At one time or another, we all feel that we are at the centre of the universe. Also at times we feel that we are far removed from the centre of things, way away in a locked room at the far end of a dark corridor.
Sometimes we feel that we are at the centre of life; that all things come together in us. We may feel this spiritually, when we have been working hard on our soul life; or more humanly, when we seem to be friends with the whole world, and everyone wants to be part of us.
And then there are times when we feel so far from the centre that it seems we can’t even see it from here. Times when we feel isolated and alone, when no matter what we do, others seem to be inaccessible to us, and we face the void alone.
And yet there is a greater truth here somewhere, because both of these things are true.
In one sense we are all the centre of the universe – because we all create our own universe in our minds. In that way it really is all about us, because the world as we know it – the universe our minds create – only happens when we observe it. How could it be otherwise? People and places we don’t know about, we don’t know about – they don’t exist in our mind.
But this extreme manifestation of self is tempered in us by understanding others. For we see that they too have their own world view, their own set of beliefs and expectations.
And this shows us that we are not alone and outcast. We are all part of the greater whole, sometimes being at the centre of things, and sometimes merely bit-players. However isolated we feel at times, we can recognize that this too is an expression of self-will run riot. We can never be truly cut off from others, as we are all parts of each other’s stories.
We are all in the void, traveling our own paths. But we are also all together, affecting and being affected by others.
We are all at the centre of things, because now is all we have.