"BE careful what you think," Karen warned. "It
can take on a life of its own."
"Is this a new version of 'As a man thinketh in his
heart, so is he'?" I asked.
My question took our conversation on an unexpected tangent
that proved fruitless except that it revealed how Karen's
team on the other side worked. I include it here for that
The episode went this way. After my question I waited-then
waited some more. The tingling in my arm subsided. Finally
the pen wrote hesitantly, "The quotation should read,
'As he thinketh in his heart, so is he' (Proverbs 23:7)."
I was astonished. Karen had no such detailed knowledge of
The pen wrote again with Karen's usual assurance. "Mom,
that was Julia, one of the thinkers here. She's our Biblical
expert and insists on accuracy."
"Then, thank you, Julia," I said aloud. "But
does the quotation apply at all to what Karen is talking about?"
Karen wrote. "Julia says the sentence in the Bible
refers to being cautious about trusting rulers who mislead,
but that most people take it to have a more general meaning."
Another pause. For discussion?
Karen came back firmly with both the pen and the ideas under
"In a roundabout way your quotation gives me an opportunity
to make a point. Thinking about something in one's heart suggests
the person is keeping that thought a secret. However, you
remember I said that thoughts are entities of consciousness.
Entities do have form and are therefore difficult to conceal.
"And that brings me to ThoughtForms. In this regard
I have two important messages: the importance of thought as
reality and the problem of obstructed thought in your world."
She said, "The idea of thought as reality can be very
I liked that. "Don't get me wrong," I told Karen.
"I like your high-flown teachings, but I get a little
weary of struggling with them. My hunch is that our readers
will appreciate something useful. Are we going to get a 'how
"Why not. Let's give it a title: How to Make Petitionary
Karen began her instruction. "Learning to create Thought
Forms can be practical in accomplishing a variety of goals:
acquiring material objects, getting events to happen, influencing
other minds. We're talking about getting the kinds of things
you often pray for. The trouble is that when you pray, you
tend to whimper 'please' or shout 'help' and then sit back
and wait for a miracle. Make your pleas potent; learn to create
Karen's pen chuckled. "Now be patient a minute while
I remind you that thoughts are entities of consciousness.
All forms of consciousness are born. Therefore, a powerful
thought must be born. Once another form of consciousness-a
human-gives birth to a ThoughtForm, that new consciousness
has life and the potential for activity. It can attract or
"Suppose that without knowing how, you have been able
to give birth to a powerful Thought Form. You send your infant
out, directing it to another person through time and space.
That person, depending on her receptivity, absorbs the Thought-Form
and assimilates it. She can let it stop there or send it on
"The further it moves through time and space, the more
likelihood that your Thought Form will dissipate. However,
the secondperson could add to its potency before sending it
on. Thought Forms often maintain life for a great period of
time and travel over great distances.
"Here's an example. Jesus' teaching 'Love thy neighbor
as thyself has remained alive for centuries. In part, the
importance of the Old Testament idea kept it alive. It also
survived because Jesus gave it a powerful Thought Form, and
other people, the disciples, assimilated it, gave it impetus
and sent it further. The commandment has now endured for centuries."
I didn't disagree with the possibility that Karen's Thought
Forms worked, but I had to ask the obvious English-teacher
question. "Didn't this thought survive because it was
written into a language and transmitted?"
"Of course that's true, but wouldn't you concede that
many ideas are written and scarcely survive past a few hours?
The fact that this was born as consciousness of great potential
and was sent with tremendous impetus insured its survival."
Karen added another idea. "If Thought Forms are created
but sent to no particular person, they eventually enter a
general sphere of activity or movement or influence. They
tend to collect in groups. Just as certain varieties of plants,
grow in a particular area or people find communal living an
advantage, so Thought Forms do also. Such grouping can create
more powerful Thought-Forms.
"Thought Forms collect in pools and support each other
in two ways. In some instances they finally move out with
greater impact into the society of human consciousness. The
two types- human consciousness and thought consciousness-blend,
further support each other, and evolve.
"In other instances, Thought Forms seemingly die. However,
nothing really dies but simply recycles. When a living organism
dies, its body returns to earth to nourish other life forms.
