Emptiness is the fullness of potential

words & design by Brian Thompson.

Emptiness is often discussed in Zen, Advaita, Non-Duality and Buddhism, but, what does it truly point towards? There are subtle differences in how each tradition uses its teaching, but its essential essence remains the same.

Emptiness is complete inner-silence; a quiescent mind, empty of the belief that oneself is a separate entity with an independent existence, apart from all others.

Emptiness is empty of any egoic influence.

Emptiness is when a person's inner-storytelling and self-conceptualizing has stopped entirely, leaving only an aware, empty presence of stillness, joy, contentment and peace. To realize true emptiness is to no longer be distracted by any thought that spontaneously appears, intuitively knowing that you are not any of them, and that you are the empty and pure presence of consciousness that perceives them.

To abide in emptiness is to have the non-dual realization that you are not the personal “doer” who you’ve always thought yourself to be. It is an absolute understanding that there is nothing that needs to be done, as there is no separate entity within who is able to assert any such independent volition over its life.

There is only life being lived—which is empty of any conceptual meaning, empty of any praise or blame, empty of any separation or division, and empty of any personal entities who can control what is spontaneously happening.

Life happens—and "you" are its witnessing consciousness.

You are the empty awareness in which the entire universe blossoms from and flowers into.

Without your innate emptiness, no apparent thing could possibly appear to exist.

In truth, you are already empty—mind only imagines you to be otherwise. And this is the illusion that perpetuates the dream of life—you believe that you are something you are not.

Know yourself as the empty presence of consciousness that observes, that is empty of any independent attributes, that has nothing it needs to reject or control, that is empty of desire and fear. Know yourself as the empty and infinite presence in which all phenomenal manifestations spontaneously arise within, are sensed and cognized, and thereby are known .

When you finally let go of who you believe yourself to be and all concepts are abandoned entirely, your beautiful presence of emptiness can be realized at once.

Emptiness isn't the emptiness that one might imagine, for in truth, it lacks no-thing. To be empty is to be filled with absolute and infinite potentiality, which is the essential essence of your true Self.

You are this emptiness; an absolute presence of blissful nothingness. Unbound and free.