|The passage of an idea from the plane of the intuition to
- The idea is seen by the mind, "held steady in the light of the soul."
- It descends to the higher levels of the mental plane and there clothes itself with the
substance of those levels. It remains still an abstraction, from the angle of the lower
mind. This point should be carefully noted by the would-be intuitive. 
- The soul throws its light upward and outward, and the idea, nebulous and faint, emerges
into the consciousness of the man. It stands revealed, much as an object stands revealed
when the bright beam of a powerful searchlight is thrown upon it. The mind, endeavoring to
remain in constant steady conscious contact with the soul, seeing into the higher world
through the medium of the "soul's wide-opened eye," registers the idea with
- The idea, revealed, becomes then an ideal to the attentive mind and eventually something
to be desired and materialized. The thought-form-making faculty of the mind then comes into
play; the "mind-stuff" becomes actuated by the energy of the idea, vitalized by
the recognition of the soul, and the idea then takes its first real step towards
embodiment. An ideal is only an embodied idea.
the first steps towards materialization. Embodiment becomes possible. Thus illusion is
- Distortion now sets in. This is brought about by various causes.
These might be enumerated as follows:
- The ray type
of the ego colors the man's interpretation of the idea. It colors the emerging
thought-form. Symbolically speaking, the pure light is changed into colored light. The idea
is then "clothed with color, and thereby the first veil descends."
- The point in
evolution which the man has reached has also its effect, plus the quality of the 
integration existing between the three aspects of the personality, and the alignment
established between soul-mind-brain. This, being necessarily imperfect, produces
indefiniteness of outline and consequently of the final form. Therefore we have:
integration of the personality.
of the proposed thought-form.
- The wrong
material consequently attracted for the building of the thought-form.
- A shifting
focus of attention, owing to the dimness of the seen ideal.
- The rapport
of the mind, with the sensed idea, is not stable.
- The quality
of the development of the mental body of the disciple produces the next
"veiling" of the idea, as it is called. The idea has become changed through the
ray coloring of the soul, and now a still more distorting change is brought about by the
ray type of the mental body itself, which may be, and usually is, different to that of the
the second steps towards materialization. The form of the embodiment is qualified. Thus
illusion is produced.