“Evil company demeans and debases an individual.” – Sai Baba

It cannot be emphasized highly enough how important it is to choose wisely the company you spend your time with. The people you hang out with will either pull you up or pull you down.

As the Hindu guru Paramahansa Yoganada said, “In the company of other truth seekers it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God.”

If you hang out with people who smoke and take drugs, chances are you will also start up smoking and taking drugs. If your best friends are all very sportive and connected to nature, you will most likely also end up doing lots of activities outdoors. And well, if you spend lots of time with people who are sincerely on their Spiritual path, this will inspire you to stay focused on your path as well!

Spiritual company is so incredibly important! This is why the Integrated Ascended Master has an “ascension buddy.” An ascension buddy is someone who you meditate with, pray with, discuss Spiritual matters with, Spiritually grow with, etc. It is a mini-ashram that you form together with your Spiritual fellows.

Find yourself an ascension buddy or two. It is the best kind of friend you could ever possibly have because these are the friendships that last for eternity – literally!

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. http://www.iamuniversity.org

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: www.PlanetaryWorldService.org

I AM Tunes – Spiritual Audio Download Library: www.IAM-Tunes.org

I AM YOU Foundation - Charity Project: www.IAMYou-Foundation.org

Ascension for Beginners – 365 free articles, 25 mini-courses and 25 meditations for newcomers on the Spiritual path: www.AscensionForBeginners.org