An Ascended Master is like us, a self-aware being, had raised or accelerated its self-awareness, and has ascended to the Spiritual Realm. Instead of focusing on the material realm where we are in now, it focuses in a realm of higher vibrations, which is what we normally call the spiritual realm.
Going through this acceleration process of raising its vibration, the process is called the ascension. It is the potential of every self-aware beings to raise our self-aware, until we attain mastery over our own mind and mastery over the material realm, then we can make a quantum leap and raise our self-awareness to an entirely new level, where we no longer need a material body. Instead, we function within a light "body", made of the higher vibrations of the spiritual realm.
Some Ascended Masters have been in embodiment on Earth, just like you and I. Thus they know exactly how difficult it is for us to go through what we are going through in this very dense and difficult planet. They are thus perfect teachers for showing us how we can ascend just like them without having to make the same mistakes over and over again. Many of these Ascended Masters have now chosen to come back to Earth to teach us so that we can help raise the collective consciousness of the Earth towards our own individual ascension, as well as the ascension of Mother Earth.
It is believed that we have come to a stage where it is possible to ascend in this lifetime, and choose to continue to have our material body (physical body) on Earth. And whatever we have learned and remembered in this lifetime, we will not forget ever again if we choose to come back in embodiment on Earth since the veil of forgetfulness have started to lift, becoming thinner and thinner with the ascension of Mother Earth.
The hierarchy of the Ascended Masters
Our material realm was created by beings in the realm right above us in vibration, thus these beings are what we normally call Ascended Masters or Ascended Hosts. These are the beings in all spheres above us, and many of these beings do interact with us here on Earth.
From our vantage point, we can talk about several levels of the hierarchy that exists in the sphere right above ours. However, it is important to note that the hierarchy in the spiritual realm is not like the hierarchy on Earth. It does not mean that there are "higher ranked" or "lower ranked", or have "bosses". The hierarchy simply means that each being has its own role, and they work together as One regardless.
In terms of all of the following positions in hierarchy, it is important to keep in mind, that there are offices. As it is on earth, an office is held by a specific being, but that being can be replaced by another being over time. Thus, the Archangel of the First Ray is an office and has throughout time been held by various beings. The same is true for all other offices. In fact, as we ascend, we have the potential to fill some of these offices. This might explain why various spiritual teachings associate different names with these offices.
Newly Ascended Masters
When a being ascends from the material world, it usually takes some time to explore its new self-awareness and the spiritual realm to which it now has conscious access. Yet some masters have already been involved with teaching human beings before they ascended, so they may indeed immediately begin to fill a teaching position for Earth's human beings. There are many Ascended Masters who had walked on Earth. Some of them we are very familiar with such as Jesus Christ, Buddha, Kuan Yin, Lord Maitreya, Saint Germaine, Paul the Venetian, Mother Mary, Master El Morya, Lord Bababji, and many others. One of the known newly Ascended Master is Guru Ma whose last embodiment on Earth was Elizabeth Claire Prophet.
There are seven spiritual rays which are the basic energy spectra from which the material universe is made. To simply understand it, in the bible when it says "Let there be Light", and the world was created. Light, as we know it, can be split into 7 rainbow colors, and each color has its own individual level of vibration. Red behind the lowest vibration and violet being the highest vibration that our physical eyes can see. Though the 7 spiritual rays are not exactly the same as our rainbow colors, it is one way to understand what the material universe is made of. It also corresponds with our 7 chakras. In order to walk the spiritual path and qualify for ascension, we must attain mastery and balance all 7 rays at least, thus we can see the spiritual path as a structured process, where we learn from each of the 7 rays. Even though ascension itself is never a structured process, the ascended masters have released teachings to us in such a way that our mind can easily understand.
To facilitate this learning, there are several Ascended Masters who are seeking to help us pass the initiations represented by their rays. The leaders of this group of teachers is called the "Chohan", and thus each ray has a Chohan. It is like a headmaster of a particular school.
The Chohans normally present themselves as masculine or feminine. Not all chohans have a counterpart of the complimentary polarity. For example, a masculine Chohan may not have a feminine counterpart, either because the feminine counterpart has not yet ascended or because it has moved on to other realms and is not directly working with Earth.
One branch of ascended beings who are not created to take embodiment are the angels. Angels have many different assignments, but from our vantage point, the most helpful is the angels assigned to helping us grow. These angels are also organized according to the 7 rays. Groups of angels are often referred to as "bands", and each band has a leader, with the title "Archangel". Thus, there is an archangel for each of the 7 rays.
The archangels are always masculine, but they also have feminine polarities, called the “Archeia.” For example, the feminine polarity of Archangel Michael is Archeia Faith.
