Today, I am going to talk about nothing. Literally–NOTHING.
In fact, I have a lot to say about nothing. Since Taoism has a lot to say about NOTHING, I’ll start with Chapter 14 of the Tao Te Ching, translated by Derek Lin
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 14
Look at it, it cannot be seen
It is called colorless
Listen to it, it cannot be heard
It is called noiseless
Reach for it, it cannot be held
It is called formless
These three cannot be completely unraveled
So they are combined into one
Above it, not bright
Below it, not dark
Continuing endlessly, cannot be named
It returns back into nothingness
Thus it is called the form of the formless
The image of the imageless
This is called enigmatic
Confront it, its front cannot be seen
Follow it, its back cannot be seen
Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom 
This entire chapter is very dense with information, and my usual MO is to separate it into sections and talk about this subject within the lines and snippets. I’ve done this in the past with only the two words Tao Axiom, as well as the section that starts with ‘Wield the Tao of the ancients’.
Today, I’m going to talk about the single word extracted from chapter 14 of the Tao Te Ching, nothingness.
In truth, I could leave this entire post blank, and it would be adequate to explain this word, but I am human, and you are human, and we humans like to discuss and pontificate about all things that have to do with nothing. In fact, we even seek out scientific evidence of nothingness.
But what does topology have to do with nothingness? And what does nothingness have to do with the Tao? To answer this question, we have to poke a little bit into quantum physics, so please bear up with me for a tiny bit.
Let’s start the show with an important axiom of quantum physics; the fact that the universe is 95.1% empty.
In other words, the matter that makes up our entire universe takes up only 4.9% of the universe. Everything else is just a huge void, what Lao Tzu called nothingness. What’s more, 99.9999999% of our own body is empty space! What we think of as solid matter is just very tiny oscillations of waves in an otherwise empty nothingness.
I can spin this till I’m blue in the face, but it is tough to visualize nothingness unless we have some context to work with. To put this into perspective, here is a good description of the distances between the nucleus of an atom and the outermost boundary of the atom itself.
The size of an atom is governed by the average location of its electrons. Nuclei are around 100,000 times smaller than the atoms they’re housed in. If the nucleus were the size of a peanut, the atom would be about the size of a baseball stadium. If we lost all the dead space inside our atoms, we would each be able to fit into a particle of lead dust, and the entire human race would fit into the volume of a sugar cube. ~ Ali Sundermier 
And here is a good description of nothingness:
Imagine that you are a tiny clump of cells that have just begun to form, immediately after the miracle of conception via egg/sperm unification. You have passed the 7 Day Rule, and you are now a happy healthy little zygote. Remember, it only takes seven days for a human zygote, existing in a test tube, to hit the magical 7-day wall and perish. The only way to keep this zygote alive is to implant it into a living biological womb.
So following this biological constraint, you are that 7-day-old zygote floating around inside that living biological womb, a space that is empty, yet adhere rigorously to the laws of fluid dynamics. By rights, it should be a wonderful time to be alive, but you are a blind and deaf cell clump, without even nerve endings yet, to feel the amniotic fluid swirling around you. You do not know that you are within the amniotic fluid.
As far as you can sense, there is nothingness. You are floating in a void, alone in the dark, wondering why you are so disconnected from everything. Somewhere in your barely awakening mental consciousness, questions begin to arise. Who are you? Why are you here? Where is your creator? And why have you been created just to be abandoned and left alone in the vast empty reaches of the void?
You have no answers, but as you continue to grow within the confines of your amniotic sac, you eventually realize that you are not alone.
Your newly developed occipital lobe has finally matured enough so that your new eyes can see, but for some reason, your eyes don’t work. Everything is still dark and so you don’t even realize there is such a thing as light because you cannot see anything—YET.
You can, however, feel sound vibrations because your temporal lobes have formed perfectly, and your ear drums are working just fine. Amazingly enough, you can also sense the vibrations from your tactile organs, so at this point, you know you are not alone. For the first time, you begin to understand that the emptiness surrounding you is also the very thing that is protecting and nurturing you.
