“The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.”

The thought manifests the word. What if one could think oneself thinner, fatter, taller, purple-r, multi-handed-r…What if one thought, “I’d like to be a golden eagle because eagles fly and they’re beautiful.” (it’s your reasoning, make it as sappy as you want.) One could hold that thought – the essence of the golden eagle in all of its eagleness and then come up with the word; “Eagle” or “Aquila chrysaetos”  – Lots of people think that Latin is a better language than English for this type of thing – and holding that word, savoring the sound and shape of it…The Word manifests into the Deed. One speaks the word slowly, clearly, with proper pronuciation and one’s body shrinks, feathers sprout, a nose becomes a beak, eyes sharpen, feet turn into claws, arms turn into wings…and words turn into squaks or cries.  One has thought oneself into the shape of an eagle. Now one has no voice nor even a big enough brain to think oneself back – to hold the thought that makes the word that sets the deed in motion to change – to human (assuming one was human to begin with – maybe one was dolphin or chimpanzee? That’d be interesting.) Deed develops into habit. Flying and hunting instincts take over. Habit hardens into character.  One forgets one’s true self while swooping about eating rabbits. ..
Logically, once one changes shapes, one couldn’t use the same process to get out of that shape if one didn’t have the same facilities (brain, vocal ability).  One would have to have the ability to change someone else into and out of shapes but maybe not be able to do that same thing to oneself. So one would always need a partner or a really good voice recorder and the forethought to change into a shape that has a big enough brain/brain power to think the right things.
More on this later…