A positive path for spiritual living

5-2-21 Talk Notes: The Void (Rev. Mark Schindler)


Finding Yourself In Transition by Robert Brumet

A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfielf

The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

The Hero With One Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell


Finding Yourself In Transition:

  • Each season is to be honored; we can learn much from each of them. Yet we in the West have a fear of the season of emptiness; we seek to avoid it.
  • The Void can be seen as a time when we shed the husks of the old self to become more of who we really are.
  • Many Mystics – both Eastern and Western – emphasize the importance of sacred emptiness.
  • The Void can be seen as a passageway to becoming truly alive and fully awake. 


Discovering The True Self In The Void:

“True emptiness is not empty, but contains all things. The mysterious and pregnant void creates and reflects all possibilities. From it arises our individuality, which can be discovered and developed, although never possessed or fixed.”
― Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart


The Importance Of Doing Nothing:

“The way in which they are to conduct themselves… is to devote themselves not at all to reasoning and meditation, since this is not the time for it, but to allow the soul to remain in peace and quietness, although it may seem clear to them that they are doing nothing and are wasting their time, and although it may appear to them that it is because of their weakness that they have no desire in that state to think of anything. The truth is that they will be doing quite sufficient if they have patience and persevere in prayer without making any effort.” St. John of the Cross

Just Take It Easy Man:

Jeffery Lebowski AKA: The Dude


The Hero’s Journey:

“We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell