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Path to the Ascension[i]
By Master Lanello


Although the goal of Jesus’ life, Gautama’s[ii] life and the life of Mary the Mother was the ascension, we find that mankind today, East and West, do not have a correct consideration of this goal of life. First of all, they do not consider that the goal is immediate; and secondly, they have a misunderstanding of the goal and how it will happen.

Most people think of a personal resurrection and an ascension through someone else—a personal saviour—Jesus Christ or an Eastern guru—and they consider that it will happen suddenly with the coming of that one into their presence. This is because the path of initiation and the path of attainment have been seized from us almost as if the pages of this instruction were ripped out of scripture by the angry and by the accuser of the brethren. We have been deprived in outer manifestation of the footsteps of the Path, yet written within our hearts the Comforter has placed the eternal Law of God, and we are not left comfortless.

Even the Lightbearers[iii] on earth and those who know of the goal of the ascension have allowed to come upon their consciousness a concept that the ascension is not the goal for this life—and they have allowed this chiefly through a sense of being unworthy. There are people who know of the Ascended Masters and of the teachings, and yet they feel unworthy to be in the presence of the Ascended Masters, of God himself or these very teachings. This is often subconscious, but it filters through, and it is the manipulation of outer activities, emotions, thoughts and feelings.

The Elohim Cyclopea[iv] asks: “Are you satisfied to wait till mañana[v] for that attainment to come, or will you recognize that the Christ Self within you already has that attainment and is waiting to transfer the consciousness of attainment to your outer self?

“If I could summarize those conditions of the mortal consciousness that make it unable to accept the divinity of Being, it would be first of all a sense of unworthiness, a sense of limitation that has not begun to comprehend the co-measurement of the cosmos, measuring the flame of the self against the flame of the Infinite. This is co-measurement! It is also the inability of those in body temples to know when the concepts they hold are the result of tradition, dogma, doctrine, brainwashing techniques, and when those concepts have come from the heart of Almighty God.

“The great masses of humanity have accepted ipso facto whatever they are told, whatever their environment brings. And thus, the forcefield of the average human being is a quivering forcefield that reflects the total mass consciousness at its lowest common denominator. And only the few, fired by the action of the Flame, have risen above the mass stranglehold that the carnal mind exerts upon the souls of this planet.”

And so, we find that self-condemnation, which comes not from God but from the originator of the lie of original sin, is yet a burden like a shadow. It deprives us of the sense that not only are we going to ascend in this life but we are ascending here and now.

Moment by moment the energy of our being, of our consciousness, is returning to the heart of God. Each time we send forth a pure thought, a lovely thought, or perform a kindness or a good deed or offer a prayer, we have used God’s energy. It will go forth to bless Life and then it will ascend. It will ascend into the I AM Presence to manifest our mansion in heaven, our Causal Body of Light, the forcefield of our cosmic consciousness. And so we are made up, in reality, of all the magnificent creativity that we have sent forth for aeons of consciousness when we have existed in Christ who declared, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”

What is the ascension, then?

The ascension is the acceleration of consciousness. The ascension is the goal that makes us strive to be better people every day—to do more, to perfect a project, to keep on keeping on, to sense the threads of creativity that come from God, to meditate on our creations, to work side by side for a common purpose that is for the betterment of our friends, of the earth, our country, of humanity—to accomplish something that we sense is constructive. This is the basic drive that comes from the heart and the soul and the mind of the children whom God has made. This is the striving toward acceleration of consciousness.

We all have something within us. It is a seed idea from God. It is like the programming of the computer of our life that is pushing us onward, upward, striving. And when we are not striving and not working toward lesser goals and greater goals that lead to the ascension, we are unhappy. And that unhappiness will take its manifestation as sickness, as disease, as boredom, as types of intrigue, deception or self-deception. It will take the form of temperaments, moods—manifestations that we do not associate with our inner dissatisfaction—but all types of little irritations and problems with family members, and so forth.

