Oh, now, I am writing this post as I hope it will perhaps illuminate for you why the “Emptiness” teachings are of paramount importance with regards to Buddhism … especially the “emptiness of self” which, probably, from a conventional “western” POV sounds totally implausible or simply Crazy eh ? LOL !!! 😀
It may even give rise to “Fear” but fortunately this is merely a mistaken notion as the following excellent excerpt illustrates :
In a dark room, a rope may be mistaken to be a snake, along with all the descriptions about snakes that the mind contains. We feel anxiety, fear and our adrenalin and blood pressures go up, as well as heart beat.
But if we look closely at the rope in brighter light, we won’t be able to find a snake within the rope, or upon the rope, nor outside of the rope. That leaves only the imagination as its residence. It’s the same regarding our snake-self. Our body-mind is like the rope. The mind infers a self as a personal “me” upon and within the body-mind in the darkness of confused mental functioning. We have real feelings felt about this imaginary “me” that create moods, altered bio-chemistry and sense of a “suffering me”. But if we introspectively look within our mental events, we won’t find a “me” anywhere; not in the body, not in the mind; we only find thoughts and feelings ABOUT a self, but no self is discovered. Then the lights go on and suddenly the subconscious mind ceases to generate the mistaken “me” belief. The personal self or “me” was no more real than the imaginary snake! There is no “liberation or enlightenment” beyond this direct insight and cessation of this cognitive error, and none without it.
Quoted from Jackson Peterson’s “Anatta” Group post (here)