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The More You Advance, The Harder it Gets

“The more thou dost advance the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire—the light of daring, burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more the light shall pale—and that alone can guide. … When out it goes, a dark and threatening shade will fall from thine own heart upon the path, and root thy feet in terror to the spot. Beware, disciple, of that lethal shade.” H. P. Blavatsky

As a baby, we first learn to crawl, then to walk, then to run. In and sport, you learn the basics first, then the more advanced things. The same is true of almost any activity and that includes spiritual enlightenment.

It would be nice, we think, if after the first initial effort to awaken our spiritual self, we could just coast the rest of the way, but the path is an uphill climb and gets ever steeper and more perilous as the journey continues. This is the way it must be. As with everything else, you learn the basics first, then move on to the more advanced lessons which, being more advanced, are generally more difficult and dangerous. Continue reading “The More You Advance, The Harder it Gets”