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A Treatise on White Magic - Rule Eleven - Analysis of the Three Sentences
This one intelligent Life may be posited as creating in his meditation (or its, if you prefer, for what do words matter when all is futile to express reality as it is!) and consequently in his reflective mind, that which we call a thought-form. This thought-form has four main characteristics:
  1. It is brought Into being through the conscious use of the Law of Attraction. [455]
  2. It is formed of an infinite number of living entities who are attracted by the mind of the divine Creator and thus enter into relation with each other.
  3. The form is the externalization of something that its Creator has:
    1. Visualized.
    2. Built intelligently and "colored" or "qualified", so as to meet the purpose for which it was intended.
    3. Vitalized by the potency of his desire and the strength of his living thought.
    4. Held in shape as long as it is needed in order to perform its specific work.
    5. Connected to himself by a magnetic thread - the thread of his living purpose and the strength of his dominant will.
  4. This interior purpose, which has clothed itself in mental, astral and vital substance, is potent on the physical plane just as long as:
    1. It remains consciously in its Creator's thought.
    2. It "keeps its distance" occultly from its Creator. Many thought-forms remain futile as they are "too close" to their Creator.
    3. It can be directed in any desired direction, and under the law of least resistance, can find its own place, thus performing its desired function and carrying out the purpose for which it was created.

The "formula" therefore might be regarded as the idea emanating from the divine Thinker; it might be defined as the dynamic purpose, the "thing" as the Thinker sees it and externalizes it in his mind, and visualizes it as the carrier of his intent. The mathematics which underlie the construction of a bridge, such as any of the great spans which signalize human achievement, convey [456] naught to the uninitiated, but to those who know and understand, they are the bridge itself, reduced to its essential terms. They are the bridge in latency, and in these mathematical formulas lie hid the purpose, the quality and the form of the completed structure and its eventual usefulness. So it is with the concepts and the ideas which give birth to a thought-form. These occult formulas exist on the archetypal plane which (for the aspirant) is the plane of the intuition, though in reality it is a state of consciousness far higher still. These formulas underlie a world of forms and must be contacted by those who are duly equipped to work under the Great Architect of the Universe. There are, symbolically speaking, three great books of formulas. Note the words "symbolically speaking", and forget them not. There is first the Book of Life, read and eventually mastered by initiates of all degrees. There is the Book of Divine Wisdom, read by aspirants of all degrees, sometimes called the Book of Knowing Experience, and there is the Book of Forms which is compulsory reading for all in whom the intelligence is awakening to functioning activity. It is with the Book of Forms that we are now concerned.

Patanjali speaks in one place of the "raincloud of knowable things" of which the soul is consciously aware. The aspirant, weary of the eternal round of his own futile and unimportant thoughts, seeks to tap the resources of this "rain cloud" and so precipitate upon the earth some of the thoughts of God. He seeks to work so that he can further the manifestation of the ideas of the Creator. To do this he has to fulfil certain initial requirements, which might be briefly stated as follows:

  1. Know the true meaning of meditation.
  2. Align with facility the soul, the mind and the brain.
  3. Contemplate, or function as the soul on its own plane. It then becomes possible for the soul to act [457] as the intermediary between the plane of divine ideas and the mental plane. You see how this matter of participation in the divine creative process works out as the objective of all true meditation work?
  4. Register the idea, received by the soul intuitively, and recognize the form which it should take. These last seven words are of vital importance.
  5. Reduce the vague and misty idea to its essentials, discarding all vain imaginings and the formulations of the lower mind, so equipping oneself to leap readily into activity, and, through steadfastness in contemplation, receive accurately the vision of the inner structure, or of the subjective skeleton, if I may so term it, of the form which is to be.
  6. This, as recorded consciously by the soul upon the mind, is as consciously registered by the mind, held steady in the light, and might be regarded as the reduction of the formula to the blue print. It is not the formula itself, but the secondary process. According to the strength, the simplicity and the clarity of the embodiment of the formula in a simple outlined structure, so will be the finally furnished building and the consequent form, which will confine within the periphery of the outer form itself the lives used in its construction.

This, in reality, resembles the stage of conception. Latent within the germ (the result of male-female interrelation) lie all the potencies and capacities of the finished product. Latent within the idea which has been materially conceived, but which has been inspired by the Spirit aspect, lie hid the potencies of the finished thought-forms. The matter aspect, represented by the mind, has been fecundated by the Spirit aspect, and the triplicity [458] will eventually be completed by the created form. But in the early stages there is as yet only the "formula" - the conceived idea, the latent yet dynamic concept. It is potent enough to draw to itself the essentials for growth and form, yet who shall say whether it will prove an abortion, a mediocre and feeble product, or a creation of real beauty and value?

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