Some of the more advanced meditation practitioners have a word of caution about looking at the so-called "maps" of spiritual development- once you've seen them, you can't unsee them.
Of course, regardless of the maps of how the path should progress, the process will ultimately look somewhat different for everyone- each person on their journey encounters different things.
The issue at hand is whether or not the various phases a person goes through can easily be charted on an overall map. There may be room to argue broad placements- but there may be a danger when we start talking about more detailed and specific phases a person's going through.
I'm not opposed to looking at the maps at all; in some cases, I've found it helpful because I could recognize what someone was describing.
But I also emphasize what I've stated here previously: one should practice and refine the basic skills of relaxation and releasing tension. Another good skill is the "gladdening" of the mind. We'll talk about this in more detail in a future entry.
I've definitely found that trying to increase things in small doses is far, far more effective than attempting to make great leaps and bounds. You might indeed get somewhere faster if you run a mile, but if you walk the mile, you can stop, smell roses, talk to people, and observe the world around you- and there may be something more important in that than simply arriving at a particular destination.
Let us reflect on these things.