A lot of people don't know this for some reason, but in Vajrayana, having a connection with the sacred earth is very, very, very important. The earth holds everything we know. Everything we can experience as a human being is right here on this precious, beautiful world we call our own. It's alive, you know. I mean that literally - it's sentient. It has a palpable intelligence and life force. To me it feels like...a big space. A great emptiness that is as clean and as pure as the open sky. It's not an emptiness that is devoid of life, it's an infinite depth that can holds everything that can and ever will be. This is actually terrifying the first couple of times you experience it. I was outside of my temple today meditating on the ground and I was awestruck by the vast feeling beneath me. A cold wind was whipping about ferociously, actually unbalancing me a few times and I just tried to experience it - what it felt like on my skin, my face, in my third eye and after a while I felt my body become sort of hollow like a vase. The only thing inside me was the immortal fetus - a little hard ball of yang energy floating within a silent ocean. I felt my awareness expanding....a blissful sensation rising within the very middle of my brain like a mystery unfolding before me. It was incredible. I felt so free, so light, so grateful, so alive and so thankful for everything in my life. I was just..exactly where I needed to be at the exact right time. I want that moment forever. I think that after I get my affairs in order and pay all of my school loans, I'll go deep into the jungle, find a cave and meditate all day for the rest of my life.