I often get asked if solitude is required to realize enlightenment. On the path of Mystical Oneness, there is only one place where isolation is critical.
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While it is natural to become less social during spiritual growth—particularly when shifting your identity between levels (Mortal to Soul or Soul to Radiance)—it is still important to have social interaction during these periods. You can’t live the path by escaping Life. During the Soul and Radiance periods, Life is used as a mirror to help reveal and unravel your natural Mortal or Soul conditioning. In order to release the conditioning and grow spiritually through these levels, you need to interact with others.
Moving from Radiance to Oneness though—where your identity is completely dropped—solitude is extremely important. At this delicate stage, it is very easy to slip back into your old identity, or even acquire a new identity—ie: a Messiah Complex.
Isolating yourself from others (and ideally surrounding yourself in Nature) is critical for the Openness/Awareness/Love/Oneness to take root.
For myself, the “shaking out” period lasted about three weeks, but I spent most of the previous two years completely alone. After awakening, there were about two years while I adapted to this new way of living—much of that with family and friends which helped shake loose most of the deep, family/relationship conditioning.
I am still adapting to this Oneness… I occasionally get lost in the world of thoughts. Thankfully though—during these “moments of confusion”—I simply “look” for myself and find no one there.
Though lately I’ve been feeling the need for isolation—more “quiet time”—I’ll just have to wait and see what She has to say about it. That’s how it works when there’s no one home—you just do what needs to be done.
From Mortal through Radiance: Stay in the World.
From Radiance to Oneness and to stabilize Oneness: Hop in your camper and head for the hills.
From stable or mostly stable Oneness: “Do what needs to be done.” – The Tao Te Ching.
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