If you are not familiar with Eastern thought, the word “nothing” can have a profoundly positive meaning.
For instance, “nothing” can mean the unknowable creative source of everything.
Eastern philosophy has two major divisions; one that has gods and one that has a void instead of gods.
The word “nothing” in this book often refers to this invisible, unfathomable, and all-powerful Eastern void.
The word “void” is also to be considered positive in the Eastern philosophy sense.
Perhaps, because of the negative connotations of the words “void” or “nothing,” the Western mind would do better to think of “positive pure-energy” in place of void and nothing.
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 “everything” as a shortened form of the two words “every thought-thing!”
Try considering the word “anything” as a shortened form of the two words “any thought-thing!”
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.