The Law of Attraction and the 7 Hermetic Principles
The Law of Attraction is something you have probably already heard of: If you are a vibrational match to the things you want in life, you can be and can have anything. This is, of course, only the very basic and distilled core message. But do you know the knowledge and wisdom behind the Law of Attraction? Where does it have its origins? The answer can be found in the 7 Hermetic Principles, which are the core of the philosophy of Hermeticism. These days, they are being explored and backed up by science more and more.
What is Hermeticism and Why Do Not More People Know About it?
Hermeticism is a very old tradition, rooted in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Its philosophical teachings are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, who was so wise that he was later deified. His traits were seen equal to those of Toth, who was revered as the Egyptian god of wisdom and science. When Egypt was ruled by the Ptolemaic kings, kings of Greek origin, Toth was merged with the Hellenistic god Hermes. The true name of the author of the Hermetic texts available to us today is unknown. It is very likely that several different people share the authorship of what we call the Corpus Hermeticum. This collection of texts was written at the beginning of the 2nd century or even before that, and it would not be surprising if several people recorded the knowledge that was handed down to them by word of mouth.
The philosophy of Hermeticism had been lost and forgotten for a long time, at least in countries on which Christianity had left its mark. It was only in 1460 that the writings reappeared, when Cosimo de’ Medici of the by now famous Medici family of Florence, Italy, sent out scouts to search for lost ancient texts in Europe’s monasteries. Many followers of Hermeticsim believe that these teachings might not have been lost by chance, but that they had to be hidden (and also written in a cryptic fashion) so they would not be destroyed by the Church. The Hermetic writings might have posed a thread to institutionalized religions such as Chrisitanity or at least to those who derived their power off of it. Hermeticism is not a religion and neither is it magic nor a doctrine, but a philosophy and a collection of powerful knowledge. This knowledge enables those who understand it to live a life in abundance, free of the belief systems that religions, politics and the economy impose on us and that so many people follow blindly without questioning – a system that serves only those few who exert power over everybody else.
What is Hermeticism About?
Hermeticism puts an emphasis on the “All” or the “One”, which is a transcendent, infinite mind. The material universe, all energy and all matter, is a manifestation of the All, and so is each and everyone of us. Everything is one, everything is connected. Body, mind and spirit cannot be seen as separate from each other. Thus, a spirit can make another body its home after it dies and re-enter the cycle of life and death. During each lifetime we should work on ourselves and do something positive. Only when we have positive intentions and act upon them, we can achieve good things for ourselves and others. We have the power to set these positive intentions consciously, as well as the power to change negative thougths to positive ones through Mental Transmutation. The 7 Hermetic Principles guide you through this process in order to achieve anything you set your mind to.
The 7 Hermetic Principles and How the Law of Attraction Emerges From Them
“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.”
In 1908 one or more anonymous authors, referring to themselves as “the Three Initiates”, published a book titled “The Kybalion”. “Kybalion” is also the term used for a collection of “axioms, maxims, and precepts” of Hermeticism which had only been handed down from teacher to student verbally up to the publishing of this book. They are the essence on which all of Hermeticism is based upon, and they are known as the 7 Hermetic Principles. The Law of Attraction reveals itself through them.
1. The Principle of Mentalism
“THE ALL IS MIND;
The Universe is Mental.”
“All is Mind” is the center of this principle, and it is the underlying condition for the other six Hermetic Principles. A consciousness is the basis of all there is. It is the basis of the fabric of the universe itself, which means the universe itself is conscious. Once you understand this concept, you open the door to being truly limitless.
Everything there is in the universe only exists because the universal mind manifests itself as energy and matter. Matter and energy are of the same origin – a principle commonly accepted in modern physics. Energy can be transformed into matter, and matter can be converted back into energy.
But how does mind become matter? Here, thoughts are the key. A thought is the ultimate expression of consciousness. Thoughts have energy and each thought has its own, measurable electromagnetic frequency, with its distinct wavelength. When everything is based on a thought, nothing can exist without a thought preceding it. Only with a thought it becomes real.
Your mind is part of this universal mind. You, as well, send out energy with your thoughts, and they are powerful. It is important to realize that your mental output can be negative or positive, but in any case it will create, influence and shape the world around you. You create your own reality with what you think, whether you are aware of what you are thinking or not. Your reality comes from inside yourself, not from the outside. Thus, each person’s reality is different from everybody else’s reality.
Every great invention has its origin in a thought which turned into an idea which turned into a vision which became reality. Actions arise from thoughts, so your thoughts are the foundation of your life. All your present circumstances, the house you live in, the people you surround yourself with, your job, they all are the product of your thoughts. You have created your reality. You manifest your reality every day, and you – only you – can change it. The Institute of Noetic Sciences conducts research in this field.
2. The Principle of Correspondence
“As above, so below;
as below, so above.”
“As above, so below; as below, so above,” or in its full version, as found in one of the Hermetic writings: “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.” But what does this mean?
