The Seven Hermetic Principles-The Principle of Cause and Effect

Every cause has its effect, every effect has its cause. So is the law.

This law states that everything happens because of a cause and that every cause has its effect on something.  This is one of the Hermetic Principles that aligns perfectly with modern science.  Physics states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Though science simply equates this with the physical realm, the Hermetic teachings show that it is true of the metaphysical realm as well.

There is nothing that escapes cause.  There simply is no chance or coincidence.  If you look deeply at the root of any happening, you will see that there was a cause for why it turned out the way it did.  An example would be the fall of dice.  It seems at first like the result is random, but if you look at the action more closely, you will see that there is nothing random about it.  Depending on the amount of force used in the toss of the dice and the surface they are landing on will determine the outcome. You would also have to factor in the condition of the dice.  Are they smooth and new, or marred by use.  It is not a random result.

In the non-physical realm, we can look at the souls journey after death.  According to Max Heindel in “The Rosicrucian Mysteries” the soul after death goes through a series of events that are determined by the breath record which is stored by the heart.  This record determines if the soul needs to learn more by staying close to the physical realm (in Purgatory) or can go ahead and ascend further into the after life.  If the record indicates that the individual lived decadently, the soul must go through the process of learning the error of living in this manner and must suffer to some degree before being allowed to move out of Purgatory and to the next level of the afterlife.  This would indicate there is an effect in the afterlife that is borne in the life of an individual.  Therefore, the effect dwells in the non-physical or spiritual realm.

If we can master an understanding of this principle we can work with it and become causes rather than effects. We can work with the natural process of cause and effect and avoid be carried away by the current of effect as if it were out of our hands.