Watched the 1943 WWII movie with Carry Grant about a lone submarine that penetrated the enemies homeland. The world of WWII morphed into the Cold War with Moscow as the new Tokyo. Then that Enemy Center collapsed. But where is Tokyo now? Who is the Other? Where is his center? Who is the enemy? We live in a new world of uncertainty and insecurity. What happened?
When there is. no physical enemy with a fixed center, who is the Other and why do we need the OTHER in order to create our own fixed and secure center.
In Urban America strip malls are the new centers. With slight differences, every strip mall is a replication of a center where energy is exchanged and order is maintained. In old Blackstone family stores handed down through generations were the center. Now Corporations plant strip malls. The center is created by corporate centers that have no fixed spot.
Zen is the spiritual practice of seeing and dropping our externally fixed centers, both in physical form and in the mind. Instead of using the lamp as the center, one must find the Light as your center. Any form as a center is a False Idol because it depends on its opposite for definition. This creates the OTHER as Tokyo. Instead of a world of Light, one lives in a world of light and darkness, war and fear.
The Awakened Life, the Awakened Mind no longer invests in external centers or form, neither physical nor mental, neither things nor ideas….nothing. What happens when you have no center, no lamp of the Light. Why….the Light is free. The mind is free from being fixed by form and time. The mind is free from being fixed in a story of your and reality. This is the Liberated Mind, a light of awareness that is free from being dependent upon fixed ideas, beliefs, opinions, and theories. The light is free to roam, to integrated and create new ideas, greater understanding…an expanding horizon.
This this topic of the Center is very deep. It takes a life time to fathom. The last form that we must let go of is Time itself.