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The Ascension Process

Updated on March 13, 2014

What is Ascension?

More and more people are talking about something called the Ascension Process. But what is it, truly, and what does it mean for you?

Ascension is the process of a changing in consciousness. Far from being the year in which the world ends, 2012 is thought by many to be the year of great energy shifts, both planetary and on a human consciousness level.

On this page you will learn about what ascension is, how to know if you are ascending, and the concepts involved in the ascension process, such as raising vibration, activating the transpersonal chakras, moving out of fear and ego, and balancing the masculine/feminine, or light/dark, within ourselves.

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Ascension is...

The term ascension has been used in many different ways, by many religions, spiritualities and cultures. It has also been known by many different names, including the Quickening, the Rapture, the Second Coming, the Age of Aquarius, planetary ascension and the Return of Christ.

Some believe that ascension means being so spiritually pure, that you ascend to Heaven without dying. Others believe that you enter a higher realm of consciousness (known as a 5D reality) and leave Earth to exist on another plane altogether.

Actually, the term ascension is a bit misleading. The true concept of spiritual ascension is more of a descension, because the process of ascension doesn't mean us ascending to Heaven, it is about us bringing Heaven down to Earth, via a change in consciousness that allows Source to enter our reality.

Individually, the ascension process is about changing our own consciousness, from a set of beliefs that creates one reality (our current 3D one) to another (a 5D one). On a planetary level, the ascension process is a collective shift in consciousness across the planet, that creates that new reality.

So in effect, the collective shift in consciousness brought about by individual ascension, creates a new 5th dimensional reality in which we will exist.

The actual process of ascension itself has many facets, but its main concerns are balance, release and love. It is about accepting, dealing with and releasing fears, letting go of control and the need to be right, accepting our dark side as well as our light, and learning to love both ourselves and everyone else unconditionally.

What is the Ascension Process? - Ascending to Heaven, or Bringing Heaven to Earth?

Do you think that Ascension means souls leaving Earth without dying, or connecting with Source to bring more of Heaven to Earth?

Spiritual Awakening during the Ascension Process

If you are reading this page, chances are you are either in the process of ascension, or have discovered its concept and want to know more. Either way, you may well have had a big spiritual awakening that led you to learn what ascension is.

The ascension process begins with that spiritual awakening. Even if you have already been on a spiritual path for many years, you will experience an event, situation or realisation that brings your spirituality to a whole new level.

Increased self-awareness, a desire to live in spirit rather than ego, a "dark night of the soul" - all of these are likely experiences when you begin to shift consciousness, raise your vibration and begin the ascension journey.

There is no set blueprint for ascension, and it can be a confusing and even frightening process. This page offers insight for dealing with your own personal journey. Now is the time - take advantage of the energy of 2012 and start living a more spiritually fulfilling life free from fear!

3D to 5D

If this mention of 3D and 5D realities has you completely lost, here is a brief explanation.

Our current 3rd dimensional reality is a state of consciousness where the overall belief is that this is our only life, and that anything we cannot see, touch, taste and so on, does not exist. We see ourselves as separate individual beings.

A 5th dimensional reality is existence in a state of Christ consciousness (also known as Unity consciousness). This is where the belief changes to realising we are all One - we are all connected not only to Source/God, but to each other as well. We move out of a state of Ego and fear, and into one of unconditional self-love and love for all, realising we are not victims or martyrs, but co-creators with the universe; co-manifestors of our own reality.

If you're wondering what happened to 4D, and why we talk about moving straight from 3D to 5D, here is a more physical explanation. According to science, we live in a 3D reality because it has 3 axes - right to left, up and down, front to back. The 4th dimension in this reality is time. So any shift into a dimension outside of the 3D/4D reality (mind/body/emotions/dreams) is referred to as 5D. Living in a 5D reality means being fully aware, fully conscious and fully loving of all, including the self, unconditionally.

The key to moving into 5D revolves around letting go of ego beliefs, fears and desires.

