I could say that there’s no loss in spiritual evolution.
I could also say that there’s total loss.
Both are true.
I find that life gets better and better the deeper into the mystery of ourselves we go. In that sense, there’s no loss in forging ahead.
At the same time one progressively loses worries, fears, anxieties, concerns, considerations, etc. There is, as Lao Tzu said, loss upon loss until at last comes rest. (1)
That rest I called “desirelessness.” It’s really detachment from the things of the 3D world. (2) It leads to stillpoint, which is the total cessation of the mind’s activities.
We turn from the world, metaphorically speaking, to God. From that moment on, unless we’ve agreed to be a “sacrifice soul,” our lives should get better. And then we screw things up and they’re not so good. And then they get better again. (Factor in free will, karma, not knowing, etc.)
I did notice that the more detached I was from the things of the world in my recent stay in desirelessness, the more secure, stable, balanced, and peaceful I was. I really liked the “me” that I saw. I desire that. But I see that as a thing of God not a thing of the 3D world.
Be still and know that I am God. The reflection of the moon is seen in the still lake. So many epigrams say the same thing: The desireless mind, the detached mind is a still lake in which the Light of the Self can been seen. (3)
After my vision in 1987, I pulled up at the next red light, bathed in bliss, and looked at the driver in the next lane. He had a worried expression on his face and I wanted to roll down my window and shout at him, it all works out in the final reel!
It does more than work out in the final reel. It’s already started. (4) As the Ascension energies rise, it’ll work out more and more, deeper and deeper.
(1) “The Way is gained by daily loss,
Loss upon loss until
At last comes rest.”
(Lao Tzu, The Way of Life. The Tao Te Ching. trans. R.B. Blakney. New York, etc.: Avon, 1975, 101. )
(2) As St. John of the Cross describes here:
“To undertake the journey to God the heart must be burned and purified of all creatures [all created things, desires] with the fire of divine love.” (St. John of the Cross in Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez, trans. Complete Works of St. John of the Cross. Washington: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1973, 75.) I’d call a person who burned with the fire of divine love ascended or close to it.
“Until a man is purged of his attachments he will not be equipped to possess God, neither here below through the pure transformation of love, nor in heaven through the beatific vision.” (St. John of the Cross, ibid., 78.)
With the rising energies of Ascension, we no longer need to endure the privations that St. John did, to ascend.
(3) In WWII, British bombers dropped a chaff they called “Windows.” It confused German radars and hid the bombers. An unquiet mind is like a storm of chaff that hides the Self.
(4) Ascension is a full and permanent heart opening.