The Seven Hermetic Principles-The Principle of Correspondence

The second of the seven Hermetic principles may be the most profound. Most readers will probably be familiar with the saying, “As Above, So Below” .  This often misunderstood phrase sums up the concept behind this principle, but what does it really mean?

Explaining it is no easy task. the easiest way to explain it is to say that there is a correspondence between all of the different levels of manifestation, both physical, mental, and spiritual. But what does this mean? It means that all of manifestation eminates from the same source and therefore, there are inherent correspondences within all aspects of being. These correspondences may be physical, mental or spiritual. Or they may be all of the above at the same time.  All matter in the universe is made up of atoms which have eminated from the ether. These atoms in turn manifest all of the varying forms of matter that we see.  It goes much deeper than this however.

Researcher/physicist Nassim Haramein has determined in his studies that the mass of the universe is present within the proton of an atom: 

All of the information of the whole is contained within the singular. This is saying that all of the information in the universe is present at the atomic level. A universe worth of information within something barely visible with our most advanced equipment? A miniature universe within a particle of the whole? Yes.  You may have heard the explanation that man (humankind) is a miniature of Deity, or that God is within each of us. This is actually a literal statement! We are miniature representations of the whole. The solar system is a living being with the sun and it’s planets as it’s heart, it’s organs, etc. Our bodies contain a solar system within as well. Our sun is our hearts circulating our life giving blood throughout or bodies, akin to the way our sun radiates life sustaining heat and nutrients to solar system. Within our solar system, each planet is also a living being that is interacting with the others around it.

This balance that exists between the several layers of manifestation in our solar system is true of all other aspects of the universal whole.  This is also true of the microcosm.  With our organs are smaller universes of cells. Within them universes of atoms, etc. Each level containing high levels of organization. All connected in this invisible web of Mind from the All.  All of these planes of correspondence in turn, effect one another on multiple levels and work together and are therefore, indispensable.

This concept is also true on the mental plane of being as well.  One’s concept of self-consciousness can be broken down into multiple levels as well.  There is the I, which is the self or mental understanding of ones being.  There is also the me (physical body), that stands apart from the I.  The I controls the me as mind over body.  However the me, is the outward manifestation of the I.  It is the representation of the individual self on the physical plane.  As above (the I), so below (the me).

Understanding this concept on the familiar plane that we exist in will help us to understand the concept throughout all levels of manifestation.  It shows us the interconnectedness of each aspect of existence from the tiny to the gargantuan. It unveils our connection to the whole in a most profound way.  I encourage everyone to explore this Hermetic Principle as deeply as you can and I can assure you that you will pierce the veils around us that keep these deep truths Hermetically sealed.  These principles are the keys to the many doors of life’s greatest mysteries.

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The Seven Hermetic Principles-The Principle of Mentalism

“The All is Mind, the universe is mental”. This quotation is used to sum up the concept in the Kybalion. It took me several years (and still working in it) to grasp this concept. What does this really mean?

The All that’s referred to in the Kybalion is the single entity (if it can be called an entity ) that creates and governs the material and spiritual universe. The All is considered to be made of purely spirit. The All contains everything that is; matter, spirit, the forces of nature.

The universe and everything in it is said to be a mental creation if the All. The All created the universe as a mental creation, since there are no materials outside of the All with which it could create with.

This concept seems confusing and improbable at first, however, science is gradually leaning toward this idea. Many in the scientific community are now saying that our universe is made up of Consciousness. Consciousness is a product of mind. Without it, would there be a reality? We have seen through scientific experimentation that the observer has an effect on the outcome of an experiment. This is purely a mental phenomenon.  Our understanding of our reality is based solely on the interpretation of our five senses by our minds. Since we interpret our reality through our senses, we are limited by our finite minds. The Kybalion tells us that the All is infinite mind, which a finite mind cannot grasp due to its limitations.

To the All, we are but a dream. To us, the material world is a reality. This idea may seem troubling at first, but think it through and let it sink in. Our minds maybe finite, but remember, we all contain the infinite within and our finite minds are connected to the infinite mind of the All. we are all made up of particles created by the All and are microcosmic representations of the All.

We as a species have not even began to tap into the true potential of our minds. Scientists claim that we only use 10% of our brains power. Imagine if we could unleash the other 90% of that power. If our finite minds have as much power as science says they do, imagine the power of infinite mind!

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The Seven Hermetic Principles-Revisited

Long ago, I wrote a synopsis of the 7 Hermetic principles as laid out in the Kybalion.  At the time, the principles were new to me. I had a slight grasp on them, but had not studied them thoroughly. In the mean time, I have been studying them and feel it would behoove me and everyone else if I were to elaborate and correct my errors from the first time around. In the next 7 posts, I will cover each principle in detail as I now understand them. Hopefully this will shed some light on these supremely important principles that govern the natural and supernatural world. Stay tuned for my foray into the first principle. The Principle of Mentalism.