ANYTHING GOES: Alternative Meanings

Alternate MeaningsChapter SampleSample Concepts6 Groups of Topics9 Skills & Topics

“Nothing,” “Everything,” & “Anything” from Anything Goes

  • Breathe to learn Mind-Move to Quickly Regain Your Center
  • This page provides alternative meanings for the words “nothing,” “everything,” and “anything” as they are used in the book, Anything Goes.
  • You will need the Adobe PDF reader or application to read and print this file after you download it.
  • The Adobe reader is available free: button for Acrobat Reader

  • Read and discover poems that are like Zen-koans kicking you into now.

Book cover for Anything Goes

From Chapter 2: Sayings

  • The word “nothing” in this book can have many meanings other than zero: emptiness, empty space, formless energy, God, invisible power, no thing, no things as referents, no thoughts, no thoughts as referents, no thoughts being what they only represent, not thinging, self as space, the creative source, the ineffable, the life force, the nature of being, the positive Eastern void, the way of life. Try considering the word “nothing” as a shortened form of the two words “not thinging”!
  • The words “everything” and “anything” in this book mainly refer to: conceptualizing, concretizing, ideas, images, labels, making thoughts into reality, names, objectifying, reification, some thought, some thought-thing, terms, thingifying, thought as delusion, thought as illusion, thought pretending to be the real, thoughts as what they represent, thought-things, treating thoughts as things. Try considering the word “something” as a shortened form of the two words “some thought-thing”!
  • Two reading suggestions. One, you will understand more if you read “nothing” as two words “no thing” or “not thing,” “everything” as two words “every thing” or “every thought-thing,” and “anything” as two words “any thing” or “any thought-thing.” Two, always consider the word “nothing” to be implied even if it is not stated. “Nothing” is the constant counterpoint to “everything” and “anything.” The words “nothing,” “everything,” and “anything” have lost some of their original meaning through repetition and usage. Simply, you will find that “nothing” and “everything” or “anything” often have opposite or contrasting meanings in the sayings. More could be said, but less is often more helpful. Find what you will. Take what you want and leave the rest to leaven.

Links for Alternate Meanings


  • Read and discover poems that are like Zen-koans kicking you into now.

Book cover for Anything Goes

Concepts to Consider

  • Click to go to the book.

Anything Goes Leaves Nothing


  • Read and discover poems that are like Zen-koans kicking you into now.

Book cover for Anything Goes


  • Read and master the life skill of acceptance using the best combination of CBT, REBT, & Stoicism.

6 Groups of Topics Menu


  • Read and discover how CBT, REBT, & Stoicism evolved into one system: STPHFR.


  • Read and discover the world’s best breathing exercise for your feelings and stress.


  • Read and discover poems that are like Zen-koans kicking you into now.

Book cover for Anything Goes

9 Skills & Topics Menu


  • Read and discover how CBT, REBT, & Stoicism evolved into one system: STPHFR.


  • Read and discover the world’s best breathing exercise for your feelings and stress.


  • Read and discover poems that are like Zen-koans kicking you into now.

Book cover for Anything Goes