Year One: Three Centres, by Tracy Tjaden

I heard a great teacher once say that if he had to describe spiritual awakening in one word, it would be, ‘Yes’. If he had two words, it would be ‘Let Go’.

It sounded like a wonderful, poetic concept at the time but I didn’t really get it. I’m a word person so the whole idea of having no words to describe something not only didn’t resonate, it didn’t make sense.
This wracking dilemma might ring true for other ‘head centres’ (or, on particularly frustrating days, ‘head cases’) like me. I lead with my head centre; in other words, I fall into the 5-6-7 portion of the Enneagram. I need to understand things, I need to know what’s going on, I really, really like words and appreciate good writing. If I’m stuck, I will try, often in vain, to think and reason my way out of it. My body and heart centres — the other two equally valid spiritual centres we all share — are an afterthought.

Thankfully, this is changing. Our first year of Prairie Jubilee included significant teachings, practices and homework around the idea that we have three centres of wisdom — the head, heart and gut (or body) centre. We had the opportunity to grow our understanding of not only the other centres, but also how each connects us to the Divine.
While Western culture tends to reward those with overactive, domineering, intellectual mind centres, the other two centres have just as much (if not more) wisdom and intelligence.

During our first year, we explored the three centres and my experience was that it provided the perfect foundation on which to move deeper into understanding spiritual direction, which I’m assuming will be the focus of our second year.
I’d like to circle back to this advice I mentioned early on about letting go. As it turns out, there’s nothing conceptual about it. I had a recent experience, following an intense workshop on the weekend, in which I am seeing what ‘letting go’ means. Sometimes I feel like this work is working me, like I have no control over what’s happening and where it’s going to take me. This brings up fear — which I deal with by trying to ‘figure it out’ and understand things that can’t be understood in the head centre.
I’ve not only learned about these other two centres, I’m now experiencing them. I’m ‘hearing’ direction from my heart and gut centres — and in a way that I can’t explain, I’m starting to act on it. It feels like a whole new OS, or way of living, decision-making on a brand new level i.e. nothing is actually a decision. When I get a ‘message’ from one of these centres, I usually do it. No polling my peeps, no research, no weighing pros and cons.
Yet, I can’t let go of the need to understand what’s going on, to figure it out so I know what’s coming, presumably as a way of dealing with the fear of not being in control.
At least now I am aware of what’s going on — and, that I’m listening to wisdom from my body and heart that I’d previously been overriding.
It’s a whole new world! I’d love to hear about your experiences with the three centres. Also, stay tuned for future blogs on Jubilee and spiritual development.


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Tracy Tjaden

Prairie Jubilee Communications