We can come to a place of deep, profound realization, which is wonderful and very freeing, but the mistake that’s often made is that at a later point, when the synchronicity or some other wonderful experience is not happening, we think we have lost something. Actually, that’s a particular interpretation that is rarely examined. What actually happens is similar to the human experience of going through developmental stages. Remember the experience of moving into adolescence, when you’re twelve and a half, and you’re not there yet, and you’re leaving childhood behind?
That which in childhood seemed so wonderful is no longer available. The things that had been fun aren’t so much fun anymore, but the new ways to enjoy life aren’t very obvious. It’s awkward and you make mistakes, if they can even be called that. You can look back on that time with a rather clear understanding. It wasn’t that you fell away from childhood, it’s that you were outgrowing it. As you were outgrowing it, you were leaving it behind. It was uncomfortable because that’s how you knew to live life. And yet you still hadn’t moved into full adolescence.
The same thing happens in moving from adolescent to adult. It can be uncomfortable, but there’s no mistake. In retrospect, these are seen to be developmental stages. You outgrew childhood and adolescence rather than falling away from them. Spiritually, you may come to some very wonderful places, but if they’re not complete and absolutely true, then eventually you’re going to outgrow them. It doesn’t feel good to leave them behind because that’s where you’re comfortable, and the new hasn’t been revealed yet. Then the misinterpretation that’s usually made is that you have fallen away from, rather than reached the limitation of, the realization that you had before, as wonderful as it was. When you mature, it’s time to leave earlier stages behind.
It makes it much harder to leave if you say that you have fallen away from it rather than matured out of it. These are completely different interpretations. With one, you are trying to grasp or get back to what was before. With the other, you look back over your shoulder and bid it goodbye as a nice experience, realizing something more mature is coming.