William Henry



I recently heard someone grumpily proclaim that, due to over use, especially by people of questionable knowledge and character (who make ridiculous claims about themselves), the word ascension is meaningless and should should be banned. The additional reason for this, says the person, is because ascension is something that only happens after death. Therefore, he dictated – new rule – use of the word ascension should be abolished. Canceled. 

“Love and light are ‘mumbo jumbo,’ said the other person egging on this conversation. Gurus who teach this stuff are scamming people. After all, they twaddled on, no one has ever actually ascended after taking an ascension course, now have they? No one has ever activated their Rainbow Light Body on Facebook live and risen to a new level of being either.

Wow! I thought. That’s pretty woke. I’m sure that,  upon reflection, they will want to walk this one back. Especially as the person forbidding use of the word ascension writes books about alchemy, although, self-admittedly, he has never actually done alchemy. Typical. 

As an ascension scholar whose work has been appropriated and defaced by some of the aforementioned people of questionable character, I have seen the awkward steps we fragile humans have made on this path of souls.

There are a lot of questions about ascension and what it means in our time and how to do it. There are people teaching it who probably shouldn’t be. 

But, cancel Ascension? We are just getting started with our collective rising. Our boots have barely hit the boards in our awakening from our millennia-old amnesia. Heck, we haven’t even had our first cup of coffee yet.

If we abolish use of the word ascension, what’s next? Talk about human transformation, regeneration, resurrection (because it is ‘disinformation’), too? 

This sounds dangerously like something Rome did to the Jews, especially the Essenes, before they destroyed the temple of Solomon in AD 67 (and after) and what the Catholic Church once did to the ascension-practicing Cathars, the Pure or Perfect Ones, as they were called, just before it shredded their teachings, exterminated them, and scattered their ashes into the wind. 

As practicing ‘ascensionists’, both the Essenes and Cathars believed humans could transform into angels with non-material bodies of light and ascend to the seventh heaven where we join an advanced race of ‘just humans made perfect’ (Hebrews 12:23). This idea originated with Jesus. In Matthew 22:30 he said: 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 

I realize talking about Jesus is out for many. Does this mean we can’t talk about the Essenes and Cathars any more, too? 


Everyone who knows anything about alchemy knows that what the alchemist actually seeks is the production of an elixir within the body that dissolves or ‘alchemizes’ it into non-material light and the personal salvation that comes from this. Alchemy is a quest for perfection or the raising of the lower (unsaved) to the higher salvation.

As I discussed in my Gaia series, “Ascension Keepers,” as well as my HALO series, the hermetic science known as ‘ascension’ has been practiced for thousands of years in tandem with alchemy. They are the head and tail of the Ouroboros. 

Also called ‘the Work’, alchemy was practiced by the Egyptian, Greek, Essene, and first Christian mystics as a divine and sacred art of transformation, regeneration and resurrection into a body of light like the gods (god making). The term ‘alchemy’ was applied equally to the human soul as well as material elements, like metal (lead), and the human body (clay, mud). The goal of both ascension and alchemy is the same: the perfection of the elements. Gold-making is god-making. 

Like the Gnostics, who also practiced ascension-alchemy, the alchemists view the material body as like a clay vessel animated by the spirit or soul. The body is the alchemical vessel in which the elixir of life is produced.

The goal of life is to transform our bodies of clay into a living vessel of glass. How do we do this? Easy. We fill the clay with light. The more light, the clearer the vessel. In ascension practices, the light is the Light of the Holy Spirit or Presence of God that transforms. This vessel is at the sacred space or ‘magic bubble’ in which the soul travels to its next designation.

Clay vessels to light bodies is another way of expressing this. Along the way, the soul is cleansed, purified and healed (another shared goal of conscious ascenders). As the old soul ‘dies’ in this alchemical process a regenerated, “golden”, soul takes its place at a higher level. 

Wait. Isn’t that ascension?


Beginning with the Sumerians, the Egyptians and Hindus, and running through Judaism and Christianity, the sacred and mystical art of transformation, regeneration and ultimately of resurrection while alive has run parallel to traditional religious teaching, which has tried to stamp it out.  

In the view of traditional religion one must die to ascend. In the spiritual / mystical world of the alchemists, perfection / ascension is a process of transformation that shifts a ‘lead’ element into a state of brightness and purity or gold. This is called “dyeing”, and is a visible phenomenon. One sees the element change color. It has been ‘dyed’ by the holy spirit of gold.

In English, dyeing is a pun on dieing. Both terms represent an unchangeable state of being. Once an alchemist turns lead into gold it stays that way. Once one is dead, they cannot return to life. Something can ascend after death, but it cannot live again in physical form (or can it?). 

The fact that few practice ascension or true alchemy while living points to the power of the parasitic and predatory forces the Gnostics called archons to pull the veil over our eyes.  It is the archons who want you to believe ascension or transformation into a luminous golden being cannot be done while living. (One reason is that they themselves cannot do it.)