Likewise, we think we are individuals with no connection to anything. We feel alone and lonely, and we feel disconnected from everything and everyone. This cannot be further from the truth. The truth is, we are tiny zygotes, gently ensconced and protected within that amniotic fluid called the vacuum, and everything we do and think and say, is dutifully and precisely recorded into the very fabric of the nothingness that we think is empty space around us.
Once we grow enough, mature enough, we will also be able to see and hear and feel everything that is within our birthright to experience. What is our birthright, you may ask. The answer is very simple.
Our birthright is nothing less than divinity. We are little godlings, still in the womb of mother universe, and the amniotic fluid that the universe provides for us is fractally omnipresent. It is everywhere, existing both at the astro level of physics, and also at the quantum level. It is what holds and binds the very large and the very small together. It is the common denominator, the alpha and omega, and it is omnipotent.
In fact, according to Nassim Haramein, it is CRUCIAL to have all this empty space in order for the not-empty spaces to function properly. The nothingness is a necessary and vital part of the universe and everything that exists within the universe. He presented this idea in his video Black Whole, and detailed it in his paper Rotational Dynamics.
According to Nassim Haramein, the amniotic fluid that is Nothingness does more than just provide us with warmth and sustenance, it actively keeps our forms together and prevents us from dissipating away. He states that it is not matter that defines space, it is space that defines matter.
Using the Schwarzschild Proton, he was able to calculate the amount of energy or information that is present in the space or vacuum fluctuation inside the proton shell and in the mathematical equations, he found the mass of the universe.
Haramein found that each proton inside each atom contains the entirety of the mass of the universe, and through the medium of Nothingness, the empty space defines matter and matter informs space in a continuous feedback, of what he calls a unified learning universe, or Unified Field Theory, which brings me to the final point of this posting: the topology of Thái Cực đồ (Yin Yang structure).
Topological Double Torus Yin Yang Structures
The topological structure that is created every time we take any action, be it breathe, talk, laugh, cry, or even sleep, is called a double torus, which is what the ancient Thái Cực đồ (Yin Yang symbol) represents.
The Yin Yang symbol is, in fact, a 2D representation of a 6D recursive fractal structure found in all patterns throughout the universe, and can be found at all the scales, from micro to macro, from physical to spiritual. This exchange of information is what allows for karmic action and reaction to occur. This is very important so I am going to repeat it again.
That topological structure we know and love, the Thái Cực đồ (Yin Yang symbol), is what allows the universe to match, action for action, what our karmic retribution will be.
We cannot hide anything. Every single action that we take imprints information onto the medium of nothingness, and that imprint allows for an exchange of information between each individual, and the Universe.
Retribution is guaranteed. You get exactly what you give, no more no less.
Let’s hope we get a lot of LOVE retribution.
Honestly the delightful content you have been producing has been invigorating. It has been nice to become reacquainted with the vast and dark mystery.
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Thank you for such a beautiful post on nothing. I will be chewing on it. We have been living in a redwood forest for about 8 months and it’s had its challenges. The trees are tall and obscure the sun, so the entire day is rather dark and it’s hard to orient to time or what life will be like outside the forest (which we leave almost every day bc of work, classes, etc). At times the darkness feels oppressive like it will swallow me. It is def an interesting experience to feel simultaneously lonely and times and also know and recognize the divinity and perfection of where we are living now.
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Deep. Nothing may exists because we don’t have the tools to measure what the nothingness contains. Until then, it is all nothingness to us. But more on that later…
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While I can think of other Tao Te Ching quotes that depict nothingness, I think the verse you chose and what you wrote for it fit well together. I like the topology references especially.
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Hi Stephen. LOL. I know there are other references to Nothingness in the Tao Te Ching, but chapter 14 is one of my favorite chapters. 😀 I give it a lot of air time. I should talk about other chapters too, I suppose. 🙂
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