Time and space, and the sense of being right at the center of all the dimensions of Heaven and Earth, in the process of continuous creation, are the direct physical knowledge (the “direct Wisdom-Body”) that we have in naka-ima. This is what in ancient Taoist divination practice 1) is known as ‘The Great Absolute’ – Tai-kyoku – and it is what the [natural] universe looks like at the very moment that it begins to manifest and show itself: the moment that it begins to show its form. And because this is the starting point – the very beginning – of the process of forming one’s sense of “self,” this “self” is a state of having perception, and yet of being all-at-one-time and indivisible. And so we can say that this is the most original and primal and direct state of existence of the thing that we call “self”. In other words: it is [a part of] the animating force – the vitality – of all life and spiritual existence in the [natural] universe, and the origin and starting point of all human intelligence and spirituality. And so, for this very reason, a human-being cannot trace any further back than this basic foundation and fountainhead [of our existence: and of all existence.] And so, even though time and space are infinite, it is still the case that when you try to look into and know the hidden depths of this infinity, you find that this is an impossibility. So for a human-being, this thing that is called infinity has limits, has a boundary – and one can speak of the fact that there is a wall [around] that which is called the infinite.
And so, accordingly, the case is none other than that we quickly rebound from this inability to go any farther. And this rebounding is called the “evening glow of our sense of self”. This rebounding back to a time and a place, and its sense of being expelled from the farthest infinity to somewhere that is very clearly and precisely finite… this is precisely “this very moment: now, and this very place.” And when we perceive this, then we know from our own experience the intimate connection between infinity and finitude in the [natural] universe, and we understand their inter-relatedness. This infinity is called Heaven. And it is the reason we speak of “the wide, wide Universe”. The finitude is called naka-Nushi, and it is the thing that makes us enlightened and awake in naka-ima – in-the-now – and so it is called “nushi” – the nurturer. The “mi” of mi-Naka-Nushi is best taken as an adjective: “mi” is best understood as “of-the-spirit”. And if one were to sketch an explanatory diagram outlining
it would probably show something turned to the left, and uttering in a left-ward direction.
1) Eki: the trigram- and hexagram-based divination-practice of the I Ching..
– – – Koji Ogasawara, Kototama Hyakushin, pp. 21-22