The essence of. Zen is Ground Zero. Return to Zero. Return to Beginners Mind. Return to original mind. Return to not knowing. But this Ground Zero is not a place in time. You can’t get to it. You can’t find it. You can’t create it. You can’t see it tomorrow. Yet we must try to find it. This is the irony of Zen. You must try to find what you can’t find. You must seek what can’t be found. Why can’t we find Zero?
We already are Zero. The universe adds up to sum zero. The Cosmos is always already in balance. If one grain of sand was out of balance with the whole, the universe would explode. Just like in a machine, if one part wobbles, that wobble will increase until the whole machine stops. The whole cannot be out of balance, even though from the part’s viewpoint, something is out of whack.
The mind is a mental process looking at its own mental process. And…because the mind believes it is something that is looking at the world, at the mind, it feels out of balance with the whole and quite naturally wants to restore balance and the rub that is driving it crazy. The mind knows there is balance, but it can’t find it. The mind looks for balance in the wrong place. The mind looks in time.
The irony is that the mind creates Time so that it can find balance or unity, but it looks in the future instead of where balance and Zero already always is. In this way the mind gets to maintain its belief that it is something unique and special. When everything is Zero, nothing stands out as Number One. When you reach Zero, you are Number One, the source of all numbers positive and negative. It is from zero that all numbers and time and measurements spring.