The Void Mandala is a symbol for the respiration of “life & death”, “consciousness & the unconscious”, “self & non-self”, and “the individual & God”. Breathing with this mandala lets our life become a constant practice of maintaining balance through exploration – with each journey (there and back again) we move further and further into the spiritual dimension.
The individual who has come to understand life and death in respiration is able to be the caretaker of balance in the world.
The same way in which mental health for individuals comes from finding a balanced harmony between consciousness and the unconscious, so too will world health come from a balanced harmony between life and death.
Hybrid identity, like Korean-American, provides a window through the “self” via the hyphen. This parallax gap reveals the unspeakable qualities of our lived experience as always already existing outside of taxonomy.
Who am I? What am I talking about when I say “I”? What is a “self”? Who, in fact, is even asking these questions?
“Trust the possibility of bringing forth the impossible.” This must be our affirmation if we are to access the Real. To become subjects of Truth, we must dedicate ourselves to making the impossible possible.
The first event of The Open! Using Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” as our jumping-off point, we discussed topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness, to the teleology of biological life, to the fuzziness of boundaries between conceptual categories. The great achievement of the book, we decided, was its ability to engender strong, polarizing reactions.