Two Aspects of the Transition to the Higher Spiritual Consciousness

As the process of opening to the higher light and force of the intuitive mind takes place, Sri Aurobindo identifies two aspects of the effect of this transition in the being. First, there is a descent and beginning of integration of the higher light into the awareness, bringing with it the enhanced clarity and power that are natural to that higher status. At the same time, this descent and integration applies pressure to the lower orders of consciousness, body, life and mind, forcing them to respond, widen and adjust to the new forces at work in the being.

Sri Aurobindo notes: “All our thought, will, impulse, feeling, even in the end our more outward vital and physical sensations become more and more direct transmissions from the spirit and are of another and a more and more pure, untroubled, powerful and luminous nature. This is one side of the change: the other is that whatever belongs still to the lower being, whatever still seems to us to come from outside or as a survival of the action of our old inferior personality, feels the pressure of the change and increasingly tends to modify and transform itself to the new substance and nature. The higher comes down and largely takes the place of the lower, but also the lower changes, transforms itself into material of the action and becomes part of the substance of the higher being.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 21, The Gradations of the Supermind, pg. 781