Synchronicity during the Ascension Process

Something that many experience when undergoing a key spiritual journey or the ascension process is synchronicity. This can include:

* Seeing repeated number sequences or digital clock displays, such as 11:11, 22:22, 33:33 and so on. The 1111 phenomenon is the most well-known of these

* Having insights, intuitive thoughts or channelled information confirmed by people, books, events and so on

* Having something new brought to your attention and then seeing/hearing it everywhere

* People or situations coming into your life at the right moment

* Meeting soul mates

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Chakra Healing during the Ascension Process

Chakra healing is a key part of the ascension process, particularly that of the lower chakras. The current global status of poverty, war, corrupt politics and so on has the world trapped in a state of fear and perceived powerlessness.

The seven major chakras (base, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow and crown) require balancing and healing in order for us to successfully raise our vibration. The lower chakras (base, sacral and solar plexus) are concerned with security, power, fear and abundance, and these are key issues that we need to overcome during this process.

Once the major chakras have been healed and brought into balance, it is possible to move onto working with the transpersonal chakras, which allow us to open ourselves up to Source, bringing Divine energy down into our bodies and out into the world, re-establishing our temporarily lost connection with the Creator.

Of course, keeping the chakras balanced is an ongoing exercise, but one that becomes easier the further we move into living in a state of Love.

The 12 ChakrasMost people are used to working with the 7 chakras, but in this time of increased spiritual growth and ascension, it is important to be working with 12 chakras.

Ego & Self Awareness during the Ascension Process

The hardest part of the entire ascension process is overcoming ego. This is the voice inside us that says...

I am not good enough.

I am better than you.

This isn't real.

You are wasting your time.

Me me me me me.

And so on, and so on.

The concept of self awareness helps us to live in the present moment, Ego keeps us trapped in patterns, where something will trigger our pattern, keeping us from living in love and peace at all times.

When we learn the art of self-awareness, we become aware of these patterns, and can come to observe them, so that we bring ourselves into the present moment, thus breaking the pattern. When we are present, we are not in a pattern. When we are in a state of Love, we are not in a state of Ego.

Learning to live this way takes time, patience, dedication, and a lot of self love. As with chakra work, it is an ongoing process that gets easier with time. The best way to deal with ego is not to try to deny it, but to accept and observe it, rather than being ruled by it. Osho explains this beautifully in the link below.

Links to Further Reading on Ego and Self Awareness

Find the best description of Ego as written by Osho

A wonderful course and book is available on Self Awareness from the Rocamora School. I attended a weekend seminar based on these teachings, and have the workbook Ring Around the Mind - utterly life-changing.

Raising your Vibration during the Ascension Process

Raising your vibration basically means raising your consciousness to a higher level, which in turn means we (or rather, our atoms) are vibrating at a higher frequency. As more and more people raise their own vibration, they in turn help to raise the vibration of the planet overall, and that of other people.

The integral element of doing this is meditation. Not guided meditation or visualisation (although these have their place) - but 15 or more minutes a day spent stilling the mind completely. Again, this takes time to master, but the more you do this, the greater your chance of moving further along the process, because when we learn to still our minds, we open ourselves up to our Divine selves, our inner knowing and intuition, and our connection with Source.

By far one of the best resources for methods on raising vibration is at Sabrina's blog How to Raise your Vibration, where she has a wealth of inspirational posts as well as a book available.

Facing the Dark Night of the Soul during the Ascension Process

Another common situation to arise during the ascension process is that of the "dark night of the soul" - a situation, usually relating to a deep-set pattern that you have experienced throughout your life and are "stuck" in, will come to a head, often worse than it has ever been before. For example, a health issue may suddenly escalate, or financial struggle might suddenly turn to dire debt or the need to find a lot of money quickly.

These issues are arising purposefully. They are life lessons that you need to overcome and heal. They are the final push that forces you to face your fears, deal with them, and heal them. So long as we run away from our fears and bury them, we will never be rid of them. Facing and healing them means we can move on from them for good.

Overcoming FEAR during the Ascension Process

How do we ascend? What is the purpose of ascension, how do we achieve it?

The ascension process has many elements to it, but the key to achieving it is to clear our emotional blocks, and most importantly, the fears that are the basis of those blockages. This is achieved by:

1. Wanting to clear a blockage

2. Having a situation manifest that causes you to face the fear behind the blockage. This is a "life lesson"

3. Moving through the fear, experiencing the situation fully rather than running away from it

4. Healing the fear by learning the lesson

5. Experiencing a shift in consciousness and vibration as you release the blockage, let go of negative emotions, and balance your light/dark within

This will repeat until you have cleared all of your emotional blockages. The more you clear, the further you go along the ascension process.

