The evolution of homo sapiens likewise the Divine in humankind has not yet been completed, something that both Sri Aurobindo and The Mother foregrounded. They characterized the new state of awareness that would make this evolution possible the “supramental consciousness”. Since for the process of transformation no experiences at all are at hand, for a long time uncertainty existed about how and with what methods of work this could take place. The Mother’s experiences and discoveries in this matter, I would like to summarise as follows:
The path to assist the realization of the supramental consciousness – at first on a subtle-physical level formed by The Mother – takes place exclusively (!) in the physical body and through the work with and on it. It does not take place through the raising or healing of some other part of people, neither the higher Mind nor its inner and psychic being, nor is it in any way dependent on – and how far – the outer Mind and Vital are purged. Only in this way can the required large number of people take part in this work. During the practical work on, with and through the physical body the Perceptible Breath (after Ilse Middendorf) acquires great significance.
Until the publication of The Mother’s Agenda, her experiences and discoveries were known to no-one apart from Satprem.
The Mother recognized that (in contradiction to Sri Aurobindo’s suppositions) the opening to the supramental consciousness cannot take place through an intensification of the consciousness into the higher Mind and psychic being but rather within the physical body itself and only through it, as she stressed.
The decisive result of her work between 1950 and 1973 above all in the years from 1966 onwards consisted in the creation of a transitional being on a subtle-physical level. In order to untie this with the physical body above all what was required was the strengthening of the following abilities and characteristics of the body: the ability to sense, receptiveness, focusing well as the ability to surrender, and attentiveness.
In the Perceptible Breath after Ilse Middendorf these five elements represent the basis of the work which through the work on breathing can be increased enormously so that these methods offer a way very practically to work towards the goal. That entails through the unifying of the physical body with that of the body formed by The Mother at a subtle-physical level, the pre-conditions are created for the bringing about of the sought-after supramental transformation and evolution of the divine in human beings.