A major compulsion of being alive is acquisition.Consciously or unconsciously we go through life acquiring friends, knowledge, possessions, love, status, power, health, money and even spiritual insight. Our whole life seems to build in a crescendo of acquisition. Yet in the quest for You so much has been written and said about gong back to an almost infantile state of nothingness, a “zero-point,” a cloud of unknowing, a divestment of self all in direct affront to the spirit of acquisition. What is seemingly more glorified is a dumping of everything acquired; a complete “letting-go and letting God.”
The farther along in the spiritual quest one goes, the more of a “tug” is felt toward this zero-point. Greater and greater comes the realization that a state of just being brings us closer to You than anything else; and the more this becomes apparent the more we seek this zero-point. It is a point in prayer at which we cannot be carrying baggage. It goes against a lifetime mentality of acquisition yet, paradoxically, it is a state we wish to acquire.
We come into this world and we leave with nothing. The “tug” of this zero-point is inherent. It is a whisper, so it is easily ignored, but it is always there. The superficial attention we give it is in trying to figure it out. Others might characterize it in any number of ways but it generally seems to have to do with reduction, simplicity, and/or divestment – a loss for gain. I believe it is standard equipment built into every human and an awakening to it comes when You are seriously pursued. Perhaps the antithesis of acquisition is the most needed characteristic of a disposition friendly to Your whisper. We are drawn to stillness. The zero-point beckons but we always think we should be doing something.