Transformation of the mind of the cells

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July 21, 1965

“There is a slight hope that this material mind, the mind of the cells, will be transformed.

This is good news!

Isn't it! I am quite astonished. I noticed it yesterday or the day before. […] all of a sudden, here was all this mind saying a prayer. A prayer ... you know how I used to say prayers before, in Prayers and Meditations: it was the Mind saying prayers; it would have experiences and say prayers; well, here we are, now it's the experience of all the cells: an intense aspiration, and suddenly all this starts expressing it in words.

[T]here I was, sitting, when all of a sudden, all this straightened up like a flame, oh, in a great intensity, and then it was as if this body-mind, on behalf of the body (it was the body beginning to be mentalized), were saying a prayer ... (Mother looks for a note) And it very much has the sense of the oneness of Matter (this has been very strong for a long, long time, but it's becoming very conscious: a sort of identity); so there was the sense of the totality of Matter – terrestrial, human Matter, human Matter – and it said:

“I am tired of our unworthiness. But it is not to rest that this body aspires ...”

And this was felt in all the cells.

“... it is not to rest that this body aspires, it is to the glory of Your Consciousness, the glory of Your Light, the glory of Your Power, and above all ...”

Here, it became still much more intense:

“... to the glory of Your all-powerful and eternal Love.”[1]

August 7, 1965

“This morning, for, oh, at least a good hour, an experience came: the true attitude and true role of the material mind – lived, not thought. Lived. It was interesting. A sort of tranquil beatitude.... It was about the relationship between the constant state and the action that keeps coming from outside and interrupts (or has the habit of interrupting when it shouldn't), interrupts this constant state.”

“But what was it about? An action of the material mind?

An attitude.

An attitude of the material mind?

An attitude, but ... oh, not willed or concerted, nothing like that: simply it had understood.
         It had learned to keep silent and act.
         To keep silent and act.
         Oh, it was lovely!”

“I may express it in this way: the capacity to fall silent and to intervene only on the Impulse from above.
         To intervene only when set in motion by the supreme Wisdom, for every action to be done.”

“[N]ow the first step has been made, a step on the road to transformation, with the experience of the cessation of its automatic activity.
         That was the experience of this morning.
         I am not saying it is final, far from it, but it's much more under control.”[2]

August 21, 1965

“Since the 15th, there has been a whole work of preparation for the transformation .... What could I call it? ... A transfer of power.
         The cells, the whole material consciousness, used to obey the inner individual consciousness – the psychic consciousness most of the time, or the mental (but the mind had been silent for a long time). But now this material mind is organizing itself like the other one, or the other ones, rather, like the mind of all the states of being – do you know, it is educating itself. It is learning things and organizing the ordinary science of the material world. When I write, for instance, I have noticed that it takes great care not to make spelling errors; and it doesn't know, so it inquires, it learns, it looks up in the dictionary or it asks. That's very interesting. It wants to know. You see, all the memory that came from mental knowledge went away a long, long time ago, and I used to receive indications only like this (gesture from above). But now it's a sort of memory being built from below, and with the care of a little child who educates himself but who wants to know, who doesn't want to make errors – who is perfectly conscious of his ignorance, and who wants to know. And the truly interesting thing is that it knows this knowledge to be quite ... more than relative, simply conventional, but it is like an instrument that would like to be free of defects, like a machine that would like to be perfect.
         It is a rather recent awakening. There has been a sort of reversal of consciousness.”

“It's like a shift in the directing will. And then, there was materially, physically, a sort of surprise, and a need to identify with the new direction – it's a little difficult. It's difficult to explain, too.... It's no longer the same thing that makes you act – ‘act’ or anything, of course: move, walk, anything. It isn't the same center any longer. And then if, by habit, you try to reconnect with the old center, oh, that creates a great disorder, and you must be very careful not to let habit, the old habit, express itself and manifest.”

“It gives, AT THE SAME TIME, a sense of the unreality of life and of a reality that we could call eternal: the meaning of death does not exist, it's meaningless. It is only a choice. And dislocation has no meaning, no raison d'être: it's an extravagance.”

“When you are in one or in the other, it's all right, but when both are there together ... it's not very pleasant. And there is a sort of sense of uncertainty: you don't very well know where you are, whether you are here or whether you are there; you don't very well know.”[3]

  1. Agenda, 21 July 1965
  2. Ibid., 7 August 1965
  3. Ibid., 21 August 1965

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