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Just as the universe is real, so is our existence as human beings, and so are the regulations and laws that guide the universe. The human being consists of the physical aspect, the mind, and the soul or spirit. It has been proven that our soul or spirit directs the activities of our physical selves.
Our reality is a manifestation of what our mind perceives, and what our spirit depicts. The principles or laws which guide the universe, with which every human, animal, thing, idea, and all concepts of life conforms with are the seven hermetic principles.
These principles are natural, and with an understanding of how they work, we can apply them to our daily lives, and experience how they manifest into our reality. These philosophical concepts that birth these principles stemmed from Hermeticism.
What is hermeticism?
Dating back as the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D, through a non-Christian lineage of ancient religious ideas and systems, the hermetic tradition was recalled. The writings from these religions, known as Corpus Hermetical, were known to be the works of Hermes Trismegistus as he did to enlighten his disciples.
The Hermeticism writings were lost during the classic times but regained in the fifteenth century A.D.
Retrieved and translated into Latin, these writings were used to catalyze the development of the Italian Renaissance thought and culture. Through these, Hermeticism became a school of ideas and systems that focuses on the pursuit of empirical knowledge of spiritual mysteries.
Hermeticism believes in using unconventional mysteries to understand the complexities of our minds. The acclaimed works of Hermes Trismegistus include the Emerald Tablet and Corpus Hermeticum.
He was known as one of those greatest minds that sought a connection between reality and mysteries. He succeeded in his ways through the 7 hermetic principles discovered in the 4th century Egypt A.D.
What are the 7 hermetic principles?
The 7 hermetic principles sometimes substitute as the 7 universal laws. They are regarded as some of the oldest and most effective systems of thinking. These systems of thought believe in expanding horizons, broadening possibilities, and aiding one in the pursuit of a more meaningful and longer life. They have been proven to do so since they have been applied up till now.
The 7 hermetic principles are:
- The Principle of Mentalism
- The Principle of Correspondence
- The Principle of Vibration
- The Principle of Polarity
- The Principle of Rhythm
- The Principle of Gender
- The Principle of Cause and Effect
A breakdown of the 7 hermetic principle
The Principle of Mentality
This states that “The All is Mind; the Universe is Mental.” This principle talks about how everything we regard as the universe is a subject of our mind. It emphasizes on how everything we consider as ours were all created in our mind. It talks about the world being viewed as an intelligent field, an infinite one at that. Energy, Power, Matter and the Nature of things, are creations of our mind. The same goes for our consciousness. This principle allows you to grasp the remaining hermetic principles as they are the creation of the Principle of Mentalism.
The Principle of Correspondence
This states that “As above, so below,” “As below, so above.” “As within, so without,” “As without so within.” This principle points out that life and being correspond to each other. When applying this principle to life, it means that a situation has specific problems above as well as below. The same applies to other life issues. As taught in geometry, planes have the top layer and down layers, so does life.
The Principle of Vibration
This states that “Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.” This principle points out how everything in life is in constant motion with itself or with something else. Things that seem like they are at rest are just moving at a low-frequency rate, so it appears as if they are at rest.
In real life, our spirit, self, and mind are in constant motion, and when tuned to a particular frequency, vibration, resonance, and harmony, we get precise results. Knowing the frequency, vibrations, resonance, peace, and an understanding of this principle will bring us lots of achievements in life.
The Principle of Polarity
This states that “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.”
This principle emphasizes on how there are two sides of the same thing. These sides are simply 2 extreme ends of the same thing, with a difference in the degree. For instance, hot or cold are temperature extremes of an object and vary only in degrees.
The same applies to our psyche, as concepts like “like and dislike,” “love and hate,” “hard and soft” are all the same. It is only our consciousness that perceives their differences through a change in degree.
The Principle of Rhythm
This states that “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 talks about how everything in life is measured and has a rhythm or pattern it follows. This principle manifests in our mental states, the cycle of life and death, in creation as well as destruction.
When the principle of rhythm is applied to our real world, we learn that things will come and go. We will lose things while gaining others. That is the pattern and rhythm of life, just like how a pendulum works.
The Principles of Gender
This states that “Gender is in everything; Everything has its masculine and feminine principles; Gender manifests on all planes.” While the Principle of Correspondence talks about the above and below regarding planes, the principle of gender emphasizes the masculinity and feminism sides of every plane, concepts, physical, mental and spiritual planes.
Masculinity and feminism are not just about sex. It involves every aspect of life and creation. The penetrative, assertive, progressive, conquest, explorative energy that drives progress is the masculine part. While the receptive, sacred, treasured, protective life that maintains tradition is the feminine part. The feminine part also honors the priority of what is most important, while nourishing that which is the most essential to life.
Every human has both the masculine side and feminine side, and to achieve success in life, we must strive to seek a balance between both.
The Principle of Cause and Effect
This principle states that “Every cause has its effect; Every effect has its cause; Everything happens according to law. Chance is but a name for laws not recognized’. There are many planes of causation, and escapes the law.”
This principle regards how nothing happens for a reason in life. There is a “cause for every effect” and an “effect for every cause.” With this understanding, we can accept the things that happen to us, and work towards a better life without dwelling too much on it.
Using the hermetic principles as tools of manifestations
After going through the 7 principles and what they stand for, we can see how they can serve as manifestations of our lives. Life is all about a balance between these principles.
Once you master how these principles work, you should create a balance, find a middle ground, and watch it manifest into a more controlled and fulfilling life.
The 7 hermetic principles are a product of Hermeticism, and when figured out to full effect with mastery of how they work, you can achieve a balanced and happier life.
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