What is Ascension?

There is much discussion "out there" at the moment about "Ascension". What exactly is it? Are we ascending? What is the process we follow? These questions and more are addressed here...

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Hi Elf,

I do indeed think it would be worth reading the book because it goes into quite some detail about it all.

In brief, the point is that Gaia is multi-dimensional and we are being invited to become that too. Although her CENTRE OF CONSCIOUSNESS is moving, that doesn't mean everything will come to an end in the Third Dimension when she does. We may experience degrees of disruption on the surface, but the change will be fairly mild as a result of Gaia's shift of consciousness.

I should add... that's not to say there won't be a good degree of turmoil in the years ahead, but other reasons will cause that. For example Climate Change which will likely speed up and then the human response to that. It could likely cause the fragmentation of the global financial system. Dwindling energy reserves like oil, and the fact that China is trying to snap up oil reserves and other energy will also likely cause great disruption.

At the same time as all this is going on (and I can use the present tense because it's already happening), the in flows of consciousness will strengthen as more and more people wake up. What I see is a 'parting of the waves'. Many will likely buy into the collapsing fear based reality and not be able to open enough to experience the internal shifts. Others will be inspired to go inwards and the crumbling old reality may in fact catalyse that for them.

But there is no fixed time as to when we can ascend. Neither is there a fixed 'cut-off' point so to speak. I have read much dis-information and in my perspective delusion about this. We're not all going to ascend together in some magical wave at a fixed day and time. Yes at the consciousness level we are working together, but for each person, the journey is an individual one and can take many years of consistent and committed action. Nothing can really short cut the process - we can catalyse it, but we still have to complete the entire process (as I've explained in my book).

So as long as human life in this Third Dimension is possible, then there is the possibility to complete the Ascension process here.

I trust this sheds a little more light.

Best wishes


Hi Elf,

Thanks for connecting with Openhand. You are welcome here :smile:

The question of timing is an interesting one. I can see my original wording on the Ascension of Gaia may have been a little misleading - so thanks for drawing my attention to it. I have now rephrased the comment you refer to as follows...

    "Our Planetary System is ascending to the higher realm, the Soul of the Earth is already centering her consciousness in the 5th Dimension and extends energies - a bridge - into this 3rd Dimension. She is inviting us to relinquish attachment to the old plane and join her in the higher one. It is a process due to complete around 2012."

So this may align with what you've been reading elsewhere. You also ask...

    "Upon our own ascension, will our physical bodies also remain functioning in the 3rd dimension? If so, How?"

In my direct experience, Ascension is an internal process through internal layers of consciousness. We become fully fifth dimensional here and now in the physical body. We activate higher bodily vehicles of expression and experience the higher realms here and now.

Gaia is doing exactly the same. So when she completes her Ascension process, she will also 'retain a physical body' (namely the Earth) and could do so for many thousands of years to come.

When we leave our physical bodies though, if we have already ascended internally, there is simply no need to reincarnate into the physical realm (although some may still do this for a particular purpose). Our journey then continues in the higher realms.

I've talked about the process in a good deal of detail in my book "Five Gateways: Our Journey of Ascension" in case you'd like to explore deeper. You can find out more about the book and get a copy if you wish here... Five Gateways

Thanks for your interest


Hi Caitriona,

Thanks for your post and sharing. You're most welcome here.
Its wonderful that you feel so filled with love. Its a fantastic feeling isn't it? A sure sign that you've been through the initial awakening.

I can completely understand it if you feel at odds with your friends, family and those around you. Its difficult to understand the Awakening unless you've first been through it yourself. Society generally does not recognise spiritual awakening and we can encounter judgment and negativity as a result.

So what to do next?

My advice would be to always ask your soul and let it begin to guide you through life rather than using mind led intention to do things. I would watch for the opportunity to meet new people more in line with your new consciousness. Perhaps seek out organisations that can assist - maybe a meditation of yoga group for example.

The next stage is to learn how to really listen to the soul. How it guides us through life and how we create our reality according to the level of consciousness we hold within. Our course "Way of the Heart" helps people really tune into higher guidance and unfold the way of being that best serves us.

To me, this is what the next stage is really all about. To transition from trying to change, create or manifest our outer world according to our limited wants or desires, and instead focus on how we are being; finding and expressing in every moment our highest truth and allowing our beingness to shape events accordingly. This is the Gateway 2 transition called "Realignment".

If we do that, we will be guided on a magical pathway - the destined pathway of the soul.

Best wishes on your journey of unfolding!


Hi Aline - its really great to have you back on the forum - glad all is well with you :smile:

To me a good "higher self" meditation begins by 'getting above the senses'. What do I mean by this? Well, it begins by bringing attention up to the fontanel - the crown chakra - because that changes our centre of perception from being (usually) just behind the centre of the forehead to being above the 5 senses.

In which case we are moving the centre of our perception beyond the usual physical - and therefore lower self - dimensions.

Before I go further I feel I should add that of course space and time are illusions - there is no 'higher' or 'lower', there is no 'up there' just as there is no 'in here' or 'out there'. There is only the perception of these things.