It all goes back to the fact that every single day of our lives, our souls are demanding to be fed the fire of the ascension flame. And if the soul is not satisfied in that return to that flame, we reap the consequences on the surface of our being. It can be nervous tension, it can be sleeplessness. But it is the soul impressing the outer mind: “You are stifling me. You are not fulfilling the purpose for which I was born and I will not leave you in comfort. I will make you without comfort until you return to follow the inner plan of Life.”  

The Goal of Life

The ascension, then, is our goal, is something that requires effort, working the works of God, an application for the graces of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of that Spirit. It demands our input with God’s input working hand in hand, together, the giving and the receiving, because the ascension comes from the great interchange. The great interchange is that alchemy whereby we as a soul exchange with the Spirit of the living God our energies day by day. We take the fruits of the day, and at the evening time, at the setting of the sun and the evening hours, we lay those fruits upon the altar.

We give to God the best of ourselves of each day. God takes that energy, he purifies it, and in the morning we awaken to the sunshine and new Life, fresh air and the singing of the birds. And we find that we have new strength and new life because God has given to us once again our allotment of energy to go forth and be sowers in the field of his righteousness.

This divine interchange is what gives us Life. Without it, we are the living dead. With it, we are constantly alive and moving and always occupied, and the twenty-four hours a day seem not enough because so much energy of God is flowing through us that we have to maximize our organization to be able to give that energy forth and to be able to come to God and say, “I have emptied myself. I have given all that you have given to me and here I am now emptied. Fill me again. Return to me another portion.”

This is the meaning of ascending every day. And if we are not ascending every day, we can see the signs. We see them in our bodies. We see the lethargy and the sloth. We see the chaos and the confusion in our homes. We see the problems in our environment and in our community and if we are true to ourselves, if we go back to that Inner Self, the Inner Christ, the Inner Buddha and the Inner Mother, if we go back to the Inner Life, we know that the reason that all of these outer conditions affecting mankind are taking place today is because we, as the individual, are not fulfilling that basic requirement of the ascension.

Without the ascension, there is no other reason for living. It is the goal of Life, the purpose of existence on earth. It is our reason for being. It is our reason for coming into incarnation over and over again until we realize that purpose, balance our misuses of energy and finally find that pathway on the steps of initiation to return to the heart of God.

If you comb through the scriptures of the world, you will find mention of the ascension here and there. You will find examples of it. You will find it called “soul liberation,” “nirvana,” “samadhi”—all types of states of consciousness that do represent the acceleration, the intensification, the actual stepping up of the spin of the electrons around your atoms, the stepping up of the energy in the core of the atom. This is the meaning of ascension.

And when we speak of going up—as Jesus and Elijah are described as going up—we know that going up means increasing in vibration. In reality, there is no up or down, but there is a lesser and a greater momentum of cosmic consciousness that manifests within us. Our God is a God who is transcending himself moment by moment, hour by hour.

This self-transcending God is reflected in the expanding cosmos and in the fact that no matter what attainment a man reaches to, he will always set a further goal. Therefore, the ascension is not the end of life or the end of goals. And we need not shirk from it because we say, “Well, what will I do after I ascend? Sit in heaven and play on harps with the angels?”

Cosmic consciousness is ever appearing, and we are ever striving to catch it and to hold it. And as soon as we try to hold it, we lose it, because the moment we receive an acceleration of consciousness, we are required to anchor it and to give it away so that God can once again increase that consciousness.

Have you ever noticed that in meditation or in using the Science of the Spoken Word or in listening to a dictation by the Ascended Masters, you are elevated to a great height of Self-awareness and sometimes you feel you have never felt the Light of God so intensely, and you want to stay on that mountaintop and hold that Light? And it comes to pass that the meditation period comes to an end, you have concluded your decrees, or the dictation is concluded. And for a few moments, perhaps five or ten minutes—if you are fortunate a half-hour to an hour—you retain the sense of that Light filling your cells, filling your chakras. You have been elevated to a tremendous height of cosmic consciousness. It is the Horeb’s height[vi]  the mountaintop experience that all of the great prophets knew.

