When he came back from self-imposed isolation, we debriefed on the experience. Brian had touched the voids of loneliness and boredom and found some new strength. This opened up a much larger window for both him and me. As he spoke, I imagined these flat and empty experiences as veils that he had found a way to pierce. The boredom membrane separated the life he was living and his potential to express more of himself constructively in the world. Puncturing that artificial barrier allowed fresh air to rush in. His reward was a renewed feeling of being alive and a much more expansive vision of what was possible. In breaking the isolation membrane, he made much deeper connections with his reason for being, higher purpose and the life force that he had locked away.