Meta. A phase of our progress in which we appear to face the complete destruction of our true, higher ideals (see Esth. 3:13), but in which we eventually unfold spiritually to a degree that outshines all of our former realizations and demonstrations (see Ezra 6:15). In giving up phases of the sensual that greater good may come into expression, we sometimes appear, to the outer consciousness, to be losing all; but eventually we find that we have gained all instead. This truth was exemplified in its fullness in the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.