Simply stated, we ascend by clearing our emotional blocks, integrating the fears that are the basis of those blocks, and transmuting the anger, hatred, guilt, blame and shame in those blocks into compassion. In each of our emotional blocks there is judgment of the dark emotions (those already stated above).

Karma, Past Lives and the Ascension Process

Another part of the ascension process is the release of karma. We accumulate karma from experiences, fears and actions in our past lives. Moving through blockages and releasing fears, patterns and life lessons helps us to release this karma.

Chakra and DNA Activation during the Ascension Process

As previously mentioned, another part of chakra healing involves the transpersonal chakras. While most have heard of the seven major chakras, there are many, many chakras, or wheels of energy, within the energy body. The transpersonal chakras are those which connect the physical and spiritual, acting as a bridge between the two.

When the seven major chakras are healed and balanced, it is then possible to work on activating the transpersonal chakras, bringing Divine energy down through the chakras into the Earth.

Activating the chakras and meditating regularly also helps us to activate our dormant strands of DNA. For years science has dismissed these dormant strands as "junk" DNA, but it is said that these strands are the DNA which house our telepathic, spiritual and other attributes. Awakening and recoding this DNA is another element of ascension.

The 12 ChakrasMost people are used to working with the 7 chakras, but in this time of increased spiritual growth and ascension, it is important to be working with 12 chakras.

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Mastering the Seven Rays during the Ascension Process

As you move further along the ascension path, the time will come to learn about and master the seven rays. These each correspond with the seven major chakras, and are each overseen by different ascended masters.

Each of the seven rays represents a path of Christ consciousness. You focus on one ray at a time, learning about all seven, and coming to know which is your major ray, which relates to your life purpose and inner calling. Once all seven rays have been mastered, the eighth ray of integration must be learned and mastered as well.

In order to understand each of the seven rays, you first have to take them as individual rays. But the eighth ray then teaches that they are all intertwined, and you then must learn to see them all as one, in order to fully master them.

This brings us back to the importance of balance - balance of the rays, balance of the chakras, balance of the masculine-feminine, balance of the light-dark, balance of the earth-spirit.

Ascension Symptoms

As you progress through ascension, and continue to raise your vibration and become more spiritually awakened, you may experience physical, emotional and spiritual ailments or side effects. These have been dubbed "ascension symptoms", although I prefer to think of them as experiences rather than symptoms, as this casts a rather negative light on them. Also, these "symptoms" are not so much something that happens to you because of ascension, but a reaction that your body/ego has as it tries to resist the changes being made. True symptoms of ascension, as in actually achieving a state of ascension, would include things like bliss, joy, love, acceptance, and so on.

Although ascension can take us through seemingly dark times, it is important to remember that those dark times are healing us and taking us into a new consciousness. Gratitude is a key component of unconditional love and of manifestation, so be grateful for every experience and focus on the good that it is bringing.

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Achieving Oneness during the Ascension Process

The ultimate aim of ascension is achieving Oneness, or Christ consciousness, where we are fully self aware and in the present moment, conscious of our connection to all others, and to Source/God. Furthermore, it is the awareness that we are not just connected to Source/God, we ARE God/Source.

This is awareness of our I AM presence, or God Self.

Twin Flames and the Ascension Process

The concept of twin flames will be more fully explained on another page, but many twin flames are reuniting at this time of planetary shift, in order to assist with the overall raising of consciousness and vibration across the globe.

When twin flames reunite, they create energy that helps raise the vibration of others, so their reunion plays a key part in the ascension process of the planet.

Your twin flame is basically the other half of your soul, from whom you separated when you were first created as a "separate" entity from God/Source.

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The Ascension Process and Beyond

Ascension is a process, a journey. It is not some lofty, distant state of spiritual being - not at this time, at least. It is a process of your soul rising in vibration.

In order for your soul to do this, it needs to go through challenges and experiences that, at times, may not be pleasant. That is because part of the ascension process involves overcoming fear, in order to live in a state of bliss (Love). In order to overcome fear, we need to learn to experience it, face it, and heal it. Not run away from it, or bury it.

