: to move upward
: to rise from a lower level or degree
: to succeed : Occupy
: the act of moving to a higher or more powerful position
: the Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ’s journey to heaven after his death
Ascend (v.): late 14th century, from Latin ascendere “to climb up, mount,” figuratively “to rise, reach,” from ad– “to” + scandere “to climb” (related to the word, Scan). Also in the 15th century used with a sense “to mount (a female) for copulation.”
Ascension (n.): c. 1300, “ascent of Christ into Heaven on the 40th day after the Resurrection,” from Latin ascensionem “a rising.”
“I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.”
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892, American Quaker poet, editor, and founder of the antislavery Liberty Party in 1840; he also ran for Congress.)
“We effect more than we can possibly know. With every mood, every thought, every word, every gesture, we change our lives and our universe.”
Maharishi Sadashiva Isham (b. 1949, American spiritual teacher, and founder of the Society for Ascension, a non-profit educational organization)
“We are not trapped by our thoughts. What we generally do, however, is create thoughts that trap us.”
Joshua David Stone (1953-2005, American author and a spiritual teacher in the Ascension movement)
“Everyone’s life changes when they meet their Obi-Wan & their Yoda, or their Morpheus & their Oracle; those who help remove the veil.”
Brandi L. Bates (American novelist, screenwriter, and philsopher poet)
“When the soul is consciously awakened can it comprehend the acquiescence of Muhammad, the unshakable foundation of Abraham and the very nature of Christ, equating the Aleph in the sealed Universe — As The Soul Speaks.”
AainaA-Ridtz (Javanese and Euro-Syrian author and writer of nonfiction, religion and spirituality, and biographies and memoirs)
“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616, English poet, playwright, actor and widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language)
“As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.”
Erich From (1900-1980, German-born to orthodox Jewish parents, one of the world’s leading psychoanalysts, social behaviorist, philosopher, and a Marxist)
Ascension is not a destination. It’s humanity’s collective reach to create Heaven on Earth. It’s the planet’s purification process, mankind’s journey out of blindness, and the elevation of our global vibration towards self-mastery, self-respect, and self-trust. It’s not a theory. It’s a full-on conscious awakening out of the depths of hell into the Light. It’s also the visceral experience of knowing we have no tolerance for brutality and violence, and we are worthy of Great Love.
That’s the collective ascension. There’s also the personal awakening where each of us must do our part.
As I have said before my began waking up over 25 years ago when I became a mother for the first time. I was facing a huge fork in the road. I could no longer mask my suffering, depression, self-loathing, and victimhood.
I had to change. I had very little choice. The Divine was forcing my hand and had me a energetic head-lock. So, I pursued an alternative spiritual path, different from my Christian up-bringing, and explored the worlds of shamanism and the mystical with the help and guidance of a shaman.
My transformational work was ultimately my sole responsibility. It was hard work and most of time I felt alone in the process. But, I was far from alone. Once I committed to saving myself, resources miraculously poured in and I was able to get the support I needed to seek help and to find those people who were on the same path.
It took some time to purge my system of the toxic programming I had ingested early on, but eventually I was able to strengthen and reconnect to Source, the Divine, and to my true self.
Although times may be challenging, we are not in this Path of Ascension alone. We have enormous Help, and we can reach for Infinity together.
Much Love, Tonya