One of the great strengths of Chinese medicine is its ability to generate a unique and nuanced diagnosis by differentiating each individual. But few of us have an authentic understanding of the absolute and universal dimensions of the self. It is through knowing ourselves that we know our patients. In this lecture I will discuss the ground of being (0), the authentic self (+1), and the ego (-1) as the absolute dimensions of the self. It is the one pointed perspective of simplicity obtained “at the center of the circle” that cuts through clinical complexity.