Choosing Your Pathway
Your soul has lived for millions of years in myriad forms. You have incarnated as minerals, plants, animals, and possibly other creatures. Finally you became a human and have already lived as a human for thousands of lifetimes.
When you began to incarnate as a human, you were granted a precious gift by the creator. It is called “freedom of choice.” You are the director and sole determiner of your life. Therefore, you can make limitless decisions about life and death in the course of your evolutionary process. These choices affect whether your life is ordinary or extraordinary, whether your lifespan is short or long, and whether you live a mortal or immortal life. Surprisingly, you have the power to choose perpetual life.
Here are seven different examples of possible life-and-death options you might select. You may choose any one of these paths to follow.
Choice 1: The Slow Road of Evolution
You have already lived countless lifetimes as minerals, plants, animals, and humans, and you could choose to live many more, climbing the slow ladder of spiritual evolution. If you continue to walk this prolonged, snail’s pace path of evolution, and if you do nothing to change it, you will maintain the same evolutionary process that nearly all living things undergo.
When you walk this slow road of evolution, you are born, you live, and you die. At the time of death, you move into a great light (a heavenly realm) until the time comes to take birth again. Your soul then chooses a particular womb and you are reborn into a family most suited to your spiritual development.
You continue to incarnate into a series of human bodies, until you are finally ready to take higher birth in the celestial realm as an angel. Once you graduate to angelhood, you continue to move up the celestial ladder, eventually becoming a deity or another divine being. There you end your course of evolution. You never attain liberation (moksha), and you never become fully self-realized in supreme consciousness.
Choice 2: Becoming an Earthbound Spirit
You may be lost, confused, stubborn, or ignorant at the time of death, and therefore incapable of entering God’s light. You may instead dwell in the astral plane (an illusory, gray level of existence) as a ghostly, earthbound, discarnate spirit, lost and alone, until you somehow find your way to the light and then wait for human rebirth.
You might live in the astral world for a long time before finding the light, perhaps hundreds, even thousands of years. There are 15 reasons why a soul would not enter the divine light after death. Please refer to page 87 in my book How to Hear the Voice of God to learn those reasons.
Choice 3: Possessing a Human Body
If you are a lost soul or earthbound spirit and are overly attached to the earth plane, or addicted to pleasures of the flesh, then you might want desperately to continue in human form in order to perpetuate your addiction. However, because you cannot revive your dead body, you may try to attach yourself to the body of a living human.
An individual in a weakened condition (such as a drug or alcohol abuser or sickly person) might be susceptible to such astral possession or oppression. By attaching yourself to such a powerless, depleted individual, you would share his or her body and continue to live as a kind of astral freeloader. You might live in that deplorable state as an energy vampire for a long time, seeking various living humans to hook into. If this condition seems familiar to you, please read my book Exploring Auras to learn how to heal energy vampirism.
Choice 4: Becoming a “Walk-In”
You may decide that you do not want to undergo the lengthy process of rebirth, childhood, youth, teenage years, and so forth. Therefore you might make a contractual agreement with a human who is on the verge of death or who just died. Just as that person’s soul departs from the body (often during an accident or “near-death” experience), with permission from that soul, you might enter his or her body and take it over. Meanwhile, the person’s soul leaves the body and moves into the divine heavenly light. In the West this is called a “walk-in.” In
Choice 5: Achieving Spiritual Enlightenment
You may attain spiritual enlightenment or liberation during your human embodiment. In this higher state of consciousness you realize your true nature and unite your awareness with supreme Spirit. You no longer have “seeds of karma” (human attachments, known in Sanskrit as samskaras) binding you to the earth plane, so you can choose to never take human birth again.
In this case, if you decide to “drop the body” (leave the body behind) at the time of death, then your soul can make one of two choices. You can either:
1. Merge with absolute Brahman, the supreme Godhead, an undifferentiated state of consciousness, and thereby forgo your individuality altogether, or you may
2. Live in a celestial world or loka (realm) with the personal God or deity of your choice and maintain your individuality.
Choice 6: Attaining Ascension While Alive
After attaining enlightenment while in human embodiment, you may de-densify your body and transform it into finer material—a light body. This is called “ascension,” “translation,” or “physical immortality.” Your immortal body is not subject to illness, aging, or death. Through this ascension process, you escape bodily death altogether, and you leave no physical body behind to die or decay.