But we must come back to the valley. This is the challenge of the ascension: to ascend every day and then go back to the valley, which signifies the level of our karma and the level of our dharma. And that experience in God has been the opportunity to know what it is like to be free for a moment from the burden of our karma and the responsibilities of our dharma. And for a moment, God has given us a taste of soul liberation—just a taste, a flavor, a whiff of the perfume of that essence of the ascension.

Why has he given this to us? It is the vision. It is the vision that comes through inner senses, and by that vision we say to ourselves, “I must ascend in this life. I must return to the heart of God. I must reach that state where I will no more go out from the mountaintop. But now God has bidden me descend. As he sent Moses down and as he sent Gautama out of nirvana and as he sent Jesus Christ to come into incarnation with the fullness of the Word, as he has sent his sons and daughters out of the plane of bliss, so I must go down and fulfill my responsibility. I will accelerate my service, I will accelerate my meditation, because I want to get through all of this substance, this karma, this misqualified energy that I have carried around as bag and baggage all these thousands of years. I want to plow through it. I want to intensify. I want to get back up on the mountain again.” And this is the ascension. This is the acceleration.

How to Ascend

On the anniversary of his own ascension, Lanello gave us some very practical instructions on how to ascend:

“You have spoken so often of ascending and of your ascension and of the process itself and of the goal of Life, but do you really know how to ascend?

“Do you imagine it shall be a leap from a diving board? “Do you imagine it shall be some lofty flight?

“Shall it be an automatic process?

“Who will be the helpers and how much will they be allowed to help you?

“How much momentum of ascension’s flame must be in your own sails? How much fire of holy purpose must be sealed with such white-hot heat/coolness of intensity in the chakras as to enable you to receive the transfer of flame whereby your identity is sealed and not denied

 “You know well that should you enter that flame prematurely it would cancel out life. Thus, not prematurely but maturely you will enter that flame and not until you have dedicated your life and the life beyond, if necessary, to garnering the threads of Light, garnering the skeins of ascension’s flame, wrapping it around each thread in the garment of the Deathless Solar Body, calling to the angels and working with them to mend the flaws, to mend the tears.

“Yes, beloved, how do you ascend?”  

Score a Victory Each Day

“You ascend daily! It is like mounting a flight of steps. You know not the count, for the steps represent each step that must be taken in life. How to ascend is to arrive at the top step at the end of this embodiment.

 “You cannot leap the flights or the spirals and turns. And you do not know how many steps you must take, for each one of you is at a different place on this staircase.

“Since you do not know the end or the beginning, you must keep on keeping on. You must take a step a day, a day being a cycle of an initiation that might endure for weeks or months. But if you do not take the appropriate measures each day—those that you know so well—in terms of maintaining your harmony, the fire of your dedication, your decrees intertwined with meditation upon God, even as you invoke and meditate, visualize and affirm the Word simultaneously—if you do not fulfill in a day’s cycle the requirement of a certain step, it will be much more difficult to fulfill it later. For the next steps come upon you and then you are overloaded.

“It is not that you are overloaded with menial work, beloved. You become overloaded when you skip cycles of initiation and then do not know where to turn. The army has marched on without you and you are looking for the staircase—indeed.

“Each rising and setting of the sun marks a cycle whereby you mount those stair steps. There are many things in the duties of the day that cannot be postponed to the next, for when they are postponed and the momentum wanes, so often the cycle is lost and the project is not completed. And how difficult it is to get that project done when you have to crank it up again and start all over! So understand that this is Life—Life that is measured by the soul and the heart and the Holy Christ Self[vii].

“I bid you, then, secure the moments. Secure them as the mind uses them to enter compartments of eternity. For time is indeed an element of eternity, as eternity has compartments of measurement. This time has many dimensions, as does the space of eternity, yet there is a correlation to your life here below.  

Joy Is the First Principle of the Ascension

“Thus I say, neglect not the hours. Fill them with joy! Joy is the very first principle of the ascension. Take two individuals—one who fulfills his assignments without joy and one who fulfills them with joy. The one without joy, beloved, may lose his ascension for want of joy, and the one with joy may make it even though some elements are lacking.

