From time to time, most people run into a core feeling that might be described as emptiness or meaninglessness. It is the sense that something is missing in one's self or in life. It sometimes arises as a feeling of being personally incomplete, as if there is a void that needs to be filled, and that obtaining whatever is missing would make one feel whole. The feeling may appear in different forms, but in each it comes as a raw and simple sense, even though what's behind it is not so simple. Frequently people experience these effects as almost physical: an ache in the heart, or in the pit of the stomach, or as a hole deep within the core of themselves, and always as something uncomfortable.
Accompanying this sense, or included in it, is almost always a feeling of isolation and separation-- the sense that you are alone, even in a crowd. Most of us are not happy being alone, but neither are we completely happy in our relationships with others. Both seem to build a "promise" that remains unfulfilled. We find some sense of hope in the beginnings of fulfillment--in either being alone or in relationships--but this almost always degrades into vague feelings of disappointment because it never goes all the way. We then tend to assume that real fulfillment is simply out of reach, either temporarily or permanently depending on our personal history and programming. But none of us questions the foundation of our relationship to this matter. We don't notice that overlooked cultural assumptions may be the source of both our desire for happiness and our failure to achieve it.
- Peter Ralston, The Book of Not Knowing
Because I have predominantly been taught to and have practiced living as a person holding on to a Westernized Worldview, I am not wholly qualified to describe to you in detail what "emptiness is" or feels like or looks like or sounds like in the most universal way. Therefore, what I will attempt to do over time, is to present to you multiple representations of how and where the respite of emptiness has been found and exceedingly well leveraged by others with the sincere hope that you too might experience it for yourself. When you do, as I believe that we are all innately capable of doing so, may it boldly lead you through all fear, self-limitation, and safely out and into the very places where you are meant to go so that you may more fully discover your truth, your purpose, and how you can positively impact everyone that you come into contact with as you continue to travel along your chosen path.
Thank you and many blessings to all.