February 9, 2017
After last week’s talk, someone asked me if there is a difference between emptying and letting go. We explored that a little bit at Heart Talks. The consensus seemed to be that they are very related but perhaps there is a subtle difference.
Letting go feels a little more specific and concrete; emptying feels like the bigger, perhaps more mystical, aspect of the practice. Maybe “letting go” is like the individual notes and instruments, and “emptying” is the symphony.
I am going to explore this further on Sunday and talk about letting go of some specific things like judgment, comparisons, and resentments.
What happens when we let go of those things? Emptying makes room for breakthrough and new birth. We begin to recognize ourselves as one with the Divine, no matter what the external circumstances and changes, and we begin to move into the “via creativa.” And so the growth spiral continues.
An excerpt to ponder from the gospel of Thomas:
“The Kingdom of God is like a woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking along a distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her along the road. She didn’t know it; she hadn’t noticed a problem. When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty.”