I was at an art retreat with Stephen Addiss at Zen Mountain Monastery. We practiced with the kanji character for mu and I was having all kinds of trouble. Of course you were, you say. That’s just who mu is.
If you’ve seen the formal script for Mu, you’ll know there are four lines in the middle and four dots at the base. For whatever the reason, I just couldn’t get the lines to look like lines. Now that may seem very strange because, after all, how hard can it be to just draw four tilted lines. Well it was until I figured out that there was some trust that had to be placed into the relationship I have with the observers of my efforts.
That they would perceive whatever line and tilt was necessary to facilitate our ongoing dance with each other.