- 1 Expansion and Widening Summary
- 2 What is Expansion and Wideness?
- 3 Why Expand and Widen?
- 4 How to Expand one’s Consciousness?
- 5 Outcomes of Expansion of Consciousness
- 6 What Prevents Expansion of Consciousness?
- 7 Methods and Practices to Expand One’s Consciousness
Expansion and Widening Summary
(The Mother, 20 September 1971)
What is Expansion and Wideness?
Signs of Wideness
Why Expand and Widen?
The very nature of mind, life and body is to evolve. The One Consciousness divides itself into innumerable fragments for the need of expansion. Life itself seeks for the perfection which it is eternally capable of .  The pressure from the spiritual worlds prepares a field to manifest the indwelling spirit. There is a constant labour of nature to ascend into a higher principle of being. It takes up all that is lower into the higher values.
In the growth of our being lies our true happiness. It creates a new sense of beauty and a thirst for truth and light.
How to Expand one’s Consciousness?
We start with the will to expand from the ignorant consciousness to a boundless finite . 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.
Make all activities an outpouring of love for the One in All who is the Highest .  Love for all forms and creatures around us, we break free from the shell of ego.
Surrender of our little selves - our personal ideas, desires and attachments so that the Divine may take up everything. If we insist on our own ideas and reasonings, greater Light and Knowledge cannot come.
By becoming more quieter and calmer  without getting excited and agitated, we put ourselves in a capacity to receive from the higher forces.
Outcomes of Expansion of Consciousness
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 ego gets thinned  and we see ourselves reduced 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 calm equality. 
What Prevents Expansion of Consciousness?
- The submental, subconscient, inconscient influence on nature. Disrupts the mind’s natural tendency to reach beyond the mind by laying down its impulses and instincts.
- Fear, distrust and skepticism 
- Volatile vital with its desires, restlessness and unstability. 
Methods and Practices to Expand One’s Consciousness
- Connection with the vastness of nature - gazing at the sky/stars/water body and expand into it.
- Do many different things - music, painting, reading varied subjects, learning languages, explore/travel.
- When bored or troubled - thinking of the immensity and eternity of space and time before us. 
- Participating in some work everyday as an expression of goodwill for all.
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