#364 Ink Blobs & Emptiness

What Do You See When You Look at That Blob of Ink that Is Life?

Today we’re going to talk about ink blobs and emptiness.

First: Have you ever heard of Rorschach tests?

Basically, psychologists can sneak a peek into their patients’ consciousness by asking them to describe what they see when they look at a picture of an ink blob.

Now, there’s *nothing* in the ink blob (other than blobbiness), but what the patient says they see tells us a lot about what’s going on inside their minds.

Now for the emptiness. Buddhists like to say that everything is “empty” of meaning — everything is inherently NEUTRAL (kinda like that ink blob). The meaning we give to any particular empty/neutral experience is often an unconscious expression of how we see the world. So, if I’m a kinda (or really) negative person, I’ll interpret a neutral event negatively; whereas, if I’m a positive person, I’ll interpret that same event in a more empowering way.

Now, the cool thing about this whole emptiness business is the fact that, given the inherent “emptiness” of any given situation, every moment has a “hidden potential” — we can train ourselves to CHOOSE the most empowering perspective.

And, ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.

Today’s +1. Any ink blobs in your life?

Let’s stare into that emptiness and choose to see the most empowered reality.

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