Why do we have to go through a journey with so much suffering when in Truth we are already in the image of God?
It is like climbing a ladder that reaches higher than the clouds. We wonder what it would be like to reach the top and find all the secrets of existence. We start climbing and seeing more as we climb. We reach the middle and panic at the great overwhelming grandeur and a part of us clings to the bottom while another part longs for the top. Finally we reach the top and realize that we haven't gone anywhere as the ladder was always here. We had gone from here to here but now we see it for the first time. As T.S. Eliot wrote, "We shall never cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring we shall arrive at where we started and know that place for the first time."
This journey is a journey of discovery. Once we see beyond our linear brain to the holographic essence that we are, we shall also see that nothing happened, nothing was achieved, nothing was accomplished but have reached HOME finally. It is a glory that can't be even imagined.