(1) The secret of all true meditation work in its earlier stages, is the power to visualise . . . Meditation techniques must and will embody visualisation as a primary step, for the following reasons:

1. Visualisation is the initial step in the demonstration of the occult law that “energy follows thought” . . .

2. The power to visualise is the form-building aspect of the creative imagination . . . This process of energy direction can become a spiritual habit if disciples would begin to do it slowly and gradually. At first, the visualising process may seem to you to be laboured and profitless but, if you persevere, you will find eventually that it becomes effortless and effective . . .

3. The power to visualise correctly is one definite mode of ascertaining truth or falsity . . .

This visualising process, and this use of the imagination, form the first two steps in the activity of thought-form building. It is with these self-created forms – embodying spiritual ideas and divine purpose – that the Masters work and hierarchical purpose takes shape. Therefore, my disciples, it is essential that you begin with deliberation and slowly to work in this manner, and to use the above information constructively and creatively.

(2) The clue of all this esoteric work demanded by Shamballa, is to be found in the development of the Art of Visualisation. Through visualisation, three expressions of the human consciousness will become possible:

1. The antahkarana can be built, and the shining of the Triad be definitely seen. Such will be the new vision – an outcome of the development of the sense of vision.

2. Groups, large wholes and major syntheses, will also be visualised, and this will lead to a definite expansion of consciousness. Thus the sense of synthesis will be unfolded.

3. All creative art will be fostered by this training, and the new art of the future in all departments of creativity, will be rapidly developed as the training proceeds. The unfoldment of the sense of vision and the sense of synthesis, through visualisation, will lead to a sense of livingness in form.

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