Paying For Ascension – The Truth about The Ascension Process

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I received an email from a reader asking me why some Ascension teachers charge an arm and a leg to help people in their Ascension Process. The following is her email, with the names of the teachers left out, slightly edited for clarity:

“How can anyone charge 2000 dollars for a soul reading (a soul origin and soul history reading)? I asked why it was so much and how can people afford that in this economy and was told that the soul reading is a unique and complex gift and that not all people on a spiritual path struggle financially.  He also stated that in order for people to ascend they need to heal their bodies and have a karmic clearing.

So if you don’t spend all this money does it mean that you don’t ascend because you are not receiving the karmic cleansing–which apparently can only be performed through them? Is it possible they are leading followers in a wrong way?  I also don’t understand why anyone would ever ask those whom they are trying to help to pay that kind of money.  This means that only a selected few will ascend and the rest of us will be stuck because we simply cannot afford to go their required steps.  How can this be when it seems for the collective whole we should be helped with learning to remember ourselves?  I feel like it’s a phony and greedy thing to do, very similar to the Catholic Church, in my opinion.  Any insight?”–A reader

My response:  First of all, I don’t doubt that by employing the help of an intuitive or a spiritual counselor, you will receive insights that will forward your spiritual growth. However, in this case these teachers have the Ascension Process backwards. It’s not that you have to first heal your body and clear your karma so that you are “allowed” or deemed worthy to ascend, rather, it’s the other way around. When you get on the path of Ascension (read: when you ascend your consciousness, when you tap into higher consciousness and then follow through with actions aligned to this higher consciousness), you will heal your body and clear your karma as part of the process.

Healing Your Body

When you raise your awareness of nutrition and exercise, resolve the emotional and spiritual blocks to health that are in your way, and follow through with an attitude and actions aligned with your new awareness, you will heal your body.

No one can heal your body for you, not any spiritual counselor, not even the best doctors. Only you can heal your body by resolving the emotional issues in you and making more informed and healthier lifestyle choices. The process of healing your body is your responsibility (and privilege).

Part of healing your body involves listening to your inner guidance about what’s going on in your body and in your psyche. By connecting deeply within and following through with your inner guidance you will gain new insights about yourself that will override the false beliefs you have about yourself and this is what will release your emotional and spiritual blocks. This inner process will help heal your physical body.

I happen to assist an acupuncturist with classes that teach people what to eat and what not to eat as well as the importance of dealing with unresolved emotions and I have seen amazing healing happening in people who are following the program. (I have shared some of these amazing results in a couple blog posts.)

Clearing Your Karma

I have stated before that only you can clear your own karma, by understanding your life from a higher perspective (read: through your higher self), because the higher perspective happens to be both liberating and freeing. As you connect within and tap into your higher consciousness, you will come to realize that regardless of the life path you’ve taken, it fit into the Divine Plan and benefited the Whole. (In truth, your higher self planned your life for your long term happiness and fulfillment and was not too concerned with what you needed to experience in order to get there. We are currently in the process of “getting there,” which some people call the Ascension process.)

When you connect with the part of you known as your higher self (your connection with Source) and follow through with your inner guidance promptly and consistently, you will experience many amazing synchronicities, “aha” moments and insights that, put together over time, will help you to attain a bigger picture understanding of the process of life and of your journey. (Each insight is like a piece of a puzzle that your mind will fit together over time, which will eventually lead you to a higher level understanding of your life journey.) This deep understanding of your life (that you’re responsible for) is what will give you peace and clear your karma.

Who knows the truth of your life (and your past lives) better than your higher self? Besides, no one can convince you of the truth of your experiences just by telling you it is so. On the contrary, you will convince yourself–when you have profound epiphanies and realizations about yourself, supported by amazing synchronicities and feedback from the Universe. A spiritual counselor can help you begin the Ascension process, but you will still need to take the steps of following through with your inner guidance. No one can waive that for you and besides, your higher self would not cheat you out of this incredible, wonderful and liberating experience, particularly now!

Ascension = Connecting and Integrating With Your Higher Self

As I have said many times before, the Ascension process begins when you connect with your higher self and follow through with your inner guidance (the integration part of the process). To discover the how-to of this process in detail, including meditations, practical daily steps to take and how to reduce your fear around the process, please click on the link below. On that page you can access the eBook Activating 2012: A practical guide for navigating 2012 with confidence and clarity.

Activating 2012: A practical guide for navigating 2012 with confidence and clarity


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  1. Lois said:

    Thank you for answering this question and to the person who asked it…For years, I have been frustrated with this. I understand that we all have the right to our worth and charge financially for services but sometimes it is outrageous.

