Elizabeth Clare Prophet explains how she receives the messages from God by way of an ascended master. These messages are called dictations.
“I have been called a messenger by the masters who deliver their messages through me. The office of the messenger is something that comes by the gift of the Holy Spirit. So too is the gift of prophecy. It is a grace. It is an endowment. It is something that one achieves by walking with God until God calls one to speak to His people.
During a dictation, my consciousness is accelerated or elevated, so that it can mesh with the consciousness of the Ascended Master who is speaking through me. The sphere of my higher consciousness actually meshes with the sphere of consciousness of the Ascended Master. In that moment, there is the release of the Word. The master uses my voice as the instrument to bring forth his teaching.
Taking a dictation is a very real experience in the presence of the master. It is like being inside someone’s mind. The mind of the master is cogitating through my mind, and he is speaking through my mouth. However, I am not in a trance, and I am in full awareness with my full faculties of the Christ mind.
Psychic channeling, which often comes forth in trance, comes through the subconscious mind. The individual is not in the presence of his own Christ mind, and his body is used by discarnates, disembodied spirits, to convey messages from the departed…
The Ascended Masters require that their disciples–and I consider myself a disciple–always be in full command of their faculties when they are in communion with God and that they retain their own reason and judgment and self-discipline…
Taking a dictation is a very real experience in the presence of the master. 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.”
(Excerpt from Inner Perspectives, A Guidebook for the Spiritual Journey, by Elizabeth Clare Prophet.)