Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Art of Ascension Courses 2023

 Art of Ascension Courses 2023

First Sphere Courses Date Contact Phone
Saint James, MO June 2-4, 2023   Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368
Atlanta, GA June 9-11, 2023   Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368
Nashville, TN June 16-18, 2023   Chandika       206-735-1126
St. Louis, MO June 16-18, 2023    Arya       573-261-0909
Chicago, IL June 23-25, 2023   Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368
Seattle, WA July 14-16, 2023   Chandika      206-735-1126
Austin, TX July 28-30, 2023   Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368

Free Talks on Art of Ascension Date Time     Contact Phone
Saint James, MO 6/2/2023   6:00 PM      Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368
The Inner Space, Atlanta 6/7/2023   7:00 PM      Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368
Eclipse Over Roswell, Atlanta 6/8/2023   7:00 PM      Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368
Buford, GA 6/9/2023   6:30 PM      Jyoti Ishaya      573-261-0368
Nashville, TN 6/16/2023   6:00 PM      Chandika      206-735-1126
Chicago, IL 6/23/2023   6:30 PM      Jyoti Ishaya         573-261-0368
Austin, TX 7/28/2023   6:30 PM      JyotiI Ishaya      573-261-0368

Ascender Meetings

Date Time Contact Phone
Saint James, MO 6/3/2023    7:00 PM      JyotI Ishaya      573-261-0368
Buford, GA 6/10/2023    7:00 PM      JyotI Ishaya      573-261-0368
Nashville, TN 6/15/2023    7:00 PM      Chandika      206-735-1126
Nashville, TN 6/17/2023    7:00 PM      Chandika         206-735-1126
Chicago, IL 6/24/2023    7:00 PM      JyotI Ishaya      573-261-0368
Austin, TX 7/29/2023    7:00 PM      JyotI Ishaya      573-261-0368

Ascender Weekends Dates Times Contact Phone
Saint James, MO May 20-21    10AM - 5PM    Sankara Ishaya      573-261-2161
Saint James, MO July 15-16    10AM - 5PM       Sankara Ishaya      573-261-2161
Saint James, MO Sept 16-17    10AM - 5PM    Sankara Ishaya      573-261-2161

See below for more information on Ascension Courses in the USA:

Saint James, MO

Ascender Weekends in Missouri 2023

Saint James, MO Ascender Weekend May 20-21

FREE INTRODUCTION, Friday June 2, at 6PM

St. James, MO Ascender Meeting June 3, 2023

St. James, MO Ascender Meeting June 3, 2023

Free talk on Art of Ascension at Inner Space, Atlanta

Free Talk on Ascension at The Inner Space, 

June 7 at 7PM

Free Talk on Art of Ascension in Atlanta, GA June 8, 2023



Learn the First Sphere in Atlanta, GA June 9-11, 2023

Free Introduction Friday at 6PM

Atlanta Ascender Meeting 2023



Learn the First Sphere in Nashville, TN June  16-18

Learn the First Sphere in Nashville, TN June  16-18

Nashville TN Ascender Meetings June 2023


Learn the First Sphere of Ascension in

 Chicago, June 23-25

FREE INTRODUCTION Friday June 23. At 6:30 PM in Chicago


Learn the First Sphere in Austin, TX July 28-30

Learn the Art of Ascension in Austin, TX 

July 28-30

Why Learn Ascension? 
So that you can discover inner peace, freedom, and a living experience of Oneness.
The word “Ascend” means “to rise beyond”. The Ishayas Ascension is a system that allows you to rise beyond the limiting structure of your mind. Here you discover the magic and power of life beyond those limits. It reconnects you with your natural state of Love, Harmony and Peace. You experience a clear sense of your own Divinity, and the Divinity of all things. For more information visit "What is Ascension?"

For Ascension Retreats in 2023, View this page

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Awe: The Secret to a Happier and Healthier Life

Awe: The Secret to a Happier and Healthier Life

Power of Awe

Awe is a feeling of wonder, amazement, and reverence. It is often triggered by something vast or powerful that transcends our understanding of the world. Awe can be experienced in many different ways, such as when we look at a starry night sky, listen to a beautiful piece of music, or witness a natural wonder like a waterfall or a canyon.

Awe has been shown to have a number of benefits for both our mental and physical health. It can help us to feel more connected to others, more open to new experiences, and more optimistic about the future. Awe can also boost our immune system, reduce stress, and improve our cognitive function.

