Of course, it is the upper half we desire to live in, but our thoughts are conditioned by the lower. What would it require of us to go any higher? What would we have to give up? It seems safer to settle for the middle of the mountain where the conditions are predictable. Though the middle offers only a mediocre existence at best, at least it doesn't require too much of us. Our choices secure our position here. This is where we make our home, dreaming of loftier heights, but locked in place by an attachment to the familiar.
Our position is not unique. Ours is the age-old crossroads between heaven and hell, our higher-self and our lower-self, joy and emptiness. Throughout human history, people have found themselves right where we are at. They are trying to survive in the practical world of their ego, while wishing they could ascend to their Spirit. Have you ever heard someone explain what it takes to get by in the “real” world? It is a popular belief that sometimes, you have to get your hands a little dirty in order to survive.
It is undoubtedly true that we cannot thrive in certain situations if we do not play by the “rules of the game,” or better said, the rules of the ego. We might cause a relationship to end if we are honest or blow a promotion at work if we do not toot our own horn. But this is only a problem for short-term visioning. Since our mind cannot see past the step we are on, it assumes that our survival hinges on it. To it, we cannot afford to choose the high road in certain situations because all opportunities for us would dry up like day-old bread.
In reality, the opposite is true. Whenever we choose for the lower-self, we greatly limit our opportunities. The only opportunities available to the lower-self are the ones we can see, and there is no guarantee that those will pan out the way that we hope. Though it may seem like we have taken the only step available for us to succeed, in reality, we have taken the only step available for us to succeed in that particular situation. If we would have chosen for our higher-self, then the opportunity we lost would have actually led to other opportunities. As they say, “When one door closes, another one opens.”But this is only true when choosing in favor of the higher-self, because then we have an ace up our sleeve – the Spirit.