What we're really doing then is exploring what you might call different layers of consciousness and in order to explore new layers, it helps to change our perception from what we usually experience.

So back to the meditation...

Mine is heavily influenced by the ancient Kriya meditations brought to the west by Paramahansa Yogananda in the 1930's. Kriya is many hundred (if not thousands) of years old and has helped bring many people to enlightenment.

In the meditation we breathe with attention in the crown chakra and this begins to move perception into new layers. I use the model that my higher self is above me and begin by focussing consciousness in the higher self.

So as you inhale, feel the higher self - as light - being drawn downwards to the crown. Then when fully inhaled, hold the breath and feel the higher self focussing in this place - feel yourself harnessing that higher vibration.

Then as you exhale, breathe the light downwards through the fontanel and into the body - but always keeping your attention in the crown. Do this for some minutes.

Now that we've focussed in the higher self, the key is to bring the experience of that into the body. So after this first stage, we then bring attention down into the 'dan ten' - the pelvic region.

Now as you inhale, draw the light down into the pelvis and as you've filled, then immediately begin to exhale the energy (light) out through the body in waves and then out into your surrounding field and then back into the universe - this we call "whale breathing".

When you're truly skilled at it, you can feel your whole body filling with light and it can bring on an intensely blissful feeling.

Finally, after some minutes of this type of breathing, switch now to "butterfly breathing". This is a light inhale followed immediately by a light exhale and then hold the breath just until you feel the natural impulse to inhale again.

Let the breathing settle right down until it is practically unnoticeable in the background of your experience. Then when fully settled, move your consciousness around your body releasing and easing any tension. Know that as you release the tightness, that area of the body (a blockage) is being transmuted and filled with light.

After some minutes of this, simply allow your attention to drift off where it will. This part can be deeply transcendent. It is at this point people frequently touch the "seer" - the absolute non identified awareness through all things. It is a taste of enlightenment.

I feel I should also express that people get vastly different experiences from this meditation depending on where they are at on their journey. So it only really works by perseverance and surrender - any practice is only ever as good as our ability to let go and truly explore ourselves beyond mind and body.

Hope this helps!

Best wishes

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Thank you very much!

As always, your infos are so helpful !!!

I will start today with this meditation; I will let you know about my progress !

By the way, when I and my husband look up to the sky, it does not matter if day or night, it seems that the sky, the stars, and so on are now much closer to us, they don't look so far away anymore...I wonder if you have the same sensation.

Best wishes and have a nice day,


The transition to a higher vibrationary realm
Ascension is an entirely natural evolutionary process at work in the Universe. It is where a particular life system raises its vibrationary state from one energetic Realm of Existence to another higher one. Put simply, it is rather like tuning into another station on the radio...

The Universe is not as traditional science would have us believe and not what we have been conditioned to think by society. It exists as a vast ocean of consciousness where every single "part" is interconnected and manifested in layers known as "Dimensional Realms". So for example our Physical Realm, where the centre of consciousness of most people dwells is the 3rd Dimensional Realm - that of space - with the 4th dimension surrounding it. The next higher realm is the 5th with the 4th dimension acting as a 'bridge' between the two.

Why is it that this model of reality is not generally accepted within society? The reality we each experience is born from our beliefs about that reality. We are each exposed to billions of bits of incoming information every second but the physical brain can only process a very small fraction of these. To cope with the overload, it superimposes a map of the reality we expect upon the incoming information and filters out the rest. Since we manifest the experience we bring our consciousness to, most of us therefore only experience a wafer thin slice of what is available to us.

However, if we are able to release ourselves from attachment to the external drama of life in this Realm, then we begin to still the internal noise of thought and emotion. Our internal metabolism quietens, tension and efforting is eased and our vibration rises. In turn our consciousness begins to expand into new layers of our being and in particular into our "light body". When this starts to take place, we are beginning to unfold into the new paradigm and taste the interconnectivity of all life. Our intuitive and psychic capabilities are initiated and we begin to notice more the synchronisitic co-creativity of life.

At some point on this miraculous inner journey, we become acquatinted with the next higher vibrational realm experienced through the patterning of all events in this lower plane of existence. We realise that all along we have been living not in one world but two where one overlaps the other. Our Planetary System is ascending to the higher realm, the Soul of the Earth is already centering her consciousness in the 5th Dimension and extends energies - a bridge - into this 3rd Dimension. She is inviting us to relinquish attachment to the old plane and join her in the higher one. It is a process due to complete around 2012.

Currently on earth there is a 'quickening' where more and more people are realising there is much more to reality than meets the eye and are beginning to explore their consciousness. As we open up to the higher consciousness, we allow in a powerful energetic force which guides our individual evolutionary journey if we allow it to.

In short it takes us out of the mind and into the heart to explore our genuine inner longing expressed as authentic characteristics of our soul. It helps us strip away the conditioned desires and illusionary needs instilled by society. The Soul is our pathway and is completely aligned with the evolutionary journey many are now embarking on. Our immediate destiny is ascension into the next higher realm.