Joseph Campbell said the path of maturity is that of "breaking out of the psychological bondage to the culture into a self-responsible authority with the courage to accept and express one's own thoughts about one's own life." We are to become self-directed, self-propelled, self-sustaining human beings in our own right. How, here's the thing about that: Nothing is lonelier than being on our own. This is where the secret foundation of our life comes to our rescue. Maryanne Moore said, "The cure for loneliness is solitude." Solitude is finding the inner connection with the One Who Knows within, and establishing a working/living relationship with the side of ourselves that we are mostly unconscious of, and being attentive to and present with that which is present with us. Solitude differs from loneliness in that loneliness cuts us off and isolates us from all aspects of life. We are excluded from relationships and expelled from community. Solitude, on the other hand, opens us to possibilities of relationship and communal living with the Thou at the heart of the invisible/unconscious world, as the moved in response to the mover. We enter that relationship with a communal state of being by being open to it through the right kind of emptiness-- empty of all thoughts and emotions (like the space between breaths)-- stillness and silence, and waiting for what arises unbidden as though from the Thou within, which is our adamantine connection with our original nature and the innate virtues/traits/characteristics that set us apart from all others of our species and identify us as Who We Are. From that point, things take on a life of their own, and you have an inner companion for the journey to yourself through the world of external conditions and circumstances in the physical world of normal, apparent, reality, with your inner world guiding, assisting, your navigation in the outer world, and you doing the work of balancing/harmonizing life at the interface of both worlds. It is the adventure of a lifetime, waiting on the other side of silence.
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