It is important to say that the Nine Principles of Mandala, which are the origin of Centre Edge work, in themselves are ethically neutral. In other words – rather like the laws of nature, they simply describe how things, situations, events and relationships exist and unfold. This means that there is nothing inherently wise, compassionate or beneficial about applying Centre Edge principles.
Indeed it would be possible, in theory, for someone with entirely the wrong motivation to apply these principles to do negative things more effectively.
However, my own intention, very much in line with Buddhist practice and the origin of these teachings, is to help people, groups and organisations use these principles to bring greater levels of wisdom, kindness and skilful insight to whatever they do. So, in Centre Edge work we tend to spend quite a lot of time exploring questions of purpose and intention, and being as honest as we can be about our different levels of purpose – how we may well hold purposes that if we are honest – are often in apparent conflict. Thus, although Centre Edge itself describes neutral principles, it can become a powerful way of coming into closer contact with our deeper heartfelt wishes for our selves, our communities and our world – and then understanding more clearly the ways of acting, speaking and thinking, that can help us move things further in that direction.
These principles have been taught to me within my own practice as a Buddhist, and I always acknowledge with tremendous gratitude the traditions and teachers who have and are kindly helping me to learn about this and gradually bring it into my actual lived experience day today. Nevertheless, it is important to realize that Centre Edge principles themselves are describing something universal – they are not Buddhist in themselves, nor do you need any interest in or knowledge of Buddhism at all to use these principles.
Indeed the basic principles of Centre Edge appear in traditions all over the world – such as Native American medicine wheels, labyrinths, the design of cathedrals, and sacred places, in every culture and time. This becomes one of the many fascinating things to explore – how these basic principles are key in many cultures, spheres of activity and realms of being. It also has some strong connections with contemporary approaches such as Systemic Constellations and Source Work.
That, for me, is one of the attractions in this work. I find that Centre Edge work helps people of all faiths and none come into contact with core questions and realities about spirituality, awareness, and how to contribute meaningfully to the healthy, holistic flow of events and situations – but the language is not religious, exclusive or off putting. It is very accessible and practical, while still linking back to implications that, for some people at least, can be quite profound.