What could you be hiding from?
I am a very busy person who has learned the value of being empty, but not because I have allowed the busy to overtake me. Quite the opposite. I have found that allowing myself to be busy at all times is the vehicle to illusion (maya) which, paradoxically, takes me Nowhere.
Being overly busy affords us relief from the pain of facing ourselves. We can easily hide. We don’t have to think about that which stands in our way of being a better, and perhaps less busy (i.e., hiding in “to do lists”), person. If we keep ourselves busy enough, we can ignore the obstacles that keep us from evolving because it is easier to ignore the hurt and truth that we simply do not want to face. The rationalization: it is just too difficult. It hurts.
When we open our eyes and our hearts to all that is, we face the light and the dark within us. We can then see the full spectrum of humanity through others’ eyes because there is only emptiness inside, making room for expansion and awareness, and therefore positive action. Sunyata, or nothingness, is zero. Zero is All and One. One is zero. Sunyata is unity or oneness.
Through Dharma we learn that if we build and fortify the illusions in our lives, we close ourselves off from the peace and joy that we have been created to manifest. When we let go of everything, absolutely everything, even if it is momentary, we become aware of the fact that we (as in I) are no different than anyone else. We are no more special, or troubled, or important, than anybody else who – at that very moment – may be experiencing the same pain we are feeling. This does not imply that the stories of our lives are meaningless and unimportant. This implies that we share far more with the Universe than we are willing to realize. It would be easier to remain in victim mode than to see the much larger and more meaningful picture. Paying homage to and releasing our stories requires a great deal of courage and analysis. However, once those phases have concluded their usefulness, letting to and moving on are the only options.
In my case, letting go has only come about when I have been so broken down and seemingly defeated that there was nothing else. I found this to be the most fertile time in my spiritual evolution and experienced immense gratitude in my ability to synthesize many schools of spiritual thought into one supreme concept: We are All.
Sidebar: this is heady stuff and I will admit that it will take me a lifetime to grasp and practice. That’s OK. As I say often, “once you know, you know.” Then the real work begins.
Letting go, for me, facilitated emptying myself of all worries and desires to control. Ideally, one could perpetuate this type of emptiness and live in a constant state of delusion by not knowing. The goal is the opposite: recognize that worry and control are states of emptiness and fly directly in the face of blissful knowing or working toward awakening to our higher selves. Being human presents the challenge of continually reminding ourselves to stay awake, even if we cannot achieve that emptiness some or much of the time. Pushing back on the noise of life clears the way for space. Rather than preoccupying ourselves with entertainment or being busy, we can then see things through a more harmonious and peaceful lens.
Fear often inhibits our ability to allow emptiness. Emptiness can be uncomfortable and painful. Emptiness can be scary. Facing emptiness head on, staring directly at it, allowing it, brings the concept of being empty to a place where it is no longer fear-inducing. Staying with the emptiness and understanding that this is not all there is becomes the purpose. Being comfortable with being empty, rather than busy, lovingly takes down the Ego and allows us to stay with that feeling until it and We transform. Recognizing the risks of nihilism, balance becomes central to the concept of thought and action. Without balance we will end up back at merely keeping ourselves busy, and therefore asleep. While I am not suggesting that one quit their job and meditate 24/7, there is something to be learned in creating space through emptiness to work toward living in a mindful and loving state, especially when we find it difficult. The maya or illusion that we create out of this conflict is the means by which we torture ourselves and it is not what our divine presences are intended to do.
It turns out that we are our own jailors when it comes to our thoughts as prisons. I decided to stop telling myself there were limitations and unplug my well-developed logical tendencies. I found that if I do not allow my thoughts to run free then I cannot truly capitalize upon my capabilities. This will be a lifelong practice and I know that I won’t often get it right. The perfectionist tendencies I have carried threaten to block my path but I am learning to recognize those thoughts for what they are (thoughts) and move past them whenever possible. After all, I create them, and I can let them go at any time if I desire to do so.
That’s true power.
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