Try to imagine deathlessness, and all you get is some kind of immortal fantasy, a heavenly fantasy where everything is beautiful, you are young forever, and there is no disease. This is a childlike fantasy of paradise. As you trust awareness more, however, the formless, the unbounded, isn’t seen as a state of void ― a kind of unconscious annihilation ― but is where ignorant grasping is no longer your obsession.
What we are all experiencing right now is that from this emptiness, forms arise and cease. It is like a miracle! And that is just the way it is. We are not trying to seek annihilation so that all forms die and no form ever arises again. That is the desire for annihilation, extinction. We call it ‘vibhava-tanha’, the desire for annihilation, the desire to get rid of.