Each Life Converges to Some Centre by Emily Dickinson
Each Life Converges to some Centre —
Expressed — or still —
Exists in every Human Nature
A Goal —
Embodied scarcely to itself — it may be —
For Credibility’s presumption
To mar —
Adored with caution — as a Brittle Heaven —
Were hopeless, as the Rainbow’s Raiment
To touch —
Yet persevered toward — sure — for the Distance —
How high —
Unto the Saint’s slow diligence —
The Sky —
Ungained — it may be — by a Life’s low Venture —
But then —
Eternity enable the endeavoring
One of the greatest joys in life is to discover the “center” to which your life converges. The moment you do is the moment you realize that all else is peripheral or secondary if not superfluous.
None of us was born with a manual and some of us are lucky enough not to have someone else’s notion of our center painted on us before we get a chance to discover our true center. To find this center you typically have to break free of the patterns imposed upon you by well-meaning family, friends, teachers and compatriots, but be not mistaken: your center is never revealed to you by means of rebelling against that which you perceive to be keeping you from your purpose. Instead, your center is revealed through your service to others.
It must be drawn forth form deep within you, for your center sits at your center, the core of your being. I love Dickinson’s mention of “a brittle heaven” because it accurately describes the nature of that which connects you as you know yourself – the outer you – to the center of who you really are.
The term “heaven” symbolizes the invisible, that which precedes the “earth,” the visible. Most people fail to realize the importance of their heaven and as such are condemned to live a life running to and fro in the dust of the earth of their experience with little understanding as to why things are how they are and even less knowledge as to how to establish the conditions necessary for the perfect expression of their higher nature.
This heaven was also described in the oft misunderstood Book of Revelation as a “sea of glass, like unto crystal.” An untroubled heart is a prerequisite for the establishment of this sea of glass, as is the willingness to “repent” as it was put in archaic language, which is to rethink and adjust the patterns of orientation that are keeping you from living in accordance with the principles truth that govern life, that is, the laws of “the kingdom of heaven” that “is at hand.”
You cannot know your center if you are afraid of it, bound up in judgment of everything in your world or paradoxically, trying to get it. No one can tell you what your center is. It is for you to know and you to find out. It is in this sense a deeply personal matter, a communion of sorts that you must come to on your own once the foundational elements of truth have been laid in your consciousness.
One of the several purposes of this daily blog is to provide those foundational elements in a simple, manageable and palatable form. I’ve tried not to focus overly on religious terminology or concepts while at the same time not over-secularizing the matter, for it is both a sacred and a practical concern. I’ve sought to draw on the clearest examples I’ve seen in poetry, scripture, personal quotations and original thought so that you might have the opportunity to know your center for yourself.
If I have succeeded in this and have helped you along the way, well and good. If I have failed and you are not yet convinced, I ask only that you meet my message with honest skepticism and not false humility or unreasoned rejection.