The Kybalion was first published in December of 1908 and is now in the public domain. The book is included into Hermeticism with respect to its dedication, as are most books by Hermes.Mon, September 25, 2006 - 11:31 AM permalink - 0 comments
The seven principles, or axioms as defined in the book are as follows:
Principle of Mentalism
The Principle of Mentalism embodies the truth that "All is Mind." This principle explains that the "ALL" as a substantial reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of "the material universe"; the "phenomena of life"; "matter"; "energy"; and in short, all that is apparent to our material senses. It also defines it as Spirit which is also unknowable and undefinable, but may be considered of as an universal, infinite, living mind.
Mental Transmutation (also known as Mental Alchemy, the Art of Mental Chemistry, and the Art of Polarization) means the art of changing and transforming mental states, forms, and conditions, into others(chapter 3, page 45). It can also be considered a form of Mystic Psychology(chaper 2, page 35).
Principle of Correspondence
The Principle of Correspondence embodies the truth that there is always a correspondence between the laws of phenomena of the various planes of being and life. As above, so below; as below, so above. This principle states that there is a harmony, agreement and correspondence between the aforementioned "planes". The planes are as follows:
The Great Physical Plane
The Great Mental Plane
The Great Spiritual Plane
Principle of Vibration
The Principle of Vibration embodies the truth that motion is manifest in everything in the Universe, that nothing rests, and everything moves, vibrates, and circles (page 137). This principle explains that the differences between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, are the result of only different "vibrations". The higher you are on the scale, the higher your rate of vibration will be. Here, The All is purported to be at an infinite level of vibration, almost to the point of being at rest. There are said to be millions upon millions of varying degrees between The All, and the objects of the lowest vibration .
Mental Transmutation is thought to be the practical application of this principle. To change your mental state-change your vibration. One may do this by an effort of Will, in the direction of deliberately fixing the "attention" upon a more desirable state.
Principle of Polarity
The Principle of Polarity embodies the truth that everything is dual, everything has two poles, and everything has its pair of opposites. Some of the many ways to explain this principle are as follows:
All manifested things have two sides, two aspects, or two poles. Everything is and isn't at the same time; all truths are but half truths and every truth is half false; there are two sides to everything; opposites are identical in nature, yet different in degree; extremes meet; all paradoxes may be reconciled.
Principle of Rhythm
The Principle of Rhythm embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, a to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward, in short, a pendulum-like movement. This principle explains that there is rhythm between every pair of opposites, or poles, and is closely related to the Principle of Polarity. It can be seen that this Principle is how you get from one pole to the other, and not necessarily poles of extremity (extreme opposites).
Principle of Cause and Effect
The Principle of Cause and Effect explains that there is a cause for every effect, and an effect for every cause. It also states that there is no such thing as chance, that chance is merely a term indicating cause existing but not recognized or perceived. The principle is clarified in the chapter Causation.
Principle of Gender
The Principle of Gender embodies the truth that there is gender manifested in everything. It is stated the view of the authors does not relate to "sex", but to "beget; to procreate, to generate, to create, or to produce" in this respect. Here, gender is manifested as the Masculine and Feminine Principles, and manifests itself on all planes.
Mental Gender is a Hermetic concept which relates to the masculine and feminine principles. It does not refer to the physical gender of someone, nor does it suggest that someone of a certain physical gender necessarily has a certain mental gender. Ideally, one wants to have a balanced mental gender.
The concept and principle of gender, put forth in the Kybalion states that gender exists on all planes of existence (Physical, Mental, and Spiritual), and represents different aspects on different planes. It is also stated that everything and everyone contains these two Elements of Principles.
The Masculine Principle is always in the direction of giving out or expressing, and contents itself with the "Will" in its varied phases.
The Feminine Principle is always in the direction of receiving impressions, and has a much more varied field of operation than the Masculine. The Feminine conducts the work of generating new thoughts , concepts, and ideas, including the work of the imagination.
It is said that there must be a balance in these two forces. The Masculine is apt to acting without restraint, order, or reason, resulting in chaos, without the Feminine. The Feminine, on the other hand, is apt to constantly reflect and fail to actually do anything, resulting in stagnation, if the masculine is not present. With both the masculine and feminine working in conjunction, you get thoughtful action that breeds success. [
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