As an ascended master, because you have kept your subtle body and therefore not fully merged with the absolute, you maintain your individuality through leshavidya.
Choice 7: Attaining Ascension Near or After Death
Once you have attained enlightenment and are near death or have died, you may resurrect the body at will and create an ascended body of light. This is how Jesus and the Dzogchen practitioners attained their ascension.
Mechanics of Ascension
Quantum physics has proven that matter is mostly empty space. The solidity of particles that constitute the universe is an illusion, concocted by the electromagnetic force that binds atoms together. Atomic particles are composed of waves of energy called quanta—from 10,000,000 to 100,000 times smaller than the smallest atom.
Theoretical physics, with superstring, brane, and M-theories, now postulates that the material world consists of the solidified vibrations of various frequencies. The elementary particles observed in particle accelerators are nothing more than excitation modes of elementary strings—vibrating waves of energy.
Your physical body, like all matter, is nearly empty. Between the subatomic particles of your body is space. The area occupied by your body has virtually no substance whatsoever. It consists of congealed energy made of rays of living light.
It was observed in a large cyclotron at Brookhaven Institute in
By the same principle, you could conceivably raise the vibrational frequency of the matter composing your physical body into a higher octave of energy. It could theoretically be converted into pure quantum energy, a “light body.” Such a body already exists as part of your subtle body—your etheric soul self body, your immortal soul. (Read my book Exploring Auras to learn more about your subtle bodies.)
Susan’s Etheric Soul Self: My etheric soul self represents the true nature of my being, my true physical form and true heart’s desires. My perfect idealized form, the etheric soul-self body, represents who I really am, symmetrical, youthful, and beautiful. The physical body should ideally have the same form as the immortal soul body. However, we distort the form of our physical bodies with error-beliefs, including limitation, illness, aging, and death.
Lifting the vibrations of the physical body to the octave of the soul body is called “quickening.” The vibrational frequency of your physical body speeds up until it makes a quantum leap into coherent light waves. Thus a flash of light appeared upon the ascension of Jesus, Ramalinga Swami, Annalee Skarin, and other ascended masters. This is similar to the quantum leap, known as the Meissner Effect, that ordinary light takes when it becomes coherent laser light.
Quickening reverses the slowing-down, cooling-down process by which light congeals into matter to create the physical universe (according to the “big bang” theory). This is related to Einstein’s equation E=MC2. As mass speeds up, greater energy is created. By reversing the slowing-down process of aging, it is possible to start “youthing” instead.
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
When you ascend, your body’s frequencies speed up so much that you step into a lighter dimension, a higher-frequency realm than the material world. You can vanish into thin air and reappear to anyone, anywhere, instantly. You can move without restrictions of time or space, casting no shadow and making no footprint.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
After attaining ascension and full mastery over death, you can return to a physical body by a process called vyutthana in Sanskrit. You can resurrect your body and reappear to others, as Jesus did. Or you can manifest any other physical form, at will.
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.... So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption.... It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
—I Corinthians 15:40,42,44
Everyone is eternal, and no one ever dies. Your soul lasts forever. But ascension is something different. It is eternal life with your body—not apart from it. Your body was not created for death. It was meant for eternal life. You have the inherent, God-given power over death. Death does not have to be your pathway. You can enjoy eternal, imperishable glory in the light of God almighty.
Ernest Holmes, founder of the
“There is every reason to suppose that we have a body within a body to infinity.... The ‘resurrection body’...is already within and we may be certain that it will be a fit instrument for the future unfoldment of the soul...the future body will resemble this one, except that it will be free from disease, old age, or whatever hinders a more complete flow of the Spirit.... We have a spiritual body now, and need not die to receive one...we are not going to attain immortality...WE NOW
You are promised eternal life, though you may not believe it. An everlasting kingdom is offered, yet perhaps you reject it. You might seek for immortality, yet maybe you lack faith that it exists. The prophet Isaiah wrote:
“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction.”4 And “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.”5
Few believe in immortality, because few are aware that such a state exists and that any ordinary person has attained it. Because it is so rare, it is assumed to be impossible. We are so accustomed to watching people grow old, get sick, and die, that it seems inconceivable to imagine youthing instead of aging, or living forever instead of dying.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.