Explore the Emptiness – It’s a Part of You

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

Should we run away from emptiness, or should we get comfortable with it? It’s safe to say that most people don’t want to feel empty inside, but what if this emptiness gives us a link to spirit that we didn’t know was there?

What if emptying ourselves of all of our conscious and unconscious fears, habits and desires will strengthen our connection and make it easier to explore our consciousness? It’s easy to fill the inner void that so many people try to hide from, but what if filling it distances us further from the Self?

The path into enlightenment is illuminated with a thousand tiny inner lights when we open the mind and explore our true Selves, and we only need to open up and empty ourselves to glimpse the greater reality just beyond the horizon.

We only need to let go of all of the external earthly stuff to find what so many people have sought throughout the ages, and we distance ourselves from our higher consciousness when we fill our heads with desires and distractions.

Instead of distracting ourselves from our spiritual growth with whatever material thing seems more appealing, let’s understand that this life and everything in it is impermanent.

Our deeper awareness holds the only true permanence, and shifting our perspective over to it by emptying out our earthly thoughts and emotions will help us understand that we’re eternal spiritual beings. Then, we can really start to make progress.

Krishnamurti tells us that most people are afraid of emptiness, so they’re driven to activity in an effort to cover it up.

“It is this fear of being nothing that drives the self into activity; but it is nothing, it is an emptiness.” (1)

Most people accumulate experiences and emotions in an effort to distract themselves from the emptiness that’s an inherent part of their consciousness, he tells us.

“Why do we store up flattery and insult, hurt and affection? Without this accumulation of experiences and their responses, we are not; we are nothing if we have no name, no attachment, no belief.

“It is the fear of being nothing that compels us to accumulate; and it is this very fear, whether conscious or unconscious, that, in spite of our accumulative activities, brings about our disintegration and destruction.

“If we can be aware of the truth of this fear, then it is the truth that liberates us from it, and not our purposeful determination to be free.” (2)

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No matter who we are or what we do, he tells us, nothingness is a permanent aspect of our being.

“You are nothing. You may have your name and title, your property and bank account, you may have power and be famous; but in spite of all these safeguards, you are as nothing. You may be totally unaware of this emptiness, this nothingness, or you may simply not want to be aware of it; but it is there, do what you will to avoid it.

“You may try to escape from it in devious ways, through personal or collective violence, through individual or collective worship, through knowledge or amusement; but whether you are asleep or awake, it is always there.” (3)

Have you ever just wanted to shut down at the end of a long or stressful day and do nothing at all? There might be a reason for that, and it might be that nothingness is our true nature, whether we realize it or not.

A lot of people, especially spiritual people who want to change the world, are driven to action every day in one way or another. From what Krishnamurti has said so far, it seems that this inner call to action can be a means to avoid our calm, silent, inner reality, which will appear as nothingness in the beginning.

Nothingness is exactly what it is, but after we explore it a little, we’ll realize that this ‘nothingness’ is actually a vibrant higher existence. Upon exploration, the nothingness will light up with glorious meditative vibrations and sensations, and somewhere along the way, we’ll realize that we’ve made it back home.

By exploring the nothingness, we’ll have reconnected with our higher consciousness and rediscovered something that most of the world wouldn’t understand or accept. It requires us to give up our earthly identity and ‘die’ to the Self, but if we knew what the result would be, we’d know that it’s worth our time and inaction.

As Krishnamurti also tells us, dependence on the external is caused by a need to fill the emptiness, which can never be filled.

“Dependence on outward line and form only indicates the emptiness of our own being, which we fill with music, with art, with deliberate silence. It is because this unvarying emptiness is filled or covered over with sensations that there is the everlasting fear of what is, of what we are.” (4)

Most of you know my opinion of music and art, which is that they can provide an avenue back into our higher consciousness just like meditation and other tools, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that some people use them as a distraction.

Some people use anything external they can to fill their unfillable emptiness, but like Sri Chinmoy has said, we can embrace music and art with a higher perspective. We can create music that contains the silence as opposed to music that fills it, and in doing this, we can uplift ourselves and others.

But for some people, music and art are only forms of distraction that keep them from exploring their consciousness. Everyone’s on their own path and we all have to do the things that work for us and stay away from things that don’t, and personally, music and art have helped me greatly along the path.

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With all of the distracting things that are out there, staying true to ourselves and our path will help us explore our emptiness instead of trying to run from it or cover it up. Generally, life will become more harmonious when we can accept and live with our eternal emptiness.

In fact, we’ll find all of the thrills we could ever hope for by exploring our consciousness, and the ironic thing is that it requires us to become completely still and comfortable with doing and being nothing.

Life is nothing like we think or expect, and we’ll realize that as we continue to travel along the path and learn surprising things about ourselves, our reality and the realms beyond.

