The Subliminal Being’s Connection to the Cosmic Consciousness

Sri Aurobindo next takes up the relationship of the subliminal inner being to the cosmic consciousness. “The subliminal is separated from the cosmic through a limitation by the subtler sheaths of our being, its mental, vital, subtle-physical sheaths, just as the surface nature is separated from universal Nature by the gross physical sheath, the body; but the circumscribing wall around it is more transparent, is indeed less a wall than a fence. The subliminal has besides a formation of consciousness which projects itself beyond all these sheaths and forms a circumconscient, an environing part of itself, through which it receives the contacts of the world and can become aware of them and deal with them before they enter. The subliminal is able to widen indefinitely this circumconscient envelope and more and more enlarge its self-projection into the cosmic existence around it. A point comes where it can break through the separation altogether, unite, identify itself with cosmic being, feel itself universal, one with all existence.”

Those who are interested in “occult” phenomena and various “occult powers” have made an intensive study of these interactions and relations, have identified the “aura” and various powers such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, telekinesis, inspiration, and various levels of energetic control of an environment which can result from development of these powers of both subtle perception and subtle action. Most people have had experiences from time to time where one of these powers was acting, sometimes just a “feeling of fear” or feeling an intensity of someone concentrating in an atmosphere, or perhaps a sense of thoughts or emotions alive in a particular place. Some feel a concentrated energy radiating in certain sacred or holy places of worship. Each of these are incidents of the type of powers that await the breaking through the barriers between the inner subliminal being and the outer cosmic and universal forces.

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 10, Knowledge by Identity and Separative Knowledge, pp. 541-542

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