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   [[File:EandW 1.png{|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 2.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 3.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 4.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 5.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 6.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 7.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:MEandW 8.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 9.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 10.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 11.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 12.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 13.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 14.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 15.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 16.png|center|1000px]]   [[File:EandW 17.png|center|1000px]]   <div class="wikitable" style="textbackground-aligncolor:center#efefff;colorwidth:#3d85c6100%;">|Read more about '''[[Expansion and Widening</div>  <div style="color:#000000;">Compilation|Expansion and Widening]]'''Widen your consciousness to from the dimension works of the earth Mother and you will have a place for everythingSri Aurobindo.''</div>|}<div style="color:#000000;">(The Mother, 20 September 1971) </div>__NOTOC__
= What is Expansion and Wideness? =
<div style="color:#000000;">Expansion and widening is becoming more and more a universal being who is not limited by the the narrow mental, vital and physical walls of existence. It Man is rising out of this trapped and egocentric self there to affirm himself in the connect with our inner being which is inherent with larger potentialities. Thus when we expand/widen our consciousness we have a place for everything. </div>  == Signs of Wideness == <div style="color:#000000;">There are some signs which indicate universe, that our consciousness is getting wider. Picturing the sun and sea his first business, but also indicates wideness. Climbing a mountain or trying to reach a summit are symbolic of wideness. The feeling of the disappearance of the head evolve and that all is open is finally to exceed himself: he has to enlarge his partial being into a sign of the wideness of the mental complete being, his partial consciousness into an integral consciousness .</div> = Why Expand and Widen? = <span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">The very nature of mind, life and body is he has to evolve. The One Consciousness divides itself into innumerable fragments for the need achieve mastery of expansion. </span><span style="color:#000000;">Life itself seeks for the perfection which it is eternally capable of</span><span style="backgroundhis environment but also world-color:transparent;color:#000000;">.</span><span style="backgroundunion and world-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000harmony;">The pressure from the spiritual worlds prepares a field he has to manifest the indwelling spirit. There is a constant labour of nature realise his individuality but also to ascend enlarge it into a higher principle of being. It takes up all that is lower into the higher values.</span>  <div style="color:#000000;">In the growth of our being lies our true happiness. It creates a new sense of beauty cosmic self and a thirst for truth universal and lightspiritual delight of existence. </divref>  <div style="color:#000000;">We are at a decisive hour in the history of the earthSri Aurobindo. It is preparing for the coming of the superman and because of this the old way of life is losing its value. We must strike out boldly on the path of the future despite its new demands(2005). The pettinesses once tolerableprogress to knowledge -god, are tolerable no longerman and nature. We must widen ourselves to receive what is going to comeIn The life divine II.<http:/div> = How to Expand one’s Consciousness? =   <span style="color:#000000;">We start with the will to expand from the ignorant consciousness to a boundless finite</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">incarnateword.<in/cwsa/22/span><span style="backgroundthe-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="backgroundprogress-color:transparent;color:#000000;">We engage in new range of activities. We work with the sense of unity with the Divine. We feel the Divine moving, thinking and feeling in us. To feel the body in the wide free self and not attached to the limitations of the body.</span>  <span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Make all activities an outpouring of </span><span style="color:#000000;">love for the One in All who is the Highest</span><span style="backgroundknowledge-god-color:transparent;color:#000000;">.</span><span style="backgroundman-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="backgroundand-color:transparent;color:nature#000000;">Love for all forms and creatures around us, we break free from the shell of ego.p2</spanref>
Expansion and Widening can be viewed from two angles - a growth into a full mental being by expanding the capacities of the mind and universalisation of consciousness.
