Space.

August 24, 2010

“Just as no sound can exist without silence, nothing can exist without no-thing, without the empty space that enables it to be. Every physical object or body has come out of nothing, is surrounded by nothing, and will eventually return to nothing. Not only that, but even inside every physical body there is far more ‘nothing’ than ‘something’. Physicists tell us that the solidity of matter is an illusion. Even seemingly solid matter, including your physical body, is nearly 100 percent empty space—so vast are the distances between the atoms compared to their size. What is more, even inside every atom there is mostly empty space. What is left is more like a vibrational frequency than particles of solid matter, more like a musical note. Buddhists have known that for over 2 500 years. ‘Form is emptiness, emptiness is form’, states the Heart Sutra… The essence of all things is emptiness.”

[I don’t have the physics know-how to back this assertion up. But it has piqued my interest… Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Sydney: Hachette, 2009: 136-137.]

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