At the center of our Self, deep within our consciousness, is a calm “I.” Like the calm “eye” within a storm, our center is untouched by psychological turbulence.
Peaceful, it observes all from the vantage of wisdom. Placid, it is unmoved by the turbulent weather of the surrounding psyche.
When you’re feeling connected with your center it seems very familiar. It feels like the Self you know best, like who and what you know your Self to be, calm in knowing without thinking.
To be centered is not the same as being “self-centered” or selfish. Instead, it is identity with the deep, divine power that motivates us.
Consider a spiraling top spinning “centered” on its calm eye. As soon as it tilts slightly, the top goes off center and its path widens, spiraling away from its center of stability, away from its center of gravity. The further from its center it moves, the more it wobbles. Leaving the center creates the trail of the spiral, an attempt to regain balance.
The center within us is the truth of our higher Self, the reality deepest within which each of us calls “I.”
There is nothing pleasurable except what is in harmony with the utmost depths of our divine nature. —Heinrich Suso (1300?–1366, German mystic)