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The Void

I have been there, in deep, vast surrender, many times myself. I know the ancient and timeless void very well. When I began to know the void intimately – beyond concept or description – I fought against it, complained about it, wanted something to be different, took the stance that something was wrong. Finally, when I surrendered (completely surrendered), I became a friend of this deep, dark, and vastly empty space.

Recently, while sitting in the morning sun, on my front deck, I realized I had wanted the void to be friendly toward me. This was my mistake. For me, the void is neither friendly nor unfriendly. It simply is. It is the gift of neutrality the void has to offer, but even the word neutrality is too weighty for the vast, empty nothingness that lives there. The void is simply nothing; it is nothing known anywhere else; it is the royal nothing. It was this complete absence of something – anything! – that was so utterly disorienting for me; no way to make sense of anything because that is not the culture of the void. There is absolutely nothing there… not even that thought… or this thought… or any thought at all. Black of night, without stars, beyond darkness.

Now I love it! I love the dimensionless space of the infinite void. I find comfort there and have a different kind of romantic notion about it. Nothingness, beyond dark, where nothing and everything simply is, without shape or form or sense making or hope or joy or anything else. Nothing. No-thing. No thing exists there, and somehow all exists in the void’s vast, empty silence. I find this paradox to be the sister of “all is one”. The void reminds me “nothing is”.

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

– Aristotle

“If you find an intelligent companion,
A fellow traveler,
A sage of good conduct,
You should travel together,
Delighted and mindful.”
– The Dhammapada, translated by Gil Fronsdal

“We cannot say that there is no past or no future, only that past, present, and future occur in the timeless Now.” – Dorothy Hunt

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive!” – Howard Thurman

“The sacred is the reality of you. It’s the reality of everything.” – Adyashanti

“When hearts are open and awake, we bring warmth and blessings to our community and the world.” – Jack Kornfield

“The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body.”

– C.G. Jung

“The point is to learn from whatever is experienced, whether it’s liked or disliked, beautiful or ugly. Everything will teach us if we let it.” – Ajahn Amaro, Finding the Missing Peace

“Meditation is not a technique to master; it is the highest form of prayer, a naked act of love and effortless surrender into the silent abyss beyond all knowing.” – Adyashanti

“Eye contact, gentle touch, warmth in our voices, and caring words are balm for your child’s being.” – Patty Wipfler

“The body tells a story. It is, in fact, a living autobiography.”

– Elaine Mayland

“If we could untangle the mysteries of life and unravel the energies which run through the world; if we could evaluate correctly the significance of passing events; if we could measure the struggles, dilemmas, and aspirations of mankind, we could find that nothing is born out of time. Everything comes at its appointed moment.” – Joseph R. Sizoo

“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.” – Hafiz

“Healing is being present with what is, exactly as it is.”

– Rain Elizabeth Stickney

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