7 Hermetic Principles And More (from Kybalion)

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“THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.”–The Kybalion.

It explains that THE ALL (Substantial Reality, “The Material Universe”; the “Phenomena of Life”; “Matter”; “Energy”; and in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT, which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE (by using just 5 senses), but which may be considered and thought of as AN UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND.

This Principle explains the true nature of “Energy,” “Power,” and “Matter,” and why and how all these are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind. 

“He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.” — wrote one of the old Hermetic Masters.

Without this Master-Key, Mastery is impossible.

We are observers and creators ourselves and anything that we create we first visualize or conceive it in the mind first and then bring into reality through our actions.


“As above, so below; as below, so above.”–The Kybalion

There is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. The Principle of Correspondence enables Man to reason intelligently from the Known to the Unknown.


“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”–The Kybalion.

Everything is motion, nothing is at rest. From THE ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to the rest of grossest form of Matter. The higher the vibration, the higher the position in the scale. An understanding of this Principle, enables to control your own mental vibrations as well as those of others. It can be also applied to the conquering of Natural phenomena, in various ways. This is also true on the planes of energy and force (which are but varying degrees of vibration); and also on the mental planes (whose states depend upon vibrations); and even on to the spiritual planes.

“He who understands the Principle of Vibration, has grasped the scepter of power,” says one of the old writers. 

Being in tune with the cycles of nature works according to the Principle of Vibration.


“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.”–The Kybalion.

Heat and Cold, although “opposites,” are really the same thing, the differences consisting merely of degrees of the same thing. There is no such thing as “absolute heat” or “absolute cold”– the two terms “heat” and “cold” simply indicate varying degrees of the same thing, and that “same thing” which manifests as “heat” and “cold” is merely a form, variety, and rate of Vibration. 

The same principle manifests in the case of “Light and Darkness,” which are the same thing, the difference consisting of varying degrees between the two poles of the phenomena. 

“Love and Hate” — two mental states apparently totally different. However, it is possible to change the vibrations of Hate to the vibrations of Love, in one's own mind, and in the minds of others. It can be accomplished by the use of the Will. An understanding of the Principle will enable one to change his own Polarity, as well as that of others, if he will devote the time and study necessary to master the “Art of Polarization”. 


“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.”– The Kybalion.

In everything there is manifested a measured motion (to and from, a flow and inflow, a swing backward and forward, a high-tide and low tide) between two poles which exists in accordance with the “Principle of Polarity”. There is always an action and a reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and a sinking. This law is manifest in the creation and destruction of worlds in the rise and fall of nations; in the life of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man.

Hermetists apply the Mental Law of Neutralization. They cannot annul the Principle, or cause it to cease its operation, but they have learned how to escape its effects upon themselves to a certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the Principle. The Master of Hermetics polarizes himself at the point at which he desires to rest, and then neutralizes the Rhythmic swing of the pendulum which would tend to carry him to the other pole.


“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.”–The Kybalion.

Nothing ever “merely happens”. There is no such thing as Chance. There are various planes of Cause and Effect. By mentally rising to a higher plane you can become a Causer instead of Effect.

The masses of people are carried along, obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; heredity (genetics, parents and ancestors characteristics); suggestions; and other external causes moving them about like pawns (smallest size and value chess pieces, cogs) on the Chessboard of Life.

But the Masters, rising to the plane above, dominate their moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding them, and become Movers instead of pawns. They help to PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE, instead of being played and moved about by other wills and environment. USE the Principle instead of being its tool


“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”–The Kybalion.

No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this Principle. The Principle of Gender works ever in the direction of generation, regeneration, and creation. 

Everything, and every person, contains the two Elements or Principles within it, him or her. Every Male has the Female Element also, every Female contains also the Male Principle. 

“Gender” does not mean “Sex” – sex is merely a material manifestation of gender. “Gender” means “relating to generation or creation.”

Mental Transmutation

TRANSMUTATION — to change from one nature, form, or substance, into another; to transform. “Mental Transmutation” means the art of changing and transforming mental states, forms, and conditions, into others. So you may see that Mental Transmutation is the “Art of Mental Chemistry.” 

Universe itself is Mental–that is, “existing in the Mind of THE ALL.” If the Universal is Mental in its nature, then Mental Transmutation must be the art of CHANGING THE CONDITIONS OF THE UNIVERSE, along the lines of Matter, Force and Mind. As a matter of fact, none but advanced Mental Alchemists have been able to attain the  degree of power necessary to control the grosser physical conditions, such as the control of the elements of Nature the production or cessation of storms; the production and cessation of earthquakes and other great physical phenomena.

Nothing Is Permanent

“Substance” means: “that which underlies all outward manifestations”; the essence; the essential reality; the thing in itself. Substantial means: existing; being the essential element; being real. 

“Reality” means: the state of being real; true, enduring; valid; fixed; permanent; actual.

Nothing is permanent but Change: a constant action and reaction; inflow and outflow; building up and tearing down; creation and destruction; birth, growth and death. Nothing is evolved unless it is involved–nothing manifests in the effect, unless it is in the cause. 

“The Universe is Mental–held in the Mind of THE ALL.”–The Kybalion.

“The Real Essence” – it means Living Mind. 

The Power Of Creativity

MAN creates! Yes, there is–he CREATES MENTALLY! And in so doing he uses no outside materials, nor does he reproduce himself, and yet his Spirit pervades the Mental Creation. THE ALL can create in no other way except mentally, without either using material (and there is none to use), or else reproducing itself (which is also impossible). You may create a Universe of your own in your mentality, so does THE ALL create Universes in its own Mentality. However your Universe is the mental creation of a Finite Mind, whereas that of THE ALL is the creation of an Infinite. Similar in kind, but infinitely different in degree. 


THE ALL, in itself, is above Gender, as it is above every other Law, including those of Time and Space. But when THE ALL manifests on the plane of generation or creation, then it acts according to Law and Principle (masculine and feminine aspects). THE ALL is ONE – the Two Aspects are merely aspects of manifestation. Masculine Principle as GOD, the Father, and of the Feminine Principle as NATURE, the Universal Mother. THE ALL is but One, and that in its Infinite Mind the Universe is generated, created and exists. 

Death is not real, even in the Relative sense – it is but Birth to a new life–and You shall go on, and on, and on, to higher and still higher planes of life, for aeons upon aeons of time. 

Your possibilities and opportunities are infinite.

Remember ever the Two Poles of Truth– the Absolute and the Relative. Beware of Half-Truths