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As long as the attention of the creator of any thought-form, great or small, is turned towards it, that magnetic link persists, the thought-form is vitalized, and its work carried on. When the work has been accomplished, and the thought-form has served its purpose, every creator, consciously or unconsciously, turns his attention elsewhere, and his thought-form disintegrates.
Just as long as the "Eye" is directed to the created form, the current of force will be transmitted to it, and the more one-pointed the man may be the more this energy will be centralized and effective. Much of the ineffectiveness of people is due to the fact that their interests are not centralized but very diffuse, and no one thing engrosses their attention. They scatter their energy and are attempting to satisfy every wandering desire, and to dabble in everything which comes their way. Therefore, no thought they think ever assumes a proper form, or is ever duly energized. They are consequently surrounded by a dense cloud of half-formed disintegrating thought-forms and clouds of partially energized matter in process of dissolution. This produces occultly a condition similar to the decay of a physical form, and is equally unpleasant and unwholesome. It accounts for much of the diseased condition of the human family at this time.
Once the thought-form has been vitalized and its Etheric form is completed or "sealed" as it is called, it can attain the dense physical form if desired. This does not mean that the individual thought-forms of every man take dense substance upon the Etheric, but they will eventuate in activity upon the Physical plane. A man, for instance, is thinking a kindly thought; he has built it up and vitalized it; it is objective to the clairvoyant and exists in Etheric matter close to the man. It will, therefore, find physical expression in an act of kindness or a physical caress. When the act is over, the caress consummated, the interest of the man in that particular thought-form fades out and it dies. Similarly with a crime; the thought-form has been built up and inevitably it will find its physical expression in some deed of one kind or another.
All activity of every kind is the result:
THE NATURE OF MAGIC
We have considered somewhat at length the building of thought-forms, and have seen that the process pursued by man is analogous to that pursued by the threefold Logos in the creation of the solar system. We are to deal now with that great department in occultism which is usually termed magic. The man who masters the esoteric significance of what is here said will take his place in the ranks of those entitled to call themselves the "Brothers of White Magic."
We must deal first with the mental attitude of man as he faces the work of creation, and his ability to bring through, via the mental body, the purpose of the Ego, thereby impressing the building agents on the Mental plane with a certain rate of rhythm, and a certain vibratory activity. This is the prime factor which results (on the Physical plane) in direct Egoic activity.
We must also consider the work of the wise magical student upon the Astral plane, whereon, through purified desire and sanctified emotion, he provides those equilibrized conditions and those stable vibrations, which will permit of the transmission without hindrance to the Physical plane via the physical brain of the man, of the vibratory activity emanating from the Ego, and of the circulatory action of the higher force. Hence (if a remark of a practical nature may be interpolated for the average student) the cultivation of emotional tranquility is one of the first steps towards the achievement of the needed equipment of the white magician. This tranquility is not to be achieved by an effort of the will which succeeds in strangling all Astral vibratory activity, but by the cultivation of response to the Ego, and a negation of all response to the inherent vibration of the Astral sheath itself.
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