Ascend
Ascend
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One who ascends, or the act of ascension, from a lower to a higher toposophic, while still retaining many of one's earlier characteristics - e.g. man is an ascended animal - e has all the animal instincts but e also possesses ratiocination. In some or many cases an ascended individual may not only recall eir earlier life in great detail, but will understand that life more clearly than before.

An ascended being may sometimes use an avatar which resembles eir former self, in appearance and in personality. But an ascended being also exists on a much more advanced level than their unascended former self, and this advanced aspect to their personality must not be forgotten when dealing with such entities.

Contrast with Transcension, where the transcended entity becomes almost completely unrecognisable compared to eir former state.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers

Initially published on 07 October 2001.