Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Empty Space is the key.

In Taoism there is a saying that goes basically thus: "It is not the walls of the pot but the empty space within that makes it useful. It is not the walls or doors but the space inside that makes the room useful. And it is not the spokes or the rim but the center pin that makes the wheel useful."

I think I don't know where I'm going because I'm not empty. I don't feel like I have a point. Even a pot knows that it is supposed to be empty until it's filled with something. However long that is, it doesn't matter. That is what it is there for. When it is emptied, that is because it is done holding whatever it was meant to hold. Once again, that's what it's there for.

Being empty and being centered... things I understood conceptually up until now but didn't really know; the way you just know who's on the other end of the phone before you pick up, or that you managed to make the basket without seeing where the basketball went. I was lacking a certainty about the wisdom.

All this from staring at a raku-fired bowl with torn edges. Interesting where insights come from at times. :)

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