“‘That your joy might be full’[199] was the prayer of Jesus—and that you might know and have his joy remaining in you.[200] This joy, beloved, can never be satisfied by human companionship alone but by a human companionship wherein those who are together see this as a vehicle for the divine companionship, for a divine joy that sprinkles laughter and merriment and play betwixt the hours of hard concentration. This joy, beloved, that spans all octaves is pleasing to God.

“Therefore I say, abandon a sense of martyrdom! Abandon a sense of self-condemnation! Abandon a sense of non-joy! But take care that your joy puts God first.

“Therefore, cast out the idolatrous consciousness that will lean upon human companionship to the extent where calamity is on its way. For our God is truly ‘a jealous God’  and will tear from you that thing, that individual to whom you give greater preference than you give to Him, to Her—to Alpha and Omega.

“Thus, your mighty I AM Presence with you, shining in all the splendor of the Father-Mother God, does continually radiate to you joy. And the descending crystal cord is a bubbling stream of joy. It is a bubbling stream of joy, beloved, as the Light cascades into your heart. Therefore, distribute joy and know that merriment that does also entertain the angels and keep them in their courses, surrounding you and assisting you….

“Understanding the divine sense of humor will make you able to deal with the most difficult karmic circumstances, the most deadly intent of the fallen ones. As the LORD holds them in derision, may you also hold them in derision. And may your joy be such a consciousness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that you can meet friend or foe with the same Light and lilt, for you have the co-measurement of the joy of angels and the merriment of God himself in the face of such a seriousness as that of the unreality of the fallen ones themselves.  

The Staircase of Life

“Blessed hearts, joy flames go out when you are not in sync with your cycles on the staircase of Life. There comes upon you a frantic sense of urgency within. You may connect it to outer responsibilities, burdens and debts, or to not having enough time to do everything you want to do.

“Well, time will fall in place and so will space when you dedicate your day to meeting the requirements of the day’s initiation on that step of your stairway of Life. Then you will go to sleep at night in peace and have the peace of angels, knowing you are one step closer to the victory of your ascension or to the point of your adeptship where you may reincarnate again with a full 100 percent of your karma balanced.

“Yes, beloved, your daily tasks and obligations and responsibilities have everything to do with your initiations on this staircase of Life. Dispatch them well! Guard your time! Seal yourself to accomplish that which must be accomplished. For even well-meaning individuals can be the instrument of fallen angels. They come to waste your time, whether on the telephone, by mail or in person, creating calamities or circumstances that would have you believe that no one else can solve them except yourself.

“Well, release yourself from that sense of idolatry, beloved ones. Only your Christ Self can solve those problems! Only Almighty God can solve them! And when you develop that attitude, you will dispatch those problems and dispense with them in a mighty short time and a mighty short space.

“Therefore, the deftness of your use of the sword of Archangel Michael comes with using it often, comes with using it for every task, every item on your desk or in your shop or in the fields, on the farms, tending God’s flocks on the ranch.

“Understand that you can move in eternity, just as you can be in your immortality and the coils of your immortality here below. So you do not have to be confined by time and space. With the mercurian speed of Light from the heart of El Morya[viii] and God Mercury[ix], you can utter the command and the fiat that will literally collapse the ploys and plots of the fallen ones.

“This is a present possibility for many of you, yet you do not exercise it! You think of exercising the body. Exercise the mercurial Mind of God and let there go forth a ray of Light, a point of blue lightning from your mind, to literally consume all substance that would prevent you or anyone, even the one through whom that substance comes, from attaining his victory on that day!   Take Control of Your Day

“I ask you to devise a chart … you can use to check off tasks accomplished in the hours of the day. You can have it on your wall in your office.

“And you and only you will know whether at the end of that day you can paste upon that chart a victory star—yes, beloved, a victory star: a gold star for having accomplished all those things that were on your list that you were capable of accomplishing, a victory star for not having let anyone deter you from that path and yet still having dealt with the needs of those who truly are deserving of your time and attention.

