"There is no dust nor dirt here and everything
can be changed in a moment when we will to change it."
"We do not live in a dream world. As I
have said, we live in a real, tangible world, though the atoms
composing it differ from the atoms which make up your world.
Our minds can act on this tangible substance in a way yours
cannot do on your world. You live in a world of slower vibrations."
"I have told you that thoughts and emotions
form physical reality, and they form the after-death experience.
This does not mean that the experiences are not valid, any
more than it means that physical life is not valid."
"You still have to earn your way in the astral world … by
serving humanity through your individual efforts in helping
to create whatever it be of a creative nature. But this is
not accomplished by just wishing for things in the astral
world, and thus thinking that the force sent out will then
materialize them for you. It is not so simple as all that."
"That which you so laboriously take from the earth below,
we precipitate from the etheric clouds above."
"Animatical forces are constantly passing through the astral
body and replenishing the various divisions of the astral
world. They are to us what oxygen is to you. … The minds of
the inhabitants are constantly creating and recreating the
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"Since thoughts are definitely things, we are the cocreators
with God of what we find for ourselves here.
"There's something perpetually rising from you plane; practically
invisible-in atoms when it leaves your plane-but when it comes
to the ether, it gains certain other qualities round each
atom, and by the time it reaches us, certain people take it
in hand, and manufacture solid things from it."
"Thought plays a very important part in manufacture here,
but ours is not an entirely mental world. We can make things
by other processes than thought, if we choose to do so, and
many on coming here would not be happy in doing purely mental
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"Man conceives the idea and thus is able to create from that.
The other beings are those which can create by mental image,
and thus cause it to manifest in what appears to be space.
All the materials or ions are within the atmosphere above
them. It is just a matter of conversion."
"The power of thought is almost unlimited in the spirit world,
and the greater the power of any particular effort or concentration
of thought the greater the results. Our means of personal
locomotion here is by thought, and we can apply that same
means to what the earth world would call 'inanimate objects'.
Of course, in the spirit world nothing is inanimate, and because
of this, then our thoughts can have a direct influence upon
all the countless things of which the world of spirit is composed."
"It must not be concluded that anyone can move a boat through
the water merely by thinking that it shall do so. It requires,
like so many other things, the requisite knowledge, its application
upon well-ordered lines, and practice in the art."
"He carefully showed me how to create garments such as I
desired: To fix the pattern and shape clearly in my mind,
to visualize it, and then by power of desire to draw the subtle
matter of the thought-world round the pattern, so as actually
to form the garment."
"All effect is created by thought, and manifestation is a
result of intention.… Newly departed souls learn to monitor
their thoughts very carefully, because whatever they think
of, they experience."
"We naturally seek out those few to whom
we were drawn in that past period … In the creation of our
surroundings therefore, of our clothes, of our dwellings and
our occupations, we depend to a certain degree on these comrades
of ours and we work together in small communities, building
up our little worlds, expressing our many unsatisfied human
desires in a manner that is at last adequate and sufficient
for our needs."
"At first, with the assistance of others,
he draws instinctively, from the scenes of earth, building
about him, in company with those who were his intimates, the
same scenery, the same earth stage. It is, of course, often
idealized or darkened by fancy. And herein may be found the
key to a vegetative content, to happiness and delight or to
strange, sinister and sometimes terrifying dramas."
Waste and Recycling
"It may be asked, what becomes of the objects which are no
longer wanted when their makers and owners rise higher and
leave them behind? Others who come here may want just those
things. But there is with us a process of transmutation or
substitution, by which objects may be made finer. It is possible
to change the appearance of an object by mental force, entirely
altering it without taking it to pieces. This process can
be effected by those who have developed on constructive lines."
"While standing within [my house] I was fully aware of its
permanence as compared with what I had left behind me. But
it was a permanence that I knew I could end; permanent only
so long as I wished it to be so."
"The adornments of the home, such as the hangings and upholstery
do not ever need renewal, because they do not perish .They
endure until we wish to dispense with them for something else."
"These severed flowers will survive their removal for just
so long as we wish to retain them. When our interest in them
begins to wane they will quickly disintegrate. There will
be no unsightly withered remnants, for there can be no death
in a land of eternal life."
Creating One's Home
"Here every man's home is an index of
"Our houses are just as we care to make
them. Your earth houses first were conceived in your mind
and then physical matter was put together to make them as
your mind first saw them. Here we have the power to mould
etheric matter as we think. So our houses are also the products
of our minds. We think and we construct. It is a question
of thought vibration, and so long as we retain these vibrations
we can hold the object, which during this time is objective
to our senses."
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"We are able to live in houses of thought forms, or on sunny
sloped beside streams, or wherever we like to think of ourselves
as being. But they are totally nonessential, since we need
"[Homes in the spirit realm] are the abiding places of spirits
who gather into them the objects of beauty which they love,
and there harmonious spirits come and go, as in earth life.
They are as real to them as yours are to you."
"You want to know about our houses? Well, they are built
by bricklayers and designed by architects as they would be
"Both the house and the garden, he told me, were the harvest
I had reaped for myself during my earth life. Having earned
the right to possess them, I had built them with the aid of
generous souls who spend their life in the spirit world performing
such deeds of kindness and service to others. . Frequently
this work is undertaken and carried out by those who, on earth,
were expert in such things, and who also had a love for it."
"A party of us went boating and rowed for
miles. We can materialize boats at will in a few minutes."
"I saw the old hat I used to wear, and
I have the first one I materialized here. It looks just as
it did then. We materialize from the elements. Everything
in the shape of clothing, and we make them in a few moments."
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"There is nothing we want that we cannot think into being
at this point, except for another body of flesh, for this
latter is not ours to command at any instant but a right to
"On earth he longed for a superior brand of cigar. He can
have the experience ad nauseam of smoking this brand.
He wanted to play golf, so he plays golf. But he is merely
dreaming all the time or, rather, living within the fantasy
created by his strongest desires on earth."
"The task of actually constructing a craft is highly technical,
and the methods of the spirit world, so entirely different
from those of the earth-plane, have to be mastered. Although
we must earn the right to possess in the spirit world, we
have the aid of our friends in the actual building. We can
form in our minds, when on earth, the shape of something we
long to have a garden, a home, or whatever it may be.
It will then be a thought-form, and will be converted from
that into actual spirit substance by the help of experts."
"Here you think up your clothes, they materialize, and you
put them on. When you want to change what you are wearing,
you can thought-power off the clothes you have on and create
something else. We all tend to wear the kind of things that
we enjoy ... Whatever we create remains as objective reality
as long as we wish it to."
"Each kingdom of the astral world has been set up by a group
of people who were desirous of creating that particular atmosphere.
… The trees, the flowers, in fact everything that is there
that enhances the beauty of that particular atmosphere was
created … through the concentrated thought processes of billions
of souls bringing all of these things into manifestation.
Thus everything is just as it was intended to be: a replica
of that which exists on the earth, but created out of a more
sublimated or finer material."
"The united thoughts of the inhabitants of the whole realm
will sustain all that grows within it, the flowers, and the
trees and the grass, and the water, too, whether of lake,
river, or sea for water is fully alive in the spirit
"I have a corner of flowers…I pour Light and Love into them
and over them, rather in the same manner as watering and nourishing
them; and they answer (or respond) by growing profusely and