He marveled that such dregs of mind would be the best the Overmind could offer. It was as if it had rudimentary existence, but that no one had undertaken to upgrade a particular thoughtform -- that the Overmind was stupid in this area of experience. Perhaps no one had noticed it, it its latency, and worked it into functional form. It hadn't previously popped into existence.
The crudeness of some emerging, emergent thoughtforms made it necessary to for him to delay actions that depended upon thoughtforms being well-formed, coherent, and nearly transparent to the formless field of consciousness. Crudeness was dense, seemingly immobile, and without much refinement of expression or precision of function. Transformation was needed -- tenderizing and re-formation to a high Equilibrium.
At times when he confronted different kinds of experiences, he often found the available thoughtforms sufficient, but there were areas of life in which his ways of facing an experience was troublesome to himself, not at all satisfactory. He marveled that he could be in such an inadequate state. But there he was, defined and definite, without much fluidity, caught flat-footed.
So, he very often found it necessary to "sharpen his tool before using it". And that's what he did, this time.