[Reproduction of NWM: Your Center of Gravity, with some participant interaction omitted[
Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin.
Today we will speak on a topic that is one of our early pieces of the teaching that made it through fairly concisely during the 20th Century CE.
Despite this clarity, the details have become simplified in a way that left behind a great deal of the layers and details that help add dimension to this piece of the teaching.
This is the information on the Centers or "brains" of the body.
We have said this before, but will say it again here for review: though the correlations between Centers and Chakras are virtually inseparable, the concepts are different.
In other words, though the Chakras and Centers can be spoken of in interchangeable ways, Chakras describe the stationary locations/portals of energy as they function relative to the body, while Centers expands upon these and are not stationary or are not necessarily local to the body.
One of the reasons we use the term "Center" is that it is short for "Center of Gravity."
Center of Gravity describes an average location of the "weight" of an object, by which that object can then be understood in terms of its motion through space and time, as well as an even deeper understanding through how that object is bound in rotation around that Center of Gravity.
The "object" here is most often understood as the self, but can extend to refer to events, relationships, time periods, etc.
There is a "natural" or starting point Center of Gravity for each "Center," but these change over the lifetime.
For example, the Emotional Center of Gravity is in the Heart, or rests in the Heart Chakra.
Your Moving Center of Gravity is in the Gut, or the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Your Intellectual Center of Gravity is in the throat, the Vishuddhi, or the Throat Chakra.
Your Instinctive Center rests at the base of the spine and throughout the spine, or the Root Chakra.
This is where they begin, their natural resting point, and this is because your Centering DEVELOPS out of these points.
You are born with Chakras. You are not born with Centering.
Chakras are the electrical currents or connecting points through which the dimensions of Essence animate and live the life.
The Personality, then, develops from those points the Centers of Gravity.
To understand the depths of Centering, then, you would want to understand that your Centering describes the "brain" with which you use to process life, or the Center of Gravity around which you "rotate" within yourself, and the PART tends to describe that which you then "orbit" around.
For example, an Emotionally-CENTERED person tends to rotate/process within the self in terms of how things, people, events, life moves them, inspires them, and bypasses their prejudices and logic to get to a place of direct perception.
An Intellectually-CENTERED person tends to rotate/process within the self in terms of how things are expressed, make sense, are logical, formed, and bring them insight.
Now, look at these in terms of Center and PART.
The Part tends to describe that which one likes to orbit around as input for the primary Center.
But it also describes what one reflects back from the surface of one's self, if you will.
So the Emotionally-CENTERED navigates and processes in terms of Inspiration, but its Intellectual PART means that this is both given back to the world in Expression and is taken in from the world of Expression.
Think of your Primary Center as that which holds you together, and your Part as that which you tend to gravitate toward and around and reflect.
Now, what tends to happen over the course of a lifetime is that your Primary Center of Gravity (and all of your Centers of Gravity) move out and away from the natural resting place in you, and you place these in other people, in events, in the past, in the future, in relationships, etc.
So, rather than your Emotional Center being within you in a way that allows you to process on your own terms, you may have placed your Center of Gravity in your Mother, in your mate, in your career, etc.
This means that you then begin to look to that which you have placed your Center of Gravity for how to process and navigate.
So while you may be Emotionally-Centered, your Center of Gravity for the Emotions is in the PAST, and everything is processed in terms of the gravity of the past.
It could be said that there are 7 locations beyond the natural resting point, or the SELF, in which one places one's Center of Gravity:
HEALTH or the Material World;
CARETAKERS or The Past;
LIFE, or the forces bigger than oneself;
INDIVIDUALS, or intimacy and relationships;
THE WORLD, or the faceless OTHERS;
THE FUTURE, or Unknown;
SPIRIT, or non-specific dispersion.
These are broad and overlapping categories, but can help our students to look at these areas where Centering may have a gravitational force.
Keep in mind that even though you may be Emotionally-Centered, you may have several locations beyond you where there are Centers of Gravity for the Emotions.
