At the very core of this entire creation is a Void. This term is the closest approximation of its quintessential nature. Be acutely aware of the inherent negativity attached to the semantics of ‘void’. Be ready to drop this inherent attachment.
Coming to terms with the Void is a shared journey undertaken by all with or without self-awareness. The journey is filled with contradiction and confusion, often tricking the traveler into a sense of bewilderment and hopelessness.
The traveler is never robbed on the journey. You are only robbed ever of something valuable. On the journey you only gain everything and lose nothing. Or as some say: you gain nothing and lose everything. It is all a cycle of learning and unlearning, having perspective and being perspicacious.
In coming to terms with the Void, we always start on the periphery and end up at its core. We cannot begin to investigate its nature without having a sense of separation first. Otherwise how can we observe it in the first place? Until we begin to observe its nature it is still very much an unconscious experience. We are still experiencing the Void only that we are unaware of it. For example, a mosquito bite is mostly experienced unconsciously until it begins to irritate. Our conscious experience of any occurrence is most weighted at the ‘tail-end’ of the event. That inevitably is where sensations and emotions also happen.
You may consider the experience of the Void like the ‘eye’ (centre) of the storm. Have you ever noticed when the ‘eye’ (centre) of the storm passes over, it is completely still and hauntingly quiet? And the most destruction and ferocity of the storm is usually experienced as you move away from its eye (centre)?
Seeker or non-seeker, we all ride the storm on its periphery. In the thick of the storm we naturally gravitate and attach importance to any vessel that may remain buoyant. Have you notice that it is also onboard a vessel where we experience the greatest amount of tossing and churning? The worthiness of any vessel is on its durability and even that can break (degenerate). Knowledge is often called a ‘life-vest’. What does the ‘life-vest’ preserve: the vessel or the person?
In the ocean of consciousness attachment to any vessel will only bring misery. There will be many other vessels passing by some more attractive some less. But they all serve one purpose: to offer you an experience of the ocean. Be acutely aware of the difference between the experience of the vessel and the ocean. Reflect on the feelings of attachment from being onboard and overboard.
To experience the ocean wholeheartedly you need to get off the vessel. In calm waters, a flotation device makes the experience more playful and enjoyable. During a storm, a life-vest brings that presence of mind and security. That is the role of Knowledge.
When you cannot out sail a storm, getting to and remaining in the eye of the storm until it loses its might may help you ride it out. The vessel can help transport you there but without the navigational skills you may just stay helpless at sea.