The Manifestation of THE SEVEN
The purpose of this work, THE SEVEN, is not the enunciation of any special philosophy or doctrine, but rather is to give a statement of Truth that will serve to reconcile the many bits of knowledge we may have acquired, which seem apparently opposed to each other which often serve to discourage and disgust one in the study of the mysteries of life. The intent is not to erect a new Temple of Knowledge, but rather to place in our hands THE SEVEN Master Keys with which we may open many inner doors in the Temple of Mystery through the main portals we have already entered.
From lip to ear this Hermetic truth has been handed down among the few. There have always been a few in each generation, in the various lands of the earth, who kept alive the sacred flame of these Teachings. These few have always been willing to use their lamps to relight the dimmer lamps of the outside world, when the light of truth grew dim, and clouded by reason of neglect, when the wicks became clogged with foreign matter.
These few have never sought popular approval, nor numbers of followers. They are indifferent to these things, for they know how few there are in each generation who are ready for the truth, who would recognize it if it were presented to them.
They reserve the “strong meat for men,” while others furnish the “milk for babes.” They reserve their pearls of wisdom for the few, who recognize their value and who wear them in their crowns, instead of casting them before the materialistic vulgar swine, who would trample them in the mud and mix them with their disgusting mental food.
The few have never sought to be martyrs, have instead, sat silently aside with a pitying smile on their closed lips, while the “heathen raged noisily about them” in their customary amusement putting to death and torture the honest misguided enthusiasts who imagined that they could force upon a race of barbarians, the truth capable of being understood only by the elect who had advanced along The Path.
Sow according to the Teachings, brings the passage of this post to those ready for the instruction will attract the attention of those who are prepared to receive the Teaching. Therefore, when one is ready to receive the truth, than will THE SEVEN come to him, or her, such is The Law.
The Principle of Cause and Effect, in its aspect of The Law of Attraction, will bring lips and ear together, in this case, eye and written word.
This work will give you an idea of the fundamental teachings, striving to give the working Principles, leaving you to apply them yourselves, rather than attempting to work out the teaching in detail. If you are a true student, you will be able to work out and apply these Principles……. if not, then you must develop yourself into one, for otherwise the Teachings will be as “words, words, words” to you.
A Word of Caution….. The spirit of persecution has not as yet died out in the land. There are certain Teachings, which, if publicly promulgated, would bring down upon the teachers a great cry of scorn and revilement from the multitude, who would again raise the cry of “Crucify! Crucify! Crucify!.”
The Seven Principles and Axions are listed below. He who has ears, let them hear. He who has eyes, let them see. He who has heart, let them feel. He who has Spirit, let them know.
“The lips of Wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding” “The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals, a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like Wealth, is intended for Use. The Law of Use is Universal, and he who violates it suffers by reason of this conflict with natural forces.“
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.
“THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.” “The Universe is Mental… held in the Mind of THE ALL.” “THE ALL creates in its Infinite Mind countless Universes, which exist for aeons of Time and yet, to THE ALL, the creation, development, decline and death of a million Universes is as the time of the twinkling of an eye.” “The Infinite Mind of THE ALL is the womb of Universes.” “While All is THE ALL, it is equally true that THE ALL is in All. To him who truly understands this truth hath come great knowledge.” “Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted from state to state; degree to degree, condition to condition, pole to pole; vibration to vibration.”
This First Principle of THE SEVEN is the Principle of Mentalism. It explains that all the phenomenal world or universe is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, in its parts, units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL, in which Mind we “live, move, and have our being.”
It embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explains that THE ALL, (which is the 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) is SPIRIT, which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND.
This Principle of Mentalism enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the Mental Universe, to apply the same to his well being, and advancement. With this Master Key in one’s possession, one may unlock the many doors of the mental and psychic temple of knowledge, thus enter the same freely and intelligently.
This Principle explains the true nature of “Energy,” “Power,” and “Matter,” how and why all these are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind. “One who grasps this truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.”
Without this Master Key, Mastery is impossible, one knocks in vain at the many doors of The Temple Mind.
II. THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE.
“As above, so below; as below, so above.” This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. This Principle is of universal application and manifestation, on the various planes of the material, mental, and spiritual universe. This Principle embodies the truth that there is a harmony, agreement, and correspondence between the several planes of Manifestation, Life and Being. This truth is truth because all that is included in the Universe emanates from the same source, and the same laws, principles, and characteristics apply to each unit, combination of units of activity, as each manifests its own phenomena upon its own plane. The old axiom is stated in these words: “As above, so below; as below, so above”.
This second Principle of THE SEVEN embodies the truth that there is a harmony, agreement, and correspondence between the several planes of Manifestation, Life, and Being. The grasping of this Principle gives one the means of solving many a dark paradox, and hidden secret of Nature. There are planes beyond our knowing, when we apply the Principle of Correspondence to them we are able to understand much that would otherwise be unknowable to us. This Principle is of universal application and manifestation, on the various planes of the material, mental, and spiritual universe….. It is a Universal Law.
The ancients considered this Principle as one of the most important mental instruments by which man is able to pry aside the obstacles which hide from view the Unknown. Its use even tore aside the Veil of Isis to the extent that a glimpse of the face of the goddess might be seen.
For the purpose of thought and study, consider that the Universe may be divided into three great classes of phenomena, (with seven subdivisions), known as the
Three Great Planes, namely :
I. The Great Physical Plane.
II. The Great Mental Plane.
III. The Great Spiritual Plane.
These divisions are more or less artificial and arbitrary, the truth is that all of the three divisions are ascending degrees of the great scale of Life, the lowest point of which is undifferentiated Matter, and the highest point that of Spirit. The word “Spirit” is used in the sense of “The Animating Principle,” carrying with it the idea of Power, Living Energy, Mystic Force, etc. Mystics know that “Spiritual Power” may be employed for evil as well as good ends (in accordance with the Principle of Polarity). In short, the Three Great Planes may be regarded as three great groups of degrees of Life Manifestation.
