Ups and downs on the spiritual path - reasons for the downs
We all are familiar with the difficult fact that our spiritual journey is full of ups and downs, great achievements and then terrible setbacks, extreme quietness and tranquility and then distress and anxiety; aloofness and then the attachements and desire suddenly return; and above all, great belief and trust and conectedness and then complete disbelief and skepticism.
If there is something that can be said about the spiritual path, it is that this path is not linear. It is a ferris wheel or rather a roller coaster, sometimes a frightening and cruel one in which you sometimes find yourself returning to the exact same starting point.
I would like to start this discussion to think together what are the prime reasons for these ups and downs so that we could maybe make our journey more efficient.
Please share what you think the reasons for these ups and downs are. Please explain or share related experiences that support your opinion.