As we rise in the scale of development, we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed:
1. We mistook shadows for realities
2. The upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached "reality"
But only when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by Maya [illusion]. -- H. P. Blavatsky