The Thought-Form Factor

Could Our Problems Be All in Our Heads?

In his excellent book, The Holographic Universe, the late American physicist Michael Talbot recorded some fascinating clairvoyant observations. For example, once during a reading, American “human energy field consultant” Carol Dryer saw a bunch of potatoes whirling around a woman’s head. She was at first dumbfounded but summoned her courage and asked if potatoes had any special meaning for her. As it turned out, the woman was from the Idaho Potato Board, or something roughly equivalent. In other words, potatoes were a very significant and meaningful part of her life.

Such images don’t always just hover around the person in their aura but sometimes appear as extensions of the body or proximal layer of the auric field—a fact not so surprising when we consider some of the evidence in my book The Grand Illusion.

Another of Dryer’s clients had a hologram-like layer of mud clinging to her hands and arms. This baffled Dryer, given the woman’s immaculate presentation; so she asked if the woman could understand the image. Affirmative: she was a sculptor and the new medium she tested out that morning did indeed cling to her arms and hands just as Dryer described. (Talbot, Michael, The Holographic Universe, HarperCollins, 1996, p. 180)

Psychics of Dryer’s advanced abilities (of which there appear to be comparatively few) are also able to see movie-like sequences playing in people’s energy fields. The most emotionally powerful memories or precious thoughts manifest in this fashion. Likewise, psychics such as Dryer and Brennan, can also detect illness, a notion with considerable scientific support now.

Jay Alfred explains that our holographic dark plasma/subtle bodies generate and project holographic images in real-time in response to thoughts and feelings. The unique properties of “magnetic plasma” fields—which can be reorganized or “shape-shifted” by the will—provide these fields with all the components needed to build a “holographic machine.” (Brendan Murphy, The Grand Illusion – Book 1, Balboa Press, 2012)

Gravitational lensing—the way light bends as it passes through a gravitational field— also plays a role in generating images in our mind’s eye, according to Jay Alfred. Charles Leadbeater claimed in The Inner Life that an “atom” allows us to view images originating in our higher vehicles. Tackling this statement almost a century later—with gravitational lensing long since a well established scientific phenomenon—Alfred proposes that a physical-etheric atom uses gravitational lensing to focus multidimensional images generated from higher vehicles to a place in front of our eyes as 3D images (Alfred, Jay, Our Invisible Bodies: Scientific Evidence for Subtle Bodies, Trafford Publishing, 2005, p. 97.). Thus, we experience thoughts not in the brain but in our subtle bodies via the brain. In point of fact, outstanding clairvoyant and theosophist Dora Kunz has explained that to clairvoyant sight, visualization uses the power of the brow/third eye chakra, speeding its rotation and also affecting the crown chakra. (Karagulla, Shafica & Dora Van Gelder Kunz, The Chakras and the Human Energy Fields, Quest Books, 1998, p. 169)

In the yogic systems thought-forms are referred to as pratyaya: the content of the mind functioning through a particular vehicle (or what I sometimes refer to as a “torsion-plasma body”). For someone in the ordinary waking state working through their mental body, the pratyaya in their case will be the mental image in their mind. Anyone with clairvoyance operating at the appropriate level can see this mental image and gain knowledge of that mind (“mind reading”). Functioning in this way, the seer is able to detect form but not necessarily the intent or emotion that caused the form. That is why even the best clairvoyants will often conduct readings in a question-based format. Hence, Dryer asked one client, despite her reluctance, if potatoes had any special significance for her.

Powell explained in occult terms that a thought-form is a kind of living entity of high energy, which is animated by the idea that spawned it. The finer the matter it is composed of, the greater the energy and power that it possesses. (Taimni, I.K., The Science of Yoga: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Theosophical Publishing House, n.d., p. 281)

Modern mystic and clairvoyant Robert Bruce states that astral matter reacts to thought just as physical matter responds to force. Thus, it can be molded in ways only limited by the imagination. The most convincing thought-constructs can be indistinguishable from reality. The kind of higher-dimensional matter out of which thought-forms are made is referred to in theosophical doctrine as “elemental,” a “strange semi-intelligent life,” to use theosophist A.E. Powell’s terminology, that surrounds us. Because it is so easily molded by thought, every impulse emanating from one’s mental body immediately draws around itself a temporary vehicle composed of “elemental.” The same principle applies to both the astral and mental densities, though the mental matter is even faster in responding to thought, as it is a higher-energy, lower-density medium in this schema.

