Beer is made of water barley yeast and hops, water is made of molecules, molecules are made of 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen. Search all we want we can’t find a singular, independent, unchanging, inseparable element that is beer. This can be applied to everything in the universe, including ourselves
A self is made of body, experiences and environment, body is made of water, blood, bones, water is made of molecules. When we believe that we are a singular, independent, unchanging, separate being we create ego, and the effects of ego are all too real. With ego firmly in place we consistently resist the natural flow of the whole universe, like a fish trying to live on land, everything takes effort, life is incomplete and filled with unease, unconsciously we know something is wrong we just can’t put our finger on it.
Imagine yourself existing without air, without placing your feet squarely on the ground, what would your senses sense if there was no environment? This is the whole concept of emptiness. Emptiness refers to the ancient realization that the essential nature of the universe is dependent origination, that nothing in the universe can be reduced to a singular, independent, unchanging, inseparable element. Therefore, the Universe can not have one appearance, one sound, one feeling, or one identity.
When we fully grok this concept we begin to actually see the incredible nature of all things, the perfection of the web of life and how it all fits together, the effects of ego begin to disappear, life gets easier, past and future recede, the moment comes into focus, like the fish finding water, we ease into life and its effortless.