At the beginning we may as well consider the question so often asked… The question is generally about as follows… Is a Plane, a place having dimensions, or is it merely a condition or state?”
We answer: “No, not a place, nor ordinary dimension of space, yet more than a state or condition. It may be considered as a state or condition, yet the state or condition is a degree of dimension, in a scale subject to measurement. “Somewhat paradoxical, is it not?
Let us examine the matter closer. A “dimension, is a measure in a straight line, relating to measure,” etc. The ordinary dimensions of space are length, width, and height, or perhaps length, breadth, height, thickness or circumference. However, there is another dimension of “created things” or “measure,” known to Hermetists, and scientists as well, although scientists have not as yet applied the term “dimension” to it, this new dimension, is the much speculated about “Fourth Dimension,” it is the standard used in determining the degrees or “planes.
This Fourth Dimension may be called “The Dimension of Vibration” It is a fact well known to modern science, as well as to those who have embodied the truth in the “Third Principle,” that everything is in motion; everything vibrates, nothing is at rest.
From the highest manifestation, to the lowest, everything, and all things Vibrate. Not only do they vibrate at different rates of motion, but in different directions and in different manners. The degrees of the rate of vibrations constitute the degrees of measurement on the Scale of Vibrations, in other words the degrees of the Fourth Dimension. Therefore these degrees form “Planes” The higher the degree of rate of vibration, the higher the plane, and the higher the manifestation of Life occupying that plane.
Sow while a plane is not “a place,” nor “a state or condition,” it possesses qualities common to both.
However, the Three Great Planes are not actual divisions of the phenomena of the Universe, there merely arbitrary terms used in order to aid in the thought and study of the various degrees, and Forms of universal activity and life.
Example: The atom of matter, the unit of force, the mind of man, and the being of the arch-angel are all but degrees in one scale, all fundamentally the same, the difference between bring solely a matter of degree, rate of vibration, yet all are creations of THE ALL, and have their existence solely within the Infinite Mind of THE ALL………..
The Great Physical Plane
The Teaching is that Matter is but a form of Energy. Simply, Energy at a low rate of vibrations of a certain kind. Thus we accordingly classify Matter under the heading of Energy, and give to it three of THE SEVEN Minor Planes that make up the Great Physical Plane.
Here is an example of THE SEVEN Minor Physical Planes sow one can get an idea of how this works. However, each of these have seven sub-planes as well. Hence THE SEVEN.
I. The Plane of Matter (A).
II. The Plane of Matter (B).
III. The Plane of Matter (C).
IV. The Plane of Ethereal Substance.
V. The Plane of Energy (A).
VI. The Plane of Energy (B)
VII. The Plane of Energy (C).
The Plane of Matter (A) comprises forms of Matter in its form of solids, liquids, and gases, as generally recognized by the textbooks on physics.
The Plane of Matter (B) comprises certain higher and more subtle forms of Matter of the existence of which modern science is but now recognizing, the phenomena of Radiant Matter, in its phases of radium, etc., belonging to the lower sub−division of this Minor Plane.
The Plane of Matter (C) comprises forms of the most subtle and tenuous Matter, the existence of which is not suspected by ordinary scientists as yet. However, one may soon hear about a new lens that allows the viewing of anti-matter which in turn will allow the viewing of these minor planes of energy.
Next above, (or below, depending on how one looks at it), comes the Plane of Ethereal Substance.
The Plane of Energy (A), which comprises the ordinary forms of Energy known to science, its seven sub-planes being, respectively, Heat, Light, Magnetism, Electricity, and Attraction, (including Gravitation, Cohesion, Chemical Affinity, etc.), and several other forms of energy indicated by scientific experiments, however, not yet named or classified.
The Plane of Energy (B) comprises seven sub-planes of higher forms of energy not yet discovered by science, but which have been called “Nature’s Finer Forces” and which are called into operation in the manifestations of certain forms of mental phenomena, and by which such mental phenomena becomes possible.
The Plane of Energy (C) comprises seven sub−planes of energy so highly organized that it bears many of the characteristics of “life,” again which is not recognized by the minds of men on the ordinary plane of development, being available for the use by beings of the Spiritual Plane alone. Such energy is unthinkable to ordinary man, and may be considered almost as “the divine power.” The beings employing this plane of energy are as “gods” compared even to the highest human types known to us.
Awe, but what of the Ethereal Substance you ask…..?
The Plane of Ethereal Substance comprises that which science speaks of as The Ether, a substance of extreme tenuity and elasticity, pervading all Universal Space, and acting as a medium for the transmission of waves of energy, such as light, heat, electricity, sound, etc. This Ethereal Substance forms a connecting link between Matter and Energy, and partakes of the nature of each.
The Teachings, instruct that this plane has seven sub−divisions (as have all of the Minor Planes), and in fact there are THE SEVEN ethers, instead of one. Could this be the plane where intent flows in the Universe?
Shall we move on to the Mental Plane?