The material universe is created from the energies of the 7 rays, and this is done by reducing the vibration of the rays by a certain factor. A mental blueprint is then superimposed upon this energy in order to form the basic structures that make up the material universe. The beings who initiated and oversees this process are often called the "Elohim", but they can also be called "God and Goddesses". Again, there is a masculine/feminine polarity at this level. For example, the Elohim Hercules has a feminine polarity named Amazonia.
The Central Sun
The highest level of ascended beings known to us is represented by two beings, called Alpha and Omega. It is sometimes said that they reside in the "Central Sun", but this is not a physical sun in the material universe. It is a "place" in the spiritual realm.
There are 6 spheres above ours, and each sphere forms a hierarchical structure, somewhat comparable to a pyramid. In each sphere, there is a central sun in which resides two beings, named Alpha and Omega. In the very first sphere, there is the ultimate level of Alpha and Omega, namely the beings who are direct expressions of the Creator.
However, it is important to understand that what is given here is a linear representation, and the linear mind is not capable of grasping the non-linear reality of the spiritual realm. Thus, it is important not to place too great importance on the words or their interpretation. To truly grasp the non-linear reality of the spiritual realm, one must experience it directly.
Other titles in hierarchy:
Gods and Goddesses
Although the Elohim are sometimes called Gods and Goddesses, there are other ascended beings who have attained to the level represented by a God. For example, there is a Goddess of Liberty, a Goddess of Justice (Portia) and a Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin).
Each planetary system has a sun and each physical sun has a polarity of two hierarchs, who are making it possible for the sun to be the open door between the material and the spiritual realm. If energy was not constantly streaming into a planetary system from the spiritual ream, no life would be possible in that system. The hierachs of our physical sun are named Helios and Vesta.
Lord of the World
For each planet, there is a being who holds the office of Lord of the World. This is a being with Buddhic attainment, meaning it has mastered space. Thus, this being literally holds the spiritual balance for the earth to exist in space. The Lord of the World for earth is Gautama Buddha.
Planetary or Individual Christ
For each planet there is a being who holds the office of Christ. Regardless of the sectarian nature of the Christian religion, “Christ” is a universal word that signifies Oneness between the Creator and its creation. Thus, you can ascend only by attaining the Christ consciousness and overcoming the illusion of separation. When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father save by me,” he was not talking about his outer person but the Christ consciousness. Currently, Jesus is holding the office of Planetary Christ for earth.
For each planet, a master holds the office that represents the universal Christ consciousness for that planet. Lord Maitreya holds this office for earth. He was also the master depicted (in distorted and primitive form) as the “God” in the Garden of Eden. The reality behind the myth is that Lord Maitreya was and is the overseer of the spiritual schoolroom (sometimes called a Mystery School) in which lifestreams are prepared to take embodiment on earth and deal with the initiations represented by the density of this realm.
These are beings who oversee the general progression of humankind’s consciousness and determines how to best teach people the universal lessons. They also determine which new teachings are to be released, based on the progress (or lack of it) in the collective consciousness. This office is currently held by Jesus and Kuthumi.
The Karmic Board, Lords of Karma
The Ascended Masters seek to teach us at two levels. One is that they give us spiritual teachings and encourage us to use them for self-observation, leading to self-transcendence. The other is what is called the “School of Hard Knocks,” where they allow us to experience the physical consequences of our state of consciousness. This is what is popularly called “bad karma.” Overseeing the karmic aspects of teaching is a board consisting of 8 ascended masters. It is important to realize that despite the poplar concept of “bad karma,” karma never has the purpose of punishing anyone. The purpose if only to teach those who have made themselves unreachable for a spiritual teaching.
As a result, the Karmic Board can withhold the descent of a person’s karma, if they estimate the person has learned or is close to learning the associated lesson. On the other hand, they can also accelerate the descent of karma for a person, who is in a negative spiral and is abusing other people.
The Karmic Board performs a very complex task of not only looking at each individual lifestream embodied on earth but also looking at groups and humanity as a whole. They determine who is allowed to take embodiment on earth, and they sometimes decide that a certain lifestream has misused its opportunity and will no longer be allowed to embody here.
The Karmic Board also teaches in a more direct way when we are in between embodiments. Along with other spiritual teachers, members of the Karmic Board help each lifestream determine the specifics of its next embodiment, based on an evaluation of which circumstances best help that lifestream learn its lessons and express its divine plan (the gift we came to bring).
The current members of the Karmic Board are: The Great Divine Director, The Goddess of Liberty, Pallas Athena, Nada, Portia (Goddess of Justice), Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy), Elohim Cyclopea and Vajrasattva.
In traditional Buddhism, these are considered “primordial” Buddhas, meaning they have never taken embodiment as did Gautama. There are six of these in the ascended realm, and they each represent the anti-dote to a specific spiritual poison. By invoking the Presence of the Dhyani Buddha, you receive help in transcending the anti-dote.