I have been on the Ascension Path since 1970. Back then, the work I was doing to reclaim my true self was difficult, scary and downright crazy-making, but I soon learned that these feelings were being generated by my ego. Once I understood that my ego didn't want to lose control I gave it a new job to do, one that allowed it to be present without interfering with what I was trying to do to heal myself, manage my fears, and move out of my 'victim-poor me' mind set and all that that entailed.
I've found a few writers that tell the story in a way I resonate and agree with and I'd like you to read their work so you can understand the process, and how I think about it too. You may discover that you've been on this path right along but didn't call it Ascension Path.
There's a particularly important and helpful article written by Jelaila Starr that I highly recommend you read. It's an honest account about the down and dirty work of Ascension and it's a most necessary read if you're serious about dealing with and healing your shadow, lower chakras and buried/denied/abandoned aspects of yourself. It's called "Let's Get Real About Ascension" and you can find it here: http://wakeupworks.jottit.com/jelaila%27s_page
There's another one that gives a good explanation of what an Ascended Master is. It makes reference to "shedding false impressions" and Jelaila's article (and my personal experience) is about the work involved in shedding those false impressions.
Excerpt from Ascension Light Activation Part 1 by Ascended Master So Ma, channeled through Natalie Glasson July 12, 2010:
"To ascend is to gain a certain level of light, love and consciousness. It is a state of existence and being that is maintained eternally and that is focused upon all that is the Creator. It may seem impossible to exist as and with the Creator on the Earth when negativity is so present within the atmosphere of the Earth and minds of humanity, but many have achieved this before your time on the Earth. I assure you whole heartedly that you will also obtain this pure and loving state of existence on the Earth for yourself and to be of example to others. I can say this with true faith as you have already achieved this sacred state, you just have to remind yourself of it and reprogram yourself to focus upon this sacred aspect of your being.
"When souls begin to maintain a focus upon the Creator, and realize themselves as the Creator, then they may adopt the label or title Ascended Master. This is essentially a label on the inner planes. It holds far less weight than it does in the minds of light workers and humanity on the Earth. We see our ascension as a natural absorption of love and shedding of false impressions. It is simply a label, akin to recognition of a level of growth obtained.
"To be an Ascended Master doesn’t mean that you have fabulous rights and magical powers. With the realization that it is simply a state of existence, we begin to let go of self importance and are able to move closer to the heart of the Creator. To become an Ascended Master isn’t the ultimate goal; it is a natural part of your progression and schooling on the Earth and the inner planes. With this realization, the ego is able to step back and you are able to move forward with greater ease to embody your Ascended Master Self." [Read the full article here: http://wakeupworks.jottit.com/natalie%27s_page]
If you've made a commitment to removing the veils from your self-awareness, stepping out of fear-based living, and would like help and guidance on your Ascension Path, I'm available forprivate coaching sessions.