“Mr. B. Keightley: Take, for instance, this question: There is a well-known property of matter which is called chemical affinity, the combining power which varies from substance to substance; certain things you can take hold of and touch and our physical senses respond to them. How to conceive corresponding relations of things on the next plane above our own, to the next plane behind the objective plane? Because those combinations, I take it, in the objective plane – say, of oxygen and hydrogen to form water – can only take place because the things on the next plane behind ours are also related in some way which corresponds to the relation that we see in the physical substances of oxygen and hydrogen, and so on.
Mme. Blavatsky: To whom did you address this speech? To Mr. Kingsland , or me?
Mr. B. Keightley: To you and Mr. Kingsland.
Mme. Blavatsky: I did not hear half of what you said. I want a definite question, and I cannot afford to answer about two pages of uninterrupted speech. This may sound very pretty, but I want to have a definite question; otherwise, before you end, I forget what you began.
Mr. Kingsland: These forces, what we call natural forces, are simply emanations from one or other of these hierarchies; that is the term you use – “emanations”.
Mme. Blavatsky: I have not any better word.
Mr. Kingsland: How can we dissociate that as an emanation from a hierarchy?
Mme. Blavatsky: With physical means, you cannot. Mr. Crookes has done the best he could, and certainly he is the greatest chemist in the whole world.
Mr. Kingsland: Bert has taken one particular thing, chemical affinity. How are we to connect that with an intelligent entity on a higher plane?
Mme. Blavatsky: Well, look here! If you are prepared to tell me that everything that shows some action is an action which has its laws, and a scientist may tell you beforehand how such and such a thing may become definite and fixed affinity; if you are prepared to tell me there are no intentions behind it, I will say alright.
I say there is not the smallest thing in the universe – there is not the contact of two atoms, take any two things in nature – there is certainly an intelligence in them, behind them, and they act through intelligence, in intelligence, and we are all immersed in intelligence.”
H. P. Blavatsky