Our ultimate destination in [the spiritual] process appears to be that we are reborn into an entirely new plane of existence. Highly advanced souls are able to spontaneously transform themselves into this state without having to undergo physical death and reincarnation. In Christian terms, this is called ascension–and I [David Wilcock] often use the same word to describe it, though I do not associate it with any religion.

There are more than 160,000 documented cases of this happening in Tibet and China alone, in which advanced masters achieved the state they called the  Rainbow Body. This legend appears in many traditional cultures, as this next quote from William Gentry and Mark Gray reveals:

‘In Sufism it is called “the most sacred body” and the supracelestial body.” Taoists call it “the diamond body,” and those who have attained it are called “the immortals” and “the cloudwalkers.” Yogic schools and Tantrics call it “the divine body.” In Kriya yoga  it is called “the body of bliss.” In Vedanta it is called “the superconductive body.” The ancient Egyptians called it “the luminous body or being” (akh) or the karast. T his conception evolved into Gnosticism, where it is called “the radiant body.” . . . In the Hermetic Corpus, it is called “the immortal body.” In the alchemical tradition, the Emerald Tablet calls it “the golden body.” ‘