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3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  202 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A study on the nature and power of thoughts this is the most well-known book of the prominent Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator.
Paperback, (Illustrated Edition) , 108 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Dodo Press (first published December 1st 1989)
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Apr 14, 2008 Patrick\ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Shapes and colors can be perceived differently by the clairvoyant observer - a point not stressed enough here. The Theosophical Society is a bit out there "in the swamp" as C.S. Lewis pointed out in his Pilgrims Regress. A shame it ended up so, how can it be said ?, materialistic.
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Mar 02, 2015 Adam Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Your thoughts have the power to shape the world around you. Every second of the day you are surrounded by myriad energies crafted from your thoughts and the thoughts of those around you. All you need to do to see them is to open your perception and allow yourself to receive the thought forms as they are.

This was an interesting case study on thoughts and auras, unfortunately this edition does not include the images that form the basis of the entire thesis of the book. I'm sure it is all very upli
Nov 12, 2015 Orgeleuse rated it it was ok
Antico. Scritto nel 1901 e risente giustamente delle credenze e delle maniere del tempo.
Da un lato questo conferisce una sorta di atmosfera che ho gradito, dall'altro l'ho trovato troppo descrittivo.
Parto dal presupposto che l'argomento non mi è nuovo e speravo quindi in un approfondimento.
La quasi totalità del libro consiste nella elencazione, descrizione grafica e interpretazione di forme pensiero corrispondenti a diversi stati d'animo e situazioni.
Non solo si tratta naturalmente di una sele
Very enlightening, although I'd like to know exactly how Besant determined that these thought-forms were not malicious in any way, and that they do in fact originate from the mind, and that the astral plane is not full of demons, devils, wraiths, etc., as I do not think that Ms. Besant would want to assist humanity in opening a dimensional door to spectral parasites, nightmares, or even apocalyptic conquerers. A more empirical approach in these matters would have been much appreciated, as we may ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Chy rated it it was ok
Okay, look, it was fascinating that it was written in 1901 and it's all about the shapes and colors of thoughts/emotions. But it's preachy, it's stagnant, and it doesn't account for individual perceptions.

That is to say, I can't believe that everyone who is having "general thoughts of love" is projecting a rose-colored aura (etcetera).

I also didn't appreciate being told what kinds of thoughts are "bad."

But still. Awesome, that it was written in 1901. But I can't say I "liked it."
Katriena Knights
Interesting book made slightly less interesting by the kindle edition's lack of illustrations. As a result, you end up reading the last half or so with no reference for the pictures being described. Of course, the pictures would have to be in color for the descriptions and explanations to work, so they wouldn't show up correctly on the kindle, anyway.

In any case, that's a drawback of this specific edition, and that aspect isn't included in my rating.
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May 28, 2013 Erren Wolf rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book and one of my reference books when it comes to describing the nonphysical world. Leadbeater is a man who can see thought-forms and he illustrates and describes them. What does anger look like? It depends on what type of anger it is. What does devotion and love look like? Read about it and find out!
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Annie Besant (1 October 1847 – 20 September 1933) was a prominent British socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule.

She married aged 20 to Frank Besant, but separated from him over religious differences. She then became a prominent speaker for the National Secular Society (NSS) and writer and a close friend of Charles Bradlaugh.
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