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A message from an ascended master, an archangel or another advanced spiritual being delivered through the agency of the Holy Spirit by a messenger of the Great White Brotherhood.

The office of messenger

Elizabeth Clare Prophet describes the process of receiving a dictation in The Astrology of the Four Horsemen, chapter 4:

I received my training from the ascended master El Morya under the tutelage of Mark Prophet, and I was anointed messenger for the ascended masters by Saint Germain. My commission is to deliver God’s prophecy and the ascended masters’ teaching for the age of Pisces as well as the everlasting gospel[1] for the new age of Aquarius.

I receive this prophecy through the power of the Holy Spirit in the manner of the ancient prophets and apostles. When the transmission is about to take place, I enter a meditative state and attune with the LORD God or his representative. The LORD’s presence or that of an ascended master, a cosmic being or an archangel comes upon me and the words and the light flow in a power and a personality not my own.

This congruency of my soul with the living Word of God I call a dictation, for the words are being dictated to me even as I am speaking them in the vibration of the divine speaker. It is truly a divine happening of which I am but the instrument. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit and not something I can make happen.

The only way to describe this experience is to say, in the words of the prophet: “The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the I AM THAT I AM hath anointed me to preach....”[2] Jesus spoke of the role of prophet, or messenger, when he said, “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.”[3]

I don't call myself a channeler because, as far as I'm concerned, channeling is just another word for spiritualism. Seeking advice from departed spirits has been going on since the witch of Endor conjured up Samuel the prophet for King Saul[4]—and a long time before. While Samuel was a high soul, you can never be sure what you’re going to get with channeling.

A discarnate entity is a disembodied being who has not ascended to God; hence he is not karma-free nor is he free from the wheel of rebirth. Since such a soul has not passed through the ritual of the ascension and become fully God-identified, he is as subject to error as anyone in embodiment. Still possessed of elements of a human ego as well as momentums of negativity, he may transmit these intentionally or not.

Discarnate entities may be benign but they are not omniscient. They may impart truth but they can be opinionated, proud and self-seeking. They are known to use people to achieve their ends and to take people’s light.

Discarnate entities consume vital soul energies, draining the channeler as well as those present of the spiritual essence necessary to true progress on the Path. Some well-known channelers admit they are exhausted after their channeling sessions, and many people report feeling depleted after attending a “séance.”

By contrast, the energy released by the God-free ascended beings who speak from the highest octaves of light, one with universal mind, is stupendous. It is exhilarating. It charges and recharges the body, mind and spirit of each person in the congregation, clears the chakras and draws the soul nigh to her own inner God-Reality.

Dictations are not self-fulfilling psychic predictions, nor are they centered on building up the personalities or the egos of those present. They are the Word of God delivered by fully integrated immortal beings who are counted among the hosts of the LORD.

These beings come to initiate us in the ancient mysteries of Christ and Buddha and the Everlasting Gospel for the New Age of Aquarius. And they come to exhort us so that we will rise to the great God flame within ourselves and defeat the momentums of returning karma that are coming upon the age.

The ascended masters present a path and a teaching whereby every individual on earth can find his way back to God. The books that Mark Prophet and I have written and the weekly Pearls of Wisdom that we have sent to the ascended masters’ students throughout the world since 1958 are intended to give people the opportunity to know the Truth that shall make them free.

My purpose in life is to help all people become acquainted with their own God-Reality—the I AM Presence who overshadows them—that they may walk the Homeward path with Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, and the ascended masters.

I do not claim to be a master nor do I claim to be perfect in my human self. I am but the instrument of the ascended masters. My mission is to take true seekers, in the tradition of the Masters of the Far East (which Jesus exemplified), to the level of consciousness where they can meet their teachers face to face.

Methods of receiving dictations

The Hierarchy communicates with the messenger over the light and sound ray. Messages are received in several ways:

1. In letters of living fire that appear before the messenger, who reads them as one would read the letters that appear on the Times Square building in New York City. Invisible to the audience, these letters move across the screen of the messenger’s mind as if they were on a conveyer belt.

2. Ex cathedra, from the mouth of God. The ascended master superimposes his Electronic Presence over the messenger, making his voice box congruent with the messenger’s and using it as if it were his own. In this case, the transfer of thought from the master’s consciousness to the messenger’s is instantaneous, and there is no intermediate process whereby the messenger must discern or read. This form of dictation comes through with great rapidity and is usually flawless.

3. In thoughtform. The master releases from his consciousness to the messenger’s capsules that contain the matrices for the dictation. These are decoded in the messenger’s brain through a computerized process, and by means of the keys that have been inserted in the messenger’s four lower bodies, the patterns of the master are translated to the wavelength of the messenger and then are formulated into words. This is a complicated process that takes place independently of the time-space continuum, at that point where the mind of Christ, superimposed as a halo over the Messenger, is congruent with the Mind of God individualized in the ascended master.

4. By telepathy. Mental patterns are released from the master to the messenger through the mind of Christ. This form of dictation is used when the master is not present, but is in his retreat or at another point in this solar system. This method is also used for brief comments that the messenger may solicit from the master on organizational problems or personal counseling for students. Over the thread of contact that connects the messenger with the entire Spirit of the Great White Brotherhood simultaneously as he is connected with each individual member of the Brotherhood, he can receive telepathically such information as the masters deem vital to his service in the world of form.

Each method of receiving dictations serves a different purpose. The ex-cathedra method is the highest and best form, for it enables the master to extend his aura with greater intensity into the atmosphere of the room and into the auras of those who are physically present. Thus they are able to take in with all their faculties the master’s message, as well as the release of his radiation.

However, when there are disturbing elements in the room, such as those who are skeptical of or out of harmony with either the masters, the messengers or their teachings, it is possible for them to interfere with the transmission of the ex-cathedra dictation to such an extent that the master will find it expedient to relay the message either telepathically or in letters of fire.

See also




Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path to Immortality, chapter 5.

  1. Rev. 14:6.
  2. Isa. 61:1.
  3. John 12:44, 45.
  4. 1 Sam. 28.