Basically, you can break down everything there is into three planes of existence: The Mental Plane, the Spiritual Plane and the Physical Plane. These three planes interact with each other. They are connected at a fundamental level and you cannot see one separate from the others. Only together they represent the whole of everything. Whatever happens and exists on any of the three planes reflects itself upon the remaining two. Even if you cannot see or touch the spiritual and mental plane, you can still deduce what is going on there when examining the physical plane.
For your daily life this could mean that, for example, you are totally overworked in a job you don’t like. The symptoms of this situation express themselves on all three planes of your existence, even if you might not be aware of it. Your mind cannot focus anymore due to a lack of energy. You are in a bad mood because you don’t have time for the good things in life anymore but have to pressure yourself to get the things done at work. In other words, your spirits are low, and the whole world seems to be against you because it reflects what you send out from inside yourself. Moreover, your body starts to react to it as well. Stress causes your endocrine system to produce cortisol, a stress hormone, which can make you physically ill. When your body gets flooded with cortisol too often, it can take its toll on your physical health as well as your mind and spirit. On the other hand, when you follow your passion, you are in a good mood, your body is relaxed and feels good and your mind is also alert and balanced.
However, this is not the only way these three planes correspond with each other. Every thought exists on the Mental Plane. But that means your thought has a correspondence in both other planes. On the Spiritual Plane the thought is reflected by an emotion. How does this thought make you feel? Does it make you feel good or bad? On the Physical Plane this thought is expressed as either something that already exists or can be created. It can also be the equivalent of an action you can take or an idea you can express that sets things in motion. These three planes are always synching in on each other, and this is something you can use to your advantage to create the life you want and to put the Law of Attraction to work for you. Your emotions can serve as a compass to point you into the right direction.
3. The Principle of Vibration
The third Hermetic Principle teaches us that nothing in the universe is at rest. Everything moves and vibrates at different frequencies. These vibrations manifest themselves in energy, matter, mind and spirit, depending on their frequency. Everything that is comes from the same source and is just a different aspect of the same thing.
Physicist do research on a theory that resembles this axiom very closely. String theory proposes that every type of subatomic particle is what it is because of tiny vibrating strings. Depending on a string’s frequency, it manifests a different type of particle. This theory also suggests that there are more dimensions than the three spatial ones we can experience and time. These other dimensions are hidden to us. We cannot access them physically.
You, as well, vibrate. You vibrate on a subatomic level and you emit measurable energy, and you have the power to change your own vibration. The closer your own vibration matches the vibration of the universe, the more you are in alignment with the universe. You are “in the flow” and everything just seems to fall into place. This is when the things you have always wanted suddenly appear in your life effortlessly. You already have the tools to achieve this: Your thoughts.
Every thought has a frequency it vibrates with. Negative thoughts match you with people and events vibrating on the same frequency as these thoughts, but the good news is that positive thoughts match you with exactly the opposite and you have the power to control and change your mental state. You can let go of negative thoughts and instead focus on something good and uplifting and change your frequency in the process. This is known as Mental Transmutation.
To find out how much your frequency is in alignment with the universe, simply check how you feel. If you feel good, you are sending out “good vibes”. If you feel bad, your vibrational state needs an upgrade. Also pay attention to what you say to other people and especially how you say it. There is a proverb in Germany which translates to “It’s the note which creates the music”. Like a musical note your voice creates vibration. Your words vibrate with a certain frequency. They can either vibrate in a soft and gentle way, inspiring or soothing the person you are talking to, or they can be as sharp as a knife and cut just as deeply. Make sure you are not throwing daggers at others, not only because they will as sure as anything return to you and hit you just as hard. Speak how you would others like to speak to yourself.
4. The Principle of Polarity
“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 there is comes with an opposite. Duality is key in the universe, yet everything is the same as its opposite. Sounds confusing? It isn’t all that complicated. Let’s look at some examples: Hot and cold, light and dark. At first you may think they are binary states: Something cannot be hot if it is cold and something cannot be light if it is dark. But rather than binary states, theses pairs are two ends of the same scale, with a lot of states inbetween. At what temperature is cold no longer cold? And when does it start to be hot? There is no definite answer to this question. It is the same thing, the only difference is the amount of energy present in the system. The more energy water or air molecules have the faster they move (and vibrate) and the higher the temperature rises. And when is a shade of grey no longer dark but light? You really can’t tell. The differences along the scale are subtle and blur into each other.
It is the same with feelings. Every feeling has its opposite and many different degrees of variation between these two poles. Love and hate, for example, are the same feeling, only two different aspects of it, with different degrees of liking and indifference along the scale, and they can transform into each other. All it takes for that transformation is a change in vibration to polarize yourself towards one or the other side of the scale.
Then what about concepts such as truth? If you have a background in programming, such as I have, this might at first be hard to accept that there is something else than the boolean values of either “true” or “false”. But truth is a complex matter on which many philosophers have shared their thoughts. Always be careful though about accepting something as an absolute truth. There is always more than just one side to it and something that might be accepted as true by most might just be an illusion or downright false for other people.
