Welcome to part 5: connecting to the spacious centre
When I connect to “ the spacious centre”, I feel as if I am connecting to something much greater than myself, as if I am a wave carried on a much greater ocean. What sweet relief, to realise that we are not alone! Our secular Western culture tends to give us the message that we are separate individuals, separate from life around us. Yet throughout history, the mystics have taught us that there is a unified field of existence, to which we all belong. Rumi speaks of this beautifully, when he writes:
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Jalal Ad-Din Rumi
I invite you to explore becoming this nothingness through the “spacious centre” meditation, and to notice what happens. Perhaps we can glimpse this eternal truth; that in the nothing, we become everything.
Another very simple way to explore this sense of inter-being, is to take a walk in nature, and drop into your senses, and come out of the thinking self. The thinking self separates, the embodied self resonates!
How might this relieve any anxiety or stress, to know that we are part of the greater web of existence, that has our well-being at heart? Would that relieve the struggle, to know that we are held in the hands of a greater life intelligence? As we shift our imagination of the world to one of oneness, we can develop the witness presence, “that calm, compassionate, curious, and infinitely wise part of ourselves that can observe what is happening internally without getting hooked by it.. We are cultivating the habit of not censoring ourselves and of noticing what is arising, and letting it have space” ( Christine Valters Paintner)
More quotes to ponder:
“ In stillness the way and our destiny is revealed to us. We may need to shed that which is no longer serving that destiny. Our energy is balanced, transformed, and brought into divine right timing.” Dancing the Rainbow, Lani O’Hanlon.
“ only by welcoming uncertainty from the get go can we acclimate ourselves to the shattering wonder that enfolds us. This animal body, for all its susceptibility and vertigo, remains the primary instrument of our all knowing, as the capricious earth remains our primary cosmos”
David Abram, Becoming Animal.