That growth into the full mental being is the first transitional movement towards human perfection and freedom; it does not actually perfect, it does not liberate the soul, but it lifts us one step out of the material and vital absorption and prepares the loosening of the hold of the Ignorance. <ref>Sri Aurobindo. (2005). Out of the sevenfold ignorance towards the sevenfold knowledge. In The life divine II.</ref>
<span style="color:#000000;">Surrender</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">As the individual has a consciousness of his own, so too there is a universal consciousness, a cosmic Being, a universal Mind, a universal Life, a universal physical conscious Nature. We are unaware of it because we are shut up in our little outer physical selves - . By the inner awakening and the opening above we become aware of this cosmic consciousness, cosmic Nature and cosmic Self and its movements; our personal ideas, desires consciousness can widen and attachments so that the Divine may take up everythingbecome one with it. If we insist The forces of universal Nature are always working on us without our own ideas knowing how they act or being able to get any general control over their action on us. By becoming conscious of the universal we are able to detect this working and reasoningscontrol it. <ref>Sri Aurobindo. (2012). Sachchidananda:existence, greater Light consciousness-force and Knowledge cannot comebliss.In Letters on yoga I.</spanref>
= Why is it Important? =
<div style="color:#000000;">To have The reasons for developing oneself into a full mental being is for enriching the faculties. This growth of the conscious being, an expansion, an intense aspiration to expandincreasing self-expression, a more and more harmonised development of his constituent members is the whole meaning and all the pith of human existence. We must shift the stress It is for this meaningful development of consciousness from external being to by thought, will, emotion, desire, action and experience, leading in the inner being or still deeper end to a supreme divine self-discovery, that Man, the psychic mental being. Be like a transmitting and receiving station, has entered into the wider material body. <ref>Sri Aurobindo. (1999). Self-surrender in works - the range , way of the more force it can holdgita. In synthesis of yoga I. http://incarnateword. in/cwsa/23/self-surrender-in-works-the-way-of-the-gita#p2</divref>
In the process one experiences a delight of existence which is latent in oneself. It is the pressure of the supramental and spiritual worlds which is preparing to develop here the manifest power of the spirit and by it open our being on the physical plane into the freedom and infinity of the super conscient Divine <ref> Sri Aurobindo. (2005). The order of the worlds. In The life divine II.</ref> We are at a decisive hour in the history of the earth. It is preparing for the coming of the superman and because of this the old way of life is losing its value. We must strike out boldly on the path of the future despite its new demands. The pettinesses once tolerable, are tolerable no longer. We must widen ourselves to receive what is going to come. <ref></ref>
The reasons for universalisation is for developing receptivity, equality and calmness. One can also take a step to be free from ego and ignorance. Absolved in the cosmic wideness, released from ego, his personality reduced to a point of working of the universal Force, himself calm, liberated, deathless in universality, motionless in the Witness Self even while outspread without limit in unending Space and Time, he can enjoy in the world the freedom of the Timeless. <span style="background-colorref>Sri Aurobindo. (1999). The master of the work. In The synthesis of yoga I. http:transparent;color:#000000;">By becoming more </span><span style="color:#000000;">quieter and calmer</span><span style=";color:#000000;"> </span><span style="backgroundthe-color:transparent;color:work#000000;">without getting excited and agitated, we put ourselves in a capacity to receive from the higher forces.p24</spanref>
= Outcomes A larger psychic and emotional relation with God and the world, more deep and plastic in its essence, more wide and embracing in its movements, more capable of Expansion taking up in its sweep the whole of Consciousness =life, is imperative. <ref>Sri Aurobindo. (1999). The ascent of the sacrifice II. In The synthesis of yoga I.</ref>
Wideness and calmness are the foundation of the Yogic consciousness and the best condition for inner growth and experience. If a wide calm can be established in the physical consciousness, occupying and filling the very body and all its cells, that can become the basis for its transformation; in fact, without this wideness and calmness the transformation is hardly possible. <ref>Sri Aurobindo. (2013). Peace - the basis of the sadhana. In Letters on yoga II.</ref>
Widen your consciousness to the dimension of the earth and you will have a place for everything. <ref></ref>
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Widening and expansion gives a great joy of being, a clearer sense of truth and things and an inner silence. We see things in a larger light and detect the origin and law of our feelings, emotions and sensations. The thick layer of </span><span style="color:#000000;">ego gets thinned</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;"> </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">and we see ourselves reduced How to a point of working of the universal force. We are not carried away by the shocks and injuries, we deal with it in a </span><span style="color:#000000;">calm equality</span><span styleExpand or Widen? ="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">. </span>
