Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Ascension - the Game of Snakes and Ladders

"Get busy living, or get busy dying." The Shawshank Redemption
There's a lot of talk these days about how humanity is about to ascend to the 4th dimension and some even talk about other dimensions. Here's my take on ascension.

I believe ascension is simply a paradigm shift from "doing" to "being." First of all, let me clarify what I mean by doing. I am always doing something. I am either doing by trying to make something happen; or I am doing by trusting and letting things happen. The second kind of doing is what I mean by being. Here's another way to look at doing and being:

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit" Zechariah 4: 6
I believe the above passage in the Bible is saying when I am trying to achieve something by my own effort be it physical strength (might) or will power, thoughts and knowledge (power), I am doing. When I live with the awareness that of my own force or strength I can do nothing and that I live by Grace/Spirit, then I am being.

For thousands of years, humanity has been making the shift from might to power. Thousands of years ago, King Solomon had this realisation: "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he," which is recorded in Proverb 23: 7. In other words, what you believe is what you'll experience. The late nineteenth century saw the emergence of the New Thought Movement where more people were becoming aware of how the power of thoughts could be applied on a practical basis. Out of that "Movement" emerged religions like "Unity", "Religious Science," and the "Church of Divine Science."

That "Movement" has now reached a critical mass where more people are "waking up" to the power of their thoughts. I believe for humanity to truly ascend, they have to shift from the paradigm of doing to being.

Now ascension is nothing new. In the olden days, people used to ascend to the spirit by being so elevated that they were no longer visible by other humans. According to the Bible the first man who actually ascended was Enoch who didn’t die but was translated into Spirit. This meant he took his body with him into the "invisible" ream. The next person in the Bible who ascended was the prophet Elijah who was described as being taken up by a "chariot of fire." Then later there is the story of Jesus who taught that the Kingdom of God is within us all. He demonstrated God in action by healing people and lots of miracles. According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified and died, however, he made a mockery of death by being raised from the dead, proving that Spirit reigns supreme. I'm sure other religions have examples of people who have "ascended"; I'm only citing the Bible as it's a book I was raised on though I no longer follow any religion.

I believe that it is no longer necessary for people to ascend and disappear from the human scene; one can ascend by operating from the paradigm of Spirit while still living a "normal" life. While those who haven't ascended are busy dying, the ones who have ascended are busy living.

I believe making the paradigm shift from doing to being is very easy. Whether one can sustain that paradigm is a different matter. For me, making the transition from doing to being has been rather like the board game that I used to play as a child called Snakes and Ladders. The object of the game is to get to the top as quickly as possible and avoid being swallowed up by the snakes. When I made the paradigm shift from "doing" to "being", my game started. I would be happily trusting in Love until the old habit of doing would kick in and a snake would swallow me. I would find myself back at the bottom. I would then pick myself up and start trusting and climbing ladders until I forgot and reverted to doing and be swallowed up by another snake. I would pick myself up again and keep going. While there are always snakes waiting to pounce, my new habit of trusting has given me the necessary tools to bypass the snakes and keep climbing the ladders.

Here are some examples about how I avoided being swallowed up by some snakes this morning. When I woke up I still felt tired. I felt I needed at least a couple of hours sleep to give me the energy I need. It was quite gloomy outside and I wasn't in the mood to go outside. It was then I realised that my thoughts were snakes waiting to pounce. I reminded myself that I do not rely on my own strength, I trust in Spirit; Spirit's energy is inexhaustible. Even if I never slept again, I would always have more than enough energy to sustain me. I got up and the need for further sleep left me. I quickly got dressed. Outside it was quite windy. I reminded myself that Spirit is in control and walked in silence i.e. having no thoughts. The wind ceased; at least it no longer disturbed me.

When I got on the bus I noticed the first available seat had a newspaper which someone had dumped on it. I decided to have a browse. One article that caught my attention was about a woman who had given birth to a baby 13 years after she'd been sterilised. I thought her experience was a perfect demonstration of "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit." In other words, her baby was not conceived by human effort or human knowledge but it came through by Spirit.

For some reason, the bus driver decided to terminate early even though the destination said different. Instead of waiting for another bus, I decided to walk the rest of the way to the library. As I was approaching I saw lots of people going into the building. It was then I realised that the fire alarm must have gone off earlier which meant the building had had to be vacated. I had arrived at the right time. That's what happens when I trust in Spirit, I get to avoid the drama snakes.

One example of how I've experienced Spirit in action is when I had difficulty opening a jar. After using brute force and it wouldn't budge, I asked the jar to open and an invisible hand opened it.

The only ascension I believe in is the paradigm shift from "doing" to "being." I also believe how long the transition takes depends on each individual's commitment to stay on the path.

Happy ascension everyone!


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