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Healing Emptiness02:23 Aug 28 2009
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Emptiness does not remain so, either in the physical or spiritual realms. The
cycles of nature reflect the greater reality of which the physical world is an
inseparable part. The "scientific" truism that "nature abhors a vacuum" also
reflects spiritual and inner truth. The miracle and blessing of being human
includes our ability to move through our own inner voids and emptiness and to
find our creativity, our core. These things are not the same as void and
emptiness, which are only a setting for them. We fill the voids as a natural
part of the cycle - to freeze into one part is unnatural as neither happens
without the other. While many spiritual traditions acknowledge the power of
void and chaos, most also move past them, or see them as the birthing place or
as a place of death which precedes birth in a repeating (and ritualized) cycle.
At times it is easy to confuse the pain and fear that goes with loss with the
emptiness and void which precedes renewal and growth. The confusion can
perpetuate that void and prevent healing. That can lead to a halt in the
natural cyclic movement and can turn the power of a person's inner emptiness
into something destructive and unhealthy. Many times this is unintentional, of
course, especially if brought on by physical or emotional crisis, but in the
same way that nature prompts things to move into a vacuum and fill it, the
empty one draws life and energy to herself - sometimes in a material way (like
hoarding or overeating) or sometimes by draining other people's energy. A very
few perpetuate this condition within themselves with intent, sensing power
there, however unhealthy it may be, and choosing to use it against others, or
not knowing there are better alternatives. They choose not to step back into
the natural cycle. (This is commonly known, especially when done with intent,
as psychic vampirism.) Extend this situation to its analogous presence within
the spiritual realm and you can get a glimpse of truths behind the multiplicity
of stories in our culture about positive or negative spiritual entities. (Yes,
they're there.) I see positive as implying acceptance and movement within the
natural and spiritual cycles of death, creation, and rebirth. I see negative
as the frozen, locked, vampiric energy which exploits only the power of the
void and will not move past it.
And we have only to look once more at the world around us (and inside us) to
know that the enormous void is blessed with uncountable stars and worlds,
including our own. Everything evolves and changes, but it all lives. And
there is always the Light, outside in the void and within our own emptiness.
Go into your own emptiness. Walk into it as though you were descending a spiral staircase, solid steps under your feet moving you into
a deep cavern. Move into a flat place and quiet yourself. The walls disappear
until there is only dark. Pass into that dark place. Maybe you've been afraid
to look at it, let alone be in it. Let yourself be enfolded into it.
Become aware. Maybe you will feel a velvety feel to the darkness. Or hear a
sound not quite a sound. Or sense a whisper of air. In the emptiness you can
hear a faint, then growing, cosmic heartbeat. It becomes louder. It is the
heartbeat of the Mother.
Open your inner eyes. You may have thought they were open, but now you find
another opening, a lifting of the veil. At first you see nothing. Then, a
spark. Then another. Stars are born, springing all around you. You see their
light. You can almost hear them singing.
Look into the Center. You may see the Goddess there, using Her hands to weave
the stars into this place. She looks at you and invites you to approach. You
do so. Then somehow Her hands and your hands are overlapping and become one.
You sit where she sits; you, too, birth the stars through your fingers.
When it is time, let the vision fade. Return to the stairs you used to descend
into the dark. Climb them, feel them under you. Retrace your steps. Emerge
into a sunlit world again, and feel the world around you. And when you can,
watch: even the empty sky is filled with life and light. And so are you.
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