In my previous post, I discussed one aspect of a talisman’s creation by imprinting on an object, like a medallion, a powerful thought form. The thought form then becomes the source of power, acting like some generator embedded in the medallion. However, that is only one of the methods that a talisman can be created.
Another method which in fact can even be a better way to concentrate power on an object is to transform the object into a vehicle through which a particular denizen of the spirit world may use it as a channel through which it can manifest and become a creative force in the physical world.
Bishop C. W. Leadbeater describes this process in his classic book, the Hidden Side of Things:
“The second plan is so to arrange the ingredients of the talisman as to make it a means of manifestation for any one of certain comparatively undeveloped orders of nature-spirits. There are tribes of these creatures which, though full of energy and strongly desirous to do something with it, cannot express themselves unless they can find some sort of outlet. It is possible so to magnetise an amulet as to make it precisely the kind of outlet required, and thus to ensure the steady outflow through it of a stream of energy at high pressure, which may last for thousands of years, to the intense delight of the nature-spirits and the great benefit of all who approach the magnetised centre.”
The story of Aladdin and his magic lamp must have been an allegory of this process. By compelling a genie to inhabit what might have been a very ordinary lamp, anybody who then comes into possession of the lamp can then command the genie to do his bidding. The lamp, through its “ensoulment” by a genie, has become a powerful talisman.