Ascension And Enlightenment

July 13, 2009 by  

I’ve been writing about Ascension, Ascension soul shift, and the New World on this Yes to Me blog. (Each link takes you to the main post of the topic.) Here I’d like to provide a good sum-up to help you understand this interesting phenomenon, which has a lot to do with your own freedom. (Photo credit)

What is Ascension?

Our Earth is increasing her energetic vibration rate. In other words, the Earth is ascending. This is affecting all her residents, like us, and many of us are experiencing the increase of our soul’s vibration rate. This is called Ascension or Light Ascension.

You don’t need to know the word Ascension or anything about it to ascend. You don’t need to be practicing any spiritual work such as meditation to ascend (although such practice can be tremendously helpful.)

When your soul’s vibration rate increases to a certain level, you may experience Ascension soul shift. I see this often in my Akashic Record Reading service. The existing soul completes its life lessons and a new soul, that comes from the same Higher Self, takes over. Again, this is a result of a combined effects of Earth’s Ascension and your personal spiritual development. It’s not all about you — there is grace brought by Earth.

What is Ascension soul shift?

Because the soul defines a big part of us, mentally, emotionally, and physically, the soul shift is a noticeable event. While each person experiences the shift differently, here is a list of common Ascension symptoms. You may experience all or some of them:

  • Change in interests and aspirations. You are simply not interested in the people and things that kept your interest before. (Including disinterest in personal development or productivity hacks.)
  • Inner need to detox, declutter, and simplify life.
  • Strange wanderlust.
  • Sudden spiritual “awakening”
  • Change of food preference (many become vegetarian or even raw vegetarian)
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Physical symptoms such as ringing in the ear, change in vision (sometimes daily), or strange itching and twitching around the body.
  • Depression and anxiety are also common when the previous soul gets stuck, unable to move on after the new soul comes in.

The common theme in all these is that the change happens quite abruptly. It’s not something you planned or worked on to change.

I write about Ascension because there aren’t many resources out there to help people understand what is going on. If you went through these strange and unexplainable changes, don’t think you are crazy. I can help you. (Here is a list of other resources on Ascension that seem reliable to me.)

What will happen in 2012?

What will all these changes lead us to? I think we may be becoming lightbodies. Our physical body is a blessing, but it also presents various limitations. It may be time to evolve to something even better, which I call lightbody. In my understanding, lightbody can feed on light, not foods. And we can travel through time and space freely as lightbody.

Now a disclaimer: I haven’t seen my lightbody yet. All these things about Ascension and lightbody are still in the research level — I’ve been studying about them as I work with post Ascension soul shift clients and as I experiment with myself. Honestly, there are so many questions that remain open. I choose to write about Ascension, however, because even the ongoing research level information can be helpful, especially for those who are going through this or who are heading this way soon. Again, there aren’t many other helps available to the best of my knowledge.

Will Ascension complete in year 2012? Will there be a significant change to Earth in 2012? I don’t know. If anything is indeed happening, I think it’s a positive change. So I wrote my Creating the New World series.

What is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment has become such an ambiguous word. You might say my post is “enlightening”, and that would be a nice compliment, but I’m not sure if that enlightenment is the same as the enlightenment some people pursue in their spiritual development.

Here is my definition of Enlightenment. It is to realize the true nature of this thing we call “reality”. In other words, Enlightenment is about knowing we have the power to create. It is the ultimate freedom.

Ascension and Enlightenment are closely related, but I see them as separate. Enlightenment is a spiritual achievement. Ascension is the dynamic change that involves not just our soul but our body and mind. One helps the other to happen.

Action plan for Ascension

What can you do to move forward in your Ascension? Each post in the New World series on Love, Light, Truth, Abundance and Power has action plans at the end, so please check them out. Additionally, I suggest:

  • Listen to your inner voice. Develop your intuition — it’s your best guidance.
  • Your need to detox and declutter is real — don’t resist it.
  • Eat closely to Earth. The Earth grows plants, (typically) small animals eat plants, then bigger animals eat the vegetarian animals. I feel much better since I became vegetarian (pretty much vegan).
  • Take plenty of rest. Declutter not only your physical environment but also your life, and rest rather than doing non-critical activities.
  • Let go of people who sucks up your energy.

