An inner movement of consciousness, and the eventual psychic transformation leading to the soul’s emergence is, however, incapable of completing the change required for a complete transformation of the expressions of this consciousness in life. This is because the instruments of mind, life and body, while uplifted and widened to their furthest capacities by the action of the soul, remain nevertheless instruments of ignorance and limitation. It must be remembered that they represent only a very specific and limited formulation of the power of consciousness, and just as there is a subconscient below, there remains a superconscient above.
“A highest spiritual transformation must intervene on the psychic or psycho-spiritual change; the psychic movement inward to the inner being, the Self or Divinity within us, must be completed by an opening upward to a supreme spiritual status or a higher existence. This can be done by our opening into what is above us, by an ascent of consciousness into the ranges of overmind and supramental nature in which the sense of Self and Spirit is ever unveiled and permanent and in which the self-luminous instrumentation of the Self and Spirit is not restricted or divided as in our mind-nature, life-nature, body-nature.”
The psychic change facilitates this upward movement; for not only does it open us to the inner realms but also to the cosmic consciousness and to the superconscient levels. The process involves breaking through the limiting lid of mind. The Isha Upanishad refers to to the light of truth being covered by a brilliant golden lid. It is this which prevents free interchange with the superconscient levels and it is this which must eventually give way.
This aspect of the transformation does not need to wait for the completion of the psychic transformation. An aspiration for access to higher levels of consciousness, or even just some inner readiness of the nature, can effectuate an opening. As with each step, there are also some dangers involved if the psychic transformation has not been fully completed, as the enhanced powers of consciousness can lead to an upsurge of egoistic pride and misuse of the knowledge given. One way or the other however, this change will and must proceed.
“The choice, however, does not always rest with our will, for the operations of the spiritual evolution in us are very various, and according to the ilne it has followed will be the turn taken at any critical phase by the action of the Consciousness-Force in its urge towards a higher self-manifestation and formation of our existence.”
Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 25, “The Triple Transformation”