The Kybalion And The 7 Hermetic Principles


Have you read the Kybalion?

It was life changing when I found it a few years ago. Reading and working with the Kybalion was a catalyst for my greater awakening and really helped me make sense of my life. I felt led to create a post about the topic.

The Kybalion is a magical book that serves as a catalyst for initiation into higher realms of knowledge. For thousands of years, the Hermetic Principles have been guarded and taught by initiates and adepts in the world’s mystery schools. In the early 1900s, a book called “The Kybalion” appeared on the scene, authored by a mysterious “Three Initiates”.

The “Three Initiates” is most likely a pen-name used by William Walker Atkinson, a prolific writer and leader of the “New Thought Movement”. Regardless of its author, the Kybalion serves as the most concise teaching of the 7 Hermetic Principles that have been passed down since the earliest days of Egypt and Samaria.

The 7 Hermetic Principles are as follows:

Mentalism — “The All is mind”. The universe is mental and the foundational element of reality is some sort of mental force… Quantum physics is beginning to find this to be true but it is what Hermetic philosophers have preached since Egypt.

Correspondence — “As above, so below”. The same laws apply at every level of reality… At each of the different “planes of correspondence”, we find different beings but they are just manifestations of ourselves here on the physical plane. By understanding how to create mentally, we can influence our world by emanating out what is inside of yourself. In this way, your inner world creates your outer experience BECAUSE the principle of correspondence allows it to be so.

Vibration — Everything vibrates. We all emit a wavelength or pulse that can be amplified. This is the key to what the Kybalion calls “the scepter of power” and allows the individual to influence their world through understanding vibration, frequency, and amplification.

Polarity — All of reality has two poles. “All truths are half truths”. All of life exists along two poles… There are no “good” or “bad” emotions, there is only feeling with different poles. Love can be transmuted into hate and vice versa… Fear into courage… Anxiety into excitement. The Hermetic student can learn to polarize themselves at the desired state and learn to control their emotions.

Rhythm — Everything flows in and out, like a pendulum. By raising in consciousness above the local energetic environment, the student can avoid the backwards swing of the pendulum along the pole between two opposites. By doing so, a person can learn to change their state at will and avoid influence from outside energies that might bring them back to where they started.

Causation — All of nature is the result of causes. Inside of your reality, you are either a cause or an effect. There is no coincidence. By mastering the Hermetic principles and choosing to create your reality, you become a cause. Instead of being constantly affected by your world, you become the force of energy that influences the world.

Gender — There is masculine and feminine at all levels of reality. When it comes to mental creation, there is the divine force of logic (masculine) and the creative force of emotion (feminine). By weaving the two together, “the All” creates the world. The principle of gender is manifest at all levels of reality and in all things, people, plants, animals, etc.

Understanding and working with these 7 Hermetic Principles helps the student to better grasp the “scepter of power” within their own life.

However, studying Esoteric information like the Kybalion opens the doorways to initiation, powerful magic, and higher purpose. For many people, the Kybalion serves as a catalyst for spiritual awakening.

Have you heard the phrase “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”? This idea originates inside of the Kybalion. When the individual is ready to receive higher knowledge and begin initiation into higher levels of consciousness, a book like the Kybalion shows up to reveal the mysteries of life.

Watch this video to learn more about the 7 Hermetic Principles and how a book like the Kybalion can serve to catalyze a person’s initiation into new levels of awareness.

If you liked this post and want more info, here’s a video I made on the topic:

Let me know if you have any questions. Be safe!


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