You all know the wonderful tales where the magician or the sorceress only has to utter a few words to conjure up a castle, or tables covered with the most delectable dishes, or a great bird on which to travel through space and so forth. These stories are not pure inventions, they have meaning – they remind us of a time long ago when humans possessed the magic word.
But little by little, as they sunk down into matter, humans lost their power over it, and were no longer able to master it. Every day, people must grapple with matter so as to shape it, draw subsistence from it, find shelter and make the objects they need, and it constantly offers up resistance.
In reality, the power of the Word has not been definitively taken away from humans, and they are capable of finding it again, provided they undertake a great work of inner transformation.
We can define the Word as the synthesis of all expressions of psychic life. This work of transformation therefore begins with the mastery of thoughts, feelings and desires.