Avoiding the Void

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The Void.  The Chinese call it the Wuji.  It’s that space where there is No Thing.  Where labels, thoughts, and conditioned responses do not exist.  Who you think you are is no longer true.  That space from which you were plucked – the Primordial; the place and the energy you were before you were here.

It’s that place where you are confronted with your True Nature.  And because we are often uncomfortable with the feelings that lie at the threshold of discovering our True Nature, we often Avoid the Void.

We call a friend or turn on the TV.  We get on Facebook, check our email, or send a text.  We read a book or listen to music.  We have a glass of wine or some popcorn.  We find something to DO!  Clean, garden, build, hike, play, exercise, think, write, work, learn, laugh, dance, make love, pray, create, imagine, make lists, have a meeting, sleep, sing.  There is always something to do.  And our culture does not value the idle hands or mind.

We’ve convinced ourselves that the Void is scary.  Because, for most of us, when we stop everything and just resolve to BE – a flood of unresolved issues, emotions, and thoughts rush through our system, overloading us with things to process.  It can feel very overwhelming to bump up against those things that make us uncomfortable – or more than uncomfortable – those things that enrage us or break our hearts wide open, leaving us a sobbing, snotty broken heap of goo on the floor.

But this isn’t the Void.  This is the gateway to the Void.  A gateway we must pass through to get to the Void.

Well who in the hell wants to pass through that kind of gateway?  That sounds miserable!

And so we keep running.  And doing.  And avoiding.