The first step is to get comfortable being nothing, which is our true nature, and the next step is to explore that nothingness and watch in amazement as it dazzles us with higher vibrations and a greater perception.

Footnotes:

  1. J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living. First Series. Bombay, etc.: B.I. Publications, 1972; c1974, 54.
  2. Ibid., 92.
  3. Loc. cit.
  4. Ibid., 64-5.

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3 comments

  1. Dear Wes,

    So interesting – both you and Steve Beckow are writing about the big L – loneliness. Not just ordinary loneliness, but L-O-N-E-L-I-N-E-S-S… so visceral that it seems to have no bottom to it, nothing to push up from, so stepping into the abyss is avoided at all costs.

    Anything to avoid it, socializing, watching movies, TV, going out to attend various events, using food, drugs, being a rescuer, etc. Anything to distract yourself so that overwhelming sense of isolation and L-O-N-E-L-I-N-E-S-S can be avoided.

    That loneliness plagued me for most of my life. But suddenly, over the weekend, I find that I am now on the other side of the issue.

    Food was my last stand against the big L, as I had released attachment to friends, places and everything else in my life. Those things were there to serve a purpose, then morphed into the next thing. Socializing, movies, events no longer appealed. The last thing before food to lose appeal was watching TV shows on my computer. Of, course I did that while snacking.

    So, I committed to stop watching so much TV after the 2015 finales. But my avoidance of loneliness since 2015 began was so intense that I had gained 10 lbs – on top of the extra 40 that I already needed to shed! I knew exactly what I was avoiding, but mistaken about the cause. It was not lack of resources, a meaningful career, lack community, of friends or a lover. These things exacerbated it, but they were not the cause.

    To kickstart a body detox, I started a liquid fast of teas, broth and juices. Not as drastic as a water fast, and more tasty. At the time, I knew I had to help out at a pizza party on Sunday evening. Normally that would have defeated my resolve, but this time it did not and that was a surprise to the part of me expecting to fail – the part that felt it had to fail in order to survive.

    The childhood part of me that expected failure had learned to put other people first in order to survive. If I did not keep the adults happy, who would take care of me? It set me on a path of monitoring my environment for any opportunity to ensure my survival, by scavenging and scrounging off the scraps of others.

    My energy went towards trying to second guess the highly unstable and arbitrary alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, prescription drug and food addicts that controlled my environment. If I did enough for them, then we could all be happy together – right – wrong!

    The harder I tried, the more they demanded. All my attention became focused on what was ‘outside’ of me, and I became afraid of the true me hidden on the inside. This pattern would continued to sabotage me as an adult even when I was in situations that did not demand or understand this hyper-vigilant behavior.

    Anyway, at a certain point during the pizza party, I realized that there were enough people tripping over each other while trying to be of service, so I withdrew to another room. Listening to the chatter in the kitchen while sipping spring water, I released the remaining bits of anxiety about ‘displeasing people.’

    That people pleasing vigilante in me was finally able to let go. In that instant, I realized that food had not only been the one consistent source of emotional comfort in my life, but that it was the only thing I had in common with most people. If I did not eat with everyone else, it meant that I was being left out – that I was alone – and hence lonely.

    In that moment, my power as a sovereign being realigned with me. Then, I actually left the party for about 40 minutes to go run a personal errand. Driving away, I said, ‘Ah… freedom.’ But part of me was still looking back and wondering if there was something there that it was missing. Then I said, ‘No, there is nothing there for me,’ and in that instant I knew it was true. There was nothing there that I had to hang onto in order to survive!

    My heart chakra suddenly opened up in a way that it had not in some time and I expected to start crying, but there were no tears, just the quiet satisfaction of having taken my ‘self’ back from all those that I gave it away to in order to survive. This served a higher purpose, of that I am well aware, but it is a relief to finally step out of that personal prison.

    Service to others motivated by survival fear is not well balanced. That fear sabotaged my best efforts over the years and led to many complications along the way. Jumping to conclusions, jumping in when I should have paused and withdrawing prematurely before things could play out in a natural, organic and intuitive manner was all part of the old patterns.

    The L-O-N-E-L-I-N-E-S-S is gone. There are some empty spaces to fill because my focus is no longer absorbed in trying to be a people pleaser/rescuer. What I was lonely for – and afraid of – was my own inner being. Now, I can find healthy ways to service that are not a dis-service to myself… and that is why there is such a difference between being alone – and being lonely.

    Many Blessings for 2015 and beyond…

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    • Thanks for sharing your experiences dealing with loneliness and trying to keep at your disciplines, Shaunie. I notice that you’re on a similar path as me with it all. Maybe we’re all on a similar path, and that’s why talking about what we’re going through seems to help everyone.

      Thanks again! 🙂

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