Taking it one step further, the fourth Hermetic Principle states that everything “is” and “isn’t” at the same time. This might be hard to understand as well, but it has even found its way into modern physics. If you have an affinity to quantum mechanics, read up on Erwin Schrödinger’s thought experiment “Schrödinger’s Cat” and its underlying theory, the so-called Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. If you wanted to sum this theory up in one sentence (which really is hard and doesn’t really do it justice at all), it would be this: As long as a physical, quantum mechanical system does not interact with its surroundings (or is “being measured”), its properties are not fixed. It is everything it could possible be at the same time. Any of the possible configurations can manifest itself through measurement or interaction, but only then.
With all this in mind, you can transcend the limitations of what is and what is not. You can transform your emotions by shifting to a different degree along the scale. And what if a thought could “measure” a physical system or interact with it? Wouldn’t that mean that you could directly influence your reality? Give this idea some thought.
5. The Principle of Rhythm
“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 fifth Hermetic Principle is closely related to the Principle of Polarity. The picture used in Hermeticism to illustrate the principle of rhythm is the pendulum. The pendulum swings between two opposites from one pole to the other, adding a natural rhythm of ups (a forward swing) and downs (a backward swing) to life. Knowing about these rhythmic swings provides you with the tools to transcend this principle and to master your life. You can prepare for the next “down” during an “up” and thus minimize its negative effect upon you. The more you can prepare for a swing back of the pendulum to a “down”, the milder the effects will be on you. In other words, you can learn to jump off the pendulum on its way back so that you don’t end up all they way back where you started from. You can wait there for the pendulum to swing forward again, regain your strength as you wait, and jump back on it to the next “up”, maybe going even higher than before. Like this you will always advance in life, even if there are some drawbacks now and then. Even if you fall off the pendulum back at your starting point, you can always get back on your feet and jump back onto the pendulum once it comes your way again. You will always be fine. After a “down”, an “up” must follow naturally. Difficult situations are only temporary.
And how do you do that? Again, your thoughts are the key to mastering your life. Once you control your thoughts, you no longer simply react to the pendulum. You empower yourself to act and to follow your own path. When you control your thoughts, you control your life.
Rhythm can also be seen in the moving of the planets and stars. Earth follows its 365-day cycle around the sun, changing the seasons at constant intervalls (although climate change is modifying the seasons itself dramatically). Be aware of these rhythms and use that knowledge to grow.
6. The Principle of Cause and Effect
“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.”
Nothing ever happens by accident. Everything that happens, happens for a reason. It happens because something has caused it, and every cause has an effect. If you feel like something is happening by chance, then examine it more closely and you will recognize what caused it.
You might feel like you have to helplessly react to the effects of events that happen in your life, but this is not the case. There are several planes of cause and effect and if you master your thoughts and mentally rise to one of these higher planes, you are no longer a pawn on the chessboard of life but you become a player. Once your rise above your own plane of cause and effect, you are still subject to the higher ones, but you are in control of the plane your life plays out in. You can control your mood as well as your actions, and you can influence your environment. You are no longer subject to doing what others want you to do once you realize that you are a free being who cannot be controlled by others wishes. You can, however, control your own life and set events into motion from which you will benefit in the future. This is not the same thing as attaching your happiness to the future, which impedes your well-being, but it could be laying the foundation of a skillset you need in order to reach your overall vision. If you want to be a master guitar player, you won’t just wake up tomorrow being able to play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix. But you can practice every day and you will improve bit by bit until you eventually reach a level of mastery you are satisfied with. This is something you can start today and benefit from its effects later.
7. The Principle of Gender
“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”
According to this principle, everything and everyone has masculine and feminine aspects and properties. On the physical plane, gender manifests as sex, but even here the lines are blurred. Not everybody identifies themselves as explicitly female or explicitly male, and everybody has some hormones inside his or her body which are usually attributed to the opposite sex. Some animals don’t even have more than one gender at all but are generally hermaphrodites, such as snails, for example. As with everything else, masculine and feminine are two poles of a scale, and everything is located somewhere inbetween.
Gender is not limited to the physical plane. Also, the spiritual and the mental plane have both feminine and masculine properties. Someone who is physically rather on the feminine side might still be more on the masculine side on any of the other two planes, and vice versa. The more you can balance both principles within yourself and the more you accept both of them, the easier it will be for you to be in tune with who you really are.
On the mental and spiritual plane, the feminine principle is responsible for making sense of all the impressions you are flooded with during the day. It generates new thoughts and ideas and puts your imagination to work to come up with new concepts. The masculine principle, on the other hand, is responsible for expression towards the environment. It is more acting than reflecting. With this in mind you can see how important it is that both principles are in balance. Without a strong feminine side, the masculine aspect is prone to acting without prior reasoning, causing chaos instead of working towards a desired goal. If there is not enough masculinity, the feminine might not get past its reasoning and theorizing and might not act at all.
Accepting both your masculine and feminine aspects on all planes of existence helps you along your journey of loving yourself, and the more you love yourself the more the world around you will reflect that love back at you.
What Can You Take Away From the 7 Hermetic Principles?
Take all of the 7 Hermetic Principles together, and the Law of Attraction reveals itself to you. These seven principles are your toolbox for the life you have always wanted to live. They empower you with everything you need to create your life’s vision, to be who you want to be and to achieve what you dream of. Utilize them and reclaim your power. You are the creator of your own life, nobody else!