From another thread ...
what is mentioned less often is that folks can travel along this path in both directions.
There is an assumption that we are going in the right direction. That our spiritual path involves increased insight, more compassion. More reading. More cushion time, more retreats, more wise quotes etc.
The assumption is we are starting from a capable balance, discernment and emotional maturity. We assume we have the skills and attainments for progress.
Sometimes we need to go back. Sometimes even the residents of the far shore go back. This is very different from going backward which is another possibility ...
It is also true that different parts of our being can be in different locations and travelling in unified chaos (worst case scenario) rather than a disciplined passage.
What does this journeying mean for you presently?