It was interesting to receive the different responses to my last post about nothingness being the deepest self. As Alan Watts says, "The deepest you is the nothing inside, the side which you don't know. Don't be afraid of nothing." It seems that we are all tentative and fearful when it comes to exploring the deeper reaches of inner space. We fill our mind with thoughts, assumptions, beliefs and somehow think that is who we are, but we are SO MUCH MORE than the content of our mind, the drama of our life, or the traits of our personality.
Once we thought the space in and around our cells was empty nothingness and therefore of no worth. Then we found out the the empty spaces in and around our cells are teeming with intelligence that works independently of who we know ourselves to be. The black holes in outer space seemed like gaping places of danger, then we discovered that they were the source of all creativity. What might we be ignoring and missing by presuming that nothing is nothing and therefore undesirable?
Our ego-mind has a knee-jerk "NO!" reaction to the idea of losing its prominence in order to discover the richness of no-thing, no preference, pure being within. I do not pretend to know or understand this on anything but the most primitive level. But I do encourage myself and you to explore the deeper reaches of inner space, which according to ancient Eastern wisdom is empty and nothing. It can be torture to live with the minute, limited perceptions and understanding of our puny, fear-based, controlling ego. It might do us all some good to touch the beauty and wisdom of no-thing and in so doing discover that we are everything.