Sunday, November 15, 2015
Some People Say
Rev. Julia Hamilton
The Space Within by Lao Tsu, from the Tao te Ching:
Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes that make it useful.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.
This reading speaks eloquently of the relationship between the form and the function of life. Without form, there is nothingness. Water cannot be carried without a jug. A cart cannot move without a wheel. Life cannot exist without a body to inhabit. But the form itself is not the function. The animating spirit, the purpose, the usefulness of something is not found in the form, but rather in relationship between the form and the spaces within it. The water that moves in and out of the jug. The wheel that spins on its axle. The energy that flows through the body. The spaces within something are where the movement happens, where change happens, where life happens.
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