In this article, we will explore the power of awe and discuss some of the ways that we can cultivate it in our lives.

What is Awe?

Awe is a complex emotion that is often difficult to define. It is often described as a feeling of wonder, amazement, and reverence. Awe can be triggered by something vast or powerful that transcends our understanding of the world. For example, we might feel awe when we look at the Grand Canyon, listen to a symphony orchestra, or watch a meteor shower.

Awe is different from other emotions, such as fear or surprise, in that it is not associated with a threat or danger. Instead, awe is a positive emotion that can promote feelings of connection, humility, and wonder.

Awe has both an emotional component but also a mental component.  The emotional response overwhelms the current mental structure which then seems to require us to assimilate this new experience by restructuring or re-evaluating part of our assumptions about life. It has its own facial expressions, activates the vagal nerves and deepens our breathing.

Benefits of Awe

Awe has been shown to have a number of benefits for both our mental and physical health. Some of the benefits of awe include:

  • Increased feelings of connection and belonging
  • Greater openness to new experiences
  • Enhanced optimism and hope
  • Boosted immune system function – by dealing with inflammation in a way nothing else has shown ability to do
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved cognitive function


How to Cultivate Awe

There are a number of things that we can do to cultivate awe in our lives. Some of the ways to promote awe include:

  • Spending time in nature
  • Engaging in creative activities
  • Learning about different cultures and perspectives
  • Practicing mindfulness or meditation
  • Connecting with others who are awe-inspiring


Awe is a powerful emotion that can have a positive impact on our lives. By cultivating awe in our lives, we can improve our mental and physical health, connect with others, and open ourselves up to new experiences.

Here are some additional tips for cultivating awe:

  • Pay attention to the small things. Sometimes, the most awe-inspiring moments are the simplest ones. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a flower, the sound of a bird singing, or the feel of the sun on your skin.
  • Be open to new experiences. Try new things, travel to new places, and meet new people. The more you experience, the more opportunities you will have to feel awe.
  • Take time for yourself. Sometimes, the best way to cultivate awe is to simply slow down and be present in the moment. Take some time each day to relax, meditate, or simply enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.
  • . A simple tool called Ishayas’ Ascension can also promote awe (as well as health, well-being, and expand awareness).  Awe is core to the practice of Ascension.  So, by just learning one tool called Ascension and bringing that into your life on a daily basis, you gain innumerable benefits in mind, body and spirit.
Awe is a gift, and it is something that we can all cultivate in our lives

Friday, March 31, 2023

The Power of Mind-Body Connection in Practice


Kaplan has lived with HIV for 15 years, has never taken medicine, yet the disease has not progressed to AIDS (and she is not part of the population that has a mutation in the CCR5 gene that prevents progression of HIV to AIDS).

In the mid-1990s, when having HIV was akin to a death sentence Gail Ironson, a professor at the University of Miami AIDS researcher noticed that a number of patients like Kaplan never got sick. This piqued Ironson’s curiosity. And she was willing to listen to the most unusual answers from her interviews, because she kept hearing the same thing.

Ironson began to target the patient's relationship with God to predict how fast the disease would progress.

She watched two key indicators. Viral load tells how much of the virus is present in a person's body, and immune cells called CD-4 cells, which help fight off the AIDS virus.

Ironson found that those who turned to God after their diagnosis had a much lower viral load and maintained those powerful immune cells at a much higher rate than those who did not turn to God.

Kaplan was raised Jewish, but follows no formal religion now; she prays and meditates daily. She believes God keeps the virus at bay and that her faith is the reason she's alive today.

"Everything starts from a thought, and then the thought creates a reaction," Kaplan says. "And I have the power to control my mind, before it gets to a physical level or an emotional level."

Learning a meditative practice has many by-products.  One important by-product is becoming aware of deeper levels of the mind.  This is where our relationship with God begins and this is also where our thoughts form and thoughts manifest our body.

The Ishayas’ Ascension is a very powerful meditative technique that opens awareness to the deepest levels of the mind and beyond.  By using it regularly one can have a direct experience of the Source of Creation, the Master Builder.  We are trained to move outward in our society, but little in our lives teach us the inner movement, to re-connect with the powers of creation. 

