The knowledge and power of the gnostic being are not limited to the outer surface life in the material world. The powers native to the planes of Life and Mind, which act and influence the outer life, but which originate in the native planes or worlds of Mind and Life, are accessible to the conscious knowledge of the gnostic individual and form part of the action by which the gnostic being acts and influences the life in the world.
Sri Aurobindo discusses this action: “At the same time the universal inner life of the individual will not be confined to an inner pervasive and inclusive contact with the physical world alone: it will extend beyond it through the full realisation of the subliminal inner being’s natural connection with other planes of being; a knowledge of their powers and influences will have become a normal element of the inner experience, and the happenings of this world will be seen not solely in their external aspect but also in the light of all that is secret behind the physical and terrestrial creation and movement. A gnostic being will possess not only a truth-conscious control of the realised Spirit’s power over its physical world, but also the full power of the mental and vital planes and the use of their greater forces for the perfection of the physical existence. This greater knowledge and wider hold of all existence will enormously increase the power of instrumentation of the gnostic being on his surroundings and on the world of physical Nature.”
Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 27, “The Gnostic Being”