Every day, humans must engage in multiple occupations that force them to descend into matter. But they must only descend, not fall – the distinction must be clear.
To avoid falling, they must remain connected to the spirit that dwells within them. Thus, when they go through internally difficult times, they will find the means to escape doubt, anguish and discouragement: stairs and ladders will provide them access to the higher regions of consciousness.
In matter, one can find all that is good, but also all that is bad.
To avoid becoming engulfed, one must take care to descend without blocking the stairs, without breaking the ladders, without sawing the ropes, so as to be able to climb back up quickly and take shelter in the event of danger. Faith and a high ideal are the stairs, ladders and ropes that make it possible to climb back up quickly to the higher levels.