The Great Mental Plane
The Mental Plane comprises those forms of “living things” known to us in ordinary life, as well as certain other forms, not so well known, except to the Hermetists. The classification of THE SEVEN Minor Mental Planes is more or less satisfactory and arbitrary, (unless accompanied by elaborate explanations which are foreign to the purpose of this particular work), however, we may as well mention them. They are as follows :
I. The Plane of Mineral Mind.
II. The Plane of Elemental Mind (A).
III. The Plane of Plant Mind.
IV. The Plane of Elemental Mind (B)
V. The Plane of Animal Mind.
VI. The Plane of Elemental Mind (C).
VII. The Plane of Human Mind.
The Plane of Mineral Mind comprises the “states or conditions” of units, entities, or groups, and combinations of the same, which animate the forms known to us as “minerals, chemicals, substances, etc.” These entities must not be confounded with the molecules, atoms, or corpuscles themselves, the latter being merely the material bodies or forms of these entities, just as a man’s body is his material form, yet not the Totality of “himself.”
These entities may be called “souls” in one sense, they are living beings of a low degree of development, life, mind, or vibration just a little more than the units of “living energy” which comprise the higher sub−divisions of the highest Physical Plane.
The average mans mind does not generally attribute the possession of mind, soul, or life, to the mineral kingdom, however all Hermetists recognize the existence of these beings, modern science however, is rapidly moving forward to this point−of−view, in this respect.
The molecules, atoms and corpuscles have their “loves and hates”; “likes and dislikes”, “attractions and repulsions”, “affinities and non−affinities,”etc.. Sounds strange, however consider Chemistry, as some chemicals like or dislike other chemicals as proven in their reactions to each other. The more daring of modern scientific minds have expressed the opinion that the desire and will, emotions and feelings, of the atoms differ only in degree from those of man.
We have no time or space to argue this matter here. Most Hermetists know it to be a fact, others are referred to some of the more recent scientific works for outside corroboration. Reference the Electron Double-Slit Experiment.
There are THE SEVEN sub−divisions to each of these planes as well.
The Plane of Elemental Mind (A) comprises the state or condition, and degree of mental and vital development of a class of entities unknown to the average man. They are invisible to the ordinary senses of man, but, nevertheless, exist and play their part of the Drama of the Universe. Their degree of intelligence is between that of the mineral and chemical entities on the one hand, and of the entities of the plant kingdom on the other.
The Plane of Plant Mind, in its seven sub−divisions, comprises the states or conditions of the entities comprising the kingdoms of the Plant World, the vital and mental phenomena of which is fairly well understood by the average intelligent Gardener, many new and interesting scientific works regarding “Mind and Life in Plants” having been published during the last decade.
Plants have life, mind and “souls,” as well as have the animals, man, and super−men.
As one can see, all planes CORRESPOND to all other planes, as plants correspond to the mineral mind, using the lower plane to extend life into the plant mind. From the plant mind into the animal mind, and from the animal mine into the mind of man. As above, so below, as below so above states this truth.
The Plane of Elemental Mind (B), in its seven sub−divisions, comprises the states and conditions of a higher form of the “elemental” or unseen entities, playing their part in the general work of the Universe, the mind and life of which form a part of the scale between the Plane of Plant Mind and the Plane of Animal Mind, the entities partaking of the nature of both.
The Plane of Animal Mind, in its seven sub−divisions, comprises the states and conditions of the entities, beings, or souls, animating the animal forms of life, familiar to us all. It is not necessary to go into details regarding this kingdom or plane of life, for the animal world is as familiar to us as is our own. Animal Medicines offers a clue.
The Plane of Elemental Mind (C), in its seven sub−divisions, comprises those entities or beings, invisible as are all elemental forms, which partake of the nature of both animal and human life in a degree, and in certain combinations. The highest forms are semi−human in intelligence.
The Plane of Human Mind, in its seven sub−divisions, comprises those manifestations of life and mentality which are common to Man, in his various grades, degrees, and divisions. In this connection, we wish to point out the fact that the average man of today occupies the fourth sub−division of the Plane of Human Mind, and only the most intelligent have crossed the borders of the Fifth Sub−Division. It has taken the race millions of years to reach this stage, and it will take many more years for the race to move on to the sixth and seventh sub−divisions, and beyond.
However, remember, that there have been races before us which have passed through these degrees, then on to higher planes. Our own race is the fifth (with stragglers from the fourth) which has set foot upon The Path. It is time to take the next step upon the path. Wouldn’t you say?
In our consideration of THE SEVEN Minor Mental Planes, we have merely referred to the Three Elementary Planes in a general way. This is for a reason, however we may say this much, in order to give a little clearer idea of the relationship of these planes to the more familiar ones. The Elementary Planes bear the same relation/correspondence to the Planes of Mineral, Plant, Animal and Human Mentality and Life. Just like the black keys on the piano are to the white keys. The white keys are sufficient to produce music, but there are certain scales, melodies, and harmonies, in which the black keys play their part, in which their presence is necessary.
Keep in mind there are a few advanced souls of our own race who have out stepped the masses, and who have passed on to the sixth and seventh sub−division, with yet a few beings still further on. The man of the Sixth Sub−Division will be “The Super Man”, he of the Seventh will be “The Over−Man.”
Passing on from the Great Mental Plane to the Great Spiritual Plane, what shall we say? How can we explain these higher states of Being, Life and Mind, to minds as yet unable to grasp and understand the higher sub−divisions of the Plane of Human Mind? The task is impossible. We can speak only in the most general terms. How may color be described to a man born blind, or sugar, to a man who has never tasted anything sweet, or harmony to one born deaf?
The Great Spiritual Plane
All we can say is that THE SEVEN Minor Planes of the Great Spiritual Plane (each Minor Plane having its seven subdivisions) comprise Beings possessing Life, Mind and Form as far above that of man of today as the latter is above the earthworm, mineral or even certain forms of Energy or Matter. The Life of these Beings so far transcends ours, that we cannot even think of the details of the same. Their minds so far transcend ours, that to them we scarcely seem to “think”, and our mental processes seem almost akin to material processes, the Matter of which their forms are composed is of the highest Planes of Matter, nay, nay I say, some are even said to be “clothed in Pure Energy.”
