The term Ascended Master refers to incredibly spiritually evolved individuals who serve as teachers of humanity, our spiritual guides. The concept arose amidst Theosophy and the writings of Helena Blavatsky, although she did not use that term. She described the evolved beings she encountered as Mahatmas or Hidden Masters of Wisdom.
The Ascended Masters are so highly evolved that they have achieved immortality and are able to defy and manipulate ordinary laws of matter. According to Madame Blavatsky, their headquarters is in the Himalayas although others claim that the Ascended Masters are chthonic spirits living within Earth, especially within California’s Mount Shasta.
Different modern esoteric spiritual traditions understand (or experience) Ascended Masters differently. Some describe a set, defined number of Ascended Masters; others say that the ranks are always expanding. Some define Ascended Masters as humans who ascended to spiritual heights, but other traditions suggest that Ascended Masters are sacred souls who repeatedly assume human form. Souls pass from one incarnation to another. Thus Arthurian Rowena may have later incarnated as the Roman Catholic Saint Teresa of Avila. Alternatively, some Ascended Masters walk the Earth and never die or leave, such as the allegedly immortal Comte de Saint-Germaine.
Ascended Masters derive from any and all religious or spiritual traditions. The Ascended Masters are on Earth to save us from ourselves and to lead people toward enlightenment, love, and expanded esoteric knowledge and existence. Alchemists of the soul, they are petitioned for help with spiritual and occult knowledge as well as for actual physical protection and rescue. Among those considered Ascended Masters are Jesus Christ and Buddha.
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