You may have stumbled across the term Ascended Masters while reading about ascension, energy healing, or other spiritual matters.
The term comes up frequently, but it’s often talked about as if you already know what it means.
But don’t worry if you have no idea who the Ascended Masters are.
In this article, we are going to discuss everything you need to know to understand what the term means, what makes someone an Ascended Master and how they became one.
Before we describe who the Ascended Masters are, there are some terms and spiritual ideas you should be familiar with first.
In the next few sections, we are going to discuss some basic principles of karma, reincarnation and ascension.
These ideas are more complex than what we can cover in this article, but we will do our best to give you an understanding of these concepts before covering what an Ascended Master is.
What Is Karma?
To put it simply, karma is the law of cause and effect. In physics, we call this Newton’s Third Law:
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
When you make a decision or take an action, you are creating a domino effect of events that are related to that action.
You may have heard of karmic ideas simplified. It’s a pretty popular term in our culture and the idea is taught to us from the time we are born, despite our religious or cultural backgrounds.
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Can you recall ever hearing something similar to, “Whatever you do comes back to you?” It’s natural knowledge that whatever you put out there in the universe is going to come back to you somehow.
This continuous cycle of making a choice and then reaping the rewards or facing the consequences is the karmic cycle. Many spiritual systems hold the belief that at the end of our lives, we haven’t dealt with our karma and we enter the next life with karmic debt.
Reincarnation is the spiritual concept that our souls are reborn into another physical form to continue dealing with the karma we have built up from the previous life. Depending on the karmic debt we acquire during each lifetime, we will go through several reincarnation cycles.
Many people misunderstand this concept and believe that really bad choices in a previous life lead to a really hard life on the next go around. It seems logical, but it’s not exactly how karma and reincarnation work.
Suffering is not the only way to pay back karmic debt.
By choosing to be compassionate, loving and nonjudgemental, you can make up for times in previous lives where you were less than kind.
We often like to apply our western ideas of punishment and justice to karma, but that’s not what karma is about.
Rather than penance, karma is about balance. More suffering does not balance the scales, but love and kindness do.
Ascension is the process of moving beyond the karmic cycle. To ascend, you must pay off all of your karmic debt so that you will not incarnate into a physical form in your next lifetime. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s what many are trying to achieve.
It’s important to also understand the idea of Higher Selves when thinking about Ascension. This is the belief that while our souls occupy our physical bodies, we also have a part of us that is outside of our physical selves. This part of us is always in communication with us, trying to guide us to a higher path.
To Ascend is to merge with your Higher Self.
When you consistently choose to take the higher path, making every choice out of compassion and kindness, you will pay off your karmic debt, end your reincarnation cycle and merge with your Higher Self outside of your physical body.
The Ascended Masters
Now that you understand the concepts of karma, reincarnation and ascension, it is much easier to understand who Ascended Masters are.
Ascended Masters are those who were once human, like all of us, but paid off their karmic debt and mastered ascension.
They no longer have a physical body, but unlike other spiritual beings like Spirit Guides or Angels, they once had one and can relate to the frustration of the karmic cycle.
That means that each of us is essentially an Ascended Master in training.
Ascended Masters have a huge knowledge base that we can consult with. They have lived through the physical limitations of the reincarnation cycle and they have experienced the great power of higher dimensions.
It is believed that they want to work with each of us to guide us through the initiations of ascension.