Theories about how you can expand your consciousness, break free of limiting beliefs and experience greater abundance and wealth abound. Recently I’ve seen articles that recommend an expansion of your beliefs in an effort to increase your “comfort zone.” The idea of expanding my comfort zone in order to experience greater wealth certainly appeals to me as I’m sure it appeals to many. However, there seems to be something missing. I’ve felt compelled to ask questions that get at the underside of issues, exposing the threads of the tapestry if you will, for most of my life. In this case my desire is to understand what exactly a “comfort zone” actually is so that we might better understand how efforts to expand it occur.

Essentially, the articles I’ve seen are speaking of mental issues. In this case, we’re not just speaking of expanding your mind to incorporate more in your vision, what’s also being discussed is the feeling component, actually feeling more comfortable with something different in your experience. The objective, of course, seems to be helping those seeking this information to find greater happiness and fulfillment in their lives regardless of what it might take to achieve that goal. One of the challenges I see, however, is that many only present part of the information necessary to support those seeking this information to actually attain their goal.

For instance, let’s take happiness as an example. There are many who spend a great deal of time and effort seeking after a sense of increased happiness. Yet then never seem to realize one of the most fundamental things to know about happiness… that happiness is dependent upon your perception of the circumstances of your life as positive. Let me say that again, your experience of happiness depends upon your perception of the circumstances of your life as positive.

Does this seem somewhat contradictory to what you’ve know to this point, or to what you believe you’re working toward? If it does, don’t worry. You’re not alone. If you’re like most, however, you may be asking what the implications of this information are. The significance of this information will be discussed in just a few minutes, but for the present time, there is expanding your comfort zone.

Enlightenment traditions tell us of an indwelling Self, a soul or indwelling being that is the divine animating spark of all life upon which rests the ego-based self. The ego-bases self is that part of ourselves that we typically think of when we consider who we know ourselves to be, the history, the potential future, the husband, son, daughter, father, mother, wife, the part of us that knows and occupies these roles. It is the self that gets created through our history of experience and or expectation for our future.

The indwelling and limitless Self (designated with a capitol “S”) is truly limitless. In contrast, the ego-based self (designated with the lower-case “s”) is limited in scope and perspective. The limitless Self, the level of our being, cannot be understood by the ego, the small-s self. No matter how we might stretch, push, or pull, we’ll never be able to expand our ego to a size large enough to understand Being, the true Self. In this fashion, all beliefs are limiting. Because beliefs are structures of the mind, the province of the ego, they can do nothing but to limit that which is formless and without limit, the true Self or Being part of our own human condition.

Thus, if wealth is what you seek and you are told to simply replace limiting, and “negative” beliefs with less limiting “positive” beliefs, recognize that all beliefs are limiting and the “negative” or “positive” qualities of a belief (or anything else, for that matter) depend upon the context in which they occur for the meaning to the individual. The “negative” and “positive” are two sides of the same mental coin that are both equally limiting.

So what might be the solution? Recognizing that the ego-based self is not the true you, it is not your true Self. At the level of your Being, the unconscious part of you there are no limits; there is no time. Visualize what you desire with great clarity and emotional intensity, and then allow it come into your experience. Detach yourself from the anticipation and expectation of your desire. You will recognize quickly that your mind, your ego, will want to know “how.” It will want to know how your desire will come into your experience. Notice this urge, but do not dwell upon it. Be alert and ready to take action you are inspired to take in support of your desire. With practice you will sharpen your skills.

As for the issue of happiness it is possible to say that happiness is dependent upon our perception of the circumstances of our lives as positive. At least, this is what author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle says. What might be the significance of this…? To realize that we can influence our ability to feel happy simply by changing where we have our attention focused. This will require some discipline which will be discussed in another article.

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