Do you have any questions about Ascension? Please share in the comments. Thank you.

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13 Responses to “Ascension And Enlightenment”

  1. Yang on July 13th, 2009 6:30 pm

    Great article Akemi!

    I’m not really sure about this whole Ascension into a new soul thing. I haven’t experienced this yet so it’s still in the air for me.

    I’m in super learning mode so I’ve been going through tonnes of personal development programs. I listen to stuff at 3X-4X the normal speed ;) I just went through Susan Jeffer’s Feel the Fear and Beyond audio program a 3 hour program in 1 hour. Learning and Input are one of my Strengths ;)

    So from that program I’d like to add more “actionable” ideas to your checklist:

    - use affirmations to speak to yourself in a Higher way as your Higher Self

    - see situations from your Higher Self as opposed to your Lower Self

    - accept life by saying yes to it! Remember all negative events have their positive aspects. This is what I mean by looking at situations from the Higher perspective.

    - take 100% responsibility for your life.

    - let go of the outcome, know that what you may want is not for your higher good no matter how much you focus, visualize and use the LOA. Know that whatever is good for your Highest Good will come in it’s time. Trust in the Grand Design – this takes courage.

    - practise win-win thinking – every decision you make and path you take will contain growth experiences. So it doesn’t matter what path you take. However some paths contain greater growth experiences. Even if it doesn’t happen the way you want it to, you will look for the value and good in the situation.

    - expand your comfort zone. Think of 30 risks, note them down and take action upon them to increase your confidence by going after the unknown.

    - uncover the payoffs of your circumstances – which area do you feel stuck? Sometimes there is value in staying comfortable. There must be a benefit of staying where you are or to change.

    - stop complaining – if you complain that means you haven’t taken 100% responsibility for your life. What do you complain about? Start taking action of things that you can deal with in your Circle of Influence. To replace the weeds with flowers, start talking about your blessings and what you appreciate.

    - find friendly friends – surround yourself with “go for it” friends rather than “be careful” friends. You want friends who have Higher Self qualities. Want them? Develop Higher Self qualities within yourself so you can then attract higher self friends as per the law of vibration. How do you attract them? By taking action, feel the fear and do it anyway and invite them for lunch/dinner.

    - notice the abundance – reflect frequently about what you are grateful for and appreciative of. Look from the Higher perspective.

    - live a whole life – look at each area of your life – and intend the greatest vision you can for each area. Write it down in detail. Just because you don’t know how to get there doesn’t stop you from taking the first step of writing down what you would want from the Higher perspective.

    - give it away – Give your time to those who need it. Give your praise to those who need it. Give money to those who are inspired. Give your thanks to those who deserve it.

    So I guess that was a long comment! I’m still implementing all this myself. I still need to clarify my purpose and what I want. Although I will do my best to craft my desires in a way that is in line with my Highest Good.

  2. akemi on July 14th, 2009 2:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing. These are all great tips.

  3. Ariel on July 16th, 2009 1:36 pm

    Hey Akemi,

    I really like how you differentiate between ascension and enlightenment. While the two many happen side by side, or just one or the other, they are still pretty related.

    Enlightenment, as you said, is about seeing reality the way it actually is, and dropping the illusory “me” that is the separate self.

    Ascension has so many more facets to it… In my experience, there’s things like more joy, no longer being able to perceive physical reality as if it literally were real, being able to actually see through physical reality as if it were some sort of transparent nothingness, beginning to feel into the 4th dimension… which is like a whole ‘nother layer of infinity which feels like reaching out into one of the 3 dimensions yet doesn’t actually go anywhere, and so on. There are changes with respect to manifestation, perception, personality, and so on… but these are all changes in the way the dream state of physical reality and the nonphysical are perceived and related to.

    Enlightenment is more about the realization of WHO it is who experiences all these shifts.

  4. akemi on July 16th, 2009 5:36 pm

    Hi Ariel,
    You nailed down some of the very interesting realizations that come with ascension. It’s a bit weird to see things through the veil, or in another words, see the veil falling off from time to time, isn’t it?
    I’ve read some of your posts about enlightenment – you have such an attitude :)

  5. Evita on July 18th, 2009 3:14 pm

    My goodness Akemi, this is an amazing overview and comparison of ascension and enlightenment. I especially love the points of how one “may know” that a change is happening within them. I can definitely vouch for that.