When we finally reach that stage of ascension where we have cleared all our issues, ego has dropped away, and we are living in a blissful state of Christ Consciousness, that is not the end. There is still growth and transformation to come.

Ascension is just that - a process, a journey. Don't work through it, aiming for the goal of ascension. Live it - love it - experience it! Be in the moment, and know that everything is just as it should be.

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      NirmanPradhan 4 years ago

      yes, i am experiencing it..:)

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      NirmanPradhan 4 years ago

      your lens is really good and simple to understand..:)

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      oceanfaerygoddess 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for sharing your ascension journey! Your stars sound beautiful, perhaps you have a connection with star people or other realms?

      The emotional healing is definitely the hardest, especially as the ego is so afraid to go there. But it is the deepest healing as well and it allows us to flow so much more freely with life when we let go and surrender. Blessings to you!

      As to life purpose, be guided by your heart and what you love to do/are gifted with in this lifetime. Trust and go with your intuition!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had to stop back through and read this Lens again, every time I read this, it gets Better and Better!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am currently going through an ascention and let me be the first to say that It Is Not Easy. Mine just sort of came from nowhere. The only thing that seemed different to me was my seeing numbers but this started 3yrs ago, though I never thought much of it. Fast forward to last month when one minute I was thinking about starting my internship and then boom, I got hit on the head by my spiritual awakening. I really thought I was going insane. First came the intense heat, then came the chest pain/ back pain/ headaches/ emotional roller coaster/ muscles aches. Let's not forget about the crying for no reason part, and oh, while all of these was going on, my memory decided go on strike, and so did my hearing. I've lost weight, and and my appetite has gone for a toss. Everything seems to glow/illuminate and all of a sudden, I started seeing people's auras. Now that I'm writing about it, I almost want to feel bad for my poor body and what it's been through but I also know that it's a good thing. Now, my physical symptoms seems to have reduced mehn, the emotional ones are kicking my behind. I'm moody, impatient, and just plain old kranky (I've NEVER been a kranky person.....EVER) I almost miss the physical symptoms because the emotional ones seems to hurt the most. I'm still a little confused because I feel like I don't know what my mission is/ why I am awakening at this time. I do know that I've always been an Empath. I can tell what people are feeling before they even know it, and this has made me become everyone's free therapist. I don't have any spiritual counselor helping me so I'm pretty much going through this all by myself. I'm really happy I found this website because it really simplified things for me. I also discovered that I have stars all over my palm. Not just tiny ones, I mean a huge one. I even have one on my right palm and it looks exactly like a pentagram. Yes, it is that obvious and big. When people see it, they can't help but say wow. I also have little stars that look like they're literally twinkling. I guess I'm just a complicated one huh? Well, if anyone knows or has any idea what all these might mean, please help this confused little lady out:-) thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i don't know im interested but its hard i noticed stuff when i was little like blue light and stuff but it just went away except when i clear my mind this sensation over comes parts of my body

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, it's scary when you don't know what's happening and why...but your page has helped me quite a lot and I feel reassured.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Another confirmation of what I have been coming to realize in my own personal journey. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I am. The world has become more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. The beauty is awe inspiring. The light, creator has put this beauty on the earth, so we will all know 'him.' Light and Love, Light and Love!!

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      moretocome 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. I love your easy-to-read writing style. Thank you for your service to others.

      Love to you. :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This Lens is So Awesome! The part that took me by Surprise is the Twin Flame Poll, I had a Feeling or Sense of this but now reading it, this make since!

      The Vibrations are Good and Strong from the Information within the Lens!

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      IYenForZen 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I do believe that we are entering a new phase of consciousness and hope that 2012 is the beginning of a wonderful new existence! Namaste.

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      sandybid 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, love the message and love the pictures too - beautiful in every way.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      This is great. I've had an aversion to the word Ascension because it did seem to refer to a rising up to Heaven. I like your explanation about the change in consciousness. I also believe that 2012 is not an end but a beginning. This is a lovely lens and I love the mandala.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Can't wait for the book!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens. I had never heard of the twin flames concept. Blessed!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens on a very interesting topic - blessed by a travelling angel.