When thoughts seemingly die, they collect in pools and give
power to other ThoughtForms. While the individual ThoughtForm
may die, its substance remains and nourishes others.
"By the way, Mom," Karen digressed temporarily,
"you have wondered how this writing works. I do exactly
what I am describing. I create abstract Thought Forms. These
are powerful enough that you can receive them without hearing
my voice; you simply receive them on your mental screen. The
actual writing only clarifies and aids retention. Without
the writing, you would almost immediately forget what you
received. And because you are word-oriented, you translate
ideas into words."
The writing seemed to anticipate my question. "Yes,
we use word-language here," the pen continued, "but
we use more than word-language, too. Thought Forms are universal
language more powerful than words. You already have a hint
of this on your plane. Nonverbal symbols-pictures, music-can
make more direct impact on your consciousness than can words.
"But more than this can take place on my plane and
between you and me. I use neither words nor nonverbal symbols.
I impress Thought Forms directly on your mind. You receive
them and translate them into words. You select the words you
think appropriate. Most of the time, the way you structure
a sentence doesn't matter. The idea matters.
"In the beginning of the writing you experienced double
consciousness because your receptive screen had to be open
to receive the Thought Form. At the same time, your mind had
to take over and translate. So you felt as if you operated
on two levels of consciousness at once."
I said, "But sometimes you struggle to get a particular
word in the writing."
"Only when I want to be absolutely accurate with definitions."
My only contact with such concepts as universal language
was in literature, with an author like Yeats. I said, "Suppose
I don't know the universal language or symbols you use, then
how do I translate them into words and ideas?"
"I use Thought Forms mainly from your own experience,"
came Karen's reply. "You are widely read and educated.
From this you have acquired many Thought Forms. You may be
little aware of them consciously, but as long as you have
contacted them, I can use them. I have been taught to recognize
which ThoughtForms are a part of your experience, and I use
"Also, when Thought Forms collect in pools, people
often absorb them from the pools into individual consciousness.
Through such direct absorption, you know many universal ThoughtForms.
I can use these."
I interrupted. "You haven't told me the technique of
borning Thought Forms yet, but I have one more question. Don't
those who practice prayer techniques, such as the followers
of Unity and Christian Science, already use your methods?"
"Of course those who use prayer techniques are using
powerful thought. However, their methods are often inadequate
or the practitioners inept.
"Such people tend to use only visual imagery. For example,
a healer may project a mental picture of an afflicted person
as being well. The more vivid the picture, the more likely
healing will take place. In this case the healer projects
a kind of Thought Form. Visual imagery alone is only partially
effective. Thought Forms use all of the senses and more. Abstract
thought can acquire an actual shape. This involves a three-part
process: creating, waiting, and sending."
"Are we finally to the 'how to'"? I asked.
"For a teacher who insists on giving students detail,
you're certainly impatient." The pen squiggled, then
"Step one involves placing the Thought Form
in space. This requires sensualization, an extension of visualization.
In the latter, you create a vivid image of an object, person,
or situation. When you sensualize, you create the same image
using all of its sensory properties. This may require considerable
effort on your part. The more vividly you can learn to sensualize,
the more powerful your potential Thought Form. If you are
trying to create a Thought Form for an abstract idea, you
should use known symbols.
"Let's try a simple example. Suppose you wish to create
a Thought Form of love for another person. Traditionally the
heartshape represents love. Begin to add to that image. You
might next choose an appropriate color. If the recipient is
a sexual partner, you would probably choose red. For a friend
or relative you might select rose. To express sympathy, a
gold heart would be appropriate, and for spiritual love, blue
Karen directed me to a book describing aura and the meanings
of colors in aura. As usual, she wrote about these colors
before I read the book, and they proved to be accurate for
the standard colors recognized by psychics as those representing
these particular emotions. She said, "Make the color
as luminous as possible for visualizing the heart."
She continued, "Next, work with your other senses.
Include a scent, perhaps floral, that represents the type
of love you wish to express. Remember that the rose is not
the only flower that represents love. The pungency of geranium
or the sweetness of honeysuckle might be appropriate for a
particular person. For touch, try the texture of satin, fur,
skin. In addition to the obvious taste of candy, consider
pomegranate or orange. Use the sound of the flute as well
as the violin. Spend as much time and energy as is necessary
for selecting the appropriate elements of the sensual-ization."
