi at any time and sahaja frees one from the wheel of birth and death. Ascension will also free one from the wheel of birth and death and very many people will achieve that. How realistic is it to pass up such an opportunity?
So to the spiritual seeker saying this, I’d respond that Ascension offers an opportunity to get off the wheel of birth and death that isn’t widely available, not generously offered at any other time than at an end-of-cycle Ascension. It isn’t an opportunity to be scoffed at, as far as I can see.
There are very few people who reach the same heights that everyone who chooses and assimilates sufficient light can achieve at this time. It is a gift that’s seriously to be considered and only after deep reflection to be set aside.
Footnotes(1) I don’t believe there is such a thing as “full” enlightenment, at least not till a point of accomplishment that is so far down the road that it cannot even be speculated about or commented on.
(2) The various stages of enlightenment are discussed starting here and in sections following: http://www.angelfire.com/space2/light11/fdl/e1.html#e1
(3) “St. Francis Reveals at Least One of His Later Lives: As Mohandas Gandhi.” at
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