We are Spiritual beings. We are not bodies having a Soul, we are Soul having bodies. From an even higher or truer perspective we are Spirit, we are a divine spark of our Creator. And it is this Spirit that manifests as Soul which then incarnates on Earth over and over again in order to grow, evolve, expand and ultimately return Home to God.

The purpose of life is to return Home to God as a God Realized Being. Before we “left” Home we already were Gods, but through incarnating throughout God’s Creation we actually “realize” that we are Gods. We realize that we are Gods by demonstrating God in all the dimensions of reality that we visit.

Since each dimension has a different vibration and is a different reality altogether, we need bodies on each of these planes. This is why we have a so-called four-body-system through which our Soul and Spirit work. This four-body-system consists of:

1. a physical/etheric body
2. an emotional or astral body
3. a mental body
4. a Spiritual body

So the reason why we have these various bodies is so we can interact with and experience the various dimension of reality. Our physical body allows us to experience and interact with this Earthly plane. Our emotional body gives our Soul and Spirit a “house,” so-to-speak, on the emotional plane, and our mental body allows interaction on the mental plane. We are multi-dimensional beings, and this is why we have multiple bodies.

The process of integrated ascension involves both, the mastery, integration and alignment of all these bodies.

The Integrated Ascended Master strives to master, integrate and align his four-body-system in service of God and unconditional love, for he realizes that all these bodies house an aspect of his essence and consciousness – and they all need to be integrated for ascension to occur. Otherwise, his consciousness will be fragmented and his ascension non-integrated.

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