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An Ascension Practice
by Joanna Cherry
(The first part of this article tells
how spirit gradually opened me up to this practice; if you wish to go directly
to the practice itself, skip below to Preparation.)
Ascension! What a wondrous thing! I was reading
Unveiled Mysteries by Godfre Ray King. Right here on Mt. Shasta,
where I was sitting, Guy Ballard (now Godfre) met the ascended master St.
Germain. Through many adventures with this master, Guy learned about ascension.
Especially in Unveiled Mysteries and its sequel, The Magic Presence
(the first two volumes of the "green book" series published by St. Germain
Press), there are wonderful stories about ascension and ascended masters.
(For more about what ascension is, see the article Ascension-the Time is
When I returned home to San Francisco,
I was on fire. I began to share the possibility of ascension for humanity.
But I had no personal knowledge of it. Quickly I was asking myself, "If ascension
is real, what is it for me?" I decided to find out. This was back in 1983.
I began to meditate, nearly every day,
to experience ascension. My helpers were my two closest inner friends. St.
Germain, the more recent connection, had asked me to go to Mount Shasta that
same year and begin teaching (and obviously, be taught!). Seven years before,
through reading Autobiography of a Yogi, I had re-met my very closest
inner friend and mentor, Babaji, the Yogi Christ, the immortal master of the
I'm not sure where I got it, but I
had in mind a most definite picture of how my ascension would look. My body
would become invisible and turn into light. I would float off to an ascended
master retreat, where they would give me a big party. "Welcome!" and "Congratulations!"
they would say. After the party I would float back home and be an ascended
master on Earth.
I had some fears to overcome. I feared
death; I feared being non-physical (which equaled death in my mind); and
I feared flying through the air. So as I went along I was working to heal
For some time--a year, longer--I could
point to no progress in my meditation to ascend. I had received only one
clear guidance, and that was to open all my chakras. Finally, one thing showed
itself: I began to see light in my third eye, and it was growing brighter.
One day I had this thought: "I think I can ascend today. I think I've worked
through my fears enough--let's give it a try!" So I opened my chakras, and
welcomed the light. My third eye grew brighter and brighter, began to blaze--and
suddenly I felt afraid. I could be annihilated by this light! Very forcefully,
I said "No!" The light immediately began to recede. But I felt a sense of
great disappointment, other than my own. When I looked clairvoyantly, there
in front of me was St. Germain--it was his feeling (I didn't even know he
could feel disappointed). He said to me, "You were so close! If you had
just gone a little further, you would have experienced an ascension." But
I had frightened myself deeply with the thought of annihilation.
For a few months I didn't call in the
light. But I was learning something else, vital to the ascension process.
I kept asking, "How do you ascend? Exactly what do you do?" When I finally
opened to the answer, it was surprisingly simple. You declare it. You say,
"I am ascending now. I am quickening! I am becoming lighter and lighter.
I am becoming the light of my own God-being," and other statements of truth.
When I began to say them, I felt an immediate shift--a rush of speed--an
upliftment. These words became an essential part of my meditation. I learned
later to add a spinning energy, which makes the words even more powerful.
After a few months, I felt the energy
build, and had that thought again: "I think I can ascend today!" So I sat
down as before, opened my chakras, called in the light, and spoke the words.
Again the light grew brighter and brighter until it was a great blazing sun
in my forehead, and once again I began to feel afraid. I was just on the
verge of saying "No!" again, when--and I cannot tell you how this happened--my
breath imploded, and I surrendered. The light washed over me, through me,
and I became light. It was me, and I was it, and there was nothing to fear!
Here I was, still present, still being! And I was in bliss, pure bliss.
A great grin appeared before me. I
looked, and it was St. Germain. Never in all my work on ascension had he smiled
so at me. "Congratulations!" he said. "This was your first ascension experience!"
"But how could that be?!" I cried. "I'm not floating off to the retreat,
and I can even still feel the things around me!" He laughed. "You are ascending
in your own way, step by step," he explained. "Not only is this best for you,
but you have come to be a teacher of ascension. You want to create techniques
that help others ascend."