While it is not "bad" that one's Center of Gravity may beyond the self, it can be difficult for the older soul for this to be the case, because when one's Center of Gravity is in someone else, or in an event, etc., then SELF-AWARENESS IS LOST.
For many, the Center of Gravity is a literal gravitational pull that draws one's attention on a regular basis.
Does your Health take up a lot of your attention? Do Others take up a lot of your attention? Does your Relationship take up a lot of your attention? Do you find yourself stuck in The Past and comparing everything to that? Do you find yourself worried about The Future, or thinking that there are solutions found only in the Future? And so on.
As you can see, none of these are probably unfamiliar to any of you because, regardless of your Centering, your Center of Gravity can be in many locations.
To bring your Centers of Gravity back to the SELF is to bring your attention back to yourself.
SELF-OBSERVATION is the only way.
Self-Observation is Self-Awareness is the awareness of your part in the equation of all dynamics in your life.
Self-Observation brings your attention BACK TO YOU, and therefore brings your Center of Gravity back to a resting place, to its origins.
This is not to say that The World or your Health or your Past or The Future will no longer be relevant as factors, but that your emotions, thoughts, and actions will no longer be dictated by these.
You will no longer rotate and process from within those external factors, but bring that rotation, that calm, that centering, that process back home to you. ...
ClaireC: Michael, I am Emotionally-Centered, Intellectual Part. Although I am concerned about the Future, I feel the gravitational pull towards my heart most of the time. Would that constitute being self-aware according to your description, of bringing the rotation back home?
Claire, your question brings us to the next area we would have covered. It is important to differentiate between Self-absorbed and Self-aware. Self-aware is a sense of observation of how one is a part of the equation of dynamics in the life, whereas self-absorbed is cutting off of all sense of participation in the dynamics in the life, and a protection or defense of the self against those dynamics and equations.
This comes when the Center of Gravity returns to the self, but is then protected or defended.
We will leave to each of you to determine how self-aware or self-absorbed you may be, but the difference is usually in the sense of calm vs the sense of defense.
To return to your question more specifically, we will say that if you feel that gravitational pull toward your heart, toward that resting place, but there is defense involved around your heart, then you may find that a return to self-awareness means allowing, inviting, and embracing one of those areas outside of the self that may have been the context for your hurt.
If you find that the Center of Gravity in your heart brings a sense of calm, healing, and balance, then it is likely a state of Self-awareness.
Your question prompts another piece of the puzzle, as well:
Keep in mind that while each of you receive an indication for your Primary or habitual Centering, ALL Centers are active and working. So while you may be Emotionally-Centered, it may be that your Center of Gravity for the Emotions has returned to the heart, but your Intellectual Center of Gravity is in The Future.
Just keep in mind the difference between that which dictates your processes (Center) vs that which your processes rotate around (Part).
Diane_HB: So in the case above, the Future would dictate your thoughts but your feelings would be centered within the self? I'm not sure how this works.
Diane, it can go one of two ways:
If there is Self-awareness, then the Emotions are processed on one's own terms, and this is then funneled into what one aims for in The Future. If there is Self-absorption, then the Emotions are still processed within the self, but in defense against and in reflection of the threat of The Future.
To be clearer: reflected in what one THINKS and EXPRESSES into form about The Future.
GeraldineB: I'm Emotionally Centered, Intellectual Part. I interpret Rotation to be regular and/or constant movement, especially as one ages and expands experiences. While I've had severe Health issues and focus during this past year, in many ways I've avoided making it my sole Center of Gravity. ...
One's Center of Gravity tends to be drawn to places outside of the self for three reasons: TO ADD to the self (learn, grow, evolve, experience), to DISTRACT from the self (defense, fear, blame, anger, etc) or to BALANCE the self (healing, comfort, acceptance, understanding, etc).
It is not a "bad" thing for one's Center of Gravity to be placed beyond the self. The dynamics of living require great fluctuation of location for the various Centers of Gravity.
However, as one grows older in Soul Age, it begins to be more and more important to learn how to bring those home to the self in a way that allows one to be a conscious and aware participant in the life, and not just a receptor that will review later.