Salvation is what we have already attained by being alive. I told this to my rather depressed sister one time. She was obsessed with the "salvation/damnation" way of thinking, so when I made this statement, a full sunny smile came over her face.
Ultimate salvation is something that all completely redeemed souls will attain to by virtue of reincarnative expiation, struggle and complete realization of their origins.
Salvation is so fraught with nerves because damnation is supposed to be at its other side. We fear that we won't be saved because "original sin", according to this line of thought has damned us all by virtue of human birth.
So, I have just declared the opposite: By virtue of our human birth we have been appointed to live on this plane of human experience so that we may improve our characters and beauty so that when we ultimately return to the One, The Causeless One, we will be in a more lustrous condition and be able to live at higher levels beyond our current imagination.
Complete Salvation is the path a person is on when they realize that this plane of existence is not to escape damnation, or simply live in a realm of a search for happiness and grasping for pleasure and fleeing pain. This is a realm of Character Building and Soul Improvement. When we are on this path, we are on the path of Ultimate Salvation.
Damnation is not missing the green Jeep in Africa which had a flat tire and did not make it to the village to baptize the poor souls, Damnation is the utter repudiation of understanding your own nature and descending into darkness and complete futility. This is not God's sentence, it is the soul's own self punishment.