Gradually, the vehicles are trained, as the wise parents train the children entrusted to their care. Impersonally, but  determinedly, the "I AM" Self picks up that particular body which, from time to time, forgets the resolution and fiat of the Self to ARISE and REMAIN with the Father. Again and again the individual must patiently say: "Come! Let us arise and go unto the Father!" Gradually the Happiness, Peace, Power and Perfection of the Father's Presence will be so engrained into the members of the household that none shall find any enticement for straying, even momentarily, into the inharmonies of the appearance world. THIS IS THE PROCESS OF THE ASCENSION!

 

THE ASCENSION  

During the course of centuries of time, each lifestream who has embodied on the Earth has developed certain talents and powers of accomplishment through the voluntary investment of life energy in some specific interests. This is known as a "momentum" of healing, teaching, musical, or artistic ability. It is part of the lifestream's harvest woven out of the heart-beat, and is the only heritage of human endeavor which is allowed to go into the Higher Spheres and which ascends with the consciousness at the moment when the soul is released from the Earth-pull at the time of the final embodiment.

When the Lords of Karma examine the individual for the last time preceding the Ascension, the full-gathered momentum of the lifestream's service to Life is presented for consideration before the Karmic Board. If the lifestream is found ready to be freed from the wheel of birth and rebirth, the disposition to which the individual puts his gathered momentum of service must be made before the actual ritual of the Ascension takes place.

When the Christ Self of the individual signifies to the Cosmic Law that the individual is ready, the Sponsor secures a Hearing before the Karmic Board whose duty and responsibility it has been to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the soul through the centuries. The individual's "Book of Life" is examined; the lifestream itself has audience before the Karmic Board; and the assent of this Board is requisite to the freedom of the soul from further re-embodiment.

Because of the use of free will, the individual may refuse to accept its freedom - preferring to re-embody to further some particular Cause to which it has devoted its energies through many centuries. If such a one does refuse the Ascension, it is always with the understanding that such forfeiture makes the lifestream personally responsible for the creation of any future karma that might enchain such a soul again, which would not allow the opportunity for full freedom when and if the soul should change its mind in the future.  

                                                 

Individuals, who have been offered the Ascension because they had expiated their individual karmic debts and had gained mastery over energy, but have renounced that freedom to better serve humanity, are among the Holiest Sons of Heaven. They wear upon Their foreheads a spiritual identification in the form of an Open Lotus that is easily discernible to all whose inner eye is developed.

No other group of beings, human or Divine, have this particular spiritual mark, and whenever they are encountered, the Supreme Intelligence of the Universe bows in acknowledgment of their Presence, their Sacrifice, their Love. When these individuals do finally accept their Ascension, this Lotus is amplified, and even in Heaven's highest Spheres it is a permanent identification of Their Love and Service to Life that all who run may read.   The Ascended Master Jesus is One Who belongs to the Sainted Order of the Lotus Flame.

                                               

The lifestream who decides to accept the Ascension stands at a forked pathway where again the free will decision must be made - whether the lifestream taking the Ascension will pass on into the Peace and Happiness of the Higher Spheres, or choose to remain as an active Worker in the great White Brotherhood in actual contact with the lesser evolved sons and daughters of Earth.

Those who choose the "Bliss of Nirvana" turn over the energies within their momentums of whatever they may be to Devas who incorporate them into the beautiful Fire Temples whose radiation and powers serve the Earth and its people. They really "will" their heritage to mankind, but take their own Conscious Selves into Realms that no longer have any connection with the struggles on the Earth plane.

Those Who have ascended say that it is impossible to put into words the Joy and Happiness experienced when the fetters of Earth, the limitations of the flesh, and the veil of forgetfulness is removed. Yet, immediately the lifestream is faced with a free will decision  - whether to soar upward with the glow of freedom still fresh in the feelings, or turn again to voluntary bondage, again working for centuries with the limited consciousness of humanity.

From: Primary lessons part 13: the Ascension