Ascending Step by Step

Jacob's dream gave the world an abiding and suggestive symbol of the means by which it may attain to spiritual heights.

There is no doubt about the fact that to reach heaven we must do some serious climbing, and that each round of the ladder must, in turn, serve our ascent and then be left behind as we advance to a higher and nobler sense of Truth. Each round, in its order, is the best and only one available for us at the given stage of our progress. We may think we would like to step from the first to the fifth, and try to do so, but the attempt is hazardous and will certainly result in disappointment and delay, for the higher levels are reached only as we have taken all the steps leading up to them, and our next step is always just above our present footing.

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