7 Hermetic Principles

Toward the end of the previous lesson, I mentioned becoming a co-creator of your reality. To do so effectively, you must become aware of the laws governing reality. By working in accordance with these laws, you can begin to see a great transformation in your life.


Divine Law governs all things on earth and in the heavens. Divine Laws and Universal Laws are one and the same. They are the set of spiritual laws that govern all of creation. They are what allow there to be balance and order in the Universe, even when there seems to be none. All of what we know to be in existence is dependent upon these laws’ eternal operation. Divine Law will exist infinitely regardless of whether they are recognized or studied. There are more more laws than those we will cover below, however the ones spoken of are of great importance.

The Kybalion is a work that serves as a concise guide to comprehending the Kemetic/Hermetic philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece. The Kemetic/Hermetic philosophies are esoteric teachings said to date back thousands of years. The Kybalion is considered to be a modern interpretation of these teachings that cuts through the obscure language and dense allegory the original teachings contained. The primary teachings of this work are the seven Universal Principles. These seven principles represent the Divine Law in which the Universe is governed by.

Three of the seven Universal Laws are immutable – meaning they are unchangeable. The remaining four are mutable – meaning they are changeable. Knowing and studying these laws is fundamental to changing the circumstances of your life. Our goal is to master each of the seven Universal Laws and to learn to use them for our benefit. Like every lesson, this information will help you realize the importance the mind plays in every aspect of your life and why it is so important to take back complete control of your mind.


The Law of Mentalism (Immutable)

“The All is Mind; The Universe is Mental.”


Everything in our visible, physical realm originates from the invisible, mental realm. Everything is a manifestation of the mind. There truly is a single Universal Mind which all things are created by and subordinate to. This universal mind is the Mind of God. The Universal Mind is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. Each of our minds is a part of this Universal Mind. Our minds are the same as the Universal Mind in kind but different in degree. This is the true meaning of being created in the image of God. Our reality is a construction of mental processes – whether of that by God or us.


The Law of Correspondence (Immutable)

“As above, so below; As below, so above.”


There is always a correspondence between the phenomena of the various planes of existence. These planes, as described in The Kybalion, are The Great Physical Plane, The Great Mental Plane, and The Great Spiritual Plane. There is always harmony and agreement between these planes. This is also the case regarding our individual inner and outer world. Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world.

Therefore, the thoughts and feelings we predominately hold in our minds and bodies will eventually manifest into our reality in some way. For example, if we hold thoughts and feelings of poverty, chaos, and destruction in our minds and bodies, then poverty, chaos, and destruction will manifest in our lives. Likewise, if we hold thoughts and feelings of success, abundance, and positivity in our minds and bodies, then success, abundance, and positivity will manifest in our lives.


The Law of Vibration (Immutable)

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”


All things in our physical realm carry a unique vibration, frequency, and energy. All states of matter are molecules vibrating at varying degrees of frequency. Particles of the same vibration are attracted to one another. This means high-vibrational particles gravitate towards other high-vibrational particles, while low-vibrational particles gravitate towards other low-vibrational particles. Essentially, like attracts like. This is one of the universal laws the Law of Attraction is based on.

Everything we perceive through the use of the five physical senses is conveyed through vibrations. This is also true concerning the mental realm. Thoughts and emotions are vibrations. Resonating with thoughts and feelings in alignment with unconditional love produces high-frequency vibrations. This attracts high-vibrational people, possessions, and circumstances. Resonating with thoughts and feelings in alignment with hate, jealousy, resentment, anger, etc., produces low-frequency vibrations. This attracts low-vibrational people, possessions, and circumstances. By learning to control our thoughts and emotions at will, we can attract what we most desire into our lives.


The Law of Polarity (Mutable)

“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths, are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”


Everything in life has a polar opposite. We find opposites in concepts like hot and cold, lack and abundance, light and dark, and good and evil. Though these seem to be opposites, they are the same. They are the same aspect in nature but merely different in degree. Everything has a dual nature, including our minds. Our minds contain varying degrees of love and hate, sadness and joy, positivity and negativity, etc. It is up to each of us to recognize these contrasts, reflect on what they mean for us, and act on our realizations. If we realize gravitating toward a particular end of these various spectrums is damaging for our being and life experiences, we can make the proper adjustments and fixate our minds toward the opposite pole or other end of the spectrum.

There is a process of transmutation called Mental Alchemy that allows someone to transform their base thoughts and emotions into “spiritual gold.” The Kybalion refers to this process by stating, “The Art of Polarization becomes a phase of Mental Alchemy known and practiced by the ancient and modern Hermetic Masters. An understanding of the Principle will enable one to change his own Polarity, as well as that of others, if he will devote the time and study necessary to master the art.” Through the proper use of the mind, we can turn hate into love, depression into joy, separation into oneness, and severe lack into great abundance. We only need to shift our minds towards the polarity required to do such. Do so will not only have a transformative effect on us, not on those we come into contact with as well.


The Law of Rhythm (Mutable)

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”


This principle plays itself out in the world regularly. Whether it is in the rise and fall of a nation, the booming and collapsing of an economy, or the good and bad times we each experience in life. There are always periods of expansion and contraction occurring in the world. Our goal is to create a state of being not as greatly affected by such, and thus is not swung back and forth like a pendulum. The idea is to strive to always to remain even-minded and in a constant state of neutrality. We want to do such regardless of if we experience good times or bad times, profit or loss, sickness or health, victory or defeat. No situation is permanent, whether it is good or bad. So, if we are experiencing tough times, we should aim to maintain present-mindedness and fully immerse ourselves in each part of our experience. All things will pass.


The Law of Cause and Effect (Mutable)

“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”


Every action causes a reaction, and nothing should be viewed in isolation. There truly is no such thing as pure luck or coincidence. All of our actions and experiences relate to other events. Through comprehending and adequately working with these principles, we can learn to rise above the influence of cause and effect. We can overcome this particular principle by mastering self and rising to a higher plane of consciousness. Self-mastery allows us to become the “cause” more so than the “effect.” The more we raise in consciousness, the greater “cause” we become.

Everything begins within the mind. Our realities are truly the effect of the thoughts we most frequently hold on to in our conscious and subconscious minds. We must learn to entertain positive, transformative thoughts if we want to experience real transformation in our reality. Ultimately, our minds must be in alignment with the loftier ideals of the soul rather than the harmful programming associated with the ego.


The Law of Gender (Mutable)

“Gender is in everything; Everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”


Gender is manifested in everything. No creation is possible without this principle. Everything has elements of both the masculine and feminine principles. In our plane of existence, each person incarnates into a male or female body. However, our immaterial aspects are androgynous with both masculine and feminine qualities. Our mental and spiritual aspects are not solely masculine or feminine but are a balance of the two.

Our dual nature is further expressed through the concept of the left and right brain. The left hemisphere of the brain is considered to be the masculine aspect of the brain. It is responsible for processes such as linear-thinking, speech, language, logical analysis, reasoning, and computations. While the right hemisphere of the brain is considered to be the feminine aspect of the brain. It is responsible for processes such as holistic-thinking, emotionality, intuition, creativity, visual imagery, rhythm, and non-verbal processing.


A more in-depth explanation of these seven Universal Laws is given in our newly published book, Mastering the Matrix: Gaining Freedom Through Self Mastery.


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