The third initiation is also called the Soul merge, because it is here that one becomes directly merged and linked with the Higher Self, or Oversoul. It is here that both the Higher Self and inner plane Ascended Masters begin to work directly with the incarnated Soul. It is also at this initiation that the Monad or Mighty I AM Presence itself beings to influence the incarnated Soul.

The major challenge during the third initiation is learning to control and master our thinking to a beginning degree. This involves learning to master and control our own thoughts, rather than being victims of habitual lower-self thoughts, and keeping at bay the detrimental thought forms of mass consciousness.

Since the day we were born, our consciousness was filled with detrimental thoughts that were passed along to us by our parents, who themselves were victims of mass thought, and by the media, peers, advertising, and so on. So we have developed the habit to think negatively. Most people are not in charge of their minds and so they go about each day thinking fear-based and separative thoughts, unaware of the negative energy all their negative thinking creates. Remember, thoughts are things. And so negative thinking fills the atmosphere with psychic debris which in turn have a negative influence on ourselves and the people around us.

So how do we cleanse our mental world and atmosphere? We cleanse it by being vigilant over our thinking. And every time we are tempted to think a negative thought, we stop it and replace it with a positive thought. So for example, if you stub your toe, instead of cursing the chair start up blessing the chair. May sound a bit strange at first, but this greatly cleanses the mental atmosphere both around you and in the world.

Practicing this type of thinking that transcends lower-self thoughts with Higher-Self thoughts also protects you from other people’s negative thoughts. Because when you align yourself with the light and love of God, then other people’s negative energy will roll off you like water off a duck’s back.

One last thought on the subject: one does not need to achieve full mastery over the mind in order to move through this initiation. Mastery of the mind is a life-long process, however, a certain degree of mastery must be attained to pass the third initiation.

The Integrated Ascended Master realizes that mental self-mastery and purification is an ongoing process that extends into all the higher initiations as well. This is why he is ever working on purifying and mastering his mind to higher and higher degrees.

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.

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