Relation Between the Higher Planes of Consciousness and the Soul Evolution

If we look at the analogy of the sun’s energy warming the soil, and thereby providing the force that allows a seed to germinate and grow, we can get a glimpse of the process that takes place whereby the higher planes of consciousness energize the latent potentialities involved in the material consciousness. These higher planes of spirit, mind and life exercise a pressure and influence to help the involved seed of consciousness break through the resistance of material nature and flourish and grow. “Our development takes place very largely by their superior but hidden action upon the earth-plane. All is contained in the inconscient or the subconscient, but in potentiality; it is the action from above that helps to compel an emergence. A continuance of that action is necessary to shape and determine the progression of the mental and vital forms which our evolution takes in material nature; for these progressive movements cannot find their full momentum or sufficiently develop their implications against the resistance of an inconscient or inert and ignorant material Nature except by a constant though occult resort to higher supraphysical forces of their own character. This resort, the action of this veiled alliance, takes place principally in our subliminal being and not on the surface: it is from there that the active power of our consciousness emerges, and all that it realises it sends back constantly into the subliminal being to be stored up, developed and re-emerge in stronger forms hereafter. This interaction of our larger hidden being and our surface personality is the main secret of the rapid development that operates in man once he has passed beyond the lower stages of Mind immersed in Matter.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 22, Rebirth and Other Worlds; Karma, the Soul and Immortality