“Blessed hearts, take control of your day! For it is a cycle of the sun, it is a cycle of the earth, it is a cycle of your path of the ascension. This is how you make your ascension: I tell you, you score a victory each day! That means you must enter your day with a fierceness and a determination.

“Take the end of today to plan for tomorrow, to organize what you will do: when you will arise, whom you will see and whom you cannot see. Set goals and achieve them no matter what! For to break the patterns of letting things get by you, letting people interrupt you is no small task, but it is accomplished by the surefootedness of the compassionate ones. These compassionate ones manage to achieve their victory and also accomplish their daily assignments.

“A day’s victory can become the victory of a lifetime. Count the days in the year and then the years in the decades of a life span and see how many victories you must achieve to finally step on the dais at the Ascension Temple at Luxor[x] and feel the caressing love, the white fire of ascension’s flame and hear the welcome of the Seraphim who surround you and of all the adepts who themselves are candidates for the ascension.

“You will feel better about yourself when you are in control of the hours of the day. Think of your victories as being moment by moment. Think of your failures as losing the moments and think of your lost moments as being added up into hours and days of non-achievement.   Fill Your Hours with the Joy Flame of Christ “Beloved ones, this is the point of suicide that I come to discuss this day: it is the hours that are lost because you have not filled them with the joy flame of Christ. And without the joy flame of Christ, your bodies will not be healthy, you will not have the strength that you need.

“Joy is the key to healing! Joy is movement! Joy is life! Joy is self-attention to the needs of the four lower bodies but not over-self-concern. Joy is the sense of committing oneself to God and letting God flush out the non-joy by that descending cascade of the mighty River of Life.

“O beloved ones, I have seen the days and the hours of earth. I have reviewed my own embodiments. There is not a single saint in heaven nor an Ascended Master who does not look back on the record of his lifetimes with a great sense of loss and burden that in many of those lifetimes a certain percentage of the hours and the days was lost, lost to a pursuit of pleasure that was not required by the body or the soul but was merely an indulgence. I can tell you we have paid the price for those years and embodiments of indulgence, both you and I.

“Now let us get on with life that is lived in the full zest of that joy of living, the joie de vivre that each one of you knows when you are in perfect attunement with your Holy Christ Self.

“O beloved ones, something is the matter when joy flees from you! You must determine what is the matter. You must not suppress it. You must drag it out and look at it! You must see the phantom of the night, the ghost of the former self, and all of that psychology that you are working through.

“I say, work through it! Do not simply tarry in working with it forever. Work through it, beloved, and get beyond it! See it for what it is. It will not go away without the mighty sword of blue flame of Archangel Michael….

“Use the sword and remember that if you think you have allowed something to pass into your subconscious but you do not understand what it was and you do not remember how you set in motion a negative spiral when you were three or ten or twelve or twenty-five, then, beloved, you must pursue it with all zeal right to the very point of its origin.

“You do not change merely with the violet flame or the Ascended Masters’ teachings. You must therefore pick up the decree of the Great Divine Director to arrest those spirals even of your psychology that are negative in your world, [xi] even though you know not where they have come from or how they began.

“Call to the Great Divine Director to arrest those spirals! Arrest them with your mighty sword of blue flame! Cast them into the fire and ask to be illumined: What are the elements? What are the elements of the mind or heart or soul that must be healed and must be made whole?

“Then plunge into the sea of Mercy’s flame. Plunge into the great heart of the Lady Master Kuan Yin. Plunge into the mantras of mercy. Saturate yourself, beloved, and know that a certain transmutation will take place when you determine not to allow the non-joy to displace your great joy. A certain transmutation will take place, indeed, without your having to know every point of denial that has caused the spirals of denial to multiply within you.

