The Masters And Their Retreats
Carol is Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute in Dallas, Texas. There she offers spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition, teaches classes in Ignatian spirituality, and forms persons moving into the ministry of spiritual companioning. Carol launched and continues to give formation workshops to shape Jesuits and lay who are moving into retreat ministry and spiritual companioning in the Ignatian tradition. She guides others through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats at Jesuit retreat houses across the United States including weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everyday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats.
The Masters And Their Retreats
As a spiritual companion, Elizabeth brings attentive listening, and open-mindedness to individuals who desire a dedicated time to explore their unique spiritual path. In a retreat setting, she provides questions and content that encourage individuals to go deeper into self-knowledge and explore their experience of the sacred in their lives. Elizabeth has degrees in Art and Business and has completed coursework in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Past careers have included Fundraising, Photography, Employee Assistance Programming and Funeral Service.
Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He is the founder of Charis, a national Jesuit retreat ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University-Chicago.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet is an author, teacher and messenger. Like her late husband, Mark L. Prophet, her calling is to be a prophet of God, or one who delivers the Word of God. In this role as a messenger, she communes with angels and masterful beings of light through the power of the Holy Spirit in the manner of the ancient prophets and apostles, and she delivers their messages to the world. These messages contain the words of the heavenly host as dictations, as well as a transfer of light for soul quickening and initiation. While receiving these dictations, she is fully conscious yet in an exalted state. The messages occur through the conveyance of the Holy Spirit and not through psychicism or spiritualism where a disembodied spirit takes over the body of a channeler.
Through these two messengers, the ascended masters have released profound teachings, messages and prophecies that present a path and a teaching whereby every individual on earth can find his or her way back to God.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet does not claim to be a master herself but only their instrument; she sees herself as the servant of the light in all students of the ascended masters and in all people. During her mission and ministry, she has taught on a wide variety of spiritual subjects: karma and reincarnation, healing and wholeness, soul mates, twin flames and relationships, and practical spirituality, to name just a few. Her books and writings are intended to give people the opportunity to know the Truth that can set them free. Her great desire is to share a path that will take true seekers, in the tradition of the masters of the Far East, as far as they can go and need to go to meet their true teachers, the ascended masters and their own Higher Self, face-to-face.
Before delving into the detailed descriptions of the various masters and their retreats, it will be helpful to have a framework for what is to follow. A preliminary knowledge of the structure of the heavenly hierarchy is a useful prerequisite for entering the world of the masters.
How does one become a master and enter the heaven-world? A master is one who has attained self-mastery by using the energy of free will, coupled with the law of their oneness with God, to demonstrate mastery in time and space. Through mastery of the flow of energy in his own being as well as his environment, he reaches a certain level of attainment, bringing his soul into congruency with his own God-awareness. This mastery propels him into the reunion with God that is called the ascension in the light, the ritual of the return that was demonstrated by Jesus. Hence the term ascended master.
The ascended masters have proven the victory over sin, disease and death and over every conflict. They have balanced what is called in the East karma and in the West sin. They have transmuted all energies that have ever been given into their use in all incarnations, and they have returned to the heart of the I AM THAT I AM. It is written, And a cloud received him out of their sight. This cloud is a forcefield of electronic or spiritual energy called the Divine Monad. It is the I AM Presence, the Presence of the I AM that appeared to Moses as the flame that burned in the bush that was not consumed. This Presence is our origin, our True Being, whereby we, too, can attain what is called cosmic consciousness. The energy of our own God source is not remote. It is ever-present within and above us, hovering as a cloud of infinite spiritual energy. (See the description of the Chart of Your Divine Self, page 532.)
Every master in heaven has already merged with the Spirit of the I AM Presence. By proving the laws of God, the masters demonstrate that we, too, can attain immortality. All that we are is not lost at the moment of death but is perpetuated by the action of that light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
They are all a part of the Great White Brotherhood, spoken of in Revelation 7 as the great multitude of saints clothed with white robes who stand before the throne of God. (The term white refers not to race but to the aura of white light that surrounds these immortals.) The Brotherhood works with earnest seekers and public servants of every race, religion and walk of life to assist humanity in their forward evolution.
These masters are teachers of mankind. They teach the path of overcoming victory whereby the soul can reunite with the Higher Self, walk the earth with self-mastery following in the footsteps of Jesus as a Christed one and return to the heaven-world at the conclusion of a lifetime of service. This is the path of personal Christhood, whereby each one can find the way of overcoming.
The ascended masters teach by example, not by words or platitudes. They reveal to us the next step of our spiritual evolution. They point the way, and they say: I AM the way. This is the way, and the way ye know. The way is a path that can be followed.
Having walked where we walk, the masters are well qualified to teach us. And even as they teach mankind, they were and are students. They also studied in the retreats of the heaven-world in preparation for incarnation on earth; and even as ascended beings, they are students of other masters who are above them in the great chain of being, the heavenly hierarchy. The path of discipleship continues in the heaven-world and is a model for the student-teacher, master-disciple relationship on earth.
The ascended masters come to initiate us in the ancient mysteries of Christ and Buddha and the Everlasting Gospel for the new age of Aquarius. And they come to exhort us so that we will rise to the great God flame within ourselves and defeat the momentums of returning karma that are coming upon the age. The ascended masters present a path and a teaching whereby every individual on earth can find his way back to God.
When we come into the knowledge of the ascended masters, we come into an awareness of defining the Path. The path back to the Source can be walked over seven rays of the Christ consciousness that emerge from the white light.
The seven color rays are the natural division of the pure white light emanating from the heart of God as it descends through the prism of manifestation. These are the subdivisions of the wholeness of Christ. Regardless of their color, all of the flames have a white-fire core of purity, which embodies all of the attributes of God and which may be invoked by those who desire to expand the Christ consciousness.
The seven rays present seven paths to individual or personal Christhood. Seven masters have mastered identity by walking these paths, defined as the seven archetypes of Christhood. These seven masters are called the chohans of the rays, which means lords of the rays. Chohan is a Sanskrit term for lord, and lord is equivalent to law; hence the chohan is the action of the law of the ray. To be a chohan on one of the seven rays means that this master defines the law on that ray; through him that energy of the Christ and of God flows to mankind, to all who are evolving on that particular path.
The chohans are the closest ascended masters to those who would be chelas, or students, of the real gurus. The chohans function in planes of perfection, but these planes are simultaneously one with the Matter plane where we are. And so, the chohans are here with us. There is a congruency of Spirit and Matter where we are, and we understand that time and space are but coordinates of infinity.
El Morya, the chohan of the first ray, maintains his focus of the will of God on the etheric plane concurrent with Darjeeling, India. He is the Chief of the Darjeeling Council, a council of ascended masters of the Great White Brotherhood.
Next, we come to the great disciplinarian, Serapis Bey, chohan of the fourth ray. Serapis maintains the focus of the Ascension Temple at Luxor in Egypt. This is the place where candidates for the ascension are received, and it is considered the most difficult of these retreats to enter. Serapis Bey is the teacher of the path to the ascension.
The chohan for each ray holds sovereign responsibility under divine ordination for the administration to mankind of all the qualitative aspects of their own specific ray, while harmonizing their administration with the other six rays of the white light. The chohans always obey cosmic law; yet they are given certain latitude in keeping with their manifest individual evolution, capacities and special endowments to direct mankind in the most adroit manner, giving such loving assistance and spiritual direction as may be the requirement of the hour. They retain in their service legions of angelic hosts and ascended brethren who carry out the plan of the Great White Brotherhood for the most complete expression of the seven rays that is possible among mankind of earth. 041b061a72