Excerpt About Journeys (Three)
Journeys of Ascent and DescentIn the journey of ascent, the individual soul penetrates the various dimensions of creation and manifestation, which are garments in which the absolute was hidden. The journey of descent, however, is conscious donning of these garments by the absolute. The ascent is like a movement inward, while the descent is a movement outward; in the first the absolute gains its conscious awareness, and in the second it retains this awareness within manifestation. Hence, the descent is into manifestation, but not into exile and alienation. Therefore, just as the journey of ascent is that of shedding and separation leading to the simplicity of singlehood, the journey of descent is that of integration and union leading to the richness of wholeness.