Frisky - Lemuria was a civilization that existed in the Pacific basin area, and Atlantis was a global civilization with it's spiritual center located in what is now the Mediterranean basin. The Lemurian civilization was similar to ours in that it experienced a separation cycle (i.e. duality, conflict) then came into a collective experience of unification. The Atlantean experience had the opposite experience - the had a collective unification experience, and then moved into a seperation cycle. The story of Adam and Eve being thrown out of the Garden of Eden - that is an allusion to that whole experience. The same with the story of the Tower of Babel.
Back to your original question about your next step within the ascension process. What's your intention?
Bluth - Haven't heard about the 20 connected breaths - what is it?
Lethalmind - In other words to paraphrase War..."Ascension - What is good for? Hopefully something"
Let's talk about an individual ascension process. We are composed of an evolving body and a static soul. Just like our soul reincarnates to have a variety of experiences, there is an energetic signature that is leftover from the body when we die. It also reincarnates to have more experience, but also to evolve. At some point the body wants to evolve to become a soul in it's own right. Then it matches up with a soul who wants to help it in the ascension process. The timing of this will vary depending on the individual. A very public example of this is the Dalai Lama, who has had the same body signature (spirit) and soul incarnating for 14 consecutive times.
You do not have to die to ascend. The benefit of ascension for the body is that it now has evolved into being an eternal soul, and can experience all the things that a soul does, include reincarnating to help other body's ascend. The benefit for the soul that has helped with ascension, is that it now has the energetic blueprint of any shape that body has taken in it's evolution (i.e. mineral, plant, animal, human) imprinted on itself - meaning that it doesn't have to go through the birth and death process, but can now incarnate directly (i.e. manifest a body whenever it wants to).