Believers of ascension propose that humans are composed of a physical body and a soul, both of which are composed of energy. As physics has revealed to us, everything is composed of energy. Even if we cannot physically “see” something (radio waves, X rays, etc.), that energy exists at various frequencies and with the proper medium we can experience at least the effect of these energies.In the theory of ascension, it is assumed that humans are composed of seven energetic bodies – physical, etheric, astral, causal, mental, celestial, and Christ bodies. The physical body is at the lowest frequency, and each of the successive bodies exists at higher frequencies. Each of these energetic bodies is essential to maintaining the harmony between the physical body and the soul.
The bodies are related to the seven main chakras, which correspond with specific endocrine glands.Ascension is described as consciously increasing the vibratory rate of the physical and other bodies to the Christ level. Stories describe the physical body losing its definition, diffusing, then finally resembling a star imploding or exploding.Believers in ascension make a distinction between an enlightened individual and an ascended master. When an individual becomes enlightened – that is, consciously lives on the Christ/Buddha level of awareness – they need experience no further lifetimes to realize their oneness with the universe. The enlightened person can then use their innate awareness to learn more about the universe, or choose to become a master and help others achieve this state. Not every enlightened person becomes a master. Once enlightened, a person can opt for further reincarnations.People who have raised their bodies through ascension are fully in command of the physical realm, capable of decelerating their vibratory rate to appear any way they desire, including moving about freely on Earth. Thus, ascension is seen as an alternative to death.
The topic of ascension and ascended masters is one that probably will continue to spark controversy and disbelief, and can be a difficult subject to comprehend even for those who have spent years studying esoteric doctrines.Having been playfully described as something like getting “beamed up”, as in the television series Star Trek, the idea of ascension has not reached widespread acceptance. Some relegate the subject matter to the realm of New Age myth and fantasy, while others maintain the process of ascension is as natural as human evolution.The idea that all humans could conceivably do what Christ supposedly did is seen by many religious persons as presumptuous, if not blasphemous. This is ironic in view of Christ’s teaching in John 14:12: “The things that I do shall ye do also, and greater things than these shall ye do.”
In the 21st century, the notion of ascension seems to attract individuals more interested in eastern religions, spirituality, metaphysics, or those simply looking for a deeper meaning to their existing beliefs and experiences.
One difficulty in discussing the idea of an ascended master is that there is no universally-accepted, definitive, scientific text which describes what the conditions are to become such a person, or how to verify the conditions.Even in the 21st century, most public sources, even books directly dealing with the topic, tend to describe various ascended masters, their activities, meetings with such people, etc., without giving us the requisite understanding of how we ourselves could undergo the process of ascension firsthand. With only anecdotal reports and no actual “how-to” manual, we are then left struggling with how to either retrofit this concept into our existing beliefs, how to shift our beliefs entirely, or simply reject the system altogether. Texts that actually give a deeper understanding of ascension, including practical exercises, meditations, diet, etc., are usually dismissed by mainstream audiences.
In the 20th century, more books finally surfaced about the topic, but prior to that, the practical knowledge seems to have been held in strict secrecy within mystery schools due to the pressures and intolerance of orthodox religious authorities. Even for spiritual adepts or initiates, the concept of ascension has not been widely accepted or understood because of the radical nature of transformation that has been ascribed to it.