Lest pull this cotton ball of an idea apart. What does being “the center (or King) of the world” mean? We all long to be at the center that has no second. We even define God that way. the One that has no second. Even Yahweh in the Bible says to have no other gods before me. But what we have right there is a metaphor for the Center. Yahweh is the Center, but from your point of view, God is the center, not you. So in that way God is a metaphor of Your Center that has no second. We can make any one our metaphorical center. Jesus is our Center of the world that has no second, but this external center is a metaphor for Your Center. But we can’t find out Center because we are conditioned in our IT world to believe our Center is Out There as someone or something else. We are all looking for our Lost Center.
Even traditional marriages hold the male as center. Wife is obedient to the Center, her Lord and Husband. (Old fashion marriages, however, Evangelical marriages still hold to that because it Biblical.)
Everything going on today is people finding their Center. Even sex change is a person discovering their Center. “I feel as a woman but see my image as a male.” So they get a sex change so their external image and be in alignment with their center. And we join groups that make us feel we are at the center of the world of power. Center is power. Center is spontaneity. Center is certainty, Center is being at home, Center is become secure. Center is knowing who you are. Center is not being a pushover, Center has no second.
But Hell is other people (said Satre). Other people can challenge out center and we either have an opinion war (opinion is my center) or escalate into a violent confrontation like two Tom cats. All violence can be reduced to a fight over the Center.
But this is an external center, not the true center of the world that we are all looking for, our Lost Paradise. Even Trump came to Restore the Center. And he does restore the Center for those who give him the power of their Center.
You see, when we find our Center in something or something, it becomes our Center because we have give it the true power of the Center that we can’t find. When we orbit around person or thing that makes us feel we are at the center, there is a sacrifice, a fee, a payment for this. We have to sacrifice our True Center. And now we are caught in the double-bind where we have to give up our external center in order to restore our center that we have given away.
The movie Titanic was a metaphor or movie myth about the Center. the symbol of which was the Star or that jewel. The Titanic was a metaphor or symbol of our objective world view that has lost its center, our objective center less world that is sinking. In fact, while we are looking at James Cameron, his next movie The Avatar and the Voyage to Pandora was also about lost and restored center.When you find your center, fall into it by chance, usually, or discover it like a projector digging for oil. When you find it, you have a gusher of power and insights. The center is your creative Source. But as will all oil wells, it will go dry if you don’t know how to keep finding new wells. This is a metaphor.
Your oil reserve is hidden beneath the earth of every moment. Where you are this moment is where you must drill. Drill Baby Drill…all metaphors for our lost center of power. When I’m in my center, my writing smells like oil.
Our stories about the prospector seeking gold or oil, or some lost treasure, is all about the search for out lost center. These stories are metaphorical in that they are ambiguous: they point to the story as IT, something separate from you, but they also point to YOU. You are IT! Be a prospector. Gold is buried right under your feet in your own back yard.
The cellphone is now our portable center, the center of the internet, our alternate reality that is more satisfying then the reality of 9to 5 and messy personalities and images that never measure up. It used to be the our desktop was the center of the World, like the temple, but now the cell phone has make our Center portable, just like the Bible make the Temple portable. God has shifted from the computer as temple to the portable temple, the cell phone.