I have learned recently about the importance of “Emptiness” as a way of living the Kingdom of Heaven.  I am currently reading the book “The Different Drum” by M. Scott Peck, the writer of the famous book “The Road Less Traveled”.  Peck teaches that Emptiness is one of the steps that must be taken in order to experience true community, and community is necessary for peace. He writes “So it is that the moment we become empty something comes into our emptiness”.  Also “the ultimate purpose of emptiness, then, is to make room.  Room for what? Room for God”.  I would say further that emptiness is getting rid of all the selfish habits, old ways of living, so that then we have room to be filled up with the new habits of the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is exactly what Jesus meant when he commanded us to experience “self denial” and to follow the “narrow path” which leads to Salvation (living the Kingdom of Heaven).  Jesus also called it “carrying the cross”, “lightning up our candles”, “being born again” and “being the salt of the earth”.  All of these symbolize starting something new, even if it takes some sacrifice, some suffering, which is experienced by emptying first and then filling up with something different, something new.  Jesus taught about “the new wine in new cups”, comparing this material example to our decision to get rid of the old selfish way of living and starting the New Life of the Kingdom of Heaven.  We have to empty ourselves from everything that makes us selfish so that then we can fill up with the habit of serving others.  He then talked to Nicodemus about “being born again”, which is another description of emptiness.  I could go on and on about emptiness, because Jesus’ teachings are basically based on this theme.  God wants us to start fresh, a new beginning, deny everything about ourselves that makes us “naturally selfish” and be more like Him.


About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

2 responses to “Emptiness

  • r E li G i O n | Living the Kingdom

    […] of the different religions that keep our egos nourished.  It is through the difficult process of emptiness.  It is scary to refrain from protecting our egos through any kind of religion described above.  […]

  • Emptiness. Equality. Essence. | Living the Kingdom

    […] Emptiness is simply the process of denying myself. It is the difficult step of getting rid of all the falsified ego that poisons me.  It is making room for something else.  Something bigger.  It is truly liberating because it involves “cleaning” our minds from the falsified ego that bonds us into a fantasy.  The ego prefers to be inflated, to be full, and to shine.  But it is truly a false way to happiness.  Emptiness will free us from the illusion that the ego is based on, and helps us return to our true selves.  It is based on surrendering.  Which creates patience. […]

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