When a student is able to deal with the narcissistic wound and the attendant rage, he can come to understand and accept the hurt. This allows him to be open to the essential quality of loving-kindness and hence to develop a greater tolerance of this wound, which is felt as a rip in the shell of the self. As we have seen in some student's records, the wound then expands and deepens, culminating in the experience of the dissolution of the shell. The experience generally proceeds until the student experiences no shell and no wound. There remains only an awareness of boundless emptiness, and nothingness that stretches out forever. The emptiness in the emptiness wound expands until its boundaries extended indefinitely. The emptiness within the shell is now completely revealed.
The Point of Existence, p. 329
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So little by little the concepts go away. The concept of being the body, the concept of being an individual, the concept of past, present, and future, the concept of space all dissolve. The final concept to go is existence, the notion that something is there. Awareness of existence is called consciousness. We are attached to the sense that there is beingness. And even when the sense of beingness goes, there can remain a sense of consciousness. If the sense of presence or existence goes, there will be just consciousness. Pure consciousness is awareness without content. In Zen, this is often called fundamental reality. There is no sense of existence, there is just awareness. There is knowingness, but not knowingness of anything in particular. Nothing can be said about it. But even this open knowingness has to go at some point. It doesn’t go and never come back, but we discover that knowingness is not final, that consciousness is not final.
Diamond Heart Book V, p. 116
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