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The Centre of the Universe by Terry Edwards

Does the universe have a centre?

Where is the centre of the universe? Science says that if the universe is infinite, it has no centre. There was a big bang and every part is expanding. This means that each part is moving away from every other part. I am going to suggest an alternative idea. I have no proof. I base this proposal on a series of insights I had in the years 1992-3. The basic model has expanded over the years. I cannot say every detail is correct but the whole pattern seems consistent. It is not a complete solution. It is a suggestion of where to start.

Centres of circles

If we use a compass to draw a circle on paper, the process begins with a clearly defined centre. We know exactly where it is because we can see it as a hole in the paper. If we use a template to draw a circle, there is no visible centre. Does the centre actually exist? I suggest that it does exist as an idea, a thought in the mind of the observer. However, we could measure where the centre is and mark it. Then it would be actual rather than theoretical. In the first example, the centre defines the circle. In the second, the circle defines the centre. If we scale this concept up to an infinite circle, where then is the centre? The infinite circle is an abstract idea. This means that potentially its centre is everywhere.

The centre of infinite space

If we now extend the idea of a circle of darkness to an infinite void, where would its centre be? The centre is potentially everywhere. It exists purely as an idea and as such is a point of light, a thought. I say it is light because it is an idea in consciousness. There can only be one such centre so it associates with the idea of one. As the infinite void is unconscious it has a quality of being part of a dream. What can we say about the location of the centre? What is the centre of the coordinates of the x-y axes on a graph? The answer of course is zero. There is not much we can make of a single point located at zero.

The property of meaning

We can have an infinite number of potential centres as long as they are unique. As there is only one void, this is something of a paradox. So there has to be something that distinguishes one centre of the void from another. The answer is the idea that the centre represents. Each centre belongs to an idea of some object or other. It could be part of an atom. What we are now moving towards is the idea of consciousness and the property of meaning.


The centre as an idea

Imagine a circle that is finite. Unlike anything we could draw or print, this circle is perfect. It has no imperfection, no irregularity, not so much as an atom out of place. Such a device could never exist in reality. No drawing process is perfect, not even on the quantum level of matter.

Does this perfect circle have a centre? The answer is yes.

Is there anything at the centre? No, it is implicit in the curvature and shape of the circumference[1]. (‘Implicit’ means entangled or involved.)

How big is the centre? As it is a location and not a thing, the centre of the perfect circle is an infinitely small point.

The centre of infinite space

The centre of an infinitely large space is an idea or a thought. Potentially it is everywhere. In practice the location of the centre is meaningless. Its existence is an assumption[2], a paradox. It does not exist but assume that it does and see what we can do with it.

If there is only one centre of an infinite space, how can we have many such centres to create structures?

Imagine an infinite number of centres, each one in its own version of the space. Space is the arena of meaning.

From one to many

As there can be only one space with a particular centre we require some property to distinguish one pseudo version from another.

The most basic property to allow multiple versions of the same thing is time. Time is a property of being. These multiple versions coexist in different times.

To be of any value, these isolated and separate centres need to relate to each other by some indirect means. For this we need to bring in the idea of mathematics[3] and its potential for implicit relationships. 

The viewfoil analogy

Suppose you wish to create a triangle from three separate centres. Using the analogy of the viewfoil projector, place three transparent sheets, each with a single dot on the plate. Move the sheets around to create a particular triangular formation. The projector light shines through and the perceiving consciousness sees three dots together even though they are on separate sheets.

This analogy illustrates two of the principle aspects of consciousness – to create experience and to experience creation. It must be done in a way that maintains the element of surprise and freshness in each experience.


Points are manifestations of the zero dimension. The entire system continually turns inside out as it cycles from being one point to many. In a sense, the infinite aspects of infinitely fast and infinitely slow are open ended. On the infinitely fast, everything is both separate and integrated into the whole continually. The infinitely slow mode never changes. There is an in-between mode where we experience finite time.

There is a sequence to the dimensions. One is linear, the universe as a line. Lines relate to communication and measurement (Planck Length, etc.). Two concerns planes of consciousness, which interrelate patterns of experience through resonance. Three is the dimension of volume and meaning built on spheres in the literal and metaphysical sense. Four is the dimension of time and sequence of events. The dimensions of five and above relate to the software and spiritual workings behind existence. Six is the layer of separation between individuals. Seven and beyond process the story of the entire universe and its individual parts. These dimensions allow the workings of karma to balance experience towards the goal of oneness and avoid unnecessary waste and repetition.


A universe composed entirely of centres

How these microscopic sparks or points of light form atoms and molecules is a complex subject. One point worth mentioning is that this model suggests that matter creates space. In general relativity, the presence of matter curves or warps space-time. This implies that the empty volume of space is independent of the material it contains. It is a moot point to rephrase that idea to say that in the pulse of time, objects of matter radiate quantum foam rather like spittlebugs on a bush. Collectively, the foam combines to fashion the shape of the so-called continuum. It may seem radical as a concept but it came from a vision in abstract consciousness that I did my best to interpret.

