We can swim in the Atlantic Ocean here but it’s quite cold.
There are at least 3 kinds of people:
Those who stick their toes in and run back to their towels.
Those who go in just below their groin and hang out there.’
Those who go in all the way over their heads to enjoy the full swimming experience.
I’ve noticed the same thing spiritually.
Some reach a certain stage, don’t like how it feels, and revert back to a safer stage.
Some reach a certain stage and stay there.
Some keep going past the discomfort and the depths to enjoy a full spiritual life.
None are bad. None are best. I’m not passing a judgment call. I’m just saying that a full, rich inner life is not possible without passing through and experiencing seasons that don’t feel so good.