The Still Center

The Clew of the Horse

1. Earth moves, but heaven is still. The rim revolves, but the centre remains without motion. 2. Yet from the still point all movement comes; and earth is the shadow of heaven. 3. Space extends without limit, neither is there any boundary to the worlds, but the point is without extension; yet from the point alone all space proceeds. 4. All manifest things are bound to the three times: of that which is, which was, which is to come. But the moment is without time. It neither is, nor was, nor ever will be. 5. Yet the moment is seed and germ of time; the timeless spring wherein time’s mighty river has its rise. 6. The point, the moment and the timeless centre; these three are one and the one is the Spirit.

T.S. Eliot – Burnt Norton

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

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