These Beings are beyond even the highest flights of the human imagination, the word “Divine” being the only one applicable to them. Many of these Beings, as well as the Angelic Host, take the greatest interest in the affairs of the Universe and play an important part in its affairs. These Unseen Divinities and Angelic Helpers extend their influence freely and powerfully, in the process of Earthly Evolution, and Cosmic Progress. Their occasional intervention and assistance in human affairs have led to the many legends, beliefs, religions, and traditions of the human race, past and present.
They have super−imposed their knowledge and power upon this world, again and again, all under the Law of THE ALL. Yet, even the highest of these advanced Beings exist merely as creations of, and in, the Mind of THE ALL, and are subject to the Cosmic Processes and Universal Laws. They are still Mortal. We may call them “gods” if we like, but they are the Elder Brethren of the Human Race, the advanced souls who have out stepped their brethren, and who have foregone the ecstasy of Absorption by THE ALL, in order to help the race on its upward journey along The Path.
They belong to the Universe, and are subject to its conditions, however they are mortal, and their plane is below that of Absolute Spirit. Now, the intelligent student may recognize what we mean by this when we state that the meaning of “Spirit” is akin to “Living Power”, “Animated Force,” “Inner Essence,” “Essence of Life,” etc., which meaning must not be confounded with the usual and is commonly employed in connection with the term, i.e., “religious; ecclesiastical; spiritual, ethereal, holy,” etc., etc.
To Hermetists the word “Spirit” is used in the sense of “The Animating Principle,” carrying with it the idea of Power, Living Energy, Mystic Force, etc. Hermetists know that which is known to them as “Spiritual Power” may be employed for evil as well as good ends (in accordance with the Principle of Polarity), a fact which has been recognized by the majority of religions in their conceptions of Satan, Beelzebub, the Devil, Lucifer, Fallen Angels, Evil, etc.
Sow the knowledge regarding these Planes has been kept in the Holy of Holies in all Esoteric Fraternities, Occult Orders, in the Secret Chamber of the Temple. This must be said here,….. that those who have attained high spiritual powers and have misused them, have a terrible fate in store for them, the swing of the pendulum of Rhythm will inevitably swing them back to the furthest extreme of Material existence, from which point they must retrace their steps Spiritward, along the weary rounds of The Path, always with the added torture of having always with them a lingering memory of the heights from which they fell owing to their evil actions.
Thus, the legends of the Fallen Angels have a basis in actual facts, as all advanced Hermetists know. The striving for selfish power on the Spiritual Planes inevitably results in the selfish soul losing its spiritual balance and falling back as far as it had previously risen. However to even such a degenerate soul, the opportunity of a return is given, such souls make the return journey, paying the terrible penalty according to the invariable Law of the universe.
III. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.
“Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.” Not only is everything in constant movement and vibration, the “differences” between the various manifestations of the universal power are due entirely to the varying rate and mode of vibrations. Science has proven all that we call Matter and Energy are “modes of vibratory motion,” and that the phenomena of Mind have likewise modes of vibration or motion. “To change your mood or mental state, change your vibration.” With a knowledge of the Principle of Vibration, as applied to Mental Phenomena, one may polarize their mind at any degree they wish, thus gaining a perfect control over mental states, moods, feelings, etc. “To destroy an undesirable rate of mental vibration, put into operation the Principle of Polarity, concentrate upon tile opposite pole to that which you desire to suppress. Kill out the undesirable by changing its polarity.”
Just as The Principle of Correspondence manifests in all, for there is a correspondence, harmony and agreement between the several planes. The Principle of Vibration manifests on all planes as well, in fact, the very differences that go to make the “planes” arises from Vibration, as explained. The Principle of Rhythm manifests on each Plane, the movement of the phenomena having its ebb and flow, rise and flow, incoming and outgoing.
This Third Principle of THE SEVEN is the Principle of Vibration, embodies the truth that Motion is manifest in everything in the Universe, that nothing is at rest, that everything moves, vibrates, and circles. The Teachings are that not only is everything in constant movement and vibration, but that the “differences” between the various manifestations of the universal power are due entirely to the varying rate and mode of vibrations. The Teachings are to the effect that Spirit is at one end of the Pole of Vibration, the other Pole being certain extremely gross forms of Matter. Between these two poles are millions upon millions of different rates and modes of vibration.
Science teaches that all matter manifests, in some degree, the vibrations arising from temperature or heat. Be an object cold or hot both being, but degrees of the same thing, it manifests certain heat vibrations, and in that sense is in motion and vibration. Let me ask you…. Is there a random point where heat ends and cold begins?
Then all particles of Matter are in circular movement, from corpuscle to suns. The planets revolve around suns, and many of them turn on their axes. The suns move around greater central points, and these are believed to move around still greater, and so on, ad infinitum. The molecules of which the particular kinds of Matter are composed are in a state of constant vibration and movement around each other and against each other. The molecules are composed of Atoms, which, likewise, are in a state of constant movement and vibration. The atoms are composed of Corpuscles, sometimes called “electrons,” “ions,” etc., which also are in a state of rapid motion, revolving around each other, and which manifest a very rapid state and mode of vibration. Sow we see that all forms of Matter manifest Vibration, in accordance with the Principle of Vibration.
