No, you don’t. This is a mystical path of experience, It is not a religious path of seeing divine beings as those above us who need to be worshipped.
The connection to Sophia, Mystical Christianity, Ascended Masters, Angels, and other Higher Dimensional Beings are there to help open the doors for us. These beings do not need nor are asking us to worship them. They are merely wanting to help us heal, evolve, and remember who we are.
What that said it is helpful to have an open mind and heart to these beings because their energy can greatly help you along your path. Not doing so would greatly deny the bountiful grace and healing blessings they can offer your path.
Also, we work with these being in alignment with the highest vibration of love, oneness, clarity, protection, integrity, and ethics. Therefore, these beings will ALWAYS respect our free will. And, we will only receive from them what is in our highest good, ease, and grace, as well as right and perfect timing.
They are here to deeply support and love us. When we become aware of how much they offer us deep respect and love arise organically and a natural mentorship unfolds. In order for all of this to unfold…you need to at least begin with a sense of openness and curiosity.
But, you always have free will and if this aspect of the teachings doesn’t resonate with you that’s okay too. You can still get a lot out of this work without having a direct connection to the ascended masters.