There have been rare individuals in history who arrive at the top of the mountain in a single moment of enlightenment.
As for the rest of us the journey of Self Realization is a full-time commitment.
There is no guarantee that you will stand on the Holy Ground at the summit. The reason why is because the experience of standing on the mountain top is always given by way of Grace.
This is not to say that you have to earn it. It is always available but its receiving is always a mystery. There is a paradox to be experienced on this journey. You have to make the effort but you will not attain through making efforts.
One thing is certain. If, and when you are graced to stand on the Holy Ground of the mountain top You will KNOW that what you have been given is beyond measure. You will know that it could never be earned.
You will return from the mountain top and declare in the words of the poet Hafiz of Shiraz: –
I wish that when you are lonely and in darkness that I could show you the astonishing light of your own being.
Most of us would like to say on the mountain top but the Grace of realization isn’t given for your benefit alone. It is given to bless all of Creation. The Return is a lifetime of learning to integrate the Grace of KNOWING who and why you are.
Read more about signs of being on top of the mountain in 10 Signs of Spiritual Awakening