The Magic of Nothing and Zero

creating in the voidAre you like most people and feel so stressed when things are chaotic in your life?

Are there times when you feel as though you have accomplished nothing, have nothing, are nothing?

You’re not alone, most of us at one time or another have felt like this. when chaos happens in our lives it can feel as if the whole world is against us, nothing works the way it should and it can be so hard to wrap our minds around the changes needed to cope with the world shifting under our feet.

“STOP! the world I want to get off!”

Can I make a suggestion?

Instead of asking the world to stop, in times like this, YOU need to stop.

Stop and take stock of what you are doing, how you are feeling, and what is happening in your life. Most of all find out what you are feeling, after you allow the stress of the chaos in your life to fall from your shoulders > what is left?

You just might find out that you are heading down a path that really feels wrong for you. Often we ignore the warning signs by being ever so logical and practical, “Oh no,” we say to ourselves, “this is the most sensible thing for me to be doing.” Even when we feel unhappy, even when we feel we are getting nowhere, we keep going for many reasons: it is a logical thing to do, it is a practical thing to do, all our friends tell us we are on the ‘right’ track, our family approves….

Chaos and zero come into our lives for a reason, to tell us we need change.. how do I know this? Let me tell you the story of the science, magic and truth of chaos and zero (psst I love telling stories lol):

Zero – Most people think of the number zero, as meaning nothing and nothing to most people means there is nothing to work with, nothing there. However to a pure mathematician, zero is the number of pure potential, at zero nothing has been decided, and everything is possible, you can go into the negative or you could go into the positive it is up to you. So zero has not really taken anything away from you, quite the opposite, it has given everything back. Your power to choose.

Zero is not just a number it is a placeholder for pure potential. Did you know that zero was not always part of the number system. In fact it was only discovered through it’s use as a place marker between positive numbers and negative numbers.

It was not until Pythagorus studied infinity that zero’s potential began to be realised and even he believed that infinity had a limit that was then taken over by the concept of God. This idea was later rejected and the idea of a limitless void was embraced. Zero became an emblem of the new teachings, the rejection of the limits of the universe and the acceptance of the void and the infinite.

For those who love Math, here is the math of zero’s basic behaviour to prove my point: Any number multiplied by zero is consumed by it. 5 x 0 = 0

Zero is the only number that can be divided by any other number and still produce a whole number, (which will always be zero). 0 / 978465 = 0

Zero is the only number that cannot divide any other number. This is a calculation that is said to be unworkable in math. When a number is divided by zero, the answer given is infinity. 5 / 0 = infinity. (When 20 / 5, the question is: How many times can 5 be taken away from 20? The answer is 4. If 20 / 0, then: How many times can 0 be taken away from 20? The answer is infinitely.)

Chaos – The scientific definition of chaos is, “The disordered state of unformed matter and infinite space supposed in some cosmogonic views to have existed before the ordered universe. A state of disorder which is governed by simple and precise laws, but where the outcome is unpredictable and may change greatly with slight variations in starting conditions.”

Interestingly nowhere does is say that chaos is a bad thing, in fact if you look at the definition is mentions “unformed matter,” and “governed by simple and precise laws,” and “outcome is unpredictable,” or ‘ultimate potential.”

Chaos Theory is applied scientifically to systems that can be unpredictable like the weather, and it was found (by a scientist named Lorenz) that chaos was really a kind of order that kept the system in balance. If fact the concept of fractals comes out of this research too.

Chaos is how systems keep balance? Yes, it is. When a system does the same thing over and over again it will (scientifically) eventually wind down into entropy, a state of confusion followed either by collapse or renewal. Chaos is part of the natural process by which living systems renew and revitalize themselves. As a creative force, chaos helps to create new levels of order, new environments, and new outcomes.

The flapping of a single butterfly’s wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month’s time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn’t happen. Or maybe one that wasn’t going to happen, does. (Ian Stewart, Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos, pg. 141)

This phenomenon, common to chaos theory, is also known as sensitive dependence on initial conditions. Just a small change in the initial conditions can drastically change the long-term behavior of a system.

So again we come to a definition of chaos that releases us from standard daily outcomes and puts us into a state of potential – the potential to choose a new outcome, the potential to release us from a life that is unfulfilled and unsatisfying. The pure potential to make a small change that results eventually in our lives never being the same again (butterfly effect).

Ignoring these signs might mean that the confusion in your life is followed by collapse. If you understand what is happening and use this state as a chance to make new choices and decisions, this will lead to renewal.

Tapping into the magic of Zero and infinite potential:

Sit quietly and breathe gently in and out, focusing only on the sound and feeling of your gentle breathing until you feel a sense of peace. Now imagine nothing but a black screen on which you begin to draw in colours, shapes, sounds, feelings, and experiences. This black infinite canvass is yours to decorate, yours to create in any way you want to… if you decide something doesn’t fit this infinite black void is so easy to erase, just concentrate on the area you want to start fresh on and say the words “Be gone” once the area is black and filled again with nothing you can start fresh – how easy is that?

This is your Magic Zero Matrix Void ready for you to come back as often as you like to create something new, erase something that no longer fits and to play with in any way you like. Play with the joy you feel as you add colour, sounds, feelings and experiences to your life, smile widely as you design something particularly playful. Breathe in the joy, love, fun, happiness and fulfillment you feel as you draw on that big black void.

What do you think of when you read this post? Does the truth about zero frighten you or energise you?

What amazing things are you going to do next as you play with your creative magic?