|In A Treatise on Cosmic Fire the following words occur:
"The wise student regards all forms of expression as in the nature of symbols. A
symbol has three interpretations; it is itself the expression of an idea, and that idea
has behind it, in its turn, a purpose or impulse inconceivable as yet. The three
interpretations of a symbol might be dealt with as follows:
- The exoteric interpretation of a symbol is based largely upon its objective
utility, and upon the nature of the form. That which is exoteric and substantial serves
two purposes: 
- To give some faint indications as to the idea and concept. This links the symbol... with
the mental plane, but does not release it from the three worlds of human appreciation.
- To limit and confine and imprison the idea and so adapt it to the point in
evolution which the man has reached. The true nature of the latent idea is ever more
potent and complete than the form or symbol through which it seeks expression. Matter is a
symbol of a central energy. Forms of all kinds in all the kingdoms of nature, and the
manifested sheaths in their widest connotation and totality are but symbols of life - what
that Life itself may be remains as yet a mystery.
- The subjective interpretation or meaning is the one which reveals the idea lying
behind the objective manifestation. This idea, incorporeal in itself, becomes a concretion
on the plane of objectivity... These ideas become apparent to the student after he has
entered into Meditation, just as the exoteric form of the symbol is all that is seen by
the man who is just beginning. As soon as a man begins consciously to use his mental
apparatus and has made even a small contact with his soul three things occur:
- He reaches out beyond the form and seeks to account for it.
- He arrives in time at the soul which the  form veils, and this he does through the
understanding of his own soul.
- He begins then to formulate ideas and to create and make manifest that soul-energy or
substance which he finds he can manipulate.
To train people to work in mental matter is to train them to create; to teach people to
know the nature of the soul is to put them in conscious touch with the subjective side of
manifestation and to put into their hands the power to work with soul-energy; to enable
people to unfold the potencies of the soul aspect is to put them en rapport with
the forces and energies hidden in all the kingdoms of Nature.
A man can then - as his soul contact and his subjective perception is strengthened and
developed - become a conscious creator, cooperating with the plans of evolution and of
God. As he passes through the different stages, his ability so to work and his capacity to
get at the thought lying behind all symbols and forms increases. He is no longer taken in
by the appearance but knows it as the illusory form which is veiling, imprisoning and
confining some thought.
- The spiritual meaning is that which lies behind the subjective sense and
which is veiled by the idea or thought just as the idea is veiled by the form it assumes
when in exoteric manifestation. This can be regarded as the purpose which prompted the
idea and led to its emanation into the world of forms. It is the central  dynamic
energy which is responsible for the subjective activity..."
- Bailey, Alice, A Treatise on Comic Fire, pages 1233 et seq.
It is this process of arriving at the reality behind each and every form which is the
result of meditation with seed. It involves the realization of these three aspects of the
divine Life. This is why students are advised to take some specific words or a verse from
some sacred book for their meditation so as to train them in their power to get behind the
form of the words and so to arrive at the true meaning.
We have penetrated into the world of causes; we have to seek to apprehend the Plan as
it exists in the mind of God and as it expresses itself through the love, emanating from
the Heart of God. Is it possible for human minds to reach any further than the love and
will of God? Right at this point, Divinity is contacted. The mind ceases to function, and
the true student of meditation slips into a state of conscious identification with that
spiritual reality we call the indwelling Christ, the divine Soul. Man, at this point,
enters into God.