Thus so it is with the various forms of Energy. Science teaches that Light, Heat, Magnetism, and Electricity are but forms of vibratory motion connected in some way with, and probably emanating from the Ether. Science does not as yet attempt to explain the nature of the phenomena known as Cohesion, which is the principle of Molecular Attraction, not Chemical Affinity, which is the principle of Atomic Attraction, nor even attempt to explain Gravitation, (the greatest mystery of the three), which is the principle of attraction by which every particle or mass of Matter is bound to every other particle or mass.
These three forms of Energy are not yet understood by science, yet this writer is incline to the opinion that these too are manifestations of some form of vibratory energy.
When atoms, following the Principle of Vibration, are separated into the countless corpuscles of which they are composed. And finally, even the corpuscles disappear the object may be said to be composed of The Ethereal Substance. Science does not dare to follow the illustration further, the Hermetists knows that if the vibrations be continually increased the object would mount up the successive states of manifestation and would in turn manifest the various mental stages, and then on Spiritward, until it would finally reenter THE ALL, which is Absolute Spirit. The “object,” however, would have ceased to be an “object” long before the stage of Ethereal Substance was reached.
These forms of energy, although much higher in the scale than matter, are imprisoned and confined in the material combinations, by reason of the energies manifesting through, and using material forms, thus becoming entangled and confined in their creations of material forms, which, to an extent, is true of all creations, the creating force becoming involved in its creation.
On the mental plane the Teachings go much further than do those of modern science. They teach that all manifestation of thought, emotion, reason, will, desire, or any mental state or condition, are accompanied by vibrations, a portion of which are thrown off and which tend to affect the minds of other persons by “induction”.
This is the principle which produces the phenomena of “telepathy”; mental influence, and other forms of the action and power of mind over mind, with which the general public is rapidly becoming acquainted, owing to the wide dissemination of knowledge by the various schools, cults, and teachers along these lines at this time.
Every thought, emotion or mental state has its corresponding rate and mode of vibration. Therefore by an effort of will the person, or of other persons, these mental states may be reproduced. Just as a musical tone may be reproduced by causing an instrument to vibrate at a certain rate. With a knowledge of the Principle of Vibration, as applied to Mental Phenomena, one may polarize their mind at any degree they wish, thus gaining a perfect control over their mental states, moods, etc.
In short, one may be able to produce on the Mental Plane that which science produces on the Physical Plane. Namely, “Vibrations at Will.”
With a little reflection on what has been said, shows that the Principle of Vibration underlies the wonderful phenomena of the power manifested by the Masters and Adepts, who are able to apparently set aside the Laws of Nature, but who, in reality, are simply using one law against another, one principle against others, and who accomplish their results by changing the vibrations of material objects, or forms of energy, and thus perform what are commonly called “miracles.”
“He who understands the Principle of Vibration, has grasped the sceptre of Power.” This power of course may be acquired only with proper instruction, exercises, practice, etc….. This science is the Art of Mental Transmutation.
IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY.
“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.” “Everything is and isn’t, at the same time”, “all truths are but half-truths”, “every truth is half-false”, ”there are two sides to everything”, “there is a reverse side to every shield,” THE ALL and The Many are the same, the difference being merely a matter of degree of Mental Manifestation. Sow it is on the Mental Plane. “Love and Hate” are generally regarded as being things diametrically opposed to each other, entirely different, irreconcilable.
The Fourth Principle of THE SEVEN is the Principle of Polarity that embodies the truth that all manifested things have “two sides”, “two aspects”, “two poles”, a “pair of opposites,” with manifold degrees between the two extremes. The old paradoxes, which have ever perplexed the mind of man, are explained by understanding this Principle. Man has always recognized something akin to this Principle, and has endeavored to express it by such sayings, maxims and aphorisms as the following: “Everything is and isn’t, at the same time”, “all truths are but half−truths”, “every truth is half−false”, “there are two sides to everything”, “there is a reverse side to every shield,” etc., etc.
The difference between things seemingly diametrically opposed to each other is merely a matter of degree. Or maybe better said, at opposite ends of the same thing. It teaches that “the pairs of opposites may be reconciled,” that “thesis and anti−thesis are identical in nature, but different in degree”. Thus the “universal reconciliation of opposites” is effected by a recognition of this Principle of Polarity.
When we apply the Principle of Polarity, we find that there is no such thing as Absolute Love or Absolute Hate, as distinguished from each other. The change is not in the nature of a transmutation of one thing into another thing entirely different. It is merely a change of degree in the same thing, a vastly important difference.
The tendency of Nature is in the direction of the dominant activity of the Positive pole. The Principle of Polarity manifests on each plane, the extremes of the Poles being apparently opposite and contradictory. This is akin to the illusion expressed in current thought.
The teachers claim that illustrations of this Principle may be had on every hand, with an examination into the real nature of anything. They begin by showing that Spirit and Matter are but the two poles of the same thing, the intermediate planes being merely degrees of vibration. They show that THE ALL and The Many are the same, the difference being merely a matter of degree of Mental Manifestation. The LAW and Laws are the two opposite poles of one thing. Likewise, PRINCIPLE and Principles, Infinite Mind and finite minds.
Passing on to the Physical Plane, the Principle is illustrated by showing that Heat and Cold are identical in nature, the differences being merely a matter of degrees. The very terms “high” and “low,” which we are compelled to use, are but poles of the same thing the terms are relative. So it is with “East and West” travel around the world in an eastward direction, and you reach a point which is called west at your starting point. Light and Darkness are poles of the same thing, with many degrees between them. Positive and Negative are two poles of the same thing.
Good and Bad are not absolute, we call one end of the scale Good and the other Bad, or one end Good and the other Evil, according to the use of the terms. A thing is “less good” than the thing higher in the scale, however that “less good” thing, in turn, is “more good” than the thing next below it, and so on, the “more or less” being regulated by the position on the scale.