Another reason ascension is not widely practiced is that, while it is for all, not everyone chooses this path.

“Wide is the gate (the nibiru) that leads to destruction and narrow is the way that leads to life.” This phrase. first uttered by Gilgamesh in c. 2,500 B.C.. was as true as when Jesus quoted it verbatim 2,500 years later in Matthew 7:13-14. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  

Yes, the gate is narrow as the eye of a needle. As Jesus said a moment later in Matthew 19:24, “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

The goal of alchemy and ascension practices is to widen the narrow gate so that more can find it.


Ascension is the focus of the ancient mystery schools where it is no secret that perfecting the human body and raising it to a glorified state is something one can do while living. The main focus is on how the “lowest become the highest and the highest become the lowest.” How can angels ‘fall’ into human bodies and how can human “rise” to become angels or perfected humans.

Ascension refers to raising the ‘lower’ body to a state of wholeness, holiness and perfection whereby one can travel to other realms. 

Sure, this sounds fantastic. Perhaps to our culture, any way. 

Show me one example, ascension critics say, of a person who is living ascension or a human who has become like the angels in heaven. Show me evidence of one who has actually ascended after taking a course by an ascension teacher. 

Ascension is not an event. It is a life-long process.

In their view, we ascension gnostics talk a lot about humans transforming into higher forms of light / energy, but no one has ever seen this happen or demonstrated their ability to morph into light. Therefore, they argue, ascension is ‘fake news’. It doesn’t happen.

I get it. 

To think that during our life we are capable of activating the body’s latent potential and, through spiritual alchemy, making a new body of pure and non-material light (called the radiant body, resurrection body, or immortal body) into which our consciousness can be transferred at the time of our death, and which has capacity to travel the cosmos and higher dimensions and then phase back into physicality, if it chooses to do so, sounds really far fetched. 

But hang on. Ascension is real. It is happening all over the world.

Isn’t this what millions of people are actually on the path to doing? Teachers like Joe Dispenza aren’t teaching people how to activate their pineal gland only to manifest Ferraris. They are regenerating their bodies. They are practicing alchemy and ascension.

Millions of people are seeking the center of their being, the perfection of their body, and the ascension of their soul, by practicing meditation, yoga and other ways to perfect their light body. They are learning and training to heal and regenerate their physical body by building a bridge to the inner power radiating from the light body. The next step is to live through, or in union with, this light body. Numerous gnostic ascension teachings tell us the light body is like a garment woven from our acts of kindness and compassion. It was once part of your divine self, but has become embedded in your material body (through the trickery of the archons).

In The Secret Book of John Jesus taught that anyone can ascend by living in alignment with the divine teachings revealed to them and through this gnosis by resisting the temptations of the archons.

As I often discuss in relation to AI and transhumanism, the archons are clearly back in business in our world.


A parallel shadow  version of  the ascended realm is exactly what the archons are creating with the meta verse, the parallel world under development in the cyber sphere.  Anyone who goes on line is making tracks for this fake or counterfeit world. Every time you go on line a ‘twin’ version of you, your digital self, interacts with governments, corporations and various other perps and pervs in an invisible universe about which the average user knows nothing. This invisible, parallel world is about to be made visible via virtual and augmented reality technologies that enable us to ‘ascend’ (in the view of metaverse advocates)  to this “black box” world and interact with the denizens of this realm.

Click. Click. 

Click. Click. Click. 

For years you have been ‘making’ this replacement digital self. Now, you are on the verge of fashioning this twin of yourself into an articulated cartoon avatar that you will design. Most likely it will be humanoid and will look like you. It won’t actually exist. It is not real. It is only composed of pixels and information, but it is, or it will be, a ‘living’ version of you that all in the meta verse will see and interact with. The cells of its body, your new body, are all those pictures and comments you have posted on Facebook or Instagram. Wherever. It will be as close to a duplicate of you that is possible. It will continue to exist long after your physical body has turned to dust. What will you do when your digital twin lives forever? Have you provided for it? 

Newsflash. Your digital twin can die, too.

Second newsflash. The metaverse belongs to the archons. 

As we blur ourselves into our digital selves, remember one thing. Shutting down your real physical body, and living through your ‘ascended’  fake digital one, shuts down your connection to the resurrection body. This is the plan of the archons.

User beware.


Gnostics, of all ages, believe that one and all can beat or cheat the archons by experiencing ascension and resurrection before death. This can be done at any time. This is called living ascension. How to do this is the great secret (arcanum). It is secret because we are a species with amnesia. We have forgotten how to do this. But, we are now re-membering the teaching. Well, hopefully.

Let ascension live. 

If one doesn’t like the word ascension, may I suggest that one use alchemy instead. 

William Henry is a Nashville-based author, investigative mythologist, and TV presenter. He is an internationally recognized authority on human spiritual potential, transformation and ascension


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