    I am grateful to have found your site. I am reading your e-book.
    I have been on this journey for many years and am tired at times. Your book is teaching me to get in touch deeper and deeper with my higher self which always seems to be a challenge for me…
    Thank you for your loving work.
    Blessings to you,
    From Canada and Mexico

    August 11, 2012
    • Thank you for your lovely comment, Lois! Many blessings to you on your journey. Christine

      August 11, 2012
  2. yes i agree said:

    You’re right on the truth reflex

    August 11, 2012
  3. Mercedes Böhm said:


    I am just passing by to say that friend of mine does soul readings for 30 dollars and that includes a complete profile reading.
    She is a very kind and mature person and I highly recomend her readings.
    She will also give you your planetary origin and other details.

    You have a great blog here!

    This is her website.

    August 11, 2012
  4. Charli said:

    I just finished reading Your Soul’s Plan, discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You were born. It was excellent. By Robert Schwartz, his website:
    When we realize that we planned the experiences we have here on earth, it is so much easier to heal our fears and negativity. I totally recommend it.

    August 11, 2012
    • I totally agree, Charli! I met Robert at a book show when he was promoting that book. I was promoting my book “What Everyone Believed” at the same time. Robert’s book shows that our higher selves planned our lives for our personal and spiritual growth. Thanks for the recommendation for our readers. (I don’t usually recommend a lot of spritual books but that one is a favorite!) Christine

      August 11, 2012
  5. Paige said:

    Thank you for writing about this topic!!! I experienced the same exact experience recently with an “Ascension Teacher” who charged $2,000, claiming they could assist me attract more clients and income, if I would have sessions with them. I declined for various reasons, but now they no longer “friend” me on facebook, lol. And they removed my link on their website because I chose not to pay $2,000 for their program. I had to laugh and at that point, I realized……..this was part OF my ascension! Thanks so much for this, Christine…..xx

    August 11, 2012
  6. selina said:


    August 11, 2012
  7. Patricia said:

    People continue to miss the BIG message here. This topic really has nothing to do with people charging a lot of money for a spiritual service—even if it is related to Ascension.

    This dynamic simply provides a sought after supply matched with a demand created by those who are still seeking this help from outside themselves…They are a prefect match! These are people who are unaware that it can only be found from within them….this is confusion that is caused by a false and limiting belief that was designed and set into play a long time ago. It is one of many aspects to the belief that we are separate from Source.

    Nothing could be farther from the Truth.

    I would say to anyone who is not resonating with this sort of scenario of “helpless person seeks, asks, and pays money for help from another”…

    You are obviously ready to begin your inner journey of finding and developing a relationship with your Soul and Higher Self! So what are you waiting for? Run do not walk!

    Rather than spending anymore of your precious time distracted by what is unimportant…instead, be grateful for your new found awareness and realization that it has served you well by leading you to this point of readiness! Now is the time for you to begin! There is no going back!

    Until you are actively connected and communicating with Your True Self…24/7, you will remain a player in this game and it is clear now that it does not work very well for you anymore. So time to do something different that does work.

    The only way out of this is to “GO WITHIN”! For within you, the True Self, is the only place you will find the Truth and or FREE help for ascension or any other topic you seek. That is just the way it is!

    The Choice is yours to make!

    August 12, 2012
    • I absolutely Love your message, Patricia!

      I was there myself, seeking answers through going to a couple spiritual workshops. And they helped, up to a point. Around 2002 I began to “run,” not walk, and began connecting with my higher self in earnest. In 2006 I did another workshop with the same group that first opened my eyes to my higher self and my unique contribution 9in 2001) and realized that I had learned so much more from following through with my inner guidance than ANY spiritual workshop could have provided for me… I was done with workshops then and completed my first book the following year.

      Thanks for your comment!

      August 13, 2012
  8. Joshua said:


    Thank you first of all for covering this topic. It’s a touchy one and many people shy away from it. I personally think you have nailed it! Karma is so important to understand, but many people want to place their Karmic responsibilities elsewhere when they can only be understood and addressed by the self through a connection with source. Reading your blog has helped me to realize this process. Many thanks!

    August 12, 2012
    • Thanks for your comment, Josh. Always a pleasure to hear from you. Christine

      August 13, 2012
  9. I agree that charging a sum like $2000 seems a bit excessive, and there are other schools that charge up to three times this figure. There are however many schools which do not. In our school we have tried to keep all our rates to well within what could be termed a reasonable figure but at the same time there are many, many seekers of this knowledge who demand it for nothing. Are not the people who have dedicated themselves to assisting in the passage of this knowledge and wisdom also entitled to eat? None of the services we offer at our school cost more than the price of two cartons of cigarettes, yet day and daily we have calls, requests for healing etc. demanded without any form of energy exchange, and it is seldom we refuse to help in some way. It is all a question of priorities and choices, often the reason people claim not to have the money for these instructions and assistance is because they wish to maintain some frivolous third dimensional sensation gratification, like smoking or drinking, going to the movies, tatooing their bodies, the latest I-pod, make up etc. and much more that feeds the negativity of this world making it harder for everyone to achieve Ascension. Many of the Ancient Mystery Schools demanded everything you own to be sacrificed to learning this knowledge, some still do, even Yeshua said you cannot serve God and Mammon. 🙂

    August 13, 2012
  10. The comment above this from Christine is a perfect example she admits she received the trigger from the first workshop she attended, that they opened her up to her inner guidance and knowledge led her to discover her true worth and in the next sentence she denies and decries them, Wow! Do you charge for your book Christine? I say wow again.

