Ascension Symptoms? Or Something Else?
by Stephanie Brail
There's a popular spiritual mailing list I won't name that I left long ago due to what I felt was its disingenuous content. Unfortunately, a well-meaning friend of mine, not knowing that I purposefully left the list, has a habit of forwarding these and other channeled messages to me regularly. I don't read all of the messages, but once in a while I take a peek and see what's being said.
The general theme is typically "ascension," and it's becoming more and more urgent as we near 2012. "Ascension" is a broad term referring to the new age version of the "Rapture." In the most extreme form of "ascension," all good new age people will "ascend" to a higher earth plane while mere mortal earthlings will remain here, in a living hell. (Real loving, eh, to leave everyone you don't like behind?)
The more benign, milder version of "ascension" refers to the personal experience of becoming enlightened. But it's the more extreme version of ascension that has me concerned. Let me explain why.
One of the common themes of "ascension" is that people who are undergoing it often experience so-called "ascension symptoms." The list of ascension symptoms gets repeated regularly in many newsletters, because it seems we are constantly going through various energetic "gates" or milestones. Each year, it seems we are almost there, but somehow, the deadline gets pushed back, while these milestones keep coming. These energetic gates apparently stress our systems, leading to the so-called ascension symptoms.
The list of ascension symptoms reads like a cross between menopause and madness. According to some, if you are experience "ascension symptoms," you may undergo some or all of the following:
* Hot flashes / cold spots
* Dizzy spells
* Bad dreams
* Aches and pains
* Memory loss
* Disorientation / mild amnesia
* Seeing or hearing things
* Laziness / disinterest in normal life
* Inability to cope with regular people and activities
Additionally, you may feel as you are going "insane." Now, why, do you ask, may you be feeling such awful things at all? Because you are supposedly "ascending" to a higher vibration!
Seems a little strange, doesn't it, that apparently the higher vibrational people are getting sick and disoriented, instead of healthier with the new energies?
Unfortunately, I think that the list of symptoms here are those expressed by a woman (probably undergoing menopause) who is deeply disturbed and unhappy with her life. She has, however, managed to justify her discomfort by putting a fantastic new age label on it. And this label says: "If you are feeling these things, you are special. You are different, and you are better than the average person."
Who doesn't want to feel special? Wanting to feel special is a normal, human desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel special.
I caution, however, that if you are feeling unhappy in your life, to really be aware that there are people out there who want to take advantage of your pain. They may be undergoing a similar pain, and have found a way to justify it using spiritual hokum. Certain fundamentalists Christians do this by suggesting that they are the "chosen people" who will be taken away in a "Rapture" by the Lord while the rest perish and suffer terrible fates. Certain new age "spiritual teachers" do this by telling you that somehow you are better and different and will "ascend" to a higher plane while the "lower vibrational" people are left in the dust to be punished for their lack of specialness.
Isn't it funny how these two stories are pretty much the same, just wrapped in different religious packages? Extreme versions of this story end up in mass suicide, as people believe they are the chosen ones about to be whisked away by a comet or some other such nonsense.
Such beliefs, as you can see, can be manipulated by charismatic leaders for disastrous consequences.
Clearing Symptoms vs. Ascension Symptoms
That said, you may at times experience "clearing symptoms" if you are undergoing a process of emotional detoxification via energy healing, therapy, or even regular yoga. Clearing symptoms, however, are temporary and usually emotional in nature. For example, you may feel you need to cry more after a therapy session, and this might make you tired and sleepy.
You'll know that it's a clearing symptom because it's temporary and goes away after you have released the emotion. If, however, a symptom does not go away, you may have something more severe. On an emotional level, you may have full-blown depression. On a physical level, you may have an illness. Go to a doctor and get checked out to be sure.
We're All in This Together
Ultimately, I believe that we are all in this together. While I do believe there is such a thing as "higher vibration" vs. "lower vibration," I don't think there is a firm line demarcating the two. Everyone has the potential to become "higher vibration." Furthermore, the higher vibration you get, the more I think you want to help lift the lower vibration people up, not leave them behind.
I just don't believe this notion that somehow there is going to be a new earth that will take away all the good people from the current earth. Part of the spiritual lesson to me is to learn how to deal with a variety of people from all walks of life (and yes, "vibrations").
Furthermore, while I do realize a lot of horrible things happen here, I honestly don't think the current earth is all that bad. In fact, I kinda like it. I like it a lot.
If you are feeling the desire to escape your pain through an "ascension" that's always in some imagined future, maybe it's time to take a good look at your here and now. "Heaven on earth" can be yours in an instant, if you just change your attitude and "love what is," as Byron Katie says.
Best of all, when you change your attitude, there are no negative side effects!