What Kaplan has been experiencing is possible because she has observed her mind at very deep levels and has a direct connection.  If you are interested in developing a connection, Ishayas’ Ascension is a simple and direct method.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Five common mistakes made in Meditation


5 Common Mistakes Made in Meditation

The word meditation means different things to different people. That said, I would say most commonly it is a period of time that a person sets aside each day to de-stress or bring more peace into their life. Different meditation techniques use different methods to accomplish this goal. To get the most out of your time of practice, here are some things to consider.
  1.  Are you trying to create a mood? Often, we may believe that when we meditate, we should feel a certain feeling. I know I did when I first began to meditate. I would stay seated each morning until I got to that “mood” that I interpreted to be “peace.”  By mid-morning at work, I could feel myself losing it and this was a major source of stress in my life. Evaluating our meditation by the mood or feeling we get from it gives a false sense of security. Feelings come and feelings go. An appropriate mediation tool will take us deeper than the feeling so that no matter what we feel at the emotional level, there is something deeper that is solid within us that will be there when “the going gets tough.”
  2. Are you attempting to hold back all your thoughts and blank out your mind? Thoughts are a natural part of life. Attempting to “not think” actually raises the physiological rate and creates additional stress on your nervous system. A good meditation tool will take you beyond the thinking mind.
  3. Are you using music or aromatherapy for your meditation? While this can give some amount of pleasure and bring a good feeling, one of the most beneficial things that an appropriate tool can give is a rest to your senses. We run our nervous system and our senses at an exceedingly high rate in our society, which is like running a motor 24/7. By bringing the mind inward and allowing your five “outer” senses to rest, your “inner” senses begin to develop and strengthen.
  4. Do you skip your meditation times? We may feel that I’m too ______ (fill in the blank with distracted, busy, tired, etc.). However, these are all good times to meditate. Having a regular time to meditate is a good idea. Using your tool during the highs and lows and in-betweens will assist you in finding what is consistent and True within all of these experiences. If you are frequently “skipping” your meditation time, maybe it is time to consider learning a new meditation.
  5. Do you have support in your practice? It is wise to learn a practice from a teacher who is trained and qualified to teach meditation. Then, every so often, meet with the teacher to review. If you try to learn from a book or from some untrained person, how do you know if you are getting the most out of your practice?
Having taught meditation for over 20 years, the most common error made by the newbie is applying too much effort…. usually one of the above, or a modification of it. Getting feedback from the teacher, one will begin to allow more easily rather than effort in their practice.   If the purpose of meditation is to take you to the Truth of Who You Are, shouldn’t it be simple? And it should not require effort.

If you are seeking a teacher to learn a simple practice, please check out my course schedule, or contact me.  I would love to assist you in finding a course. If you are looking for a new practice, Ishayas' Ascension is extremely simple and effective and can be done anywhere, anytime, by anyone.  

Friday, March 17, 2023

What is Ascension and What is Ishayas' Ascension?

 Ascension vs 

The Art of Ascension as Taught by the Ishayas

This article will give an overview of what we mean by “ascension” in general as well as what Ishayas’ Ascension or Ishayas’ Meditation is. The name “ascension” has been used for many things and some have assumed it means leaving the body in order to go to heaven. Just to be clear, for our purposes, it has nothing to do with leaving the body, but rather bringing greater awareness while in this body.

Ascension is a process where the mind is expanded into greater awareness of Reality or Truth. The goal of Ascension is to know who we are from direct experience [as opposed to an intellectual concept or belief that comes from someone else], and to live from that experience, in absolute freedom.

Ascension occurs in all cultures, naturally, as it is the ultimate desire of all humans. In the west, it may be called the journey to Atonement or seeking the Kingdom of God. In the east, it might be called the process leading to Nirvana or Enlightenment.

The natural process of ascension can move more swiftly or slowly depending on choices made in life. Ascension happens when one lets go of old patterns or beliefs and expands boundaries.

The level of stress in one’s nervous system slows ascension far more than anything else. While we may believe that stress is normal, it is all a matter of perspective and belief. For example, if a child’s tire falls off their toy car, that is normally not a big deal for the parent. However, if you have a flat tire and are late for an appointment, that may seem like a different example. But is it? Or could it be just the thoughts and beliefs about life that created that stress? Worry and fear are not natural, they are artifi­cially learned and main­tained by age old beliefs and judgments about life.

The Art of Ascension as taught by the Ishayas is an ancient Teaching that offers a simple path to higher consciousness by simultaneously expanding the mind and heart. It is a series of techniques to retrain the mind away from limiting and repetitive thoughts and beliefs, in other words, it erases stress from the nervous system.