Yogi Ramacharaka explained in 1904 that a strongly charged thought—perhaps one strongly willed and motivated by positive intent—also takes with it a certain amount of prana proportional to the intensity with which the thought was propelled. “Such thoughts are often sent like a bullet to the mark,” he stated. (Ramacharaka, Yogi, Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism, p. 85)

A thought, then, is a kind of living creature: the thought-force, or torsion/scalar energy, is the “soul,” while the plasmoidal elemental essence (particles) comprises the “body” of the thought. Such thought-forms are sometimes referred to as artificial elementals, temporary mental constructs.

There are reports of self-aware thought-forms (tulpas) being generated through ritual and intention. The poet W.B. Yeats reputedly managed to create one, a “white jester,” with enough independent vitality to become visible to a few of his friends. (Pinchbeck, Daniel. 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2007, p. 165)

Theosophist Alexandra David-Néel also achieved something similar through sustained effort and mystical rites over a period of months, though her tulpa gradually turned lean and sinister from its originally plump and jolly state and, with much difficulty, had to be dissolved. (Haughton, Brian. A Mystic in Tibet, New Dawn, Special Issue No. 3, 2007) Lt. Col. Tom Bearden readily accounts for such tulpoidal phenomena in a highly scientific (and somewhat technical) manner in his impressive Excalibur Briefing.

The variety of possible thought-forms is essentially infinite, being limited only by the imaginations of the universe’s sentient inhabitants. If a thought has in it something of self or personal desire (lower frequency/vibration), its composition will include astral matter in addition to the mental. Such a “thought-emotion-form” is then capable of affecting both the mental and the astral torsion-plasma bodies of other people. This is overwhelmingly the most common type, as few thoughts of men and women at this point in history are completely devoid of desire, passion, or emotion.

The generation of a purely mental thought-form results from the mental body throwing off a vibrating portion of itself which is shaped by the nature of the thought, and which then draws around itself matter of the corresponding grade of fineness from the surrounding “elemental” substance of the mental plane.

From the perspective of Edgar Cayce, thoughts are literally deeds in the mental realm that have an influence on the material world. Rudolph Steiner had much the same outlook, advising mindfulness of one’s thoughts, as they react on one another in the “thought world”—“wrong” thoughts having a “devastating effect on others in the mental environ.” (Steiner, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds) Thoughts are real hyper-spatial etheric energy, not merely internal neural impulses that we experience quietly in our heads—they are not even generated by our brains.

Every definite thought produces two effects in the subtle vehicle(s): first, a radiating vibration which operates on a wider, more influential scale; second, a floating form with less reach and a more targeted, narrower influence. The vibration set up in and radiating from the mental body tends to reproduce its own frequency in any mental body on which it impacts; that is, to produce thoughts of the same type. The radiating vibration carries not the subject of the thought but the character. (Monroe, Robert A, Far Journeys, Main Street Books, Double Day, 1985, p. 28)


Empirical Evidence & Magic Windows

Robert Monroe, founder of the Monroe Institute of Applied Sciences, told us in Far Journeys that he and a group of some twenty or so participants in his Gateway Program conducted an experiment in visualization (creating thought-forms) at night, with some spectacular results. “When the signal came at the proper time, we looked very eagerly… Suddenly our electronics engineer yelled excitedly, ‘Look higher, look higher!’… Now we looked far up into the sky in astonishment. Against the starlit night there were soft, red, neon-like waves. They resembled nothing so much as trickling water moving across an arc of the sky directly atop the roof of the motel. At exactly the time the exercise called for the light to be shut off, it suddenly disappeared.” (Monroe, Robert A, Far Journeys, Main Street Books, Double Day, 1985, p. 28)

What is impressive about this experiment is that the strength of the mental energy generated was sufficient that all of the observers could see it. Such was their combined strength that the group managed to create a light show in the ordinary, visible section of the electromagnetic spectrum. They generated enough collective energy at the mental level to excite from the ether/ZPF visible physical light in the form of a plasma-like phenomenon. Thus, their thought-forms in “virtual reality”/hyperspace/ether became objectively real, meaning anyone could see them.

