The finding and subsequent emergence of the soul at the core of one’s being begins the shift away from the fixation on the body-life-mind complex that operates as the primary nexus for life in the world for most people. This step begins to adjust the focus away from the ego toward the divine. To continue this change, the consciousness must not only develop contact with the soul inwardly, but also shift upwards to adjust the standpoint from the ego to the divine standpoint. This brings one into a conscious connection with the universal or cosmic existence, and one begins to see and understand life in the world and one’s own role in it from a wider and higher perspective.
In the Isha Upanishad, the Rishi declares: “The face of Truth is covered with a brilliant golden lid; that do thou remove, O Fosterer, for the law of the Truth, for sight.” Until the seeker can get beyond this “lid”, he is limited within the body-life-mind complex of the ego-personality.
In The Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo notes: “But all this change and all this experience, though psychic and spiritual in essence and character, would still be, in its parts of life-effectuation, on the mental, vital and physical level…. 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. This also the psychic change makes possible; for as it opens us to the cosmic consciousness now hidden from us by many walls of limiting individuality, so also it opens us to what is now superconscient to our normality because it is hidden from us by the strong, hard and bright lid of mind, — mind constricting, dividing and separative. The lid thins, is slit, breaks asunder or opens and disappears under the pressure of the psycho-spiritual change and the natural urge of the new spiritualised consciousness towards that of which it is an expression here.”