Emptiness

February 25, 2014

“Wrapped in silence, the world takes shape out of its own stillness.  The emergence becomes possible only out of the emptiness.  This fact of birth out of silence, form out of nothingness, is the immutable axis that the universe turns on, the unshakable principle, and so this grace is not some kind of surprise blessing, not some accident or exception, it is all that is and it is that which all that is rests upon.  And so, when we seek to be or to become, to transform or to transcend in any way at all, we must seek that out of the emptiness, because it is that emptiness—and only that emptiness—which holds such potential.  Manifestation does not beget itself; form does not make new form.  The stuff of one shape may reconstitute into the shape of another but the guiding principle of that reorganization, the plan, the blueprint itself, does not reside in a form, it resides in the nothingness, and so the principle of that reorganization, the fuel for that, that which makes that transformation possible, comes up continuously from the great substratum that is silence itself.”

But this fact, this “immutable axis” should not be taken as mere philosophy, removed from the way we actually live our lives.  It is also the very guiding principle of spiritual practice:

“Any other means of self-growth or self-investigation, any other method for actualization that does not root into this emptiness is necessarily limited in what it can produce.  If you want to be new, if you want to be really changed, if the threshold you seek is one you have not even yet imagined then place yourself in the emptiness first, commit yourself into the silence.  Live with a constancy to that practice you have found which allows you access to the silence, which lets you touch the pool of all potential and opens you to the great intelligence always at work in that formlessness….”

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