    August 13, 2012
    • Hi David. You misunderstood what I said and are stretching / assuming things that are not true. I said that workshops can be good to point you in the right direction; I got a few pointers myself and have acknowledged and given credit where credit was due in my books. But then came a point a while later when I began to listen to my own inner guidance and followed through consistently, and that’s where I went beyond what the workshops taught. So … workshops are good for getting one started, but then once you have the tools and you’ve developed them through the work you’ve done (through following through with your own inner guidance promptly and consistently, which takes a lot of guts, by the way), you will go beyond the level of these workshops. AND THAT IS THE POINT: because there’s simply no way around following your own inner guidance.

      August 13, 2012
  11. Clara said:

    This is also something that have confused me for a long time, who and what to believe, the problem with so many “help resources” being way to expensive, and when you’re still in school without a real income there is no way to even having a chance of ascension, if the way the $ 2,000 reading teachers suggest.
    Thank you Christine for bringing more light on the topics that leaves people confused with good reason. It took a lot of time for me to realise that only I can help myself in the path of ascension, not some crazy expensive “help” 🙂
    Love your ebook, please keep up with the lovely messages, Clara

    August 13, 2012
  12. M said:

    Just something I find interesting….two of the websites that I keep up with have reported that they were told not to charge for some of what they offer earlier this year. and There is a lot of free information and guidance “out there”. It takes some digging, but I have found that if I listen to my inner guidance/intuition, I tend to find just what I need when I need it. Every person’s process is unique, even hitting roadblocks provides some insight or lesson or impetus on an individual’s path. There is no “right” or “wrong” way or path!

    August 13, 2012
  13. It is great to hear all the thoughts of wonderful people, thank you!
    I believe every person’s purpose for being on this planet is different but not disconnected from everybody else’s. Sometimes by building some capital you are able to reach out more and help others; however when it is only making money for one’s personal interests then, it is not right and or justifiable.

    August 13, 2012
    • Hi Rozhy, I agree with you that it’s good to hear many people’s thoughts, many points of view. Thanks for your comment!

      August 14, 2012
  14. WIDAD Zaki said:

    I agree ,spirituality is not a trade or commerce, neither it’s a profession to make is a road that we follow to go within to achieve clarity, soul cleanses, purity, hence, the truth….once we talk about truth then entering the Divine path, the Guidance, then the Ascesion Process, then promotion, ability growth thus approaching the understanding of God-gift within us that will guide us to be teachers for beginners who seek help! Also soothers, healers and a comfort for the grieved, confused, sick, lost souls, etc. i cannot separate the Divine soul and its power within us from the Ascesion Process of Spirituality, hence, a religion guidance of sincerity of faith and belief will be demanded, as well as meditation, concentration, pure life style…all, as it is obvious, very much a way from the materialistic world and mind!!!

    August 14, 2012
  15. Ishara said:

    I studied with an organization that promotes soul power and soul healing. In the beginning, I found a community of fellow travelers on the spiritual path. Karma clearing and soul transplants were required to progress at very high prices. Becoming a healer with the teacher’s transmissions/soul transplants was required to do anything. As time progressed, I had some experiences of insight, but I also realized that what was being taught could be found for free on the internet and in spiritual books available freely. I saw no visible changes in people, rather what I experienced was a growing fanaticism amongst members of the group, judgement of other’s soul journeys, blocking and gossiping about others to the teacher and his advanced students and a militant fervor connected to free blessings, downloads and high priced spiritual transmissions. I saw people lose their money, families and friends due to the constant teleclasses, webcasts and retreats required to achieve “success” on the path. What I experienced were people pulled into a high priced cult. I admit I was happy and thought I had found something special, but over time I saw the ugly downside of spiritual materialism, elitist and hierarchical group dynamics. My intuition was telling me to get out, but I wanted to believe in the promise of spiritual growth. I finally left and it has been the best thing I could have done. It also gave me tangible experiences that have given me greater discernment and connection to my own guidance and path. Thanks for your blogs on the subject. Going within and connecting to TRUTH is truly a Divine blessing and gift that is priceless!

    August 19, 2012
    • Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Ishara! I’m sure having had those experiences you have a greater, keener sense of discernment than most. These experiences will always prove valuable to you!

      I hope to hear more of your wisdom in the future. Christine

      August 19, 2012
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