Earth is a school, and like in any other school, there are tests and lessons we need to learn.

However, most people not realizing this, don’t understand that their problems and challenges in life are gifts! They don’t realize that Earth is a school to practice transcending the negative ego, mastering our minds and emotions, practicing the Presence of God, becoming a master in life, and so forth, with the final goal being graduation.

Graduation from this Earthly school is called enlightenment in Buddhism, moksha in Hinduism, or simply ascension in New Age terminology.

Having this understanding and attitude allows one to look at everything that happens in life as a gift and blessing. Suddenly life is no longer viewed as something you want to escape from because of all the financial, work-related, personal and relationship problems etc of everyday life, but as it turns out, Earth is a university and the challenges we have to meet each day are Spiritual tests, lessons, and opportunities to grow!

The Integrated Ascended Master welcomes adversity as opportunities to quickly pass the Spiritual tests and lessons of Earth life so he can graduate as an Integrated Ascended Master and break free from the wheel of rebirth.

Author's Bio: 

Dr Joshua David Stone was one of the most influential Spiritual teachers, leaders and forerunners of our time. He had a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and was a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in California, USA.

He served as Official Spokesperson for the Planetary Ascension Movement and made his mark in the Consciousness Community as a prolific writer, authoring the 15-volume Easy to Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path, published in several languages, as well as eight major Ascended Master Training Courses and several comprehensive Training Programs ranging from channeling, the psychology of astrology, the Book of Life of God, to his legendary 2,000 page Counseling Manual, and much, much more.
Today, the I AM University is the one and only Integrated Ascended Master Training Facility in this world. It stands firmly on the foundation of a comprehensive and ever-expanding curriculum which Dr Stone dedicated his life creating.

In 2005, Dr Joshua David Stone passed over to the Spirit world where he continues to Spiritually support the expansion of the I AM University the continuation of which he entrusted into the hands of Gloria Excelsias, his long-term personal assistant and protégé.

Dr Stone is one of the most widely read authors in the New Age Movement and known as the world’s most trusted source for integrated Spiritual development.

Gloria Excelsias is the President of the I AM University, an educational institution with focus on Spiritual and psychological development that was founded by the late Dr Joshua David Stone in 2004 and handed over to her care and leadership in 2005, at Dr Stone’s passing. As Dr Stone’s personal assistant, close friend and protégé, she received ongoing personal training in applied transpersonal psychology and integrated ascension which would prepare her consciousness for her later service work as the University’s President. Having moved the I AM University from California to Salzburg, Austria, her native country, she is now passionately dedicated to running and evolving the I AM University as an inspired writer and speaker, placing thematic priority on Spiritual psychology, the re-integration and updating of ancient occult teachings and the overall unfoldment of human consciousness.

Some of her service projects include:

Planetary World Service:

I AM Tunes – Spiritual Audio Download Library:

I AM YOU Foundation - Charity Project: