The self does not change, it simply is. What brings the dynamic principle is the energy that the self focuses, which is why its relative position within the energy field is not fixed. Metaphorically speaking, the self is like an antenna, that collects, connects and focuses the waves on a particular frequency and in that way transforms them into information or experience. Factors that can affect these changes (starting from the most intense one) are: the processes in the body, in the mind and in the soul.
The self can change 'size, direction and position.
- The 'size regulates the focus (attention). Note that the self, in fact, does not have size, the term refers to the volume of information that is in the focus at any particular point (in theory, an infinite number of lines can intersect at one point).
- Direction enables identification with different sides of ones personality (which can be compared to changing radio stations). This is not to say that when a direction of the self is changed the self really moves. Rather, the energy configurations with which the self is associated shift. Such a shift is experienced as being in different states of mind or different mind-frames.
- A change of the relative position within its energy field is commonly recognised as being in depth or near the 'surface, for example. It depends on the energy redistribution (or a change of the 'shape of the soul). This move depends on the qualities of interaction with the environment (i.e. intensity and attachment). For instance, increased intensity (excitement), usually draws the self towards the surface (while calming down leads to depth). A degree of involvement or attachment to external events can have even more lasting and profound effects in the same way. This move towards the 'surface is usually perceived as pleasant, because it enables a quantitative increase in experience and information. However, self-control is more difficult on that level, and the quality of experience may be reduced.
- A change of the absolute position can be compared with moving from radio frequencies to, for example, mobile phone frequencies. The intensity of and engagement with the material world usually fix the self in one position. When the absolute position is changed, what is perceived may change too, because different waves are focused. Such a change can be induced deliberately (through some esoteric practices or the use of psychotropic drugs), but sometimes it can happen spontaneously. Exhaustion, for example, can affect the brain is such a way that the habituated structure of reality that keeps the self in a particular position loosens up. This may lead to a spontaneous shift of awareness, and hence altered perception (although ordinary hallucinations, that are just projections, are far more common).