What is Ascension?
The Inheritance of a Child
Take one moment; in innocence, be here now, like a child - fully immerse
yourself in the present - here lies the Kingdom of Heaven. Here, now, lies the
goal of human life; we need not search outside of this instant, we need not
search outside of ourselves! Peace is a simple by-product of presence, of
effortless natural silence. The Truth is simple. The solution to all problems is
overlooked by the busy mind, but the quiet mind, knows no problem. There is no
problem in this exact instant, nor can there ever be. All problems are in the
mind! Where a problem is not conceived of, a problem cannot exist. This present
moment, is the moment in which our wondrous human potential is accessed; peace
is all-pervading here; our True Nature shines forth - thus dawns Freedom (A.K.A.
the Kingdom of Heaven).
We need not search on the outside for what lies within. Truly, our Natural State isn't lost - it's simply been covered up. The infinite potential of the present mind becomes filled up - with limiting ideas about reality, about who we are and about how we relate to our worlds. When we began identifying with our bodies, our worlds, and our minds, we started moving outward. Knowing only Divinity, only True Holding, we looked to our new worlds to be perfect - and, in comparison with our memory of that True Holding, that Love and Divinity, they weren't. We began to feel that we were less than fully loved and supported, perhaps less than fully lovable; but this is just what we began believing - it never has been, nor will it ever be, the Truth of Who We Are. The prospect of realizing our full human potential is hinted at with the well-known scientific discovery that we use only about 5% of our minds - only 5% of our potential! Imagine life where 100% of our brains, 100% of our DNA, 100% of our innate talents are in use. Imagine life beyond all limits!
From internal mental programming - through unclear experiencing and limiting belief structures - and the subsequent accumulation of stress in our nervous systems, most of us have fallen out of touch with our natural state - an unbroken Awareness of Reality. Reality IS All-Loving! We need only erase what is not Real; and Who We Truly Are gloriously shines forth. We need only uncover our own beauteous nature - thus, the most effective method of realizing our full potential is through sincere focus on the Truth within - the 'Peace that passeth understanding,' 'the Kingdom of Heaven within' - what is known in many traditions, simply, as 'the True Self.' We needn't any longer ignore this state, or even dream of it as a far of place. Ascension directly brings us to this state -to Reality! naturally, swiftly, and gracefully.
The Ishayas' Ascension is a Teaching which offers a series of simple, highly powerful and effective techniques, which pull the mind inward. Literally, no commentary or concepts are even necessary here - these techniques, upon their use, speak for themselves.
Why do we want to move the mind inward?
The mind's natural state of peace and harmony is effortlessly realized when we Ascend. Ascension literally means - to rise beyond. Through Ascension, we rise beyond all limitations. By naturally moving the mind inward, all chaotic modes of functioning are surpassed, and the mind arrives at it's natural state of silence - the hemispheres of the brain go into perfect coherence - and the body reaches a level of rest deeper than the average rest it gets from eight hours of sleep. When the body rests, it heals; thus, the stress lodged in the nervous system naturally dissolves - and Freedom dawns. There is no need to analyze the stress and limiting internal programs, to be free of them. We are only bound to them to the extent that they are rooted in the mind and body. Ascension naturally removes all unnecessary clutter from one's mind and nervous system. Stress dissolves effortlessly, with the Ishayas' Ascension.
In the Ishayas' Ascension, one touches the Infinite. All
boundaries dissolve in the presence of one's True Nature; as Reality is directly
experienced, all that is not true simply vanishes. Joy and effectiveness in all
areas of life is achieved effortlessly, when we are flowing and evolving with
the upward currents of creation. The techniques taught by the Ishayas at the
First Sphere Weekend, are wrapped around the upward spiraling emotions of
Appreciation, Gratitude, Love and Compassion. Not only are these emotions
powerful, they are natural (Ascension is always natural). It is the mind's
natural tendency to move towards greater peace, happiness and clarity; it is the
body's natural tendency to heal and reclaim its natural state of harmony and
"Neither shall they say,
Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within
How is stress affecting me?
To effectively reduce stress from the body, it is first useful to reduce the amount of stress coming into our nervous systems every day. One may strive for the experience of a 'de-stressed' life, live as a recluse, move to the country or some other form of withdrawal, but the one thing we never seem to escape is the self-defeating thoughts/judgments we have about our self and the world. Stress can be found beneath many different masks. In fact the most subtle 'mask' is none other than our own ideas and beliefs about our lives. Positive or negative, these beliefs can and will keep us locked into a limited experience of life and can cause disharmony within our bodies. The thoughts we entertain in our minds are sending signals to the rest of our body. Every organ, every cell has receptor sites for our thoughts. Scientists have discovered that the brain cells communicate in the language of neuropeptides. The brain cells produce protein molecules that send chemical messages to every other cell. The immune system also has receptor sites for these neuropeptides. This means that if we are thinking self-destructive thoughts and/or we are being self-critical then our whole body will feel the effects of the choice to entertain such thoughts.