My picture of my ascension was so fixed,
I had trouble believing my master friend. I was sitting in confusion, when
Babaji came in. He was actually stern. "Do not underestimate this experience,"
he said. "You have had your first ascension experience today." And he left
again. From this, I realized something really significant had happened, whether
it fit my pictures or not.
I began to teach this meditation in
my ascension workshops. I have realized, from the feedback I've received,
that it is a practice of great power. Many people now use it as an ascension
tool. When you are ready to leave the earth plane, you can use it to take
you up. Your body will come with you or remain on Earth, according to your
First, here are some things you may experience
that could frighten you if not understood. In the meditation you may see
a light--it could blaze incredibly--in your third eye. You are this light,
you cannot disappear within it. You may feel great heat in your body, or
cold. Your heartbeat may speed up or slow down, slightly or dramatically.
You may feel or even see your body, or part of it, disappear. Whatever happens,
because we are giving the meditation into the hands of your divine Presence,
you are safe. You cannot go too high, and you will always go "high enough":
as far into your God Light as is optimum for this time. You can relax and
let things happen. Also, if you notice nothing dramatic, you are still doing
it perfectly--we each experience ascension in our own way.
Lastly, I challenge you to experience
your chakras in a whole new way. Although chakra opening is common now, seldom
do we really get what it can be. Your I Am Presence encompasses the universe;
thus a true opening of your chakras can give the knowing of being fully alive
and present everywhere, in every dimension of the eternal now. This realization
came to me after years of chakra-opening.
An Ascension Practice
Sit comfortably. Close your eyes and begin to
breathe deeply and gently. Feel grounded from your root chakra area and from
your feet: cords of energy into the center of the Earth. You can invite love
energy to flow up from Mother Earth, or down from the top of your head, as
you choose. Continue to breathe gently and freely as you allow the release
of tension from all body parts to go deeper and deeper. When you feel as
relaxed as you possibly can, send love into all of your body and bless it.
You can say to yourself statements
like these: "God's love and will run this body. This is God's heartbeat.
This is God's breath. These are God's organs, God's glands, God's bones.
Every particle of this body is God. All the space of this body is God. This
body is God light, God love, God joy! It has no agenda of its own, but follows
thought. I choose to think unlimited God-thoughts about this body: it is the
everlasting and expanding life of God; it is the resurrection and the life.
This body lives forever. When I am ready to leave the earth plane, I take
it up into light and ascend. So be it."
Turn more deeply now, away from the
awareness of your body, and into awareness of mind. Unify with any thoughts
you notice, and relax your thinking mind. Love and bless your thoughts. Unenlightened
thoughts and feelings are like our children; we created them, and they are
here to be loved. As we do, they lift into lighter and more joyous expression.
You might say: "This mind moves now into unlimited thoughts of God. I Am
the love of God. I Am the light of God. I Am the joy of God. I Am the freedom
of God. I Am the majestic power of God's pure, Divine Love. I Am everywhere
present and know all things. I Am the beloved of God. I Am That I Am."
Turn still more deeply, away from the
awareness of mind, into the awareness of feeling. Send love to any feelings
you notice, no matter what they may be. Bless your feeling nature. You might
say: "My feelings are becoming the natural feelings of God: love, joy, peace,
abundance, wholeness, well-being."
Turn still more deeply now, into the
awareness of your spirit. If you are already in touch with your inner Self,
or have a favorite master(s) you know and love, you may call upon these now,
or simply ask God to assist you in your ascension process. Tune in to the
inner love, light, and wisdom--it is being poured out to you right now. Feel
as deeply connected and one with it as you can. Some words: "I give this
meditation fully into the hands of my divine I Am Presence, the love and
light of God, to guide me to the optimum levels of my own God Light. So be
When you feel ready, begin a chakra-opening.
To help you open each one maximally, here are several suggestions:
l. Awaken in each
chakra its beautiful light, like the sun, and allow it to be any color you
see there, or white, gold, or white-gold. Let this sun blaze out to fill
your body, your room, your area, your world, this universe.
