A friend of mine wrote a beautiful post about the reasons behind her move from San Francisco. In it she brought up several interesting points about community and spirituality. You can read the original post here.
The first idea that piqued my interest was the concept of the spiritual center of the world. It’s not uncommon to think of the eastern world and even to narrow it down as India being the spiritual center of the world. People often travel to India on spiritual quests for enlightenment, seeking the great mystics and guides that will aid on their path. What I found new to me was that the spiritual center of the world has shifted. Here is a quote from her post:
Not too long ago, I read an article by a travel writer from San Francisco who was told by several people on a trip to India that he was lucky to live in the “spiritual center of the earth.” This idea surprised him, as San Francisco is often described as quite secular, but as he asked around, he was told repeatedly that yes, for hundreds of years the spiritual center of the world was India, but now it’s San Francisco. The “spiritual center of the earth” was defined by a teacher as “the place where new ideas meet the least resistance.”
This last comment completely resonates with me, the spiritual center of the earth is the place where new ideas meet the least resistance.
In my mind dogma is enemy of spirituality. The moment you try to nail down higher spiritual concepts such as God or Spirit is the moment the mystery and awe begins to die. It becomes weakened because you have lost sight of the thing and are holding onto a metaphor that pales in comparison.
I believe this is why it outlawed in times passed to speak the name of God, familiarity leads to a sense of knowing that leads to presumption. Awe and Mystery require openness to new ideas and new interpretations of what we know, or more specifically what we thought we knew.
My friend also produced this little nugget.
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”
I love this thought.
As I was walking through the thoughts in my head tying these ideas together I realized I too seek to be at home wherever I am. And part of my quest, to be at home, is to not get tied down with dogma and weakened metaphors, but instead to be open to new ideas and new interpretations. For me to be the place where new ideas meet the least resistance.
It was then, that I realized, that the spiritual center of the world has shifted once again.
I am the spiritual center of the world.
And so are you.