In the course of going through my readings, I came across a very helpful discussion of Ascension from Archangel Michael in 2016.
Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, July 22, 2016.
Steve: I’m a little confused about Ascension, getting more confused as we go along.
Steve: I get that it’s gradual and then there’s a sudden snap or many snaps; for instance, Brahmajnana could be considered a snap. But, before, the way I saw it was that we simply move forward in a gradual way and then we’d experience Sahaja Samadhi and then it’s over.
So I realize I don’t really understand what we’re looking forward to in the way of Ascension.
AAM: Think of it in this way. You have experienced, progressively, periods of unity, of transformative love, of ecstasy, of bliss that you feel (and I emphasize feel) come and go.
But every time, you have had this experience it has edged you up a level. So that now you say to me, “Michael, I feel like I have a new baseline. I have a new foundation of happiness.”
But you also have a new foundation of knowingness, of understanding, of wisdom, of humility, of tolerance, of kindness. This has all been bringing you to an expanded sense of self and an expanded sense of not only how we operate but how the collective operates.
It has become clearer in a nonjudgmental way how things are unfolding and, dear heart, they are unfolding.
You are seeing for example with your experience with your friend, that situations have need to be brought to the surface and clarified, not even in a way of general mayhem such as the wars or the atrocities that are taking place but in ways that are very personal.
So you are seeing what is the residual for humanity to collectively take, not only that progressive step, but the snap. Think of how every time you enter transformative love, that is a snap.
It is not the full dramatic snap (1) but it is a snap. Each time, you are progressing up what you can think of as a level.
Think of [entering] your love as flying back and forth through the portal. Now sometimes you’re aware and sometimes you’re asleep and sometimes you’re off with me. That is what you are doing and that is what humanity is doing.
It is taking longer because you’re still collectively doing it as one. Now the time of separation is very close. That is why we are speaking to all of you with perhaps a greater urgency than you’ve heard and felt before.
Steve: What do you mean by time of separation, Lord? It has been discussed. SaLuSa discussed it years ago.
AAM: When you made the collective decision to ascend as one it was spiritually a very mature and evolved decision. You have witnessed individually and collectively, how many have reneged on that promise, that decision.
That does not mean that, yes, in the infinite and eternal existence of the Mother, she will wait forever because this is the unfoldment of her Plan. This is what the penetration with all of our voices into each and every one of you is about.
There will be those who choose to leave, to abandon their physical forms rather than ascend in physical form.
Steve: That is what you mean by separation – leave?
AAM: That is what I mean and I do not mean being spun off into an alternate world or Earth or Gaia or planet. I mean simply, abandoning the body, dying, and leaving and coming home. There is no penalty or shame or guilt. It is simply a decision.
But it is not the desire of the Mother that this [Ascension process] simply continue [forever] because what she also sees (what we all see) and what you’ve repeatedly said to us, even though we operate often in terms of eons rather than years, many of you are tired.
So we do not wish for those who have been stalwart and continued and practiced fortitude and persistence along with love to reach the point where they abandon their bodies. And you are seeing that in many.
Steve: I can think of one person in particular that seems to be thinking of abandoning their body, so yes.
AAM: When it comes to a decision point of whether the recalcitrant remain or whether those who are determined to fulfil the Mother’s dream remain; make no mistake about it. Those who have been in the truth of their heart and service will be victorious. I cannot be clearer than that.
Steve: Coming back to what you said about “ascend as one,” my own understanding of “ascend as one” is the Mother claps her hands and we all ascend as one. But you’re saying that is not the way it’s going to be.
AAM: No, that is not true. Let us be clear about this. Think of it that you have all been training for the marathon, training for the pole vault jump.
So you have all been practising, practising, gaining strength, raising up the level of your energy fields but there will come a time when it is the final poll vault jump. And you will all be on the field together and jumping as one.
Steve: You said that some have reneged and implied that some are not following the program, the plan so to speak, the divine plan. What did you mean? Are you referring to the various chaotic episodes that are happening in the world?
AAM: You are seeing many leaving and that is not necessarily those who have agreed to depart because they are too tired or they are part of the chaos. There have been agreements, soul agreements to act as a catalyst for people to wake up.
Steve: I think everything I wanted clarified has been clarified and I feel much more relaxed having talked to you about what we talked about today, Lord.
AAM: Then let me fill you with peace.
Steve: Fill me with bliss, peace, joy … I am ready!
AAM: Yes, you are.
Steve: Maybe that’s what I need to say to you. Is it bad to say, “Speed me along?”
AAM: No, it is not. It is simply a declaration of excitement, of willingness, of preparedness. I will speed you along, my friend!
(1) The full dramatic snap would be Sahaja Samadhi. In an earlier discussion he called it “Nirvana,” which would be the same as saying “buddhahood.” Sahaja, Nirvana, buddhahood is the culmination of Ascension, the “full, dramatic snap.”
“When you use the term ‘dramatic enlightenment experiences,’ you are talking about Nirvana. You are talking about the unity of all with One. It is not to say that you will not experience that, but you cannot ― well, you can if you wish if it is your choice to simply remain in that state of unity, of One ― but you cannot be fully conscious and in service, in action, if that is where you are.” (AAM personal reading, Feb. 14, 2012.)