"Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
Nietzsche's quote is so open to personal interpretation. One reads that quote as they see themselves in relation to existence. In the early days of my conscious exploration of inner awareness and spirituality, I took that quote as a cautionary warning. That has become less true for me now, I'm coming to the realization that Nietzsche's abyss quote may not be a warning; but an invitation. As my awareness increases of the conscious connection of all things, that all of conscious existence is a reflection of the self...that only our perceptions about a thing give anything 'power'. That the abyss is simply a chasm that must be encountered and crossed, I become more willing to face that breach...to study it...let the abyss find it's mirror in me.
Meditation is gazing into the abyss. Meditation is a becoming of the abyss...remembering our origin. As we meditate we stand naked in 'nothingness'. We're retreating to the inner energy field of silence and a blank space. From that inner perspective we don't fear our monsters, we don't battle them; the silent inner abyss exposes those monsters as sub-conscious, unacknowledged components of our own selves. As we stand naked in the silent empty field so do our fears. It is that practice, meditation; that one discovers their wholeness. Meditation is a most humbling yet empowering experience.
To behold the silent, empty landscape of the abyss, to face it's greatest fear...the fear of nothingness and silence. To take refuge in this sanctuary, the ego-mind learns to calm itself. It will still be cognizant of seeking validation from it's surroundings, of imagined threats and comparative stimulus. But the ego-mind that is aware of the inner stillness will cease to sound alarms about those things. It will source it's report of life's condition from the silent stillness of the unseen 'watcher'; not from perceived threats or the need for validation. The ego-mind that has stood naked and exposed in the silence and stillness of your inner being learns to revere the power of the still silent presence, the abyss. It will eventually cease to project fearful imaginings onto the outer world, it will bring it's imagined threats and narcissistic, inferiority induced speculations to the silence...where those things will ring hollow, where they have no substance to be resonant with in your being.
Do not fear monsters or the abyss. Don't fight fearful monsters, that only validates their perceived power. Let the monsters follow you to the silent still abyss. Let your being bridge that chasm and then cross it. Monsters, which are constructed of fear cannot follow you across.
One Love...Seek the Silence,