Is Emptiness a Cop-out?
So many teachers seem to be
teaching a form of nihilism. They say that upon examination neither others
nor I actually exist, but only consciousness does. I see a lot of people
going to different Satsangs who have emotional and personal problems, they
come hoping to be healed. Having an experience of emptiness doesn't heal
them. It seems to me that they are just learning ways to escape life.
Yes, and what is your question?
Don't you think that the experience
of emptiness leads to a disassociated state? Is awakening about living life
or escaping from it? How can you deal with your body and your feelings if
you are trying to transcend them?
This world needs fully functioning human beings who are
really inhabiting their bodies and showing up for their lives. Ironically,
fully embracing your body with all it's energies entails realizing your
nature as the Light of Consciousness. Without the safety that comes with
knowing that your most essential nature is untouchable, it is simply too
frightening to take full possession of your life as this body. This world is
a horror show, a nightmare. If our entire sense of identity comes solely
from identification with our body and personality, fully showing up for this
life would drive us insane. Those who appear to be sane and live in this
world without realizing emptiness are living to some degree in a
disassociated state, they are not altogether in their bodies or hearts.
Being not-quite-here is totally understandable because it would be
incredibly painful if you thought you were just a body/mind personality.
It's painful enough for those who are awakened. In fact the deeper our
experience of being Free Consciousness, the deeper is the potential for
embracing this life of limits. Otherwise we don't have the room in ourselves
to hold our total experience.
So while I can appreciate that it is possible
to avoid life by exploring your nature as the Light of Consciousness, it's
also possible upon recognizing that you are that light to turn attention
back to the world of conscious experience as that light. This is the urge of
the Bodhisattvas. Realizing that you are both the light of consciousness and
the apparent limits of conscious experience (sometimes called Maya or Samsara) is conscious embodiment or incarnation. Once a person awake to
Consciousness intentionally turns their attention to include the world of
experience, a process of transformation is spontaneously started. Life can
become a divinely inspired story. Not only is a person in touch with their
body and feelings, but they also begin to experience their life with such
intensity that the urge toward authenticity becomes a fire. Embracing the
world of limits is the embodiment of consciousness itself.
of the reality of both the One and the many makes possible a great love for
the other, simultaneous with emptiness. For those whose intention remains
firm, the world of relationships and "others" takes on a new significance as
the expression and manifestation of that which is realized. This is the Heart
of devotion. The urge to be true burns in you. This does not create instant
perfection, but the desire for honesty with oneself aligns you to a
continuous purification as life, not from life.
There is nothing in such a life that would avoid
self-examination or service to mankind, quite the contrary, one's human life
lends itself to serve organically without any superimposed moral
imperatives. It is the natural way of humanity to live a life of sacrifice
when awakened to our fullest nature.