Aloneness is our natural state of being. This is how we come into the world and how we will depart from it, thus it seems to me that it is the only path to pure consciousness. Personally, the moments of greatest joy and sorrow that I have experienced in my life were in complete solitude. Pure bliss, in both extremes.
People fear solitude because it is difficult to distinguish between loneliness and aloneness. Aloneness is a blissful, fulfilling state. It is our natural state of being.
Loneliness is a dark place and it is often in the midst of people that the deepest loneliness is felt. Loneliness is the ego screaming its insecurity, like a dog whining and begging to be pet.