Onward To the Palace of Wisdom- Solitude

W73SJDWQAJ‘Solitude is not found so much by looking outside the boundaries of your dwelling but by staying within. Solitude is a deepening of the present and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.’ -Thomas Merton

In his solitude, looking out toward the hemisphere our pilgrim could see the constellation of Orion amongst others along the celestial equator. The open expanse of sky, looked as though it contained every conceivable star in existence, lassoed and corralled for his eyes only. The setting sun lingered on the horizon for one last embrace of the earth as our Pilgrim appeared not have a care in the world, just he and the starry sky above. Most never understand these magical moments where the earth and sky appear to touch the setting sun and all is one.

During a visit with a friend, our Pilgrim’s was asked, ”do you ever get lonely out here.” His response is even more of a foreign concept then most have ever heard .”I am only lonely when I fail to see the sky above with its bouquet of stars and feel the good earth under my feet. We look at nature but nature in her wisdom does indeed look back at us, willing to lend a hand, asking only for respect in return.”  

DABC9B899FSolitude                                                                  Wholeness, compassion, mindfulness are gifts of the  true self. Consequently, there is an essential need for solitude. To visit this sacred sanctuary of the soul is essential to truly being a part of something bigger. How can we give of ourselves to others if you don’t know ourselves to any degree? We face the danger of being locked out of the self if we never travel to that ancient realm.

In times of solitude, acuity with the sublime increases. We  appreciate the circumstance that allows the introduction of the transcendent. The nuance, it gives to our being, the deposits of color and flavor that bring warmth to the soul. These moments at times may seem painful but with acceptance these shadows will reveal the light of wonder and understanding, turning from gray to white to gray again.

K2AUGZN9HZBut do these moments of solitude present themselves often enough? We act all too often as if the world is one big computer game and we are continuously compelled to play. Thus without our individual depth concerning life, realized in times of solitude, we lose the gray areas where life really captivates our imagination. These areas are the paradoxes where life is really felt and ultimately made sense of. We must allow ourselves to feel the contradictions in life, to hold sacred the hollowed intuitive feelings that make up our center.

Orion the Hunter                                                                        In Greek mythology, Orion falls in love with Merope, one of the seven sisters of the Pleiades. She doesn’t reciprocate. His life is cut short when he steps on a scorpion. Feeling sorry for the young hunter, the gods put him and his dogs, Canis  Major and Canis Minor in the sky as a constellation standing by the river Eridanus. All the animals he hunted are close to him in their location in the sky, Lepus the Rabbitt and Taurus the bull. But the scorpion is placed at the opposite end of the sky. Orion will never have to contend with him again. 

orion-315830_640His famous belt is made up of the stars Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka. The star that forms his left shoulder and sling for his sword is Betelgeuse which means in Arabic, The Armpit of the Central One.  One sees a star in the middle of Orion’s sword which in actuality is The Great Orion Nebula.

Orion stands in solitude, his belt, and sword at his side, where he is seen and admired by most of the world, his trusted dogs in obedience above the celestial equator at the center.

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I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in October of 2012. These are my writings of life and love after the fall but during a time of deep creativity either because or in spite of my illness... Peace and Love... JC

19 thoughts on “Onward To the Palace of Wisdom- Solitude”

  1. A beautifully written post JC, lyrical and spiritual.
    It is important not to mix up solitude with being lonely. Solitude as you point out fills us up and anchors us in the calm of the whole.
    Then we are ready to venture out for a good time with friends. Laugh real laughter, deep and true.

    I also love the learned piece about Orion. Brings me back to my childhood when my father would take me out at night and point them out.:)

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    1. Thank you Mirja for your kind words… I would look up at the sky and see Orion every night in his solitude always there without fail and it occurred to me that I didn’t know his story. So, it is tragic but he found his way.

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  2. JC, your image of us travessing through this world as if it is one giant computer game is brilliant and had me smiling. So true and up to date using a modern analogy. Solitude is feared by so many so keeping busy, seeming active, being with others, interactive becomes the main focus of ones life. When we dare to put that aside, to rest within ourselves then we find solitude and experience the sublime. A great thoughtful post again. Love the song and happy reminder of university days!

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    1. Thank you, Annika… yes I saw the computer analogy by watching my kids at different ages and low and behold I’ve caught myself doing the same thing at times…

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  3. GOOD GRIEF! How I agree with everything you’ve written and then some! I want to (quietly) proclaim this from roof tops! And the REM song, yep, just yep. Excellent. RE-read this as it was just that good!

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      1. Tee hee! I do re-read things I really love it is true, and this really empowered me and got my blood pumping. An excellent read my friend!

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  4. This is an amazing post. I appreciate the information on Orion and your words on solitude which so many seek and so few find. I use to sit on a beach in Canada when I spent summers working as a nurse. Between shifts I would sit and just watch the water and sometimes I’d write. I miss those days and evenings and I miss my patient and his family. Thank you so much for sharing and I feel inspired to find again that solitude. A beautiful post…I love it. Also…my patient was the one who introduced me to R.E.M.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this with me. I can remember a time also when I’d go off to the beach once the sun fell below the horizon for I knew I would be by myself for the most part. I don’t do this as much as I use to. I need to get back to that. REM rules!


    1. Thank you for following my site and I am most definitely going to follow yours. I agree, all great things do come when you harvest time for solitude. I look forward to reading your post… jc

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