What are the 7 Hermetic Principles?.- They are a set of seven timeless and extremely important laws/functions of the universe; which have been famously outlined in the Kybalion; a famous hermetic text.
Let me give you a little background history. In ancient Egypt there was a God named Tahuti; the god of writing; really the patron of scribes or “master architect”.
Tahuti or Thoth, was one of the wise beings who shared knowledge and insight with the pre-pharaonic Egyptians.
Tahuti by the Greeks was known as Hermes because he also was a divine messenger and writer. The Greeks called Tahuti “thought” and one of the meanings of Tahuti’s name is “3 times great”.
Hermes is considered by many to be the source and origin of the basic teachings which infused all intellectual and esoteric traditions of the Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Christians.
A few learned initiates guarded the insights and passed them on discerningly over the centuries to those deemed ready.
At the time of the Inquisition and other periods of religious persecution, it was dangerous to reveal ones beliefs in an alternate reality, as a result most of the understanding was lost on the masses, but also on the scholars and students of the modern era. That is of course at least until 1908 when the great book surfaced, later on to be published.
The book was called the Kybalion, written by the 3 initiates or master scribes and its focus is on mental transmutation or mental alchemy; also described as the art of mental chemistry or the art of polarization.
What does mental transmutation mean?, it means the power of changing your vibration by means of will or the transformation of a weak soul into a strong one. How you may ask?, by the law of correspondence, which means the more one focuses and practices the Hermetic Principles the more the soul gets empowered and body and mind get transformed.
These principles are powerful, they can change your life and help you see the world in a completely different way. Like anything else it requires consistency at its practice, however the result of doing so has at least for me, brought a different way of looking at life and its mysteries, within and outside of me.
Here are the 7 Principles:
1.Mentalism: The ancients believed everything is mental. This principle is a reminder that everything is connected. Once we understand the power of the mind, we learn to validate/believe that all starts in the unseen realm before it manifests in the physical realms.
The Principle of Mentalism is reflected in the Biblical quotation, “In the beginning was the Word” ; this means that all external reality is based on an idea or concept. In quantum physics, mentalism refers to the physical world being reduced to patterns of potential connections among potential concentrations of matter and energy that might or might not come into form, depending upon the introduction of consciousness.
Modern physicists and consciousness researchers/students are on the edge of rediscovering the implications of mentalism which Hermetic initiates have known all along
2. Correspondence: As above so below or as within so without. So what does it mean? to put in simple terms, it means that everything that is inside our minds will reflect itself on our physical reality; keeping that in mind we need to be cautious knowing that what we keep inside controls the experiences we will attract.
The more scientific way to explain it would be to understand that one can deduce or conclude the nature of distant realms from local experience.
A great example I found during my research said it so eloquently : “Just as a small laboratory or computer program can simulate the behavior of stars billions of light years away, the consciousness of an individual being can confer with the Ultimate Consciousness that existed when there was only the word.”
3. Vibration: Nothing is static, everything is moving at all times because everything is frequency; we should be careful on how we treat and talk to people, it is not the words we say that matters so much as to the energy behind them.
So can one change our own vibration?, the answer is a resounding yes!. We can do so by changing our life alignment or life style. Our universe is filled with frequencies, as great Nikolai Tesla said “if you want to understand the universe think of sound and frequency” in other words vibration.
This third principle is one of the basic tenets of science. Example :Subatomic particles are continually moving in relation to each other in every concentration of energy and mass in the universe.
In some ways we have intuitively grasped the validity of this principle by the saying we get “good vibes” about this or that. When we are on different frequencies with someone, we can wind down or increase the tension, thereby moving a situation to a congruent level of vibration. Two completely different frequencies / energies can not stay long in the same room, without one overtaking the other.
4.Polarity: Everything is dual; everything has its opposites. We usually see this when we look at the world and we see light/dark, hot/cold, high/low, good/evil, the difference however is that we tend to see them as separate in its entirety while the alchemist understands that they are two sides of the same coin.
There can not be one without the other, for example: You can not have a person be totally good because that is not possible by the laws of the universe. Once we can grasp and understand this, we can start seeing people and our world differently. The hermetic masters understood this, and they sought to turn evil into good, that is what alchemy is about!. This is not to be confused with meaning one should endure or seek to be mistreated in hopes to change someone, it means one has the power to let others affect you or not.
If one can learn to process the “bad” energy from others then one can turn that negative energy into positive energy for self without having to be affected by the original ill wish of the other energy. Another way of explaining it would be: Think of when we get a negative emotion, by becoming more conscious of it we can have more peace within our bodies. The important point here is that all such polarities are only different vibrations of the same continuum.
5. Rhythm: Everything manifests itself in a pattern of to and fro, up and down, in and out. The movement in one direction is always compensated for by a return. For every action, there is a reaction and for every advance there is a retreat.
Understanding this principle makes it possible to deal with some of its more extreme effects. We understand that fatigue followed by rest leads to renewed energy, anger gives way to remorse and pain succumbs to release. Therefore by being aware of the rhythms, one is less likely to resist their flow, thereby reducing the buildup of extremes. As someone so eloquently said “The whole of the universe is a dance”.
Rhythm is all about getting into alignment or as others would say divine alignment with the universe and you can do this by moving into our bodies. We should be doing things that make us aware of our bodies, for they are the expression of our subconscious, and when we move into our bodies we unconsciously practice mindfulness!.
6. Cause and Effect:What your reap is what you saw. The seeds that you plant right now you will harvest. So if you hurt others because you felt hurt don’t expect the universe to reward you expect instead the same thing you delivered to come back.
In life many people will hurt us, and is not about allowing them to do so time and time again; is learning to walk away but is also not about retaliation. If I lived by means of retaliation, I believe by now I would be behind bars!
I choose to stand up for myself, not to retaliate in the same way, because I have seen how this universe works. If others hurt us we have the choice to walk away, and let the universe take care of it, that’s true believe and faith.
To retaliate directly or manipulatively in a way that hurts the person whom you feel hurt you will in time only bring you more pain as a result of the universe teaching you to let go, instead of being vengeful.
The Hindu belief on karma and its concept is an illustration of the principle of cause and effect, as is the Christian saying “as you sow, so shall you reap.”.
If one tries to hurt those by which we feel wronged rather than having let the universe (God) do what it does best; then it is only a matter of time before the “justice” that should not have been taken to one’s own hands comes into place back to us.
7. Gender: Both energies (masculine and feminine) exists within one person. This last Hermetic principle has remained the most obscure because we tend to equate gender with primary physical sex characteristics yet what it means is something totally different. Every being and every plane in the cosmos contain the dual elements of Yin and yang, feminine and masculine. It does not matter if you are male of female; we exist within each other!. We can see this principle all throughout nature, the existence of the masculine and the feminine. Gender is an illusion because you are energy, yet it is also essential to experience the contrast which is needed for our expansion and growth.
How can the 7 Hermetic principles change your life?, they can if you focus and see the mind as a magnet, but also as a filter. The more we release the mind, the more we can become infinite. The mind is a powerful tool, but it is a tool; therefore focus is important. Focus is what matters because whatever you focus on will manifest itself. We should be careful of what we read and/or watch; whether or not what we are exposing ourselves to is helping us or hindering us. So many of us expose ourselves to countless hours of TV; no offense but there isn’t really much to watch out there. We need to be careful not to believe the illusions that TV or other media brings into our life. Technology can be used to help us or to hinder us. The choice is up to you!.
“The Lips of Wisdom are sealed except to the ears of understanding”
“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open”.–THE KYBALION