    We are indeed in a great time of change, and many of us are awakening and it is perhaps the most beautiful thing that could be happening. We are pushing aside all that is no longer serving us, and bringing in new, loving, peaceful and sustainable ways to live.

    P.S. I have scheduled a couple of things for the sites, but am going away on vacation for a couple of weeks, so I look forward to catching up on your stuff when I get back, as well as getting into the real swing of writing about all my passions that drive me to help and reach out to others out there – till then :)

  6. akemi on July 21st, 2009 7:37 am

    Hi Evita,
    Glad you enjoyed this post. I think many of us share the sense of excitement that we are living in a special time.
    Enjoy your vacation.

  7. Jeanne on August 13th, 2009 4:50 pm

    Akemi, although I’ve been ‘in touch’ with LOA principles for quite some time, the things you write about here are somewhat strange to me, but definitely intriguing! You’ve given me lots of food for thought, food that tastes really good, and I can sense my taste buds wanting more. So I’ll keep on reading as you keep on writing! Thanks so much for feeding this explorer spirit!

  8. akemi on August 15th, 2009 10:31 am

    Welcome to Yes to Me. I’m big on LOA because it’s the way this universe is set up so that we can learn systematically. Please check the category for LOA — I’ve written quite a bit about this :) And I look forward to hearing from you again.

  9. Ariel on September 14th, 2009 3:01 pm

    Hey Akemi,

    Just felt guided to come back and read this post again. It’s funny.. I’m now experiencing virtually every single symptom you list here… :D Thanks for providing these maps and pointers. :)

  10. Cyrus on May 9th, 2010 10:57 pm

    Notes about what happens in Ascension:

    I’m not entirely sure what happens with other people, but with me the process was:

    1) First there is a tingling along the hands and the top of the head.

    2) Then the crown (top of the head) gets really sensitive to touch.

    3) And then the energy pours in from every living source. The process clears out any illness or impurities, which is why alcohol and drugs is avoided by monks and priests that try to achieve this state.

    The energy also covers the eyes, meaning that when the eyes tear up, the salt will conduct the energy and sting really harshly, like being shocked in the eye, except by your own tears.

    4) After the initial period of being filled with the energy, a second state begins where the body draws in energy on the top of the head from the sun, the Earth, and other sources, and energy can also be drawn into the body from the hands and feet.

    The eyes can also emit the energy and shift modes to see the energy network within people and in nature.

    Thing that I’ve learned to do thus far:

    1) Energy needles: this is emitting energy from the fingertips that are sharp like needles. This is used in medicine to do acupuncture without needing real needles. It can also be used as a weapon to damage people, but then again, so can normal hands.

    With me it’s on automatic, though I don’t know if this is the case with everyone that can do.

    2) Palm emission: the energy gathers very intensely from the palms, more so from my right hand.

    3) Distant detection: I can detect energy signals in living things from a distance.

    4) Atmospheric detection (this one is the most fantastic sounding):

    I can feel changes in the atmospheric qi energy. One encounter was when a flock of birds flew over me, I could feel the signature of every bird across my head. And when there were fireworks on the 4th last summer, I could feel every explosion go off in the atmosphere, even though I was in my room, inside of the dorm building.

  11. Akemi on May 10th, 2010 6:49 pm


    Very interesting. Thank you for taking the time to share this.

  12. Sherry Andrea on October 7th, 2010 6:47 pm

    Great article! Very helpful to me since I am consciously working on ascension and enlightenment at the same time. I don’t need to understand the differences to walk the path but it sure helps.


  13. Heddy on May 9th, 2011 9:51 am


    First and foremost I want to thank you for all the information you have provided regarding the changes the earth and many of us are currently experiencing. Knowing that others are going through the same thing is re-assuring. However I find that as I “declutter” my life and “let go of people who suck up my energy” it creates a very lonely environment. Do you have any suggestions and/or advice for coping with the lonely isolating feeling that comes along with it? For the most part I am very content but there are occasions when the lonely isolating feeling is overwhelming. I have been reading a great deal about the events that are currently occurring but no-one seems to address this issue. I also wonder if others feel this way.