The Centre is Everywhere

The [limitless light] has been called a circle whose
centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
– Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah

This paradoxical saying by Dion Fortune can be traced back to The Book of the Twenty-Four Philosophers, a medieval work thought by some to have been composed in the 4th
century AD:

God is an infinite sphere whose centre is
everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

The saying inspired the following exercise, which I have been doing most days for the last few months.

I take a few minutes each day, standing still or sitting, usually eyes open, indoors or outdoors, and I try to remember the infinite universe around me. I imagine the six directions extending from my heart: in front of me, behind me, to my left and right, above and below, extending without limit, for where is the circumference?

At this specific location, at this moment in time, the universe is aware of itself through me. I’m breathing in and out, just holding that awareness.

Sometimes there is a hint of something in the breathing. I imagine breathing in the limitless light, the Ain Soph Aur of Kabbalah, or if you prefer physics, whatever is on the other side of the big bang, and then breathing it out into our world.




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