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RE: Theos-World re Leonardo's "Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy"

Nov 23, 2004 05:12 PM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck

Nov 23 2004

Dear Friends:  

Most interesting.  

Imagination has been called the master faculty.

But what is it based on?

It is said the mind makes images of what it desires to see or desires to
construct. As a basis it employs the memories and knowledge it already

So this faculty immediately is divided into (1) the image making faculty,
and (2) fancy.

Now the question becomes: What and where is “reality?” 

Here is an informative article that may throw some light on this



The faculty of imagination has been reduced to a very low level by modern
western theorisers upon mental philosophy. 

It is "only the making of pictures, daydreaming, fancy and the like": thus
they have said about one of the noblest faculties in man. 

In Occultism it is well known to be of the highest importance that one
should have the imagination under such control as to be able to make a
picture of anything at any time, and if this power has not been so trained
the possession of other sorts of knowledge will not enable one to perform
certain classes of occult phenomena.

Those who have read Mr. Sinnett's OCCULT WORLD will have noticed two or
three classes of phenomena performed by H.P. Blavatsky and her unseen
friends, and those who have investigated spiritualism will know that in the
latter have been many cases of similar phenomena done by so-called

Others who made no such investigations have, however, on their own account
seen many things done by forces not mechanical but of a nature which must be
called occult or psychical. 

In spiritualism, and by the Adepts like H.P. Blavatsky and others, one thing
has excited great interest, that is the precipitating on to paper or other
substances of messages out of the air, as it were, and without any visible
contact between the sender of the message and the precipitated letters

This has often occurred in séances with certain good mediums, and the late
Stainton Moses wrote in a letter which I saw many years ago that there had
come under his hand certain messages precipitated out of the air. But in
these cases the medium never knows what is to be precipitated, cannot
control it at will, is in fact wholly ignorant of the whole matter and the
forces operating and how they operate. 

The elemental forces make the pictures through which the messages are
precipitated, and as the inner nature of the medium is abnormally developed,
acting subconsciously to the outer man, the whole process is involved in
darkness so far as spiritualism is concerned. But not so with trained minds
or wills such as possessed by Madame Blavatsky and all like her in the
history of the past, including the still living Adepts.

The Adepts who consciously send messages from a distance or who impress
thoughts or sentences on the mind of another at a distance are able to do so
because their imagination has been fully trained.

The wonderworker of the East who make you see a snake where there is none,
or who causes you to see a number of things done in your presence which were
not done in fact, is able to so impress you with his trained imagination,
which, indeed, is also often in his case an inheritance, and when inherited
it is all the stronger when trained and the easier to put into training. 

In the same way but to a much smaller degree the modern western hypnotizer
influences his subject by the picture he makes with his imagination in those
cases where he causes the patient to see or not to see at will, and if that
power were stronger in the West than it is, the experiments of the
hypnotizing schools would be more wonderful than they are.

Take the case of precipitation. In the first place, all the minerals,
metals, and colored substances any one could wish for use are in the air
about us held in suspension. This has long been proved so as to need no
argument now. If there be any chemical process known that will act on these
substances, they can be taken from the air and thrown down before us into
visibility. this visibility only results from the closer packing together of
the atoms of matter composing the mass. 

Modern science has only a few processes for thus precipitating , but while
they do not go to the length of precipitating in letters or figures they do
show that such precipitation is possible. 

Occultism has a knowledge of the secret chemistry of nature whereby those
carbons and other substances in the air may be drawn out at will either
separately or mixed. The next step is to find for these substances so to be
packed together a mold or matrix through which they may be poured, as it
were, and, being thus closely packed, become visible. Is there such mold or

The matrix is made by means of the trained imagination. It must have been
trained either now or in some other life before this, or no picture can be
precipitated nor message impressed on the brain to which it is directed. 

The imagination make a picture of each word of each letter of every line and
part of line in every letter and work and having made that picture it is
held there by the will and the imagination acting together for such a length
of time as is needed to permit the carbons or other substances to be
strained down through this matrix and appear upon the paper. 

