How do you get to Empty when you are full of it? How do you full, when you are. not empty. You have to get to empty, really empty, before you can be full of life. Don’t hold anything back. Wash the plate. No left overs. When you sweep the floor, don’t leave anything under the sofa. When you iron your clothes, don’t leave any wrinkles. When the Priest offers the Eucharist, he eats and drinks what’s left. Eat all you asparagus, your mother says.
But it is so difficult to get really empty.That little bit we hold back, maybe consciously or unconsciously—which is the usual case—becomes our suffering. God says: What, you didn’t give your all to me. But what is God but this present moment. The present moment demands all of you to show up. Don’t bring your knowledge. Don’t bring your expectation. Don’t bring your hopes and dreams, you regrets and your vengeance or your envy. Leave it all. Just show up naked. Do the Full Monty.
OK, we are starting of with 18 views. Can I have 20? How much is emptiness worth? You get absolutely nothing for going empty. You can’t even try it to see if it works. You have to go empty just spontaneously, with no calculation, with no rethought or training. Emptiness will just come to you, when you are sick and tired of being full of suffering. But you have to be tired of it, totally tired of it, fully tired of it, and fully knowing that you can’t get empty of the pain of the mind. You have to come to that turning point where you just fall into the hole of emptiness. You can’t even hang onto despair or depression. That’s clinging to yourself. You have to let it all go, clean as a whistle or a bone. Let your life lick that one clean. Every time you think yo are empty, a clinging thought will remain. Oh…I let that go too.
This talk was completely empty. I had an empty martini glass and I filled it up. I had an empty mind, and the talk filled it up. Do you trust your emptiness? No many do. What will I say. I will make a fool of myself. What will people think. We are full of that.
When we are empty, we give up what is most valuable.
What is most valuable?
That which keeps us from falling into emptiness.
Life is not empty; life is not full; life is empty/full. Life is dynamic emptiness/fullness. Life is emptying and as it empties, it fills up, both simultaneously . But our logical minds can only choose one or the other: are you full or are your empty, Life? Will you make up your mind!
So our minds by its operating system, divided life into this or that. Life can’t be this/that. So we avoid emptiness because we think it’s the opposite of fullness. WRONG.
In our Materialistic world view, we are full of form. We are full of form right to the brim of the mind. There is no room inside there for anything. If an open space appears, we can’t stand it. We put something in it.
In my house there is a tidal battle between fullness and emptiness. My wife fills up empty space, and I clear empty space. The tide of fullness comes in; the tide of emptiness goes out. We exist because she has her space that is always full of stuff, and I have my space that is always empty of stuff. When I need something, it usually comes from her space because she miraculously saved something that I might need. When she needs something and can’t find it, I don’t laugh, but a have a little Buddha smile inside.