We might make fun those who bemoan, ‘Nothing is sacred anymore,’ but when you look at the present condition of our world, nothing is sacred. With every conceivable experience at our fingertips, there is very little, if anything, left to the imagination. Our lives are inundated with endless images of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The amount of information available, regardless of its accuracy, drives one group in one direction, one group in another, creating seemingly insurmountable division. Everything is overexposed, and in the process, can lose its meaning, its essence, its soul.
But if you look more deeply at our experience, we find that it’s not that nothing is sacred, it’s that no ‘thing’ is sacred.
Searching for peace and happiness, we first look at our objective experience for an answer. After all, this is what we have been taught, conditioned to do – seek our bliss in relationship to things in the world.
All things, all objects, though they might provide momentary pleasure and happiness, are ever-changing, temporary appearances in the world. All ‘things’ come and go, and therefore, even though we might hold a thing, an object, special, it is not sacred, it is not of God, the Absolute, the Divine. God, the Absolute, the Divine, is not a thing.
God, the Absolute, the Divine, has no objective qualities. It is ever-present and unchanging, untouched by any activity of the mind, body, or world.
By setting aside all that is temporary, that is, all objects – thoughts, memories, emotions, sensations of the body, and all perceptions of the world – we are left with our essential being: that which exists prior to, during, and after any appearance of the body, mind, or world has come and gone.
And what is this essential being that remains when all appearances are set aside?
‘Nothing’is truly sacred.
You don’t have to do anything to be nothing, which is what we all are at our core. Or, more accurately, we are no ‘thing’ at our core – our essential being has no objective qualities. It is not a thing. Resting in and as no thing, or nothingness, our true nature is revealed as awareness or consciousness, the knowing presence in all experience that is not itself an experience. A knowing presence that is always here and has no boundaries, whose nature is of peace, because it is undisturbed and unchanging, of happiness, because it is inherently full, and of love, because it is indivisible.
5 thoughts on “Nothing Is Sacred”
“By definition, there’s no such thing as nothing.” Thoth
Yes! Nice! And how about: ‘When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.’ ~ Dylan
The truth is always hidden in plain sight; the kingdom of heaven is spread out upon the earth, though people don’t see it. Indeed, once you experience for yourself that everything is internal to awareness and is a vibration of the same awareness that you fundamentally are, it is sometimes hard to understand why everyone doesn’t see it. What else could any given object possibly be if not a vibration of awareness? The thought that anything could be ‘other’ is too bizarre for words. Someone once asked Jed McKenna, “So there isn’t a universe external to consciousness?” and he replied, bemused, “Of course not! Where would they put it?” That quip always makes me smile. So the ‘Heart of the Lord’ being referred to here is simply Awareness in its natural state: clear and open, unsullied by any trace of superimposed conditioned beliefs, and delighting in its seamless unity with all things, all things being the direct expression of its stainless essence. From the perspective of that Heart, all objects of awareness are as if part of one’s body. To put it another way, the whole world and everything in it is your body, insofar as you have a body. What you habitually call your body is simply the set of sensations that occur in the center of a vast field of harmonically vibrating energy, all internal to your awareness.
This person is the Highest Divinity in bodily form. As [said in another] scripture: They are the Highest Divinity in disguise, having taken on human bodies. And, in [my parameṣṭhī guru Utpala’s] commentary on his own Stanzas on the Recognition of the Divine: They too are perfected who see their very body, or even pots and other objects, as a form of God, composed of all thirty-six tattvas.||
Wallis, Christopher D. The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece . Mattamayura Press. Kindle Edition.
“You don’t have to do anything to be nothing…”
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