Finding the Center
Contemplating the Navel of the Earth
The center of the human body, halfway up and halfway down its front, is the navel. For this reason, and because it was once attached by the umbilical cord to our maternal source of life and nourishment, the navel provides an image of the notional world-center, the spot on the earth’s surface through which runs the universal pole. Both types of center, of the human and the terrestrial body, are similarly named in Greek, omphalos
, or in Latin, umbilicus
Every religion has its world center, with associated legends of being the first...