People today think being a hermit is a very unhealthy thing to do. Very antisocial, doesn’t contribute anything to everybody else – because everybody else is busy contributing like blazes, and a few people have to run off and get out of the way. But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. That every little insect that comes buzzing around you is a messenger, and that little insect is connected with human beings everywhere else. You can hear. You become incredibly sensitive in your ears and you hear far-off sounds. And just by the very nature of isolating yourself and becoming quiet, you become intensely aware of your relationship with everything else that’s going on.

The clarity of vision that the true searcher gains through solitary work also applies to spiritual attitudes. It endows him with the right to go forward in life without fear. While he gives up the gratification offered by membership in some recognized movement or church, he gains a great privilege, the freedom to inquire into the nature of his own soul.

Jacques Vallee, Forbidden Science