The Void, or what we call ‘the Void,’ is not an aspect of darkness, but a part of Creation, a location, a substance, a substrata of non-being that was combined with being or existence in the beginning when all things were made. Being and non-being together formed all that was to be and is.
Those who find themselves within the Void for a shorter or longer period of time will not have a perspective about what they are going through, because the Void in its state of non-being does not allow any perspective.
The Void is also a passageway into the Infinite, a doorway that one must step through prior to experiencing Divine union.
Within the Void, there is nothing to be felt, nothing to be heard or seen, nothing at all. As this relates to one’s own consciousness, there are no longer feelings to navigate by, or desires or motivations to show the way one must take. This is different than the transcendence of desire that is part of human aspiration toward the Divine. The Void does not involve transcendence but reduction. One becomes feeling-less, desire-less, purpose-less, with a sense of not understanding why to exist at all.
Passage through the Void is always difficult since one loses all sense of valuing anything, and what formerly were the heart’s loves, longings, and desires are no longer present or accessible. One can search for them, but they are not there. Therefore, at its most intense, the Void is an ordeal that one must pass through on the way to something that one hopes and trusts will follow. This something may or may not be known to the mind and not even to the heart, but it is known to the soul which guides the passage.
One does not choose to go through the Void. Rather, it is chosen by the soul in keeping with Divine ordination that this be so. The Void is not something one can choose, since it represents the opposite of choice and contradicts the principle of choice.
Those who find themselves within the Void for a shorter or longer period of time will not have a perspective about what they are going through, because the Void in its state of non-being does not allow any perspective. In a state of nothingness, only nothing can be seen. Perspective can only be regained as one comes out of it, not before. However, even in the presence of total immersion and no perspective, prayer is possible if one reaches for it, even if it seems meaningless. Prayer to remain held by God’s love, prayer for trust, prayer to reclaim one’s lost feelings and desires, Prayer to be led through the Void is ultimately the way through it.
The consciousness of being in the Void is not given to everyone to experience, but only to those souls who desire Divine union with an intensity and commitment that requires this passage in order to burn away the last vestiges of self-involvement. And even where the passion for Divine union is present, there are some who are not called to go through this. Immersion in the Void as a Divine passage is one of the mysteries of Creation. For some, it must be seen as a sacred stage leading to Divine union.