In the Ageless Wisdom traditions three stages of human growth have been identified. They offer a simple map of our evolutionary journey from conditioned consciousness to Pure Consciousness.
What a surprise it is when you recognize that the world is simply a mirror of your own mind. With that one insight you realize that the trials of life that seemed so cruel are simply self-induced lessons. You understand that your experience is generated by the projection of your own past suffering and desires onto the world.