Is Your Sense of Self Constricted or Expanded?

Your inner and outer worlds are both part of a continuum, a single, unified field of activity. The outer world is a mirror of who you are at any particular point in space-time. Many have expressed this idea in various ways. Spiritual teachers tell us if you want to know the state of your personal consciousness, just look around and see what is happening to you. If you want to know the state of the collective consciousness, just look around at what is happening in the world. At any given point in your time your personal reality is synchronistically, coincidentally orchestrated by your sense of self.

If your sense of self is constricted, then it expresses itself as a tight and constricted body, a fearful outlook, and an insecure environment. On the other hand, if your sense of self is expanded, it experiences a relaxed body and a friendly, open environment where your intentions synchronistically fulfill themselves.

Your expanded self always feels a sense of worth, feels at peace, feels free and unbounded, feels in flow, and feels a sense of awe at the mystery of existence. Sense of self also determines attitude. Greed, arrogance, aggression, and a demanding, disgruntled, and unhappy disposition all arise from a constricted sense of self.

In the broader sense of self, a critical mass of people in societies, communities, and institutions also determines the attitude of these larger bodies. If a critical mass of people were to express their expanded selves, not only would they spontaneously fulfill their personal desires, they would change the very way culture articulates itself.

In such a transformed culture the emphasis would be on service rather than on greed, cooperation instead of competition, open hearts instead of only markets. Cultural hallmarks would be non-violent conflict resolution, compassion, humility, peace, and social and economic justice.

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

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88 comments

Kelly Grier
Kelly Grier3 years ago

I think with age, sence of self expands

Ana Passos
Ana Passos3 years ago

think you're right

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

well worth thinking about given the times

Zee K.
Past Member 3 years ago

My sense of self is accepted with love and gratitude to my Creator.

LM Sunshine

as always interest comments, thank you for sharing!

Gaby D.
Gaby D.3 years ago

Namaste!

Gaby D.
Gaby D.3 years ago

continued So, it must also work that way the other way around - at least I have managed to get to the point where I do not respond.....but take a few to figure out what I am up to? What am I doing or being that brings me this 'reflection'.....trust me, very often the ego interrupts these moments of contemplation with real anger or hurt, "You didn't do anything to deserve this" ...."So and so is being plain ol' nasty, inconsiderate, blah blah blah....."! It's a bit of a struggle, yet.....the not responding in anger or pain does help, getting away by myself REALLY helps.....to get back into balance.
I do believe that if we all managed to come out on top of these little tifs with the ego, we would eventually create sufficient critical mass to make a real difference in the world. A world that would reflect our feeling at ease, our being unafraid, our feeling that there is enough to go around, which would all change our actions dramatically. That would literally change the world!
Working on it, working on it......and the more of us that work on this apparently elusive state of being, the bigger the change will be! I will end with the last phrase in Deepaks post:
"In such a transformed culture the emphasis would be on service rather than on greed, cooperation instead of competition, open hearts instead of only markets. Cultural hallmarks would be non-violent conflict resolution, compassion, humility, peace, and social and economic justice." One by one, we are all that is! Nama

Gaby D.
Gaby D.3 years ago

Goodmorning Deepak and all Care 2be friends, again an interesting post. I quote : "Your inner and outer worlds are both part of a continuum, a single, unified field of activity. The outer world is a mirror of who you are at any particular point in space-time."
That would also explain the various, sometimes very different and sometimes very similar responses to this post. We are either plugged into a type of 'experience' that lets us feel the expansion of self or the restriction of self. It's not always so simple to realize that. I for one, still get myself caught in situations where 'something' happens', often the action of others' that has me reeling, not knowing how to respond. I get either angry, or upset, or sad, or....well the whole gamut of feelings really. I try to stop myself and realize that whatever is happening is somehow a reflection of my own state of being, although it feels just the other way around....the ego tells me I feel angry, upset or whatever ....due to the 'other person' or 'circumstances'. Tricky tricky! Honestly! I am no saint, and I find that dealing with 'emotions' that seem/are to be triggered by others or circumstances.....still gets to me.
Yet, I do know that whenever I'm unafraid, when I am at ease and flexible, feeling good......I seem to attract more of the same. So, it must also work that way the other way around - at least I have managed to get to the point where I do not respond.....but take a few to figure out what I am up to? What am

Wes Giesbrecht
Past Member 3 years ago

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Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

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