This is exactly the way in which the Masters of H.P.B. sent those messages
which they did not write with their hands, for while they precipitated some
they wrote some others and sent them by way of the ordinary mail.

The explanation is the same for the sending of a message by words which the
receiver is to hear. The image of the person who is to be the recipient has
to be made and held in place; that is, in each of these cases you have to
become as it were a magic lantern or a camera obscura and if the image of
the letters or if the image of the person be let go or blurred, all the
other forces will shoot wide of the mark and naught be accomplished. If a
picture were made of the ineffectual thoughts of the generality of people,
it would show little lines of force flying out from their brains and instead
of reaching their destination falling to the earth just a few feet away from
the person who is thus throwing them out. 

But, of course, in the case of sending and precipitating on to paper a
message from a distance, a good many other matters have to be well known to
the operator. For instance, the inner as well as the outer resistance of all
substances have to be known, for if not calculated they will throw the aim
out, just as the billiard ball may be deflected if the resistance of the
cushion is variable and not known to be so by the player. 

And again, if a living human being has to be used as the other battery at
this end of the line, all the resistances and also all the play of that
person's thought have to be known or a complete failure may result. 

This will show those who inquire about phenomena, or who at a jump wish to
be adepts or to do as the adepts can do, what a task it is they would

But there is still another consideration, and that is that inasmuch as all
these phenomena have to do with the very subtle and powerful planes of
matter it must follow that each time a phenomenon is done the forces of
those planes are roused to action, and reaction will be equal to action in
these things just as on the ordinary plane. 

An illustration will go to make clear what has been said of the imagination.
One day H.P. Blavatsky said she would show me precipitation in the very act.
She looked fixedly at a certain smooth piece of wood and slowly on it come
out letters which at last made a long sentence. It formed before my eyes and
I could see the matter condense and pack itself on the surface. All the
letters were like such as she would make with her hand, just because she was
making the image in her brain and of course followed her own peculiarities.
But in the middle, one of the letters were blurred and, as it were, all
split into a mass of mere color as to part of the letter.
"Now here," she said, "I purposely wandered in the image, so that you could
see the effect. As I let my attention go, the falling substance had no
matrix and naturally fell on the wood any way and without shape."

A friend on whom I could reply told me that he once asked a wonderworker in
the East what he did when he made a snake come and go before the audience,
and he replied that he had been taught from very early youth to see a snake
before him and that it was so strong an image everyone had to see it.
"But," said my friend, "how do you tell it from a real snake?"

The man replied that he was able to see through it, so that for him it
looked like the shadow of a snake, but that if he had not done it so often
he might be frightened by it himself. 

The process he would not give, as he claimed it was a secret in his family.
But anyone who has made the trial knows that it is possible to train the
imagination so as to at will bring up before the mind the outlines of any
object whatsoever, and that after a time the mind seems to construct the
image as if it were a tangible thing.

But there is a wide difference between this and the kind of imagination
which is solely connected with some desire or fancy. In the latter case the
desire and the image and the mind with all its powers are mixed together,
and the result, instead of being a training of the image-making power, is to
bring on a decay of that power and only a continual flying to the image of
the thing desired. 

This is the sort of use of the power of the imagination which has lowered it
in the eyes of the modern scholar, but even that result would not have come
about if the scholars had a knowledge of the real inner nature of man. 

William Q. Judge	Path, December 1892

Best wishes,


-----Original Message-----
From: Regina 
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:19 AM
Subject: re Leonardo's "Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy"

Mauri,Leon and All,

My mystical moments" are VERY VISUAL, and being interested in film and how
those "realities" can be portrayed, as they are so well in What Dreams May
Come, I think we are closer to having access to the inner workings of how we
create, via thought forms, whatever we want to make of IT, meaning the JUICE
that we draw from to manifest anything.

A logical, visual display, can make it easier to understand so much.
Just as a picture is worth a 1000 words, a symbol is worth a 1000 metaphors.

It is that language thing again...realizing that we each have a personal
vocabulary/experience for the same concepts... thus limited consensual


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