The Value of Solitude — Time to Contemplate

The Value of Solitude — Time to Contemplate

It is important to take time to daydream, think, and contemplate. It gives our intuition time and space to speak to us. Spending time alone is a must. Above all, we should not confuse time alone or seclusion with loneliness.

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; It is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Value of Solitude — Time to Contemplate

We are creatures who need to spend time alone. It’s important to have time to ourselves.  This is a basic form of self-care.  When we are alone without an agenda, it gives us time to normalize.  It’s a way of connecting our creative and intuitive mind.

There are many things to contemplate and think about.  Are we alone in the Universe? What happens to my consciousness when I die?  These questions are unsettling even terrifying to think about.  But, these types of questions are necessary.  Contemplating these kinds of questions is a way of sparking our creative mind.  It also provides us with meaning and perspective.

We lose connection with our natural creative and intuitive abilities when we don’t make time to contemplate.  Our intuition wants to speak to us, but most of the time we are too busy.  So, solitude gives our intuition time and space to speak to us.

Spending time alone in nature is good for our mental and physical health.  Spend time forest bathing or meditating in a garden. This is an almost immediate way to connect with the source, with nature. Whenever possible, we conduct our introductory meetings near forests or at gardens. The seclusion one experiences in nature help us to calm and focus the mind.  We cannot overstate the value of solitude.  It heals the soul, the mind, and the body.

When we take time to contemplate our bodies also have a chance to speak. If we stop long enough then things will surface that we have kept hidden because our mind is focusing outward on daily tasks.

How Loneliness and Solitude Differ

Being alone does not make you lonely.  You can be lonely in a crowd.  So, the lack of people around you does not make you lonely.  Seclusion is not the same as loneliness.

Loneliness is not the experience of what one lacks, but rather the experience of what one is… It is ironic how much of our freedom we expend on power — on conquering death, disease, and decay, all the while concealing from each other our carefully buried loneliness, which if shared, would deepen our understanding of each other. — James Leonard Park, Essay on Loneliness of Spirit

There are three kinds of loneliness, social, emotional, and spiritual loneliness.

1. Social loneliness is when you are without reliable relationships. The lack of people to share interests with, on whom you could rely if your car broke down, etc.  It is a lack of trust.

2. Emotional loneliness stems from feeling like you have no meaningful connection or relationships.  You don’t have a significant other, spouse, or partner.  You feel distant from everyone, even your family.

3. But there is another type of loneliness.  We know this as spiritual or existential loneliness. This loneliness is a sense of longing that cannot be fulfilled through social connections of any kind.  So, no matter how good our relationships are, you can still feel like something is missing.

You can still feel ‘empty’ and ‘lonesome’. If this sounds like you, then the problem won’t be found in personal relationships.  You can only quench it by following your heart.  It is what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey.  This is what spiritual exploration is all about. And it is one of the first major spiritual lessons.

How Spiritual Exploration Differs from Religion

Many people don’t understand that spiritual exploration is at the opposite end of the spectrum of religion. Religion is dogma centering on three things. First, who or what might have created the universe. Second, what may happen after you die. Third, rules of integrity for governing behavior.   This doctrine revolves around fear and reward.  There is the fear of eternal punishment for those that disagree and an eternal paradise for those who believe.

Whereas, Spiritual exploration has nothing to do with doctrine or dogma.  It involves the use of spiritual tools/technologies to expand awareness and open the doors of consciousness.  These spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science. They exhibit repeatable common experiential phenomena.

The value of Solitude is immediately clear when developing your path.  You need time alone to think, meditate, and practice.  When you do this the spiritual loneliness fades away.  The inner quest is the answer to spiritual loneliness.  And the ancient tools for expanding awareness and opening the doors to higher states of consciousness are the right tools for this quest.

Spiritual Technologies 

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration. You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
 
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis.  This is a process to which to assist in exploring and comparing belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.  

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the spiritual journal and automatic writing. Here we introduce lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the final group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

In Conclusion

Our modern culture does not understand the value of solitude.  It programs us to keep busy all the time.  Taking time to contemplate is a waste of time rather than a necessary part of our emotional and physical health.

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Interested in spiritual exploration?  Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey.  Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.  Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.

References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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