Excerpt from “Tap Into Your Inner Wisdom”

I’ll never forget the first time I heard about atoms. I was in grade school when I learned that atoms were the tiniest particles that got together to form the building blocks for everything we see – chairs, lamps, trees, my own body – and even some things that we can’t see, such as gases. Though I knew I didn’t stand a chance of ever actually seeing one of these atoms, I accepted the fact of their existence in the world.

Later on in science class, I learned what atoms are made of: a central component called a nucleus, and an outer part that contains electrons which swirl around the nucleus. As an adult, I became intrigued with the rest of the atom, namely the empty space within them. The fact of the matter is, over 99.9% of an atom is empty space. Since you and I are made up of atoms, we are almost entirely composed of… nothing!

Next time you peer up into the night sky noticing the moon and stars, maybe some clouds, you might want to take notice of all the rest – the “nothing” that surrounds them. The vast majority of the universe, so far as we can tell, is full of nothing. Before you get too depressed, consider the possibility that there may be more to nothing – much more – than meets the eye. To put it another way, nothing might actually mean something.

Deep inside of all of us, there is a special place, an inner core, where nothing resides. We cannot observe this place called nothing, for that would require having thoughts and interpretations about this place, so we only know that we’ve visited there after the fact. Nothing is quiet, still, and timeless.

In everyday life, we spend so much of our time focusing our attention outward toward activity. We have chores to do, errands to run, bills to pay, and people who depend on us to meet their needs. Oftentimes we put our dreams on the back burner because we have neither the time nor the focus to attend to them. Someday, we tell ourselves, we’ll make the time. Someday never comes.

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