The power within you which enables you to form a thought picture is the
starting point of all there is. In its original state it is the undifferentiated
formless substance of life. Your thought picture forms the mould (so to speak)
into which this formless substance takes shape. Visualizing, or mentally
seeing things and conditions as you wish them to be, is the condensing, the
specializing power in you that might be illustrated by the lens of a magic
lantern. The magic lantern is one of the best symbols of this imaging faculty.
It illustrates the working of the Creative Spirit on the plane of the initiative
and selection (or in its concentrated specializing form) in a remarkably clear