Monday, September 15, 2008

Enraptured by Nothing

When people become very concentrated, they can often find themselves fascinated by just being still and focusing upon absolutely nothing at all. When you discover the empty ground of all being, which is not an object, you can find yourself in a state of rapture. It's like there's something you can't take your eyes off of, but that something is actually nothing at all. What is it that's so compelling about nothing at all? It's very mysterious. Why is it that when you discover this empty ground, there's a sense that "I could stay here forever"?

When the sense or awareness of time disappears, there's an expansion of consciousness. The quality of reality itself seems to deepen. Most of us live within the confines of our emotional and psychological world. So when we transcend the experience of time, the experience of reality deepens because our attention is no longer trapped or distracted by time, thought, and feeling. So when time, thought, and feeling are no longer objects of our attention, but the infinite empty ground of our own being becomes the object of our attention, what's so compelling is that because the doors of perception have opened, new dimensions in every direction seem to appear.

~Andrew Cohen

1 comment:

Nadia P Manzoor said...

Hi Grant,
This is a great piece that you have posted.

I'm writing to you today to let you know about a new book by Andrew Cohen (Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening), which will be published on September 27th.

Because of your interest in Andrew's work, I thought you might like to participate in Andrew's virtual book tour. To do so, we ask you to write something about the book on your blog (an excerpt, a review, or even a quote). You'd be one of many bloggers participating in the campaign and would be listed on our book tour page ( To give you a better sense of the book, I can send you a sample chapter and press release about it.

Please let me know if you'd be interested in participating and what you might have in mind for a post and I can provide you with any additional resources you'll need.

Thanks for your time,

Nadia Manzoor
Evolutionary Enlightenment Web Outreach Team