Just A Moment In Time.

In all honesty, the majority of my thinking space is cluttered with daydreams, inanities, flights of fancy into the future and reinterpretations of the past. This is my internal reality most of the time. And most of the time I navigate this clutter without noticing it. But just recently, I found a sudden break, a sudden window into something else.
I was surfacing briefly from a daydream when suddenly a thought rose above the clutter and spoke up:

"I am nothing. I am a single cell in the body of the universe."

This thought was quiet, but it struck at a note inside me. And for a moment, just a space in time, I felt... expansion. A sense of expansion and emptiness. I felt an altered appreciation of myself, this self I label as 'me' and 'I'. Suddenly this 'me' seemed like nothing more than an interesting arrangement of phenomena. I looked at my hands and thought them very interesting, as though I were looking at them for the first time. It was beautiful and unexpected and liberating. I saw what a weight, what a burden it is to maintain this sense of self, this identity that I have created. It seems counter intuitive, but to feel that sense of being 'nothing' was profoundly grounding.
And then, as abruptly as it arrived, it slipped away. My thoughts resumed their usual routine. I took a pen and thought 'I must write this down!'

This is my first post. I don't know if it's really very interesting or relevant. But I was very pleased to find that there is a corner of EP devoted to Eastern philosophy and thought I would put this out there.

Best wishes to all who stumble across this :)
Roselette Roselette
22-25, F
4 Responses Nov 26, 2012

Their is a belief we were once before a previous creation sent here for this one, and once again will be created after our demise. Our memories were erased and this lifes' meaning is hidden. though many signs point to a final destination. If the signs are read correctly, it will only benefit us.

How great we think we r, yet how small we r in comparison yields to belief that their is something greater and this contrast may be a sign.

I think I agree with you. This contrast is very profound, and I think it must have profound implications for the way we live our lives.

I came across this quote a few hours ago, and I immediately remembered your experience:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”--- Albert Eistein


Thanks! This is so perfect! I love this quote. It really expresses precisely how I feel about this :)

Thank you for showing it to me!

Thoughts like this are very fleeting and possibly from a higher being (Prothetic or spiritual knowledge) but don't quote me on that. ;P
I guess this could also have a dual meaning, since everything possible can spring forth from nothingness, maybe it's a spiritual sign saying that your potential is limitless?
It's an interesting thought. :)
I'm a happy, devoted Christian, but I also find Eastern philosophy, especially Taoism to be very insightful and interesting. Glad to know I'm not alone here on EP. :)

Thanks for your thoughts! I find it interesting to consider the notion that what I experienced might have come from a higher being, as you put it. I can certainly see how this would comply with a Christian perspective. From a more abstract, Eastern perspective, I think it's also possible to say that it was a moment of 'oneness', perhaps. A moment of insight into my oneness with the universe, and the universe's oneness with me. I think I resonate most with this more abstract understanding, but I'm also open to any thoughts about a higher being. I feel that both understandings, both explanations, are just different paths leading to the same reality.

I was also interested in what you said about the potential for everything to spring from nothingness. It's certainly something which defies the mind's grasp on logic! But that thought in itself seems very Taoist. I've noticed that Taoism seems to place an interesting emphasis on notions of nothingness and emptiness.

Interesting indeed :). I was pleased to hear that you're a devoted Christian with an interest in the insights Eastern philosophies offer us. I enjoy people who can approach these things with an open mind. Because you mentioned your interest in Taosim particularly, I wonder if you might have any reading suggestions for me? I'm also quite fascinated by the Taoist perspective and would love to expand the little knowledge I do have about it. But I've not yet found a good book that can satisfy my curiosity. So any suggestions you might have would be welcomed :)

Thanks again for your thoughts :)

You are very insightful, particularly for you age. I wish I could have been where you are now when I was your age. I suggest as always,Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax press.
For a sample, read anything I write.

Thank you! I have read a little of Thich Nhat Hanh, and found him very good. But I would certainly like to become better acquainted with him.
I have read a couple of the things you have written. I find your perspective interesting :)


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