The Seven Spatial Centers
THEOREM OF THE SEVEN CENTERS*
Everything from rocks to thoughts is permeated with life. This affirmation stems from the first hypothesis, which says that Space is the container of Life. Not a single point of the Universe is separated from Life, because nothing isolates it from the rest.
This is an assumption of solemn importance; and one would say that it penetrates slowly into the human consciousness.
However, although living, not everything is a unitary entity. Grains of sand have no personal identity, and similarly rocks broken off from mountains or drops in the ocean. The same can be said of many sentiments and fleeting thoughts, of many impulses and manufactured objects, and of all those things which, though useful and graceful, are like clouds in the sky. They are all alive but indefinite, without a personal name or autonomy of life and purpose; they are moreover numerous, varied and widespread, to the point of favoring that positivist concept that life is an incidental privilege of a few entities.
What distinguishes living things without autonomy from those which have their own life is the absence of an organized, self-sufficient structure, such as to make them real creatures instead of simple creations. The latest Teachings given explain the question in these terms: in autonomous, individual lives seven spatial centers exist, distributors of qualified energy to the various organs, which are distinct but interrelated, simple or complex. These centers constitute the supporting, organizing and unitary structure. Where this system of centers does not exist, life is present and active, but has no conscious identity.
This concept is new, at least for Westerners, and illuminates the whole problem. To recognize the venerable presence of an independent, creative and evolving Entity, it is sufficient to look further into it for the presence of a septenary complex of centers, which can take the most diverse forms without changing its own law or its coordinating function.