Your Consciousness Vast
Mother, how can we make our consciousness vast?
Ah, there are many ways of doing this.
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, like this (Mother stretches
out her arms), how, compared with you it is so
far, so far that you cannot see the other shore, you
cannot reach its end anywhere, neither behind or in
front nor to the right or left. ..it is wide, wide,
wide, wide. ..you think of this and then you feel
that you are floating on this sea, like that, and
that there are no limits. ...This is very easy.
Then you can widen your consciousness a little.
Other people, for example, begin looking
at the sky; and then they imagine all those spaces
between all those stars, and all. ..that kind of infinity
of spaces in which the earth is a tiny point, and
you too are just a very tiny point, smaller than an
ant, on the earth. And so you look at the sky and
feel that you are floating in these infinite spaces
between the planets, and that you are growing vaster
and vaster to go farther and farther. Some people
succeed with this.
There is a way also by trying to identify
yourself with all things upon earth. For example,
when you have a small narrow vision of something and
are hurt by others' vision and point of view, you
must begin by shifting your consciousness, try to
put it in others, and try gradually to identify yourself
with all the different ways of thinking of all others.
This is a little more. ..how shall I put it? ... dangerous.
Because to identify oneself with the thought and will
of others means to identify oneself with a heap of
stupidities (Mother laughs) and bad wills,
and this may bring consequences which are not very
good. But still, some people do this more easily.
For instance, when they are in disagreement with someone,
in order to widen their consciousness they try to
put themselves in the place of the other and see the
thing not from their own point of view but from the
point of view of the other. This widens the consciousness,
though not as much as by the first ways I spoke about,
which are quite innocent. They don't do you any harm,
they do you much good. They make you very peaceful.
( Vol.6, p. 344-345)