Sow it is on the Mental Plane with “Love and. Hate” generally regarded as being things diametrically opposed to each other, entirely different, irreconcilable. Thus when we apply the Principle of Polarity, we find that there is no such thing as Absolute Love or Absolute Hate, as distinguished from each other. The two are merely terms applied to the two poles of the same thing. Beginning at any point of the scale we find a point of “more love,” or “less hate,” as we ascend the scale, “more hate” or “less love” as we descend this being true no matter from what point, high or low, we may start. There are degrees of Love and Hate, and there is a middle point where “Like and Dislike” become so faint that it is difficult to distinguish between them.
The Pairs of Opposites exist everywhere. Where you find one thing you find its opposite pole. This fact enables one to transmute one mental state into another, along the lines of Polarization. Things belonging to different classes cannot be transmuted into each other, however things of the same class may be changed, that is, may have their polarity changed. Thus Love never becomes East or West, Red or Violet. However it may and often does turn into Hate and likewise Hate may be transformed into Love, by changing its polarity. Fear may be transmuted into Courage, and the reverse.
When, the Principle of Polarity is grasped, it is seen that the mental changes are occasioned by a change of polarity the mad hatter is readily understood. The change is not in the nature of a transmutation of one thing into another thing entirely different. It is merely a change of degree in the same things, another vastly important difference.
One, at this point, may begin to SEE, then readily recognize that in the mental states, as well as in the phenomena of the Physical Plane, the two poles may be classified as Positive and Negative, respectively. One will also notice that even to those unfamiliar with the Principle of Vibration, the Positive pole seems to be of a higher degree than the Negative, and readily dominates it. The tendency of Nature is in the direction of the dominant activity of the Positive pole.
With study it will be shown that mental changes are nearly all along the line of Polarization, the change being one of degree rather than of kind. Knowledge of the existence of this Principle will enable one to better understand their own mental states, and those of other people. They will begin to SEE that these states are all matters of degree, and seeing thus, they will be able to raise or lower the vibration at will to change their mental poles, thus be Master of their mental states, instead of being their servant and slave. By this knowledge they will be able to aid their fellow beings intelligently and with the appropriate methods to change their polarity when the same is desirable.
V. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.
Rhythm manifests between the two poles established by the Principle of Polarity. This does not mean, that the pendulum of Rhythm swings to the extreme poles, for this rarely happens, the swing is ever “toward” first one pole and then the other. “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.”
There is always an action and reaction, an advance and a retreat, a rising and sinking, manifested in all of the airs and phenomena of the Universe. There is no such thing as absolute rest, or cessation from movement, and all movement partakes of rhythm.
The Fifth Principle of THE SEVEN is the Principle of Rhythm that embodies the truth in everything there is manifested a measured motion. There is always an action and reaction, manifested in all of the airs and phenomena of the Universe. Suns, worlds, men, animals, plants, minerals, forces, energy, mind and matter, yes, even Spirit, manifests this Principle. The Principle manifests in the creation and destruction of worlds, in the rise and fall of nations, in the life history of all things, and finally in the mental states of Man
The Principle is of universal application. The Universal Pendulum is ever in motion. Rhythm, compensates in the Law of Compensation. One of the meanings of the word “Compensate” is,”to counterbalance” which is the sense in which the term is used here.
Beginning with the manifestations of Spirit of THE ALL it will be noticed that there is ever the Outpouring and the In drawing. The “Out breathing and In breathing of Brahm,” as the Brahmans word it. Universes are created, reach their extreme low point of materiality, and then begin in their upward swing.
Suns spring into being, and then their height of power being reached, the process of retrogression begins, and after aeons they become dead masses of matter, awaiting another impulse which starts again their inner energies into activity and a new solar life cycle has begun. Thus it is with all the worlds, they are born, grow and die, only to be reborn. Thus it is with all things of shape and form, they swing from action to reaction, from birth to death, from activity to inactivity, and then back again!
Thus it is with all living things, they are born, grow, and die, then are reborn. So it is with all great movements, philosophies, creeds, fashions, governments, nations, and all else. Birth, growth, maturity, decadence, death, and then new birth. The swing of the pendulum is ever in evidence.
The Principle of Rhythm is well understood by modern science, and is considered a universal law as applied to material things. However carry this principle much further, and know that its manifestations and influence extend to the mental activities of Man as well, and that it accounts for the bewildering succession of moods, feelings, and other annoying, and perplexing changes we notice in ourselves.
The Hermetists studying the operations of this Principle have learned to escape some of its activities by Transmutation. “Rhythm may be neutralized by an application of the Art of Polarization.”
Masters long since discovered that while the Principle of Rhythm was invariable, and ever in evidence in mental phenomena, still there were two planes of its manifestation so far as mental phenomena are concerned. They discovered that there were two general planes of Consciousness, the Lower and the Higher, the understanding of which fact enabled them to rise to the higher plane and thus escape the swing of the Rhythmic pendulum which manifested on the lower plane.
In other words, the swing of the pendulum occurred on the Unconscious Plane, and the Consciousness was not affected. This they call the Law of Neutralization.
Its operations consist in the raising of the Ego above the vibrations of the Unconscious Plane of mental activity, so that the negative swing of the pendulum is not manifested in consciousness, and therefore they are not affected. It is akin to rising above a thing and letting it pass beneath you.
The Hermetic Master, polarizes them self at the desired pole, and by a process akin to “refusing” to participate in the backward swing or, if you prefer, a “denial” of its influence over him, he stands firm in his polarized position, and allows the mental pendulum to swing back along the unconscious plane. All individuals who have attained any degree of self mastery, accomplishes this, more or less unknowingly, and by refusing to allow their moods and negative mental states to affect them, they apply the Law of Neutralization.
