Far too many of us are afraid of being nothing. We do not like to dwell on the subject of death; we are terrified about death. Of course, this posting does not appertain to trying to end oneself physically; doing so would be extremely foolish, irrational, and very non-harmonious. Being nothing psychologically, however, is another thing completely. Being nothing psychologically, at times, throughout the day and night, is prudent and sane. Most of us, unfortunately, are in fear about being nothing psychologically (because of miseducation, lack of awareness, and dependency on superficial things and deceptive concepts).
To be empty internally, devoid of effort and devoid of images and patterns of thought and thinking, frightens many people. The main function of thoughts/thinking is to solve problems. However, even when there are no problematic occurrences manifesting, most of us go on perpetually thinking anyway. We are caught in the habit of thinking; we are the habit of thinking. All thoughts, however, are mere fractional tokens or symbols for things. As such, they are inherently rather metaphorical and emblematical and thus are rather stiff and bereft of real life… much like mere numbers or road signs. Yet, because of the way we were miseducated, we cling to them and worship them. Ironically, most of us cling to these stale (rather unalive) images, and we are afraid of letting them go. Of course, thoughts are very necessary. It is great to often use them sensibly and reasonably. However, as we’ve said many times, they are merely tools. Everlastingly clinging to stiff and lifeless symbols is not really “alive,” nor is it awake and dynamic in the profound sense. Even when there are no problems, we fabricate problems. Some of us will do anything to avoid emptiness and nothingness. However, clinging to the limited is deceased in itself and is not real living. (By the way, in physics, the emptiness or nothingness that exists — as empty space — is never merely just stagnant; it is full of fluctuating quantum fields, dark energy, and all kinds of dynamic activity. The silent, empty mind, too, is tremendously dynamic in its own way.)
Psychological nothingness is not pettiness, is not smallness. The truly empty mind is beyond the stale patterns concocted by man; that involves great intelligence. Far too many are caught in (and “as”) those stale patterns (and forever remain there). Psychological nothingness often goes beyond ordinary experience, because ordinary experience is merely recognition by the known. The truly empty mind is not, even during the day, merely caught in perceiving through (and “as”) the old screen of accumulated patterns. That old screen is largely of separation and conflict.