You may of heard of terms such as Ascension, Awakening, Shift in Consciousness, 21st December 2012 onwards  -  being a significant year of change.  There are several subjects, to my understanding, about ascension.  I don't pretend to know everything about the process however I will provide a brief overview of the different subject matters which appear to be apart of the process.

What is Ascension?
It is basically a change in frequency and a change in focus of consciousness.  Your physical body, emotions, thoughts and spirit are all made of energy, blended in ways that make you unique in all the universe.  Because the energy you are has frequency you can change it.  As you raise the rate of the lowest frequency in your physical body, it becomes less dense and starts to incorporate energy of a higher frequency.  As this happens you will start to see your life from a different perspective.  So for example you will notice that whilst residing in the denser frequencies you would respond to a stressful situation with fear, anxiety, an unsurmountable problem with no possible solutions to going more with flow of the ups and downs, being able to proactively deal with problems as they arise and gaining the necessary lesson and moving forward in your life.  Not everyone seems to experience this, however, most people I have come across either personally or professionally seem to have experienced their life in this way.  

The Emotional Chart aside (by Austine Emotional Guide) is a good representation of the different levels of frequency.  Take a look to see where you are NOW in comparison to where you would LIKE TO BE!!

So what else is involved in the ascension process?
You may or may not have heard of the predictions made by the Mayans regarding the ending of the ending of a 26,000 year astrological period, according to the Mayan Calendar and the start of a new era of spiritual transformation (Gaia/Earth is transforming into a 5th dimensional planet).  It is a very complex process with a number of things happening i.e. planetary changes as well as spiritual intervention, on the planet simultaneously.  

Is there going to be a Planetary Alignment?
Yes, as I have researched in addition to the above -  three planets are configured to interact at the 2012 solstice - 21st December 2012. Neptune, which represents higher spirituality, Pluto, which represents transformation, and Uranus which represents change. Planet Earth is also gradually aligning with the Galactic Centre, which by itself is also creating many shifts on the planet globally with the environment, as you may have read; but also it may affect our bodies on all levels with what is known as "ascension symptoms".  Not everyone has experienced these symptoms but again many thousands of people have or are certainly being affected by these changes gradually.

How do these changes effect our Chakras?
As the energies that these planets represent work together, it will cause a massive impact on the consciousness of the planet. This offers a potential for a huge shift in consciousness.  It is a calling for us to heal our physical bodies, the emotional body, and our thoughts now and use this great opportunity to change the planet. Individually and collectively there has never been such an opportunity for spiritual growthBy making these changes we are activating our Divine DNA, accessing and activating our Higher 4th Dimensional Spiritual Chakras.  As these new chakras integrate, they make room for the 5th Dimensional chakras, also known as your Ascension Chakras.

The Current 3D Chakra System

The current 3D Physical Chakra System relates to your first 7 chakras and is based on developing a connection with earth and your physical body.  A further breakdown of our energy system can be found here (to follow).

The new 4D Chakra System - relates to 8 higher spiritual chakras and are based on developing a deeper connection to your Higher Self, the Universe, the Divine Will of God, Ascended Masters and other Galactic Beings of Light.  Along with activating our 4th dimension chakras comes a huge shift in our emotional and mental states of being.  There are many core emotions  and patterns of behaviour which either through past life karma or simply as part of the process to move into this new state of higher consciousness, 
many events will play out in our lifes for us to overcome and learn valuable lessons. The ultimate lesson is for us to remember that we are all Divine Beings -  that we are actually spiritual beings having a human experience rather than the other way around.  Here are some examples of core emotions along with their positive outcomes.

 Negative / Lesson / Karma Transformed positive outcome
 Unworthiness Feeling worthy and valued
 Guilt Forgiveness
 Fear Inner Calm
 Doubt Certainty
 Judgement Inner Freedom
 Despair Inner Joy
 Anger Inner Peace
 Impatience Patience and understanding
 Resentment, Anger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Responsibility
 Belief Patterns Transformed belief
 Over sensitivity, energetically drained by others Safe and strong boundaries
 Spaced out, ungrounded, drifting off into a dream world Being present and grounded
 Never feel safe, difficulty coping with change Feeling safe, optimistic about the future
 Busy mind, overworked, difficulty switching off Inner Harmony of the heart and mind, can rest and relax
 Attachment, emotional pain, clingy Letting go, going with the flow, unconditional love
 Not enough, poverty consciousness Open to receive, abundance flows, love, joy

These emotions and patterns are very much linked to the basic  7 Chakra system and whether you are balanced or inbalanced.

The New 5D Chakra/Energy System
During these times of massive shifting and integrating our new 5D energies while still experiencing life in the 3rd dimension is the reason why assisting our bodies to simulate this process is crucial now more than ever. By assisting in your own process of installing and activating your new chakra system while simultaneously anchoring them to each dimensions grid system, you “lock yourself in” to and connect with different dimensional consciousness.  
This transformation has already begun to occur in many Lightworkers/Star Seeds/Wayshowers.  We are remembering who we truly are. When we remember that we are all spiritual beings manifested into physical form - our bodies are of congealed light and no one is not of that light – we can begin to love ourselves and each other unconditionally.  With "One-ness" or "Unity Consciousness" we will remember that there is no separation because we will know that we are "One" with all of Creation/God/the Universe, and your vibration naturally rises.

Is the energy/vibration of the planet already rising for 2013?

Yes, the consciousness of Earth has already risen in preparation for 2012 and beyond.  A number of things have been happening to prepare us all for the higher way of being, so that we can eventually bring back the energy of 

Heaven to Earth - which basically translates to bringing your "spiritual" body and all that you are, and grounding it into the "physical" (into your physical body).  Some examples of what things have been happening:-
* You may be experiencing some of the ascension symptoms which could manifest as childhood issues coming up for clearing, a repeat of an event/situation or you keep encountering the same problems over and over again

* Your diet may suddenly change - you don't want to eat meat or you eat more meat

* You cannot tolorate being in nightclubs or around negative people or environments

* Even going to the supermarket is a massive ordeal because you cannot cope with the energetic overload of people's emotions (fear, anger, heart-break etc). 

Everyone will experience their own changes in different ways, there is no "one" way that this will happen.  This is a slow long process and will not happen overnight but Gaia has decreed that Earth will become once 

more a 5th dimensional planet (like Atlantis).  This has already been and will continue to happen as already there continues to be pulses of light which are being beamed to Earth at increasing interals.  Light contains 

spiritual knowledge and information.