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It is a characteristic of our time that may people are afraid of solitude: to be alone is a sign one is a social failure, for no one would be alone if he or she could help it. People living in our modern hectic civilization, amid the constant din of radio and TV, subjecting themselves to every kind of stimulation whether of passive sort of TV or the more active sort of conversation, work and activity, that people with such constant preoccupations find it exceedingly difficult to let insights from the unconscious break through.
Rollo May, The Courage To Create
Rollo May wrote the above statement in 1975, twenty years before personal computers were to begin making their way into our daily lives. Our potential to be constantly distracted and stimulated has reached a whole new level. If we are to enter into solitude and make room for the unconscious to breakthrough we have to be very intentional about finding that space in our daily lives.
I have for years found great refreshment in solitude. One of my favorite things is just taking a walk by myself in the neighborhood. For me, taking a walk is like shaking the etch a sketch. It gives me a fresh start for whatever is waiting back home or in the studio. Do not be surprised if you feel empty or sad when you go in this direction. Just remember that you have to empty and clean the cup before it can be filled up with something good again. By going into solitude you are preparing your self to receive fresh input for your soul and mind.