The Master, however, carries this to a much higher degree of proficiency, and by the use of his Will attains a degree of Poise and Mental Firmness almost impossible of belief on the part of those who allow themselves to be swung backward and forward by the mental pendulum of moods and feelings.
An understanding of this Principle will give one the key to the Mastery of these rhythmic swings of feeling, and will enable them to know them self better to avoid being carried away by these inflows and outflows.
The Will is superior to the conscious manifestation of this Principle, although the Principle itself can never be destroyed. One may escape its effects, but the Principle operates, nevertheless. The pendulum ever swings, although we may escape being carried along with it.
There are other features of the operation of this Principle of Rhythm of which we wish to speak at this point. There comes into its operations that which is known as the Law of Compensation. One of the definitions or meanings of the word “Compensate” is ,”to counterbalance”, which was stated above, is the sense in which the term is used. It is this Law of Compensation to which we refer when said, ” The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm, compensates.”
The Law of Compensation is that the swing in one direction determines the swing in the opposite direction, or to the opposite pole. One balances, or counterbalances, the other.
On the Physical Plane we see many examples of this Law. The pendulum of the clock swings a certain distance to the right, and then an equal distance to the left. The seasons balance each other in the same way. The tides follow the same Law. The same Law is manifested in all the phenomena of Rhythm. After all, what goes up must come down.
However the Hermetists carry it further still. They teach that a man’s mental states are subject to the same Law. The man who enjoys keenly, is subject to keen suffering, while he who feels little pain is capable of feeling little joy. There are temperaments which permit low degrees of enjoyment, and equally low degrees of suffering, while there are others which permit the most intense enjoyment, yet also the most intense suffering. The rule is that the capacity for pain and pleasure, in each individual, are balanced. The Law of Compensation is in full operation here.
The Hermetists goes further still in this matter. They teach that before one is able to enjoy a certain degree of pleasure, they must have swung as far, proportionately, toward the other pole of feeling. They hold, however, that the Negative is precedent to the Positive in this matter, that is to say, in experiencing a certain degree of pleasure it does not follow that one will have to “pay up for it” with a corresponding degree of pain, on the contrary, the pleasure is the Rhythmic swing, according to the Law of Compensation, for a degree of pain previously experienced either in the present life, or in a previous incarnation, throws a new light on this problem of Pain. Fore what is pleasure without knowing pain?
The Hermetists regard the chain of lives as continuous, thus forming a part of one life of the individual, so when the consequence of the rhythmic swing is understood in this way, would be without meaning unless the truth of reincarnation is admitted.
The Hermetists claim that the Master or advanced student is able, to a great degree, to escape the swing toward Pain, by the process of Neutralization above mentioned. By rising to the higher plane of the Ego, much of the experience that comes to those dwelling on the lower plane is avoided and escaped.
The Law of Compensation plays an important part in the lives of men and women. It will be noticed that one generally “pays the price” of anything he possesses or lacks. If he has one thing, he lacks another, here the balance is struck. No one can “keep his penny and have the bit of cake” or “have ones cake and eat it too”. At the same time Everything has its pleasant and unpleasant sides. The things that one gains are always paid for by the things that one loses. The rich possess much that the poor lack, while the poor often possess things that are beyond the reach of the rich. Sow it is through life.
The Law of Compensation is ever in operation, striving to balance and counterbalance, always succeeding in time, even though several lives may be required for the return swing of the Pendulum of Rhythm.
VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.
“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.” Nothing happens by Chance, Chance is merely a term indicating a cause existing but not recognized or perceived that phenomena is continuous, without break or exception. “Chance,” in the sense of something outside of Law−something outside of Cause and Effect.
How could there be a something acting in the phenomenal universe, independent of the laws, order, and continuity? “Chance” is merely an expression relating to obscure causes; causes that we cannot perceive; causes that we cannot understand. There is always a “cause” and a “because” to every event. Nothing ever “happens” without a cause, or rather a chain of causes. Confusion has arisen in the minds of persons considering this Principle, from the fact that they were unable to explain how one thing could cause another thing, that is, be the “creator” of the second thing. No “thing” ever causes or “creates” another “thing.” Cause and Effect deals merely with “events.” An “event” is that which comes, arrives or happens, as a result or consequent of some preceding event. No event “creates” another event, but is merely a preceding link in the great orderly chain of events flowing from the creative energy of THE ALL. “Nothing escapes the Principle of Cause and Effect, there are many Planes of Causation, and one may use the laws of the higher to overcome the laws of the lower. “Every thought we think, every act we perform, has its direct and indirect results which fit into the great chain of Cause and Effect.
The Sixth Principle of THE SEVEN is the Principle of Cause and Effect that embodies the truth that Law pervades the Universe, that nothing happens by Chance that Chance is merely a term indicating cause existing but not recognized or perceived, that phenomena is continuous, without break or exception.
The Principle of Cause and Effect underlies all scientific thought, ancient and modern, and was enunciated by the Hermetic Teachers in the earliest days. The underlying Principle of Cause and Effect has been accepted as correct by practically all the thinkers of the world worthy of the name. To think otherwise would be to take the phenomena of the universe from the domain of Law and Order, and to relegate it to the control of the imaginary something which men have called “Chance.”
A little consideration will show that there is in reality no such thing as pure chance. Webster defines the word “Chance” as follows: “A supposed agent or mode of activity other than a force, law or purpose, the operation or activity of such agent, the supposed effect of such an agent, a happening, fortuity, casualty, etc.”
