I came across an article that was very well written and discusses isolation when on the spiritual path. So many times I have discussed this or heard people say how alone they feel. Awakening, which is not an event that just happens once, often leads to a change in the person. They are not the same person they were before awakening. Often this causes them not to relate to friends and family in the same way. Often they also begin to be and feel misunderstood by their friends and family and without much compassion and understanding being given to them. Eventually many will shy away from certain people, end long term relationships with family and friends, etc. Before they have moved on to bringing new people into their lives, that are more of a match for them where they are along their path, there is usually a period of alone time. Isolation which at first is more self imposed because of the behavior of society and then eventually more non-self imposed due to the spiritual path they are on and their spiritual work. Self imposed isolation is the loneliness that is bothersome to most. The latter type of isolation that is not self imposed is the type of isolation that the person is more in acceptance of, regardless of what others think or society says is acceptable. In the beginning we hear many say how they “need to have friends to hang out with and spend time with” and that is them resisting and fighting against a higher stage of awakening. That is how I describe it although anyone at that stage would suck their teeth, roll their eyes at me and fight me tooth and nail to prove me wrong. Yes they would at the level they are at and that’s no concern of mine. It is their job and their own path to fight their way out of that stage and break through it and if they don’t that is on them if they are being stubborn and letting their ego control them in this way.
The spiritual path does require sacrifice even beyond periodic isolation. Sacrifice of everything that is not real and is just the illusion. The only thing that is real is God/Universal Light. So by process of elimination think of all that I just stated is not real. What about your job, those co-workers that annoy you, your marriage/relationship, your kids, your car, your house, etc. If your house burned down you would be upset but a person who has reached a level where they know, from understanding that is coming from within, would not be upset because the house was never real. In the scheme of what they came here to do (in this lifetime) the house is of very little importance and we can move on from it and build a new house no matter how difficult that may be. Think of the symbol of the spider. Always building its house in inappropriate places where it is going to get torn down or blown away by weather. It does not bat an eye when this happens but instead just simply moves on and builds a new house, even more elaborate than the last, never looking back or being traumatized by the experience.
If you would like to read the article I came across –> http://maryshutan.com/spiritual-awakening-and-isolation/
You don’t want to have a false sense of security. You may say and think you are on the side of light while all your actions do not say that. It is like being tricked by darkness. So many that we could have on the side of light are slowly and unknowingly being lead closer and closer towards darkness.
No one may be holding you to being a better person. That you must do yourself. No one may be forcing you to give up that relationship that is immoral. That you must walk away from yourself without being pushed. No one may be forcing you to give compassion, understanding and see that someone is doing the best they can at the level they are at. No, you must bring yourself to the point where that is who you are and what you do.
So many are on a spiritual path that is no more than an illusion. They may go from teacher to teacher asking to be lead and guided to a having realization, a higher level but all the while they are still entertaining things that are dark or will eventually lead them to a more dark existence. Ignorance is not excused on the spiritual path and you try your hardest to live as the example of what you stand for.
We have seen it before even among those who reached an enlightened level. Somewhere they take a left turn and begin a slow fall. There have been masters who have fallen prey to addiction even after becoming enlightened. You will never stop being test and darkness will never stop trying to ruin you. You have to find the strength to do what is right versus wrong even in the face of difficult obstacles. Even I have struggled with neighbors who wanted to be able to run over me and treat me bad and when I turned away and said “That is not my fight and they are not who I should be around because no matter what they may say their actions speak the language of darkness” they tried to take me down by saying I couldn’t be spiritual if I turned my back to them…evil has a voice and will use it against you.live streaming film Logan 2017 online
If you feel you are being called to a higher spiritual path you must understand that it requires you to be strong. Forget about who you think you are and the advancements you think you have made because at every new level you reach you are once again the kindergartner learning to color within the lines again. If you do not have the right amount of sincere humility, pride will be your downfall and sometimes before you have really even begun. Darkness is not just outside yourself but is also within everyone of us. There can’t be light without dark. It is about a perfect balance and that shadow is within us all but we can’t bow down to it and must only listen to the whisper within ourselves that we hear that is the light within us trying to break free to one day be heard the loudest over all.