There is a line in a poem which goes: Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first learn to deceive, by Walter Scott.
I honestly can’t remember how many times or even where I’ve seen that line, but as I sat thinking about how to start this post, it came floating from the depths of my mind. It feels like a good line to start with so I’m going with it.
0 is a wonderful number. When you try to divide anything with zero you get infinity, when you try to subtract zero from something or add it to something, it doesn’t change the original and,when you try multiplying it with a number you come back to zero.
In the Major Arcana, the 0 card is The Fool. The Fool signifies the child within us, That part of us which is beautiful, unmarked, trusting, full of joy and adventure. He starts the cycle of our lives and we are in one way or another always trying to come back to his essence.
In Numerology, 0 is the number of all that was before Creation. It signifies the God Power within us. It is also the number which signifies infinity – there is no end and no beginning, what is the end of one becomes the beginning of another.
0 is empty. There is just a vast space within it. It pulses with the power of potential. It is who we all are at the very depths. We just don’t see or realise it. To reach the Zero State therefore is to reach the state of fullest potential that we are. It is to empty ourselves of everything that we have learned and programmed within us, from all our experiences and emotions which makes who we think we are and to return to who we truly are. It is the process which Carl Jung calls individuation process. It’s the human us remembering the spirit us. It is the path we take when we awaken from the deep slumber we’ve been in, to brush away the cobwebs of the dream we have created and to finally remember that we are the prince and princesses of this Universe. It is in essence, the state where we reach total freedom.
In 2006, Dr. Joe Vitale wrote an article about a psychiatrist in Hawaii who succeeded in closing down a state hospital psychiatric ward which housed the criminally insane in the three years he worked there. What was stranger in this story is that he never saw any of these patients. He never went for ward rounds, he never sat in at the group therapy sessions, he just appeared every day to work, sat down at his desk and looked at all the patient files till it was time to go home. The psychiatrist’s name was Dr. Hew Len and the book Zero Limits is the story of Ho’oponopono.
Ho’oponopono is a profound gift that allows one to develop a working relationship with the Divinity within and learn to ask that in each moment, our errors in thought, word, deed, or action be cleansed. The process is essentially about freedom, complete freedom from the past.
—Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, Ho’oponopono Master Teacher,
creator of Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono, named a Living Treasure
of the State of Hawaii in 1983
by the Hongwanji Mission of Honolulu and the Hawaii State Legislature
Here’s the thing that Dr. Hew Len introduced to Joe Vitale at the initial stage of their friendship : If you say that you are responsible for your whole life and if you mean it, then you need to be responsible for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE that happens in your life.
Take a minute to wrap your mind around that, because I took a few minutes too. In fact, I had to also swallow some anger, frustration and yes, I did roll my eyes. BUT …then I started thinking. If we truly are the creators of our world, and if our world consists of everything we live and experience in the now; and if everything is based on our perception of things then wouldn’t it be possible that I am therefore responsible for everything which goes on within my world? And I mean everything…everything that comes into my path be it via the news of wars happening half way around the world from me to the political idiocy in my country to those who trigger my pet peeve buttons. If I say I am responsible for everything in my life, that’s what everything means. That’s what being accountable truly means!
Phew…scary huh? I honestly felt quite sad and dejected because if that was the case, I sure had a lot of housekeeping to do! In fact, I took the first book I saw within reaching distance, grabbed it and hit in on my forehead going “Aiyoh!” (that’s a Malaysian term for “Oh crap!”)
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