The theme of today’s walk was solitude. The tern solitude has many implications for a person who is seeking deeper spiritual consciousness awareness.
All of the great religious traditions, in one fashion or another, haven’t addressed the issue of solitude. It is in solitude that a person must confront the issues of ego and death. In the state of solitude a person focuses on the internal experiences of consciousness, and in this uninterrupted silence a deeper walk is made possible. All great sages, prophets, mystics, avatars, saviors, Buddha’s and others who have made this walk, know that in solitude one must confront one’s self in light of the fact that one is going to die.
The collective humankind sees itself as finite. Mystics know this is an illusion. The external world is based on a cognitive process that is different from a mystical process. The mystic has had extraordinary experiences which shifted his or her ordinary consciousness.
When consciousness shifts from the external to the internal, a transformation begins. There becomes a great need on the part of the person undergoing this transformation to deepen their internal walk, their internal silence, and their internal awareness without the chatter and social interaction that occurs in the external world. It is in solitude that one is able to step away from the hustle and busUe and the demands of the external world.
The principle of spiritual consciousness and its relationship to solitude is clearly distinct from loneliness. Loneliness is a condition that is externally directed. One becomes lonely for a loved one, a pet, companionship or other external conditions. Solitude is internally directed. The seeker determines the period and circumstances of his or her solitude. Some choose a total life of solitude. There is neither a right way nor a wrong way in making this choice. It is in solitude that one is able to deepen the silence, a silence so deep that it expands beyond words and feelings. It is an awareness of merging the Self into the One. The Jewish mystics phrased it according to the Kabala model, “so above, so below.”
For most mystics, the doctrine of reincarnation fits the mystical experience. For many Jews, Christians, and Muslims this doctrine does nol exist. For early Christians (for at least 400 years or more) this was the doctrine.
From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan.
© Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.