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Emptiness


I am reading (very, very slowly) a very long, contemporary, Taoist poem.  Unlike classical Taoist literature (imo) constant and central themes of this poerm are silence and emptiness.

Silence,  i understand and appreciate.  Though it can be used to isolate selves and others, it also has a clear and very nearly universal connection to spiritual search.  I think i can tell pretty well whether i use my silence to hide or punish rather than to search or listen.

Emptiness seems rather....., well,  empty.  The part of me that still experiences the illusions as reality, prefers
fullness to emptiness as a general rule.  Driving home today, i noticed that the car's gas tank was nearly empty; i could not wait to get ir filled.  Empty tanks, empty bank accounts, empty promises -- all negative.  I imagine that if "empty" was placed on an Adjective Check List, it would fare more poorly against "full" than "humble" does against "proud,"

What is to be empty (here and in  other wisdom traditions) is the mind.  Beginners Mind is pure and is to be sought.  Although the "cloud of Unknowing" cannot be peretrated, a fog of forgetting should be placed between the contemplative and the world of sense.  The dark night of the soul is empty, and if the Beloved does not reveal Her/Him/Itself. it remains empty, perhaps for a lifetime.  Abu Saeed Abil Kheir and Emily Dickinson each proclaimed (humbly?, proudly?) that they were "nobody."  Can i be nobody too?

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nerthus
Jun. 21st, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
When I first began reading Daniel's books on Buddhism this was one of the concepts that stymied me a bit; I'm beginning to 'get it' more and more, but getting it and actually practicing it successfully are two very different things for me!
bobby1933
Jun. 21st, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Me too. :)

But i do know that there is an emptiness that cannot be filled by anything that is material and that efforts to fill it this way are ultimately futile.

I feel that i want to recognize this emptiness, then accept it, and then appreciate it. Now i am barely at the point of recognition.

I thought the loss of Dianne left a hole in me. But i know that the hole was already there. Such holes are often treated as wounds. I am trying to see mine as an opening.
reginaterrae
Jun. 24th, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)

I daily pray to be emptied of everything not God....

bobby1933
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:51 am (UTC)
May we both find and be found by such holy emptiness.
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