Nowadays it is common to hear talk about wholeness. But what is wholeness? Have you ever considered what it means? Etymologically the word “whole” comes from the Norse word halla which means undamaged or unfractured. From this is derived the old English word hal which means whole or entire. And so whole-ness means having the characteristic of the whole or the entirety. We might say then that it is that which carries the attribute of the entirety. And the attribute of the entirety is that it is all of the thing. In other words it is complete. There is nothing lacking. It is without any absence.
In the Far East the characteristic of the entirety as completeness was indicated conceptually by the symbol of the circle. In the Near East it was symbolized by the ouroboros – the image of the snake eating its own tail.
Now if we consider the symbology of the circle we might notice that the space within the circle indicates an absence. At the same time the circumference of the circle indicates a continuity in relation to which no beginning or end can be discerned. Because no beginning or end can be found it represents an order of completeness which is incapable of further completion. And so you might say that in the symbol of the circle what you have is an empty completeness which is full because of the absence of any absence.