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The Light That Fills the Void!

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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My Father, make me worthy to glorify your Name, every moment, with every thought, every word, and every act of mine.

— Sean Dragon

The Void

I think that the biggest problem which we, humans, have to deal with is the void within us. If you think of it, you will realise that all the mistakes we make have the same origin, our anxiety to fill this void. This anxiety leads us to spasmodic and erratic actions that end up 'feeding' this void as they fill it with intellectual and spiritual chaff. But this void acts as a black hole which absorbs the 'mass' of this trash. Consequently, it grows bigger instead of filling up.

This void originates from the illusion with which, almost all of us, unfortunately, we are raised. The illusion that we are separate and cut off from the other creatures of this creation, that we are alone in a never-ending struggle for survival against everyone and everything. Thus we lose the knowledge of our unity with our Creator, and this illusion of loneliness leads to the onset of this void. Because we are made of Love and when we exclude it from our lives, it leaves behind this void, since nothing can substitute Love!

At the same time, this leads to the self-preservation of egoism. We end up filling every moment with thoughts, words and acts of condemnation, hatred, rivalry, fear and selfishness. All of this, however, increases the void instead of reducing it, because it drives us ever further from our true nature. We end up overwhelmed with guilt and darkness, trapped in an endless and vicious circle of misery, anxiety, and mistakes.

The darkness can only be banished with light, and the dark void within us only with bright thoughts can be filled.

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Don't Bite the Apple

When I try every single moment, no matter what situations I face, to fill myself with thoughts of love, say words of kindness and support, and offer help, then I manifest my true nature. I become a conduit of His own Love, I realise that I am filled again with Him, and the void disappears. When I choose to offer unselfish Love, no matter what the conditions are, without excuses and exceptions, then, the fullness of higher feelings, of joy and serenity, comes to replace the inner 'black hole'. I create again a treasure that fills the void, and no one can steal it from me. I experience happiness which nobody and nothing can take away from me.

It is definitely not an easy goal to achieve. There is the inertia of the habit that is so insidious and powerful. The deceptive ego will try to convince me that I am the victim in all situations and I have to react, to defend myself against the evil of all the others. It will try to trick me, telling me that in this case there is no room for Love. It will bombard me with all those sneaky and wicked words of selfishness just to make me bite one more time the "apple". And it will have all the help and supplies of the materialistic world.

Exercise

That is why I have to enter into a constant process of vigilance and self-monitoring so that I'll be able to stop as soon as possible any negative thought. I'll be able to finish it before it becomes a word or deed, and replace it with positive thoughts of love, unity and offering. Acting this way I'll become capable of choosing the way of Love, every moment, no matter how difficult it may seem.

My beloved master had suggested to me a fitting exercise to accomplish this vigilance. He had told me:

"Think that every moment, whatever you say or do, you hold in your hands a little child of three or four years old, who monitors every action of yours and learns from you. What would you like to show and teach this child? Rudeness or kindness? Wickedness or goodness? Anger or patience and tolerance? Hate or love? Ugliness or the beauty of words and deeds?

Work on this for a while and see your life change miraculously. But try to be aware of the child's presence at any moment of your day."

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It is an extremely difficult exercise; I believe you understand it. But I will ask you to think about what I thought then:

I will fail at first, many times, that's for sure. But, if I do not let frustration and guilt overwhelm me, if I continue to try with determination, patience and love, then I will be able to re-activate my true nature, and I will experience a constant state of contact with the Light. And then I will act as the conduit of this Light in my world. And this Light will sanctify me.

Besides, what options do I have? Or this fight, however difficult it is, or the void. The void is not my choice!

There is no greater blessing for me than to be

Your Light channel into my world.

— Sean Dragon

© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis

Comments

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on May 11, 2019:

Yes, my Lantern, I am blessed and grateful for having brothers like you! Thank you for your kind words!

Beauty exists in the Soul of the one who sees it!

Sean

manatita44 from london on May 09, 2019:

I like the image of the little child. Good advice. Again, you write a little like Jason from the phillipines. You see the problem and you are using the inner will to conquer. Seeking the Light. That's healthy. Increase the meditation … the selflessness or both. But you seem to be doing these things. It's just a matter of Grace and patience or acceptance. You're blessed. Hugs to all.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on March 10, 2019:

Happy to know that I helped you, my brother, Tim! In this Community of Love, we support each other. Your comments are always "clean power" for me! Respect and admiration are mutual.

Gratitude!

Sean

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 10, 2019:

Thanks, Sean. This is a fabulous work I needed to read to stay focused on the light and not the void. That separation from God is the biggest obstacle we want to overcome on Earth. Thanks for a masterful work, guided by His Love.

Much respect and admiration,

Tim

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on March 03, 2019:

Yes, my sweet Li-Jen is the only way to avoid becoming victims of our choices. I am glad you are aware of this even though you are so young. Help others to understand too. Thank you for your lovely comment.

My Love embraces you!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on March 03, 2019:

My dear brother Eric, you know that you always are welcomed here. My Love is my juice, and I know that you are aware!

You are a lamp of goodness!