Ishayas’ Ascension is an extremely simple and fast way to move into higher consciousness through a direct experience of the Source within. Writing, reading, or listening to lectures does not expand conscious­ness; expansion happens only through direct, personal experi­ence.

Ishayas’ Ascension can be done at any time with the eyes closed or with the eyes open. The eyes closed meditative experience erases stress much more quickly than it took to adopt the stress. The eyes open practice, used throughout what could be a stressful workday, keeps stress from lodging in the nervous system.

MSI said in his book, Ascension! An Analysis of the Art of Ascension as taught by the Ishayas,

With the Art of Ascension, the wisdom needed to tread the path to enlightenment naturally develops on the basis of increasing charm of experience. Individual life starts changing more and more quickly as the stress in the nervous system decreases; all the requisite conditions for growth are met as the various part of our personality start cooperating with us. This process is natural and effortless and results in dramatic transformation of every area of human concern.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Observing and Expanding Awareness


Observing and Expanding  Awareness

Attention is a limited resource.  

Billions of bits of data are available in every moment, but we have the ability to attend to a small fraction.  Your brain is designed to present data to you that it believes is important to you.  So if you believe you are unlovable, it will heighten your awareness to information that lends proof of your unlovability and ignores data that shows the love that is in your life.

As the expression ‘paying attention’ suggests, you have a limited supply of cognitive currency.  
Rick Hanson, who wrote Buddha Brain, said “Attention is like a combination spotlight and vacuum cleaner: it illuminates what it rests upon and then sucks it into your brain – and your self.” He also made the statement “the mind is Teflon for positive experience and Velcro for negative experience.”

Barbara Fredrickson, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that 
paying attention to positive emotions literally expands your world, while focusing on negative emotions shrinks it — a fact that has important implications for your daily experience.

The ability to manage your attention is a skill called Self-Regulation and governs your ability to make decisions, plan, and function; it ultimately determines your well-being. What if we actually paid our attention? Rather than getting sucked into a self-defeating thought, we have the ability to redirect the mind quickly to a more productive thought.

new study out of Princeton University showed that students who constantly checked on their own levels of attention performed with fewer mistakes and were better at focusing. By checking on their attention, their skill level increased. This proved that our brains possess attentional plasticity — or the ability to improve focus when checked on. 

As the great psychologist, William James, wrote over a century ago: “The education of attention would be the education par excellence.”  
Studies have shown that meditation improves attention regulation. Other studies
 indicate that improved self-regulation reduces stress and improves the immune system. 
In the Art of Ascension as taught by the Ishayas, we teach simple tools or “seed thoughts” to expand the mind.  They can be used anytime, anywhere, by anybody.  By easily introducing these simple “seed thoughts” based on Praise, Gratitude, Love, and Compassion into your life, your mind and perception becomes attuned to these upward spirals and charms the mind into wanting more.  Just by utilizing the practice, your neurons are attracted to more praise, gratitude, love and compassion. 

As part of the practice of Ascension, you learn to observe your attention without judgement.  Our awareness is actually infinite. We know that what we focus on grows.  So, if we become aware of our own awareness, expansion is the result. The more we use the practice of Ascension, the old boundaries and self-limitations begin to fall away.  These simple tools can be used to reduce stress, but they can also be used to find unlimited freedom and unconditional love by attending to our attention and expanding awareness.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

2023 1-3 Night Ascension Retreat

 2023 Ascension Retreats

Teachers and Ascenders gather together for the practice of Ascension in a 1-3 night event that includes meals and accommodations.  This can help prepare one for the experience of a longer Ascension retreat. 

Getaway with other Ascenders to refresh, renew, and re-enliven your practice of the Art of Ascension!

PINE AZ:  April 24-27; April 28-May 1


available in Spanish and English

1-3 Night Ascension Retreat, Pine AZ

1-3 Night Ascension Retreat in Pine, AZ

Tacoma, WA 

Tacoma, WA May 12-15, 2023

1-3 Night Ascension Retreat, Tacoma, WA

1-3 Night Ascension Retreat, Tacoma, WA

Friday, January 13, 2023

New E-zine: Ascensionintheworld Now available

 Ascension in the world E-zine

Ascension in the World E-zine

Ascension in the World Ezine on Conscious Living

Follow above link to see this magazine (ezine) about living consciously and the experiences of the journey of expanding consciousness. 

The magazine is published quarterly.  Each issue costs $7 or you can subscribe for a full year for $25.  All proceeds go to support The Ishaya Foundation.