From 365 Tao, by Deng Ming-Dao:
“Once one understands that the ultimate nature of this existence is void, one understands that to be void is the only true mode of meditation. Notice that void is not the object of meditation—to pair meditator and object creates a dualistic relationship between self and environment that leads one astray.
In meditation we are searching for unity. We need something that takes us out of the normal dualistic modes that are the origins of all our difficulties. Therefore, the only true meditation is one that does not put us into a relationship of viewer and object. Any object, no matter how holy, still reinforces the illusion that there is a reality outside of ourselves. What we are trying to gain is the true interior view: There is no difference between our inner and outer realties.”
This is something that my spiritual Teachers have been discussing for years, although they use different terminology. Instead of “object” and “void”, they use the terms Point and Zone. Zone describes all the space there is—the space between each hair on your head, the space between each cell of your skin, the space between each electron in an atom, the space between all the planets, between all the galaxies. It is infinite. Point describes a location in space, like a planet or an electron or a human body. All Points are made up of more Points surrounded by more Zone, and that is how everything is connected, through the common Zone. Nothing is separate. We Are All One.
This has been discussed for thousands of years by Taoists. It is also well-accepted by contemporary physicists. It is worth thinking about, and experiencing. If we accept that God (however you define that) is everywhere, present in the Zone, then the energy of God is both inside and outside us. Both inside and outside everyone. Both inside and outside of everything.
Reread the above quote and substitute Point and Zone for “object” and “void”.
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