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Climbing the Mountain of Life

By Philip Burley

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In classical literature, a mountain is sometimes used as a symbol of the heights one can reach when inspired by the presence and love of God. Mountains appear on the Home Page of my website primarily for this reason.

The mountain is an ideal symbol of attainment in life because it has many sides, allowing for many routes one can take to its peak. Some may be easy, some hard, and some nearly impossible.

While the mountain range represents many things about the climb back to God, it is essential to know that climbing “the mountain” is an internal job rather than an external one. The Mountain of Life exists within, and its summit—attaining oneness with God—is reached by moving upward within oneself, passing through higher and higher levels of consciousness or progressive levels of spiritual enlightenment.

For example, in the beginning we may see God as separate and distant, outside of ourselves, and to be worshipped in awe and fear. Through more and higher, and higher experiences we find, in the end, that God is neither distant nor separate from us. Instead, we experience, in endless and multiple ways, that God is ever present within us. And that he is ever speaking to us through us, abounding in infinite love, wisdom, and kindness—all supported with intimate guidance and eternal, sublime peace.

The journey up The Mountain of Life is achieved most fully and effectively—consciously or unconsciously—during meditation.

While climbing this inner mountain, we come to master life by mastering our thoughts. As Saint Germain taught me, To Master Self is to Master Life. And to master life is to master the Mountain of Life.

Picture: Grand Teton Mountains, National Park, Wyoming, U. S. A.

Copyright © July 2021
By Philip Burley
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