Thank you ChrisL for starting this thread, it's a very good topic to explore since ascension is very hard to understand plus the fact we're actually living through it now to one degree or another on a personal basis and this experience can be very disturbing to many people who have no idea what's going on.
There have been many post's here on the board lately about sudden changes in people's personal lives that to me reflect their own personal ascension, such as things falling apart, relationships coming to an end, unreal financial problems and also a general feeling of thinking the world is just not going to make it these days. I think on a subliminal level, we're all aware of these inner transformations but in the outer world is very confusing.
Also, I'd like to include a website that's been very helpful to me as far as understanding what's going on each month in the global ascesion as well as my own personal ascension. This woman channels higher beings of Light that have the purpose of encouraging us and also giving us many hints and clues as to what's going on these days, I can't stress how helpful she's been to me and I'm sure she might be able to shed some light on what's going on for all of us now.
Here's her recent energy update, but if you read back from this update there are many other short posts, on what's been happening all year long: The Arrival of Universal LOVE : TWYH