Sean

Li-Jen Hew on March 03, 2019:

Hi Sean, right! We should choose to fill the void with love and not make ourselves the victim. Thank you for sharing your kind thoughts.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 27, 2019:

Sean this mind and soul has come back to get your juice once more. I need to get back on track and feel/fill a void I have had. We must acknowledge that we have a void before we can heal and fill it.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 27, 2019:

I thank you, my brother Eric, for all these beautiful days you offer me with your sunny bright Hubs!

Grateful for your Love!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 27, 2019:

Thank you so much, my dear Sister Chitrangada! Your comments are always so beautiful and bright as your photos! You are a source of Positive Energy!

God bless your luminous Heart!

Sean

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 26, 2019:

This is such a fact of truth "When I try every single moment, no matter what situations I face, to fill myself with thoughts of love, say words of kindness and support, and offer help, then I manifest my true nature"

We are going to have a great day, thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 26, 2019:

Beautiful and thoughtful article!

It’s quite normal to have voids in one’s life. And I agree that it can be filled with love, whether by giving love or by receiving love.

Love and peace should be the basis of life.

Thank You for sharing this valuable article. I really enjoyed reading this.

Thanks a lot! Have a wonderful day!

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 24, 2019:

I thank you, my dear Chidinma, for your lovely comment! I can feel that you have a pearl of natural wisdom, despite the young of your age, that only Love gives! I am glad we have you with us, in this community.

God bless you!

Sean

Poeticnurse from Nigeria on February 24, 2019:

We're products of whatever thoughts we feed on, nothing proceeds out of us without been meditated on, but a consciousness of who we are in Christ, being The Light and full of Love when given to these thoughts produces the kind of live worth living for.

Thank you Loannis for this...Blessed read!

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 20, 2019:

"We are loved, we are wanted and, we are valuable."

Yes my dear Sister, Dana! I am grateful for your comment!

Gratitude!

Sean

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 20, 2019:

You are absolutely right, my dear Sister Dora! We learn to really live!

Thank you for your feedback!

Your Heart is a beacon!

Sean

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on February 18, 2019:

Some people become offended at the thought of humans being in the same category as an animal. In reality, the only difference between animals, and humans, is the way we look because we are all designed and creations of a Creator.

Our minds have convinced us we are superior; and to even think we are merely creations of someone's intelligence is too much for some to comprehend; especially in a world where everyone wants to be a God.

People feel that the love of money is our greatest sin, but pride and wanting to be worshiped, is the sin of humans. We were created to worship and we're always looking to worship something or someone hoping to fill that void.

Sean, if you took two creators and told them to create, you would have two masterpieces but, what you wouldn't have, is creations that flowed in synch. How could you? You would have two different minds creating according to the way they think.

When you look at our creation for example: The DNA of animals, and how closely related they are to the DNA of humans, It shows the mind of one Creator, one designer and His fingerprints are all over everything He has made.

We're like a plug pulled out of a socket. We're disconnected from our Creator but our souls are very valuable. I think the black hole would began to fill if we realized we are not a people unwanted, unloved or forgotten about. Our Creator has worked tirelessly to get us to see Him. To let us know He sees us. To reconnect with us. We are loved, we are wanted and, we are valuable.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 17, 2019:

That "constant process of vigilance and self-monitoring" becomes less tiring with time. We become more aware and more alert. Thanks for sharing your insight and inspiration.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 17, 2019:

I hope that these were tears of purification my dear Brother, Eric, and not of my lousy writing! Ha! Ha! You, my brother, like Bill, have altered this void to a Source of Light for us!

Gratitude!

Sean

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 17, 2019:

I have to be careful here. I find myself judging. A nasty ugly place. I lost my void decades ago. I can touch a flower and I am filled. Or maybe just a weed.

This here article let me cry. Thank you much.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 14, 2019:

My dear brother, Bill, in physics we say that some black holes may turn to white holes radiating light to the Universe. That is your case, I believe!

Thank you for friendship and support, are treasures to me.

Love is the Healer!

Sean

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 14, 2019:

I had a void, twelve years ago. It has slowly filled with love, and I'm constantly looking for more to keep that void filled. Seek low, give love, live in love!

Peace be with you, dear friend

bill

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on February 13, 2019:

Oh! My dear sister, Linda!

"Thank you for putting together these loving, soul-soothing words. You are a blessing to so many."

What can I answer to these words? How can I find a way to say thank you? It is such a great honor to me when those words come from an exceptional human being like you are! Thank you with all my humble Heart!

My Heart beats the rhythm of His Love beside yours!

Sean

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 13, 2019:

Sean, the song by Casting Crowns is one of my favorites, but also one that completely brings me to my knees. It speaks so deeply to me of God's unsurpassing love. Despite illness and the loss of loved ones, I have not felt abandoned. I know that I am loved.

However, it is my daily life, in the mundane where I find myself struggling, and this is what you are speaking of so eloquently. Self-doubt and loathing creep in over the tiniest matters. Like dust on an unpolished table, the motes are at first small, but the accumulation is a horrifying condemnation.

Thank you for putting together these loving, soul-soothing words. You are a blessing to so many.