Emptiness beckons

We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel;

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the wheel depends.

We turn clay to make a vessel;

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.

We pierce doors and windows to make a house;

And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the usefulness of the house depends.

Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the usefulness of what is not.

I’ve always loved this aphorism of Lao Tzu.  It pre-dates the wisdom of Jesus who taught that only when we are empty are we filled.  Specifically, I make reference to the doctrine of kenosis, or “self-emptying” taught in Phillipians 2:7 by the Apostle Paul.  It is so difficult to take pause in our day to day life, practice a “mindful” moment, and catch a glimpse of our ego-fullness.

And once again, I quote Rilke who noted re the “hero”—- “Daily he takes himself off and steps into the changing constellation of his own everlasting risk.”

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3 thoughts on “Emptiness beckons

  1. sonsothunder

    Yes, this is wonderful prose of wisdom. Speaking of Jesus’ teachings, and the empty spaces…or, well you’ll get what I mean. This post on Nancy’s site certainly brings some of Jesus’ teachings to mind…in fact it brings it to BOTH sides of the mind.
    Keep up the great work.
    God Bless You
    paul

    http://wp.me/pP7yx-7fe Nancy’s site

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