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the oh-no! DVD of the week: ‘Messages from the Ascended: Voices From the Higher Realms’

I actually had a hard time choosing between all the many installments of the “Bridging Heaven & Earth Series” that are releasing on DVD today: some of my other favorites are The Healing Presence of the Ascended Masters: Truths of the Divine Feminine and Become a Co-Creator With God: Managing Your Own Existence. Part of the fun is that no descriptions at all are provided at Amazon — or anywhere else online that I could find — so I’m left to my own imagination to determine what these could be about.

I mean, someone says “ascended being,” and I automatically think “Daniel Jackson.” A quick Google reveals that others have different ideas:

Ascended Master – a being who has become Self-Realized and serves humanity; a being who has raised his/her vibration to a sustained frequency of light. He/she can come and go at will from the earth plane without the Birth//Death cycle.

And who are some of these folks?

Ascended Master Saint Germain’s Cosmic Name is “Freedom”. He is the Cosmic Father of the people of America. Saint Germain’s work for the freedom of mankind began in that civilization seventy thousand years ago; when a whole civilization could have been raised into the Ascension had they continued to give obedience instead of becoming rebellious.

Huh. At least I know Daniel Jackson is fictional.



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  • And what, I wonder, happened to these supposedly “rebellious” people? Wiped out in a flood, or terrible pestilence of some sort? Conquered and colonized? It’s funny how so many New Age-type “gurus” still seem to go in for this sort of “vengeful God” idea, and demand “obedience,” even though they’re supposedly about peace, love, and — uhhmmm — “ascension.” It’s basically Old Testament-style fire and brimstone grafted onto Eastern traditions, which is probably why it plays so well here in the US — folks can actually indulge in the same type of ultra-subservient “worship” we’ve grown accustomed to in the Western traditions while convincing themselves that they’re exploring “ancient Eastern mysticism” and “embracing world spirituality.” In truth, much of this stuff has waaaaayyyy more in common with good old-fashioned Catholicism and strict fundmamentalist Protestantism than it does with any strains of Buddhism or Hindusim — despite all appearances to the contrary.

    Still, these DVDs sound so damn weirdly fascinating and hopelessly cheesy that I might have to give them a look if they’re available on Netflix. Couldn’t see sinking any money into the actual purchase of any of them, though.

  • Jim Mann

    I mean, someone says “ascended being,” and I automatically think “Daniel Jackson.”

    One reason that I always enjoy reading your reviews is that we often make the same mental associations. I saw the title of this piece and immediately thought, “you mean, like Daniel Jackson?” And you beat me to it.

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