For me there’s an interesting dilemma with meditation. The dilemma is about an emptiness of mind and that of being a useful participant in life.
Let’s just say, the aim of successful meditation, is emptiness, to the point of having no thoughts of imagined futures, or remembered pasts. There are also no thoughts involving opinions or judgements of anyone or anything. To reach such a point, and have such a mind, would involve a process of constant awareness. One would need to go through a process of being aware of the ‘nature’ of one’s thoughts, and over a period of time, addressing and eliminating anything that isn’t simply an observation of the present moment. The question now is whether this state of mind, is a form of peace, or complete oblivion.
A true emptiness is to be fully aware of the influence of your beliefs. They form your opinions, judgements, personality, and expectations
True emptiness, is to be fully aware of the influence of uncontrolled thoughts, that are allowed to freely drift from past to present to future. Emptiness is brought about through awareness.
Let’s say that this emptiness has created the ultimate observer, and observing life, creates several positive outcomes: Pleasure, Fascination and Wonder. As an empty, non-judgemental observer, (and the importance of being non-judgemental can’t be overstressed) you would be in a unique position. And the question still remains: Is this emptiness useful peace or a wasted oblivion?
We could compare this state of mind to that sought by Buddhists. When we consider how Buddhist monks life out their lives, we could say, that their participation, is that of the empty observers I speak of. A further dilemma, as I see it here, is how the religion of Buddhism actually restricts the development of mankind. In fact, we could say that all religion restricts our development, insofar as magical beliefs – those that have no grounding in fact – keep mankind in a form of childhood. Religious beliefs are simply childish.
In conclusion, I feel the answer is to take out any kind of judgement entirely (including that last one). In other words, whatever it is you want to be: Scientists, Buddhist, Empty Observer or People Trafficker, it’s your choice. One thing the empty observer has, that must be of great value to humanity, is the ability to view us objectively. The observer can say: “I see that you live your lives unaware of how you create your own distress.”
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