What Are The Universal Laws About? The 7 Hermetic Principles and what you need to know about them.
Origin Of The 7 Hermetic Principles
Although the principles are universal and are found in many teachings they are mostly related to Hermes, the Greek god of Wisdom, also called Hermes Trismegistos (Tris-megistos = threefold master), the Master of the Masters, or simply Thoth, who lived in Atlantis and Egypt for several thousand years.
In The Kybalion: Hermetic Pholosophy, that was published in 1912, the 7 Hermetic Principles have been written down by “the Three Initates”.
The 7 Hermetic Principles
1. Principle Of Spirit (Mind)
Principle of the Mentalism: The All is MIND. The universe is mental.
Everything is spiritual; the source of life is creative spirit. There are no limitations or boundaries. Spirit or mind stands above matter and rules it. You can say that our substantial reality, the phenomenon of life, matter and energy, so everything that is a part of our physical reality is in fact spirit.
Consciousness creates form into being; therefore thoughts are creative and changing forces and the means of creation. Thoughts can create and destroy. You are in charge of your thoughts and, thus, are 100% responsible for them and their creation. You create your life and are responsible for it, no one else.
Beware of your thoughts. Thoughts become words, words become action, and your actions become your habits and who you are.
The mind or consciousness is the underlying energy that transforms being into creative form.
2. Principle Of Correspondence
Everything there is in the world has an analogy. The great is in the smallest, and the smallest is in the greatest, as above so below, as within so without.
The way you are within yourself determines the way you experience the world around. You are like a mirror projecting your inner state into its outer reflection. Change yourself, to change the world around you.
3. Principle Of Vibration
Nothing rests; everything moves and vibrates, nothing is static. Whatever is static becomes rigid and must break. Everything around us is vibrating. You can have different vibrational states that determine how you feel and how you interact with your environment. Matter and spirit are all vibrating just at different frequency. The higher the frequency the more powerful it is.
Spirit has a higher frequency than matter, therefore, spirit rules matter and has the power to transform and create. It is actually scientifically proven that the presence of a conscious being nearby a physical experiment affects its outcome. If this is possible instantly, it also possible to consciously create your own reality. It is happening all the time anyway whether you want or not, so why not taking back control?
4. Principle Of Polarity
Everything is dual, and has a poles and its pair of opposites. Like and unlike are the same, opposites are identical in nature and are really only the two extremes of the same thing, and all paradoxes can be reconciled.
5. Principle Of Rhythm
Everything ebbs and flows, goes up and comes down. The swing of the pendulum is present in everything and the swing to the one side is equal to the swing to the other side. Rhythm is the compensation.
6. Principle Of Cause And Effect
Each cause has an effect, an each effect has a cause, and this is the principle of karma. Action equals reaction, equal creates equal. The cause can originate on many different planes. Every thought, every feeling, every action is a cause which has an effect. There is no sin, no blame, no guilt, no fault and no chance, or luck, there is no such a thing as coincidence. There is only cause and effect. Everything happens according to this law, nothing can escape it.
7. Principle Of Gender
Gender is in everything because everything has a male and female principle, gender manifests on all planes. It is also the principle of sexuality, the impulse of life which is originated by the presence of the positive and the negative pole. It is transformation and creation out of the opposing poles. Out of the apparent duality of the poles something new is created. In nature it is the ritual of life creation, continued repetition, yet always unique form of life creation.
Applying the Principles in Daily Life
It is important to know and internalize these principles. However, it is even more important to apply the essence of this knowledge in your daily life and make it an integral part of your thoughts and actions. Understand the inherent tools of these principles that can help you to change your life. Knowledge itself is useless.
The mere accumulation of knowledge of all kinds of subjects and topics can become useless if it is not essential for your personal development and if you do not apply, internalize and LIVE it. Wisdom is applied knowledge, and mastery can only be achieved by continuous application of the principles
What does Thoth say?
Why not ask the Thoth himself? In the book “Thoth im All-Tag” (Thoth in Daily-Life) by Kerstin Simoné who claims to be in contact with Thoth who spreads his message through her, he talks about these principles.
The subsequent passage corresponds to what is said in the book:
It is stated that it is not only important to be aware of the principles but also to derive the most useful tools out of them in order to apply them wisely in your daily life and to work with them.
- Principle Of Mentalism: This is important and fundamental knowledge that you should be aware of. It is not a tool
- Principle Of Correspondence: This is important and fundamental knowledge that you should be aware of. It is not a tool.
- Principle Of Gender: This is important and fundamental knowledge that you should be aware of. It is not a tool.
- Principle Of Rhythm: This is important and fundamental knowledge that you should be aware of. It is not a tool
Only the following three principles can be used to achieve mastery and creativity in the realm of matter.
- Principle Of Polarity: This is important and fundamental knowledge and tool for creativity
- Principle Of Cause And Effect: This is important and fundamental knowledge and tool for creativity
- Principle Of Vibration: This is important and fundamental knowledge and tool for creativity
If you study these last three principles while being aware of the other ones as a fundamental knowledge within yourself you may be able to realize that these principles can be minimized to a single applicable principle which is an inherent part of all others.
The insight that you might get is that after pondering is seeing the principle of polarity and of cause and effect as transformed tools. So, only one tool is left that you need to master.
- With these insights the principle of vibration is the quintessence of all cosmic principles.
Don’t see this as neglecting the other principles or as an attempt to confuse you, simply see it as a way to help you focus on the tool that can help you here and now to become your greatest version.
See that you can feel and control your state of vibration. By mastering your personal vibrational state you can change all other aspects in your life. With your conscious thought and the principle of correspondence working for you, it is your inner vibrational state or frequency that can transform your inner and outer world.
You can actively go into resonance to unconditional love and peace and feel this vibration within yourself and thus, transforming the world around you.
It is very important to understand ALL of the principles and the way they work. And, in the next step, it is even more important to use the principle of vibration as your most powerful tool on your way to mastery in the physical realm of matter.
Each insight that is not lived and applied is just another possibility to recede from the truth and the path to achieve mastery. Therefore, radical action is required on your way to become your greatest version.
I hope this overview of the 7 Hermetic Principles helped you to understand their importance for our daily lives. With this in mind we should focus on the principle of vibration as a tool to feel and alter our conscious awareness of our inner vibrational state. Applying this knowledge wisely will help us on our way to achieve mastery in this physical reality.
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