Ascension is the evolutionary process of raising a planet's humanoid species to a technological, political, social, and spiritual level capable of achieving and connecting with advanced/utopian civilization.
In cabbalistic terms, awakening/ascension is the process of raising Malkuth (a.k.a. the Kingdom) back up to Kether (a.k.a. the Crown)
Sharp, Michael (BOLIFE). The Book of Life: Ascension and the Divine World Order