“Fear of being empty (minded, hearted, stomached or pocketed), originally arises from fear of the void, i.e., death. Tempting you to avoid the void is what the advertising industry makes its living from. Think of all the chocolate, alcohol, sex, drugs, CDs, cups of tea, shopping expeditions for unnecessary consumer goods, TV programs, long nights out in clubs and restaurants and meaningless conversations that have been had in order to “avoid the void.”
But, as you know, the void is your natural habitat, your place of origin before that sperm implanted and this endless round of shopping kicked in. Like the depths of the ocean from which life sprang, the void gave birth to all existence. There is nothing, literally nothing, to fear there.
On the contrary, daily bathing in its mysterious waters is to immerse yourself in the pool of youth, truth, good looks and vitality. Scuba diving in it is to submerge yourself in the depths of eternal consciousness and life itself. This is another way of saying, “Invest in Loss.”
Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the TAO”
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