I had a question I wanted Karen to answer. "When you
described kicking Jim on the shin, you said you were surprised
that he felt it physically. Were you using a Thought Form?
What did you include to give it power?"
She squiggled. "I'm almost embarrassed to tell you.
It was really primitive, but remember I had only been here
a few days. Here it comes. My message was, 'Stay in school.
You and I worked too hard for you to give up now. Are you
a man or aren't you? To get that message accross, here's what
I used. Touch: gum on his shoe (Jim hated that) to tell him
to stick to his goal.
Taste: Heineken beer to remind him to be a man. Smell: pipe
tobacco also to remind him to be a man. Sight: diploma, cap,
and gown to show him the goal. Hearing: my voice yelling at
"See how easy it can be? At the last minute, I asked
Sarah for help, and she asked the right question: 'How do
you plan to get his attention?'
" 'Kick him,' I said almost without thinking.
'"Do it,' She said.
"Even that Thought Form wouldn't have worked if I had
kept my frustration in check. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
That's for the third stage."
"I'm glad you don't get that frustrated with me. Or
"I'm more likely to give you a bad grade," she
She got us back to business. "Second, place the
Thought Form in 'time.' Any life that gets born must be
incubated-given time to form and develop. When I used to write
my essays for school, I wrote several drafts. Then I set the
last one aside for a few days. When I came back to it, I knew
where it needed revision, and I knew when it was ready for
someone else to read. This works the same way.
"Place your sensualization in a warm, dark place to
hatch. This means you should try to ignore it, put it out
of your mind. No anxious peeking to see if it is ready."
"How long do I wait?" I asked. "Minutes?
Hours? Days?" "That depends on the situation. Trust
your own instinct. You'll know when the time is right."
I hoped so.
Like a school teacher outlining a lesson, Karen said, "Third,
combine 'time' and 'space' by putting the Thought Form in
motion. To do this, you must share with it your own frequency.
Work with the sensualization until you can internalize it-until
it becomes a part of your very being and you can at any given
moment bring all its elements to mind readily.
"It's not just a matter of knowing the Thought Form
thoroughly but of merging with it. To bring it to life, you
must literally give it some of your life-essence or frequency.
Be sure you merge, become one, with your sensualization to
give it full life potential.
"Now put the Thought Form in motion. Human emotion
comesclose to experiencing frequency. Select an emotion suitable
to the ThoughtForm being generated, but more important, send
it with strong impetus.
"For the most part, avoid negative emotion such as
anger. With the Thought Form I created to contact Jim, I kicked.
However, I kicked not out of anger but from frustration and
caring. I'm sure the tremendous emotional impetus I gave to
the one for Jim was the reason he actually felt the kick."
I tried making Thought Forms. It was slow going. Karen was
accurate when she said that finding symbols appropriate to
the idea was easy. I had fun trying to make them fit the thought
I wanted to convey.
I found the second step more difficult than it sounded.
My tendency to analyze stood in the way. I constantly questioned
whether I would have done better with this image or that odor.
The third step baffled me. Engendering an emotion is not
all that easy for me. It seemed too artificial trying to "pump
up" joy or excitement. Finally Karen helped.
"You can gain power," she said, "by acquiring
it from other forms of consciousness. What you are after is
life-essence. During stage one, in addition to sensualizing,
actually use plants, animals, or even other humans and pull
their frequency to you. The frequency of consciousness is
available in other forms of life.
"You usually acquire it, literally, by eating life-essence.
More appropriately, you can acquire it by absorption. Sit
near a plant or animal. Talk to it and ask it to share with
you its essence, offering, of course, to share yours with
it. Then sit quietly. Contemplate that plant or animal and
endeavor to share essence. It will happen with no more effort
than that. As you absorb such force, you will find it transformed
into usable frequency.
"Some people are more cerebral than emotional, and
your Thought Form can also gain its impetus through spoken
words. If emotion doesn't work for you, then give birth to
your Thought Form with the impetus of a spoken 'Let there