One interesting concept in the occult circles is the alleged existence of thought forms. Thought forms are, just as the term itself implies, physical manifestations of thought. This idea appears to be congruent to the scientific notion that there is really no separation of matter and energy – only a continuum of existence where matter is the gross manifestation at one end of the spectrum while energy is at the other end, the finest form of manifestation that cannot be perceived like matter but can be felt as a creative force.
At any time, through the intervention of the right processes, these two forms of manifestations can interchange, i.e., matter can be converted to energy (as in the case of a nuclear fission) and energy can become matter (as in the case of thought energy becoming thought forms).
In the early part of the last century, the idea about the existence of thought forms was particularly popularized by such theosophical authors as C. W. Leadbeter and Annie Besant. Annie Besant published a book entitled Thought Forms where she claimed that thought forms can actually be seen clairvoyantly. Here some illustrations of thought forms in Annie Besant’s book:
The interesting part about thought forms is the fact that as a form of manifestation emanating from its creator – the person who thought about and generated the thought form – the thought form becomes an extension of the person and during its lifetime, can be tasked to fulfill the intent with which it is embodied when the person produced it.
The thought form can be consciously directed towards persons or things. When directed towards an object, like a piece of metal, for example, it can become the very power with which the object is transformed into a talisman or an anting-anting.
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