Call for the Arresting of the Spirals

“In the name of my mighty I AM Presence and the Great Divine Director; in the name Jesus Christ, I demand and command the arresting of the spirals of negative karma throughout my entire consciousness, being and world!—that every single cycle of every single cell and atom within my form that is not outpicturing the perfect cycles of the Christ consciousness is now dissolved, is now arrested and turned back by the authority of my God Presence! And in the name Jesus Christ, I demand and command that the cycles of Immortal Life and my divine plan be fulfilled and that my ascension prevail!”

[i] Prophet, Mark L.; Prophet, Elizabeth Clare (2010-03-01). The Path to Immortality (Climb the Highest Mountain Book 7) (Kindle Locations 31480-3328). Summit University Press. Kindle Edition.  *[Selected endnotes have been added by HCS to facilitate the understanding of this Wisdom Note. No substantive content of the original manuscript has been changed or altered.]

[ii] Gautama: Refers to the Gautama Buddha also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha.

[iii] Lightbearer—The true meaning of this word is one that channels and lives by the light of God and
consciously works to implement the Divine Plan to liberate humankind from the negativity and corruption that prevents the full realization of the God Center that lies within each individual. Misappropriation and misunderstanding of this word in Religious and Biblical records is contrary to the high spiritual content and meaning the more highly evolved spiritual masters ascribe to this word.

[iv] Elohim Cyclopea: Cyclopea is One of the Elohim of the Seven Rays serving this system of worlds.  Holds the Immaculate Concept of the Divine Plan of Perfection for humanity’s evolution.  Governs the use of the Cosmic Light Energy Sphere known as “The All-Seeing Eye of God.” Sustains the action of the Sevenfold Flame of the Seven Mighty Elohim in the forehead (above the ajna or third eye chakra) of the sons and daughters of God evolving in this system of worlds. 

[v] Spanish-In the morning or tomorrow.

[vi] Horeb: The mountain at which the book of Deuteronomy in the Hebrew Bible states that the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God. 

[vii] Holy Christ Self: That inner aspect of each person that reflects the purity, perfection and love that is the spiritual potential of each individual. This state of being was realized by the individual Jesus who came to be recognized as Jesus the Christ, for each person has the potential to bear the designation Christ. This represents a realization of the higher state of consciousness each person strives to reach through many incarnations, whether fully realized in a particular lifetime or not. Eventually the person, when awakened, strives to reach this higher state.

[viii] El Morya: El Morya is the chohan of the first ray and chief of the Darjeeling Council of the Great White Brotherhood. The Master Morya was embodied as Abraham, the first Hebrew patriarch; Melchior, one of the three wise men; King Arthur, guru of the mystery school at Camelot; Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury; Sir Thomas More, the “man for all seasons”; Akbar the Great, founder of the Mogul empire in India and the greatest of its rulers; and Thomas Moore, the Irish poet laureate. El Morya ascended in about 1898 after his work with the Master K. H. in founding the Theosophical Society. 

[ix] God Mercury: Mercury is a planet of stalwart souls who have entered the fiery core of the discipline of the law, whose concentrated energies make them quick-footed and quick-minded. Thus the God Mercury depicted with winged sandals and with the wings of the mind, is the archetype of the messenger of the gods. 

[x] Ascension Temple at Luxor: Serapis Bey was embodied on Atlantis as a high priest in the Ascension Temple, prior to the sinking of Atlantis, was directed to take the focus of the ascension flame to Luxor, Egypt, and to establish there the temple that is now in the etheric plane and referred to as the Ascension Temple at Luxor.

[xi] Arresting the spirals. In his dictation on October 10, 1971, the Great Divine Director gave the following teaching: “The mighty I AM Presence has the authority and the power to instantaneously arrest and reverse any cycle and to cause a complete erasing, a disintegration of it, right back to the twelve o’clock line…. I say to you, you must demand and command it in the name of the Christ—that every single cycle of every single cell and atom within your form that is not out-picturing the perfect cycles of the Christ consciousness is now dissolved, is now arrested and turned back by the authority of your God Presence! If you will but make that invocation each morning, you will find in a very short time that only the cycles of Immortal Life, and your divine plan fulfilled, and your ascension will prevail.”