The universe is an expression of possibility. It is. We experience this universe through consciousness. It is we that give it properties such as good, bad, big or small. Properties are labels we invent and apply – emptiness. The Buddhist notion of emptiness doesn’t mean that there is no such thing as big or small – it means that the notions of big, small, good, or bad do not exist outside of perception and consciousness. They are judgments.
The way we experience existence can be heaven or hell. Samsara and Nirvana are one. It is we that must transform. By looking deeply and gaining wisdom we transform ourselves and we transform the universe.
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