There is a simple test one can do to demonstrate this fact, try it your self: look around you in the room, find something to praise/appreciate………..now find something and criticize it. Did you notice a difference? One experience is expanding. The other is contractive. The whole body is receiving the affects of that simple choice. The contractive thoughts and behavior patterns we entertain in the mind seriously affect physical and mental health. It could be said that the addiction to certain thoughts are causing the body needless suffering.
The body cannot differentiate the physical stresses (running from a burning building, escaping from an attacking bear) from the mental (feeling overwhelmed, worried, guilty, judgmental, critical or bored etc.), and spiritual. (reviewing relationships, values or life purpose). The physiological response - increase in blood pressure, heart and metabolic rate - is the same. Consequently, these behaviour patterns and the emotions they solicit will ultimately have an effect on the body.
How can I stop stress affecting my life?
The techniques taught by the Ishayas' are simple statements of Truth. Used innocently, they naturally draw the mind inward, allowing us to experience the deeper levels of the mind. They are tools that we can choose for any time, to gain access to the infinite stillness, silence, peace that lies beyond the mind's boundaries (What we call the Ascendant). This is not a difficult thing to achieve. It's like letting our attention move effortlessly away from the 90,000 plus thoughts we think per day. Then, from the solid platform of our True Nature we begin to 'watch' the thoughts in the mind. Witnessing the 'dance' of the mind instead of being swept around within the dance!
Having a vehicle to ride inward to the stillness is an invaluable thing to have. This is exactly what each person will gain by learning the Ascension Attitudes. Using these techniques with our eyes open dramatically reduces the amount of stress coming into our nervous system every day. The power of making a new choice in 'stressful' moments is huge. The power of making this new choice any time is huge! Choosing to naturally move our attention towards the Ascendant is enormously beneficial. From the Ascendant one can see the 'bigger picture' and therefore let go of any positions being held, or release the attachment to our beliefs and ideas. This does not mean we become passive and allow people to take advantage of us. Instead, it means releasing internal attachments by simply choosing to relax into our True Nature. Stress cannot, and will not find a way into our bodies if we are consistently choosing in this way. It is the easiest thing in the world and yet the first step is often the hardest.
The willingness to change is always required for healing to occur. Commitment to make a new choice is also required to escape the minds limitation. It is much like a space rocket; at first progress seems slow, then gradually it lifts up-and-away at an ever-accelerating pace. Escaping the pull of gravity takes a certain amount of acceleration. In the same way, to escape our false beliefs and limitations about our lives and the subsequent stress in our nervous systems, it takes a certain amount of commitment and practice. Through practice, the choice soon becomes automatic. Stress then becomes a non-issue. Something witnessed, rather than identified with. Upon making this new choice, one immediately rises above and beyond the victim scenario.
How do I release the stress in my body?
This in-fact is happening every night for most people. We have a natural cycle of waking, sleeping and then dreaming. As the mind settles down into deep rest, the body has an opportunity to heal itself. This is the natural tendency of the body. Scientists tell us that it is after 6-8 hours of sleep that we reach this level of deep rest. It is also around this time that we experience dreaming. Dreaming is a result of stress releasing from our nervous system. This is why dreams are often a mixture of abstract scenes and sequences containing familiar and unfamiliar people, places and experiences. The effects of impressions on the nervous system are being naturally cleared out. However, this cycle alone is not sufficient healing; the amount of incoming, accumulative stress for the average person is greater than the amount of stress released at night.
It normally takes 6-8 hours of sleep for the body to reach its deepest state of rest. The level of rest produced by twenty minutes of closed-eye Ascension is actually twice as deep as the deepest sleep at night. Thus, the body has a greater opportunity to heal.
This process happens naturally, for it is the natural cycle for our body and mind. The minds natural tendency is to experience greater happiness. The body's natural tendency is to heal itself. This is Natural Law. The Ascension Attitudes, wholly in alignment with nature, allow these functions to gracefully occur. So, the time it takes to heal our body, releasing all the stored stresses, is equivalent to the amount of time we give ourselves to Ascend. We suggest at least three times a day, twenty minutes each time with eyes closed for maximum benefits. Also, using the Ascension Attitudes any time throughout the day with the eyes open prevents in-coming stress (not to mention allowing us to fully bring all of the benefits of Ascending into our everyday lives). The good news is that it does not take as long to 'release' all the stress as it did to 'accumulate' it! Most of it is released without our even knowing it.
Once our nervous systems become clear again, life can be lived in a more fluid manner, both mentally and physically. Health and energy are by-products of a clear nervous system. Life, evolving with the upward currents of creation, returns to its natural state of perfect harmony, in ever-increasing waves of peace, joy and happiness. Hence driving to and from work becomes a time to relax and unwind. Standing in line presents itself as an opportunity to center and become still. Any kind of situation can be transformed from frustrating to fulfilling, from nerve-wracking to nourishing, from tense to tranquil. The choice is yours.
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