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The Virtually Inevitable Backslide May 22, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.

After Zig-Zagging to the Zenith and falling in love with the view, we declare, with emphasis, “I’m NEVER going back down there!”  

Never say never.     

Maintaining an enlightened perspective when faced with the daily challenges of life is difficult . . .  something or someone pushes our buttons, and our time-worn automatic response kicks into high gear causing us to backslide.

Before we know it, we’re back on auto-pilot, headed straight for the Sea of Negativity.   In short order, we find ourselves in a heap at the foot of the mountain that we just finished struggling to climb. 

And Ego says, “Why did I bother to try climbing it in the first place?  What a waste of time and effort!  The view wasn’t that great anyway. 

“I’m staying down here where I belong.  I’m not going to keep trying to be someone I’m not.”

And Ego lived Unhappily Ever After.  

The End.

Wait . . . not so fast!  

Unlike before, we now know, with absolute certainty, that there is another perspective on life.  We know that, while viewing life from that perspective,  we felt better ~ viewing life from a Spiritual perspective gave us true peace of mind. 

In addition, we are more aware of our thoughts, and see them heading south towards the Sea of Negativity sooner.  Even if we aren’t actively monitoring our thoughts, we are more attuned to how we are feeling.  

We notice more quickly that we are feeling negative, and can step on the brakes sooner ~ because now we have a positive frame of reference for comparison.

So how does the story really end? 

We get up, look up at the top of the mountain, and realize that we have a choice.  We can revert back to an Ego-orientation, and hang out at the bottom of the mountain (where Ego resides) or we can rejoin our Higher Self at the Zenith.  

Eventually, we choose to leave Ego behind and start climbing again, because we know in our heart that it’s a journey worth making. 

Only this time, as soon as we start climbing, we see through the clouds that previously obscured our view.  We see your Higher Self waiting for our return.  

In our mind’s eye, we visualize being back on that Zenith, viewing the world with compassion and kindness, rather than with anger and fear.  The view from the Zenith feels real to us now, because it is real.  It is where our Higher Self always resided, even before we knew of its existence. 

Once we’ve reached the Zenith the first time, we never have to re-climb the mountain.  To return immediately to the top of the mountain, we just need to let go of the negatives ~ to replace our earth-bound Ego-orientation with all the good feelings and peace within. 

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, all we have to do is visualize ourself back at the Zenith, as we tap our heels and say, “Who I am is who I want to be.”  

As soon as we re-align with our Spiritual perspective, we are back at the Zenith.  

Sitting on the top of the world.

Related: The Path To Enlightenment * Zig-Zagging To The Zenith * Progress, Not Perfection *  ABC’s of Happiness Spiritual Milestones


1. Lisa Kramer - March 19, 2011

Clink, clink, clink. That’s the sound of those spikes climbers stick into the mountain to help them climb. Mine are purple. “Who I am is who I want to be.” Thank you for sharing this one too.

nrhatch - March 19, 2011

You’re welcome. The first time I slid down the mountain was the worst. I landed in a heap on my ass and thought, “What a waste of time that was.”

Now, when I backslide, it’s easier to regain my footing and return to where the air is clear and my thoughts are clearer.

Happy climbing. 😎

2. Pocket Perspectives - August 7, 2011

Thank you so much for these insights…so very helpful…back up I go…provided some much needed perspective today…thank you

nrhatch - August 7, 2011

Yay! My motivation for blogging is to share a perspective that may benefit others as the path unfolds before them.

Enjoy the view!

3. Pocket Perspectives - May 15, 2012

Nancy, this is a wonderful post, absolutely brimming with insight and wisdom…and oh…this is funny…I just noticed that I liked it in August too…. : ) …a good thing about not remembering is that things always seem new… of course, each time I read something it is “new” since I change between readings…. : )

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

After I left you the link, I saw that you’d seen it before . . . but sometimes we see things in a new way after the passage of time.

4. Sandra Bell Kirchman - November 18, 2013

I hadn’t seen this before, or I surely would have commented. Pocket Perspectives has the right of it. Different but helpful perspectives make the journey infinitely less guilt-filled, clearer and easier. Thanks for being around to share.

nrhatch - November 18, 2013

The first two links at the bottom of the post are to previous posts in this series, shared only a few months after starting SLTW.

Spiritual “enlightenment” teaches us to shift our perspective from Ego concerns to more productive and peaceful thoughts.

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