2. Use your in-breaths
to expand each chakra more and More, keeping your breath free and alive.
3. Think of a chakra
as a camera aperture that opens to infinity.
4. Use your hands
to touch the chakra area and sweep outward in an expanding energy.
5. Feel openness,
a relaxation, a vulnerability there, aliveness, emotion. Now open each one:
-- at the base of your spine. Feel your groundedness even more clearly through
this. I Am safe on Earth. I Am abundantly provided for by God and the universe.
The Earth is a pleasurable place for me to be.
SECOND CHAKRA -- in your abdomen. I
Am centered. I Am safe and loved in expressing my creativity, which is welcomed
in the world. My sexuality is divine energy and God approves of it.
THIRD CHAKRA -- in your solar plexus.
I Am safe and loved in expressing my power. My power and my love are one.
FOURTH CHAKRA -- heart chakra, in the
center of your chest. I Am safe to love and be loved without limit. I Am
full of love and compassion for myself and all others. My love blesses all
FIFTH CHAKRA -- in your throat. I Am
safe and loved in expressing my truth, my joy, my power, my creativity, and
my passion. I Am full and free giving and receiving. I Am abundance.
SIXTH CHAKRA -- the third eye between
your eyebrows and back in your head a bit. I Am safe and loved to BE the
Light I Am, and to know everything!
SEVENTH CHAKRA -- the crown chakra
at the top of your head. I Am safe and loved to BE God I AM. I Am unlimited
Being, everywhere present in all universes.
EIGHTH CHAKRA -- can be pictured above
the head. I Am safe and loved to step through the dimensions.
NINTH through TWELFTH -- open if and
as you feel to. Now create a column of golden light from the highest chakra
you opened to below the bottom of your feet, gently re-opeing any chakras
that may have closed again.
spin this column. (I see this going around to the right, horizontal to the
floor, but you should follow any direction that feels correct for you.) Let
it move slowly at first, and gradually pick up speed. As it spins, it is
spinning your chakras, your cells, your atoms, your aura--everything! Here
are some statements you can say, silently or aloud: "I Am quickening the
vibrational frequencies of my body, mind and feelings now. I Am merging with
my inner God Self. I Am quickening, I Am lifting! I Am ascending! Ascending
is easy, ascending is natural. I lift higher and higher, faster and faster.
I Am merging with Light. I Am becoming transparent now! " (Any other statements
you choose here.)
Go back and forth between increasing
the speed of the light column--finally to whirlwind speed--and proclaiming
your ascension, until you feel you are about as high as you can go. Next,
to make sure you reach present optimum levels, give your I Am Presence (your
master friend, etc.) three opportunities to take you higher, one third of
any remaining distance each time. You don't have to do it yourself or even
think about it, simply trust your spirit to take you up. Say "One, two, three,
Lift--Lift--!" and let yourself go! Do this twice more, and you will probably
be at optimum light, optimum speed!
Now you can say: "I Am the Light of
God I Am. I Am all that God Is. I Am ascended now. I Am an ascended master
now! I Am That I Am."
Now you can sit in the great silence
and Be That which You Are. You may travel somewhere. Besides receiving the
great gifts of your Being, you might receive specific messages; crystals
implanted in your etheric body to help your ascension; healing of some kind;
etc. Be it and receive it all!
Come back gently, bringing back your
awareness of feeling and mind, body and environment, breathing deeply and
energetically. Stay in love, stay high and know that you are already combining
this wonderful state more and more with your everyday life. Open your eyes
and see only God around you, see the beauty of everything. Come all the way
back to full alertness and objectivity. Look in the mirror and see God. Give
love as best you can to all your daily tasks, and follow any guidance you
may have received in the meditation (if you feel it came from your highest
love and joy).
Do this meditation as often as you
like. Record it with your own voice and follow it. (Joanna's audio set, "Steps
in Your Ascension," is available with this meditation.) You can quicken more
every time you do it, and although you still fluctuate around a median, the
lifting is permanent.
Every blessing to you in your ascension
Copyright Joanna Cherry,
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