= What Prevents Expansion For the growth of Consciousness? =the mind one can adopt various methods like - identifying oneself with something vast, doing many different things, unfolding oneself etc. The easiest way is to identify yourself with something vast. For instance, when you feel that you are shut up in a completely narrow and limited thought, will, consciousness, when you feel as though you were in a shell, then if you begin thinking about something very vast, as for example, the immensity of the waters of an ocean, and if really you can think of this ocean and how it stretches out far, far, far, far, in all directions, it is so far, so far that one cannot see the other shore, you cannot reach its end anywhere, neither behind nor in front nor to the right or left... it is wide, wide, wide, wide... one thinks of this and then you feel that you are floating on this sea, like that, and that there are no limits.Then you can widen your consciousness a little. <ref>The Mother. (2003). 29 September 1954. In Questions and answers (1954).</ref>
*<span style="background-color:transparent;">The </span><span>submentalBy studying different subjects, learning different languages and traveling can help to expand and widen. It is like the people who cultivate their intelligence, who learn, read, think, compare, subconscientstudy. These people's minds widen and they are much vaster and more understanding than those who live without mental education, inconscient influence on nature</span><span style="background-color:transparentwith a few petty ideas which sometimes are even contradictory in their consciousness and govern them totally because these are the only ones they have and they think these are unique ideas which should guide their life;">. Disrupts these people are altogether narrow and limited whereas those who are trained and have studied—this at least widens their minds and they can see, compare ideas and see that all possible ideas are there in the mind’s natural tendency world and that it is a pettiness, an absurdity to be attached to reach beyond a limited number of ideas and consider them the mind by laying down its impulses and instinctsexclusive expression of truth.</spanref>* <div style="color:#000000;margin-left:1The Mother. (2003). 23 February 1955.27cm;margin-right:0cm;">Fear, distrust In Questions and skepticism</div>answers (1955).* <div style="colorhttp:#000000;margin-left:1//incarnateword.27cm;marginin/cwm/07/23-right:0cm;"><span style="backgroundfebruary-color:transparent;">Volatile vital with its </span><span>desires, restlessness and unstability.</span>1955#p6</divref>
When one is hurt or faces something unpleasant, just visualising the tiny person one is in this tiny earth; all unpleasantness is swept away. One realises that our little person which is a second in eternity. Then suddenly you see the utter ridiculousness of the importance attached to what happened to you. And in the space of three minutes, if done properly, all unpleasantness is swept away. Even a very deep pain can be swept away. Simply a concentration like this, and to place oneself in infinity and eternity. Everything goes away. One comes out of it cleansed. It immediately takes you out of your little ego. <ref>The Mother. (2003). 29 September 1954. In Questions and answers (1954).</ref>
Universalisation of consciousness can be achieved through aspiration, surrender, oneness and love. But there must be enough aspiration and adhesion in the being to make the expansion of the being, the expansion of consciousness possible... one is so small that it is already quite filled up with all the ordinary little human movements. <ref> The Mother. (2003). 27 June 1956. In Questions and answers 1956.</ref>
True surrender enlarges oneself; it increases one's capacity. This new greater measure of quality and quantity is different from anything one could attain before:one enters into another world, into a wideness which one could not have entered if one did not surrender. It is as when a drop of water falls into the sea; if it still kept there its separate identity, it would remain a little drop of water and nothing more, a little drop crushed by all the immensity around, because it has not surrendered. <ref>The Mother. (2002). 4 august 1929. In Questions and answers (1929-1931).</ref>
= Methods and Practices to Expand One’s Consciousness ='''Content curated by Archana'''
* <div style{|class="color:#000000;wikitable"><span style="background-color:transparent#efefff;">Connection with the vastness of nature - </span><span>gazing at the sky/stars/water body and expand into it.</span></div>* <div style="colorwidth:#000000100%;">Do many different things - music, painting, reading varied subjects, learning languages, explore/travel.</div>* <div style="color:#000000;"><span style="background-color:transparent;">When bored or troubled - thinking |Read more about '''[[Expansion and Widening Compilation|Expansion and Widening]]''' from the works of the </span><span>immensity and eternity of space</span><span style="background-color:transparent;"> Mother and time before usSri Aurobindo. </span></div>* <div style="color:#000000;">Participating in some work everyday as an expression of goodwill for all.</div>|}
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