The most important idea in all this is that everything, all matter and all organised structures are made of centres of the universe. Every tiny atom, each proton belongs to its own universe, a different universe. This idea, that there is no universe, only centres is so enormous, so subtle, it is very hard to grasp. Each one of us exists in our own universe. As individuals we are totally alone. The people we meet in our daily lives are the versions of them that we create. The way they behave towards us and how we respond to them may not be as we would choose. However, they are what we need them to be to enable us to develop and explore the roles we adopted at our conceptions. That does not mean that they do not exist as separate beings in their own universes. It means that we cannot truly know them until we meet up in the afterlife after our sessions in the game machine are complete. That is all death really is, the completion of another session. That is when we discover who we really are. Death is the moment when we surrender the roles we took on when we entered the game. The planet earth is living out its drama in its own way. Collectively the human race must accept the karma it is creating for itself in its exploitation and destruction of a living world. We must work out the debt we are inheriting for all the fellow species we have caused to leave the earth. There must be a reckoning before our time here has ended.

Different world, different universe

I draw a number of conclusions from this idea of the universe being made of centres. Perhaps the most important one is that it is nothing like we think it is. In fact I do not believe that the universe we see actually exists at all. It is a virtual reality backdrop designed to make us feel as if we belong to something greater than ourselves. The stars and planetary systems we see out there, if they have a separate existence are at the centre of their own universes. What they see in their night sky is just the virtual reality backdrop that they require. Where there is sentient life on other worlds they might find that the physics that operates in their version of the universe is different from ours. If so, it would be what their collective consciousness draws into existence.

The universe is not a massively large space filled with matter. If you travel in any direction you will never come to the edge even if it is positively curved. Because every object is composed of centres of the universe, each part exists at its own origin in its particular version of the whole. Each spark of light is comprised of consciousness. That is not the same as saying that every thing is conscious. We naturally associate consciousness with thinking, but it goes much deeper than that. Every atom experiences its existence but we cannot say how it feels it. That means the matter inside our bodies experiences something we cannot share. We just use material substance to fill our personal space in a meaningful way.

When we travel, we never leave our centre. What happens is that we alter our relationship to everything else in space-time. So if we travelled to the stars we would simply change the idea of where we are without leaving our centres. Space would fold around us. If sentient beings have the technology to travel to distant worlds around other stars, they must reach a point where they leave the field of consciousness of their home worlds. As they arrive at their destination planet they move into another universe that might look the same but will really be different – alien. It is the local planetary/star system that generates our personal forms using quantum digital information. We belong to the earth as a stream of data. How we would change if a different planet took on the job of creating our physical, mental and emotional form is an interesting question. I have been saying to my friends in Theosophy for many years now that everything is made of centres of the universe and that each centre is alone in its own version of the void or the light (the light side or the dark side of the Taijitu symbol). When I first looked at the Proem at the beginning of the Secret Doctrine, what did I see? The first two diagrams in the book show a circle and a circle with a dot at the centre. People talk glibly of the vital spark in all of us, well, here it is. So all these sparks dwell in splendid isolation in their own versions of the void or as dots of shadow in the light. They are just two sides of the same coin. The structure of the universe is simply a mathematical idea that allocates numbers to the dots. It then joins the dots with metaphysical lines on the basis of fractal equations to create form. So your real self is formless. Your physical self is the output of a virtual reality simulation. It sounds so grand to say that you are the whole universe but so is everything within it, even the fly on the window or the speck of dust floating in its light. Nevertheless, we have the potential to be gods if only we could learn to go beyond belief systems in the head and find the divinity within the heart. Find your centre, find the universe.

[1]This idea is very important. The centre of a wheel is an axle. The relationship between the rim of the wheel and the centre is not implicit (entangled). It is physical (explicit). When two particles are entangled at the quantum level, the connection between them is implicit but the result can be explicit or physical. This linkage appears to operate instantaneously, independent of the limiting speed of light.

[2] It is imaginary in the same way that the concept of the square root of minus one, Mathematicians designate it as “i”. Engineers call it “j”.

[3] I refer to mathematics as the universe’s operating system. Most scientists and mathematics deny it, apart from Platonists. If you believe that the universe is entirely material in nature then this idea is not required. If you think it is a virtual reality then it is logical to suppose that some mechanism analogous to software organizes the material content as well as the stories of the parts.


Published by hermesrisen

writer, theologian and broadcaster, my work can be found at Colyn Boyce is co-editor for Hermes Risen and is a writer, photographer and all round good guy.

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