In 1999, when I was trying to understand the concept of consciousness, I learned about an experiment done sometime in the 1970’s by a group of graduate students at Harvard. They were doing a study to see how our environment affects us.
For the study, they set up a fish tank and placed a clear piece of glass down the middle. They then filled half of the fish tank with fish, leaving the other side empty. The fish lived in this world for several months until one day the glass was removed from the center of the tank.
What the students discovered through this experiment was that the fish placed in half of the fish tank, remained in that half of the fish tank. They grew up within the boundary set for them and continued to unaware of the other side of the fish tank.
Something dramatically changed for me as I heard about this experiment. I began to ask questions like ….
- What boundaries were created that keep me from living an expanded life?
- Who placed these boundaries and how do I learn to recognize them?
- What boundaries have I unintentionally created for my children that are keeping them from experiencing a full life?’
- What is on the other side of my fish tank that I am not yet aware of?
- And, more importantly … how do I get there??
My goal since that time has been to continue to be aware of boundaries, limitations, programs and patterns that may be keeping my life from fully expanding.
In 2001, I met a woman named Marie Diamond who became my guide and helped me safely explore the other side of the fish tank. The basics of almost everything I do today are the methods and tools I learned in my 12 years of intense study with her. They are the tools that helped me discover myself, the world and the universe and what I can tell you for sure is that the other side of the fish tank is so much bigger than I ever imagined!