That belief was not required nor even necessary certainly drew me closer. However the final keystone which bridged the gap in my commitment to learn this Teaching were the words MSI wrote about the 7th sphere in the Appendix of the 'Ascension book.
VII. Brahman 27. Omnipresent Splendor; "The Seventh Sphere also contains the Advanced Techniques for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Attitudes. Collectively these are known as Immortality Techniques. --MSI
Ummm.... Excuse me!?!? Hello Everyone!!! Major WTF(What the fudge?) moment.
In the most eloquent, bold, charismatic fashion MSI concludes his masterpiece which is a book on the Analysis of the Art of Ascension with two words; "Immortality Techniques"! Talk about a crescendo! Holy Guacamole! It still sends my Heart racing. And practically speaking I still didn't have any chips for dipping. But that Divine Dip WILL be tasted. I was at least sure of that.
I understand that the idea or desire for Immortality may not be the reason a person learns or even continues to practice Ascension. I'm most certainly not asking them to cultivate one. I believe every Ascender is a boon to the Teaching and to Humanity as a whole. The simple practice of choosing for Praise, Gratitude, Love, and Compassion each moment is assuredly enough. MSI commented thusly concerning the 1st Praise technique alone: "This Attitude by itself is sufficient to generate full enlightenment". But also let us remember there is always more Love for the seeking Heart and greater Wisdom available to the discerning Mind. But I progress... I'll elucidate briefly on why learning an Immortality Technique romanced my Soul.
The first time the concept of death was presented to me was from my mother as I rested upon her bosom one evening. I was upset by a war raging in the middle east during the early 80's. Such calamities of ignorance upon this beautiful planet can scare a 6 year old and rightly so! I was scared for humanity, for my family, for myself. But then in no more simpler of words could she have shaken me, "Everyone eventually dies sweetie". The warm comfort of her embrace was stark contrast to the cold revelation she lay upon my ears that night. I fell into her and cried deeply. "I don't want to die" is all I could say, all I could think. Harsh as it were this early lesson lit a flaming Desire for Truth within that hasn't since died. And not just for me mind you.
I know that Humanity carries a deep resentment towards our indoctrinated willingness of marching into Death blindly while squandering our few short years woeful of it's presence at each and every turn. It were as if an unseen slave master constantly at our back whipping fear into the field of a Life we never taste because we sew a rotted worrisome grain. How heavy the burden indeed.
All slaves revolt in time and That spark of defiance says "I do not have to die"! I will not resign myself to a life whereupon I sit and groan over taxes and death's inevitability just because every single other person around me is saying it must be so!" There must be a reason the ancient scriptures and saints and sages spoke of deathlessness, Immortality. There MUST be a choice other than awaiting death to ensnare my Immortal Soul as if I were nothing more than a rabbit fleeing it for 70 odd years.
But Death is not our enemy. Lo! It is the completion of Infinitude and must be Consciously greeted as we stand upon Life's foundation. All around us we perceive the beauty of it's graceful necessity. A butterfly would speak to you of Death nary a harsh word save lamentations on the brave Surrender of a caterpillar he once knew. If you asked a particular flower she may tell the story of a wise oak who once shook the hand of lightning and sang One song of Life Undivided as fire lovingly guided his nutrient rich ash into the Earth, boon to her growth. His Death, Her Life, and naught but Love inbetween the two. Nature shows to us the elegant Truth of Life and Death's marriage and presiding Unity. Contained just there and beyond is the Secret to Immortality!
Humanity will Know Now. We will meet the Lord of Death and bow before him with the grace of a ballerina completing the Swans promenade of Life. Without our Heart skipping a beat we will Offer our Dance of Death as encore in his presence. But it is he who will applaud our Mastery over Life and Death partnered together harmoniously, not the collective cowering in fear of his Lordship over one half of Infinity's equation. Guess who solves it? This must be at least an inkling of truth to our mind and inspiration of heart when meditating on our Immortal Life growing deep inside each of us as we practice Ascension. If not, that is fine too. Irregardless the Living proof of Immortality incarnate will only become stronger on this Earth with each practitioner of Ascension Now. Meditations purpose Reigns Supreme! Surrender to the Lords Peace and the Tree of Life will shower upon us all the Golden drops of it's Radiance.
Knowing Immortality is as if learning a Prayer so vibrant with Infinitude that both Life and Death seek after its Knower. It is all in the Technique applied. Thanks MSI. I recommend your book Now and Eternally. Peace.
- An Ascender