From the earliest of times when our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, the Zen phenomenon has existed. The instinct to know and understand, that which is beyond our own experience, has always existed in some form. These instincts were essential for survival for to get them wrong could have meant starvation and death. When the human race started to become farmers, these instincts were no more required in such great measure. It is because we no longer need to use these abilities for survival, that they use has become largely lost. But these abilities are innate and are still within us all lying dormant, waiting to be used.
The Zen processes are related to everything that is on this earth. Nature's operation comes about through changes in the Ki system, but these systems are controlled by the remarkable Zen phenomena. It knows all, it sees all, it is all.
As mankind becomes further and further divorced from nature, contact with the natural world seems to become irrelevant. Humankind has become so obsessed with itself, that only the man made things and human structures seem to be taken into consideration. This unfortunately means that these abilities are not being developed and practiced. The loss of these abilities is a dangerous omission from the learning of human beings.
This loss creates a vacuum which gives rise to mysticism, superstition and religion. Whereas the Zen phenomena is pure and cannot be tainted by the hand of man, a book only has words written inside and has no instinct of its own. The words of a book can be subjected to interpretation by fallible human beings who are quite capable of twisting and manipulating them, to suit their own purposes. The World itself is pure; it is mankind that has created good and evil, obsessed with the worship of its own form and image.
Nature has a way of balancing itself. The excesses of the human race are bringing about an imbalance that nature will have to readjust. If we do not 'understand' and 'know' what to do when this happens mankind is going to be in a lot of trouble.