In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discovered what true ascended masters and self-realized masters are and how they function within our multiverse, as described in What Are True Ascended Masters and Self-Realized Masters (Part 1) | Big Picture Questions.
“Mankind has this need to label certain individuals and put them on pedestals, but how would mankind know it’s an ascended master?” - Guy Needler
Where do the New Age “ascended masters” and channeled entities fit into the game?
Wendy Kennedy explained that people that align with ascended masters are using it to review the notion of hierarchy, to see that all are equal, that all are Source energy .
“When at source level, everything is equal; the opposite of that is hierarchy. Higher is not better. It’s just a different game.” - Wendy Kennedy
- But she also reminds us that even the “masters” have their own filters, so you need to question and discern all that you are being told .
- Most of the so-called New Age “ascended masters” reside in the “fifth to ninth dimension,” which means they reside in frequency bands 5-9 in the physical universe (or the foundation/base universe made of FB1-12 supporting our multiverse with 408 frequency bands in total).
- They are collectives, not singular beings . Examples: Kwan Yin, St. Germain, Yeshua (collective consciousness) etc.
- Some masters work in what we call the “12th dimension” (FB12 out of 408 FB’s in total) in an entirely different way to hold planetary systems together through energy projection . Others hold planetary consciousness creating a matrix for the constructs that we are playing within . Examples: Ramshi (master geneticist & universal architect), Korolla, which are also collectives .
- Many of our iconic figures are actually collectives, not unique individuals at all .
- These beings may have had physical lifetimes and increased their frequencies to move beyond the need to incarnate at our level (3D physical world) . But they are still in the physical universe, which is only the first universe in our multiverse (with 397 universes in total). That means they are only partially ascended beings, who have not ascended all the frequencies and all the universes, like True Ascended Masters have .
Image: A collage of True Ascended Masters and other iconic figures (click to enlarge)
How do we discern information coming from channeled entities and “ascended masters” in the physical universe?
Here are some guidelines given by Wendy Kennedy  and Nora Herold , who channel various beings and collectives:
- There are as many versions of the “truth” as there are beings to interpret the truth.
- Truth is always colored by perception. Every being has an agenda.
- Think of the dimensions [i.e. frequency bands] as floors on a high rise. The view from each floor looks different and has its own set of circumstances, its own set of filters and rules, which color the perspective from that floor.
- Use your body (heart center/intuition) to discern what is truth for you in the moment, to see if you resonate with one word or a paragraph or more. Check if you still believe it tomorrow, because you may have changed.
What are some examples of physical universe collectives that channel information?
Here is a partial list of channeled entities , that are examples of collectives that are teaching us from a specific frequency band* (FB location) in the physical universe (or FB1-12):
- 4th FB: Hathors (Tom Kenyon)
- 5th FB: Sasha (Lyssa Royal), Calliandra (Nora Herold), Bashar (Darryl Anka)
- 6th FB: Ra material (Carla Rueckert)
- 7th FB: Germane (Lyssa Royal), Simion (Amariah Mara)
- 7th-8th FB: Michael entity (Jose Stevens & other channels)
- 9th FB: 9D Pleiadian Collective (Wendy Kennedy)
- 10-12th FB: Founders (Sal Rachele)
- 12th FB: Yeshua & 12D Pleiadian Collective (Nora Herold), Korolla & Ramshi (Wendy Kennedy)
Note: Because these beings or collectives are still communicating from the physical universe, their interpretation of the truth is colored by their level of perception and the filters at their frequency band. Most entities have given us a few “misguided physical universe thoughtforms” or a simplified version of the truth that they think we are ready for, rather than what they really know at their level [7, 10, 11]. That explains some of the discrepancies in the information derived from various groups and channeled entities.
Are you a sovereign being or a victim who needs a savior?
Where does that leave us humans? Confused? Duped? Powerless? Waiting around for a space ship to beam you out of here?
“You have been sold a bill of goods concerning your history. But you are not a victim. You are a willing participant and have chosen to be on this Now moment where your true history has been hidden, so that you could play in the dark just a bit longer.” – Wendy Kennedy
Nora Herold put it this way: “If you are feeling powerless and want someone else to give you the answer, that opens you up to a level of manipulation, as you forgot you don’t need someone to rescue you .” She explained that since we all have free will, we can’t be overpowered by another being (or a group of beings), unless you on some level choose to play that game .
“You can’t claim to be sovereign universal beings of light and then at the same time need for a power outside of you, that you call your government, to tell you the truth. They can’t exist in the same reality.” - Nora Herold commenting on “Disclosure” 
Do we have free will or not?
Jose Stevens, PhD proposed three possible answers to this question in his excellent article :
1. If we don’t have free will, then we have to do what we’re told. We’re at the mercy of greater powers. That’s what religions have taught believers.
2. If we have free will, then we can do whatever we want. But we need to take responsibility for ourselves and the outcome (good or bad). This is what non-believers have always done.
3. The third option is to believe in a higher power and in free will. But the higher power cannot interfere unless you ask.
“What this means is that unless you direct Spirit to intercede, no fleet of saints or space ships, or big guy with a white beard, bath robe and a chariot is going to show up to save you from life consequences.” – Jose Stevens 
Stevens added: “You have to direct Spirit just as if you were a film director telling the actors what to do. No more wishing, no more waiting, no more being passive, no more being in despair. What do you want to see happen in your movie of a life? What do you want for yourself and for others? “
“There are millions of intelligent highly evolved beings, some with bodies and others who have passed on beyond the physical form. They each have their purpose to serve Spirit [like us]. They know that we are playing a game, and that behind the costumes, we too are highly powerful and intelligent beings worthy of the highest respect and service .” That pretty much sums it up for me, too.
For related posts, please see: Busting Some Myths About the Ascension of Earth and Humanity (Part 1)? | Big Picture Questions & Busting More Myths About the Ascension of Earth and Humanity (Part 2)? | Big Picture Questions & What is the Free Will Experiment With Humans on Earth? | Big Picture Questions
For more information, please see:
 Guy Steven Needler: The History of God | Guy Steven Needler
 Guy Steven Needler: Beyond The Source – Book 1 | Guy Steven Needler
 Guy Steven Needler: Beyond The Source – Book 2 | Guy Steven Needler
 Guy Steven Needler: Ascension Process History and Q & A – YouTube
 Guy Steven Needler: World Satsanga Skype Teleconference, December 22, 2012
 Guy Steven Needler: Guy Steven Needler – Ascended Masters – YouTube
 Guy Needler: Personal communication
 Paramahansa Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946.
 Jose Stevens: New Article By José Stevens – After Reset, What Then?
 Wendy Kennedy: Home – Higher Frequencies & Tom Kenyon & Wendy Kennedy: The Great Human Potential: Walking in One’s Own Light, 2013 at higherfrequencies.net/product/the-great-human-potential-walking-in-ones-own-light/
 Nora Herold: Nora Herold – Home & Free Channeled Writings and Audio (Lance White radio interviews, dated 5/8/13 and 6/15/13)
 List of modern channelled texts – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
* Disclaimer: FB assessment is based on the best information provided by the channels or materials.