Definition: A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the boundaries of a figure; the most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; object upon which interest and attention focuses; a place where some particular activity is concentrated.
The felt center of our being – sometimes called authentic self, core self, or true self – serves as a focal point in our spiritual development. When we are centered, we have a greater awareness of the essence of our being, we meet aspects of everyday life with greater ease, and we have a stronger connection to our place in the experience of life. There is a greater flowing of our essence from our inner core that keeps us from becoming overwhelmed by the vicissitudes of life.
The notion of the existence of a central part of our being is a complex idea that leads to numerous philosophical, spiritual and scientific debates. If we believe we are infinite beings, then our center is not necessarily a place, but a felt connection to the truth of our being, free from constrictions and limitations. We often hear phrases such as ‘being centered’, ‘keeping our center’, or ‘being off center’. To be centered in our ‘core self’ is more a felt sense in our experience, rather than something that can be mapped in time and place, or that can be explained through linear logic. We can be centered physically, psychologically or spiritually. When we are aligned with our core values, feelings or ideas we experience congruency in our decisions and actions. Alternatively, we may become ‘off center’, misaligned, and the stresses of life may ‘tip us over’ when we are not centered.
If you have pulled this card you may want to explore the meaning of center for you. When have you felt the most at center or ‘centered’? How have your life and life decisions flowed when you felt centered? Do you need to find ways to bring yourself back to center? What would your life look like if you were always connected to center?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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