They repeated the exercise successfully at another Gateway event in California where an engineer was present with a special Polaroid camera to take photos before, during, and after the experiment. Monroe said that none of the five or six observers present saw anything during the experiment; but when they examined the photographs, the “before” and “after” experiment shots were blank, while the two taken during the exercise itself showed a “round ball with a marbleized effect much like the earth seen from a distance. Physicists and photographers explain that the film can “see” light frequencies that our eyes can’t. The blank film before and after made the two energy photographs more significant, being in the center of the film pack—a highly unlikely place to be pre-exposed.

Here we have the reason that NASA film footage recorded from satellites and shuttles in earth orbit show many UFOs circling around and interacting with this planet. The cameras are “seeing” a different frequency range that the eyes do not. If a spacecraft’s frequency can be raised to the point where it is “made of light,” it could also appear invisible to the human eye and many cameras, according to physicist and ufologist David Sereda. “But NASA knows all this,” writes Sereda, “and they have video cameras aboard the Space Shuttles and aboard satellites that can see into invisible spectra of light, such as the infrared and the near ultraviolet. I confirmed the wavelengths of the shuttles’ video cameras with NASA scientists back in 1998. They were looking where human eyes could not see and that is where the UFOs were showing up.” (

These craft or objects must be highly quantized light craft, according to Sereda. NASA now has many cameras and satellites that can peer into the invisible infrared and ultraviolet (near, far, and extreme), X-rays, and gamma ray wavelengths of light. According to Sereda, “It is here that our ET encounters can be found hidden from our eyes…Now we know where to look and we are finding answers.” These UFOs are largely out of phase with our dimension (apparently inhabiting the etheric plane), but they are close enough that the “signal strength” of their emanations are detectable in Bearden’s “magic windows”: the infrared and ultraviolet frequencies.

This essentially explains why we are oblivious to the abundant UFO activity right above our heads. The frequency range of photographic cameras and video cameras can also explain why certain “ghosts” and other anomalies such as orbs are sometimes caught on film, while there are no human witnesses who perceive them (again, most people’s psi faculties are undeveloped). American abductee Lori Briggs was told by the alien beings that they were able to turn themselves into light (by means of which they could also levitate objects) but that they were unable to hold their own physical form for very long. (Hancock, Graham. Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, Revised Edition Disinformation Company Ltd, 2007, p. 199) Organized scientific remote viewing of UFOs and advanced nonhuman intelligences, usually referred to as “aliens,” has produced startling results, supporting the physical evidence and witness testimony in favor of such phenomena, albeit without the possibility of verifiable feedback. (Marrs, Jim. Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence among Us. Harper Paperbacks, 1998)

Co-developer of the US military’s remote viewing program Ingo Swann recalls an (impromptu) occurrence similar to Monroe’s, where thought-forms were recorded on infrared film. It was at a social event at a friend’s place. He remembers: “A couple of intense psychic types had come along to try to produce energies for the film.” But Swann was reluctant and professed cluelessness as to how to do this. However, goaded by his new friends, a giggling and reluctant Swann tried to make a ball of light about three feet above his head. “I ‘pictured’ a ball of light about a foot in diameter. When the film had been developed a few days later: Behold! A TINY orb of light was above my head in three separate film shots. And there were other lights outlining my body that I had not ‘pictured.’ ”

No one else’s photos had turned out. His ad hoc group of friends and acquaintances deemed Swann psychic (which he patently is, based on his remote viewing output, which we look at in TGI 1), so more photos were taken—resulting in more “successes.” (Swann, Mrs. Zelda Suplee, 1971) Professional paranormal researcher Joshua P. Warren has indicated that digital cameras are naturally sensitive to some infrared and ultraviolet spectra, infrared frequencies being where ghostly orbs are often seen.


Copyright 2012 and 2017, Brendan D.Murphy, co-founder of Global Freedom Movement. Murphy is a leading Australian researcher, thinker, and public speaker, as well as advocate and facilitator of accelerated conscious evolution through DNA activation. He is author of The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality, Vol. 1, available at


By Brendan D. Murphy