Off the Bucket List: Ascension is Not a Destination

By Jo Mooy

Everybody has an opinion on it. Everybody wants to do it. Everybody thinks that if they’re not actively pursuing it, they’ve failed. “It” has been a hot topic for decades in seminars, blogs, newsletters, for the New Age faithful, and for those who make a living off the subject. “It” is Ascension.

When I googled the topic Ascension 43 million entries came up. I clicked on some of the readings, dumbfounded at the many interpretations cloaked in religious, psychological, or inter-dimensional covers. I was struck by the warnings of physical and emotional symptoms that can present before ascending to the 5th or 12th dimensions. This is made even sillier when so many sites seem to copy one another’s opinions and material.

So, how do we get out of this? First place I’d start is taking the whole conversation of Ascension as something one has to do or a place one will reach “off The Bucket List.” It’s difficult enough living an Earth life with all the interpersonal relationship issues we deal with, making a living, raising children, being a good citizen, and being a decent human being. Why add another level of complexity to that? Especially as Ascension is neither a process nor a destination.

Ascension is either a huge crutch or a great hindrance for those on the spiritual path.

Those who “teach” you how to ascend, no matter the fanfare or notoriety associated with their teachings, are either a great distraction or they are negligent in their offerings. There’s no place to “ascend” to. Why? Because we’ve been on this evolutionary glide-path forever.

We live in and are a part of an eternal universe with cycles that rise and fall, over and over, in perpetual motion. The cycles are endless. There is a constant in this, however, and it’s called consciousness. And, the best behavior in consciousness is one of compassion for self and for others. It goes back to living one’s life as a decent human being. If we’ve got this unnecessary burden of having to ascend, we live our life with one foot nailed to the floor and the rest of us way too busy trying to “lift off.”

Forget about Ascension. Take it off the bucket list.

Instead, grow and bloom where you’re planted. Smell the roses. Show the kids the butterflies. Teach them good manners and respect for others. Make sure they’re mindful of nature and the planet. Teach them compassionate consciousness! And every now and then show them a little magic. That’s Ascension!

Jo Mooy has studied with many spiritual traditions over the past 40 years. The wide diversity of this training allows her to develop spiritual seminars and retreats that explore inspirational concepts, give purpose and guidance to students, and present esoteric teachings in an understandable manner. Along with Patricia Cockerill, she has guided the Women’s Meditation Circle since January 2006 where it has been honored for five years in a row as the “Favorite Meditation” group in Sarasota, FL, by Natural Awakenings Magazine. Teaching and using Sound as a retreat healing practice, Jo was certified as a Sound Healer through Jonathan Goldman’s Sound Healing Association. She writes and publishes a monthly internationally distributed e-newsletter called Spiritual Connections and is a staff writer for Spirit of Maat magazine in Sedona. For more information go to or email

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