How could there be a something acting in the phenomenal universe, independent of the laws, order, and continuity of the latter? Such a something would be entirely independent of the orderly intent of the Universe, and therefore superior to it. We can imagine nothing outside of THE ALL being outside of the Law, and that’s only because THE ALL is the LAW in itself.
There is no room in the universe for a something outside of and independent of Law. The existence of such a Something would render all Natural Laws ineffective, and would plunge the universe into chaotic disorder and lawlessness.
Toss a penny in the air, and it may come down either “heads” or “tails” or even stand on its edge. However make a sufficient number of tosses, and the heads and tails will about even up. This is the operation of the law of average. Both the average and the single toss come under the Law of Cause and Effect, and if we were to examine the preceding causes, it would be clearly seen that it was simply impossible for the penny to fall other than it did, under the same circumstances and at the same time. Given the same causes, the same results will follow. There is always a “cause” and a “because” to every event. Nothing ever “happens” without a cause, or rather a chain of causes.
Some confusion may arise in the minds of persons considering this Principle, from the fact that they were unable to explain how one thing could cause another thing, that is, be the “creator” of the second thing. As a matter of fact, no “thing” ever causes or “creates” another “thing.” Cause and Effect deals merely with “events.” An “event” is that which comes, arrives or happens, as a result or consequent of some preceding event. No event “creates” another event, but is merely a preceding link in the great orderly chain of events flowing from the creative energy of THE ALL.
This statement above brings to my mind the act of procreation. We all know that intercourse may cause a baby right? Isn’t that one cause creating another? Or one thing creating another thing? Well actually its two things creating another thing.
However lets consider whether the baby is a cause or an effect of another cause. If the act of intercourse is the cause, than the baby can only be the effect of that cause. We aren’t saying it’s the only effect, and surely it’s not the cause of another cause. In other words the baby is not the cause of the intercourse.
Awe here’s the paradox… If one wants a baby, the baby could be the cause for the effect of intercourse. Thus could the baby be the cause and effect of that cause?
Help!!! I need a Critical Thinker for this paradox, because I sure don’t want a baby!
Really it’s not the baby, or the intercourse that is the cause…. because they are both the effect of another cause………………………………………
It’s the “I want” that is the cause for both effects. Let’s move on shall we?
Every thought we think, every act we perform, has its direct and indirect results which fit into the great chain of Cause and Effect. We do not wish to enter into a consideration of Free Will, or Determinism, in this work, for various reasons. Among the many reasons, is this principle one, that neither side of the controversy is entirely right, both sides are partially right, or both sides are entirely wrong in fact, according to the Teachings.
The Principle of Polarity shows that both are but Half Truths the opposing poles of Truth. The Teachings are that a man may be both Free and yet bound by Necessity, depending upon the meaning of the terms, and the height of Truth from which the matter is examined. The ancient writers express the matter thus: “The further the creation is from the Center, the more it is bound, the nearer the Center it reaches, the nearer Free is it”
The majority of people are more or less the slaves of heredity, environment, etc., and manifest very little Freedom. They are swayed by the opinions, customs and thoughts of the outside world, and also by their emotions, feelings, moods, etc.
They manifest no Mastery, worthy of the name. They indignantly repudiate this assertion, saying, “Why, I certainly am free to act and do as I please… I do just what I want to do,” yet they fail to explain whence arises the “I want to” and “as I please.” What makes them “want to” do one thing in preference to another, what makes them “please” to do this, and not do that? Is there no “because” to their “pleasing” and “Wanting”?
The Master can change these “pleases” and “wants” into others at the opposite end of the mental pole. He is able to “Will to will,” instead of to will because some feeling, mood, emotion, or environmental suggestion arouses a tendency or desire within him so to do.
The Masters, knowing the rules of the game, and having the master keys rise above the plane of material life, placing themselves in touch with the higher powers of their nature, dominate their own moods, characters, qualities, and polarity, as well as the environment surrounding them, thus become Movers in the game, instead of Pawns. Causes instead of Effects.
The Masters do not escape the Causation of the higher planes, but move in with the higher laws, thus master circumstances on the lower plane. They form a conscious part of the Law, instead of being mere blind instruments. While they Serve on the Higher Planes, they Rule on the Material Plane.
There is no such things as Chance. The blind goddess has been abolished by Reason. We are able to SEE now, with eyes made clear by knowledge, that everything is governed by Universal Law that the infinite number of laws are but manifestations of the One Great Law…… The LAW which is THE ALL.
It is true indeed that not a sparrow drops unnoticed by the Mind of THE ALL that even the hairs on our head are numbered, as the scriptures have said. There is nothing outside of Law; nothing that happens contrary to it. And yet, do not make the mistake of supposing that Man is a blind automaton, far from that.
The Hermetic Teachings are here that Man may use Law to overcome laws, and that the higher will always prevail against the lower, until at last he has reached the stage in which he seeks refuge in the LAW/ALL itself, and laughs the phenomenal laws to scorn. We can sum this principle up this way. The ALL is the CAUSE everything else is the EFFECT.
VII. THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER.
“Gender is in everything, everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles, Gender manifests on all planes.” The word “Gender” is derived from the Latin root meaning “to beget, to procreate, to generate, to create, to produce.”The part of the Masculine principle seems to be that of directing a certain inherent energy toward the Feminine principle, and thus starting into activity the creative processes. However the Feminine principle is the one always doing the active creative work. This is so on all planes. And yet, each principle is incapable of operative energy without the assistance of the other. The “I” represents the Masculine Principle of Mental Gender, the “Me” represents the Female Principle. The “I” represents the Aspect of Being; the “Me” the Aspect of Becoming.
The Seventh Principle of THE SEVEN is the Principle of Gender that embodies the truth that there is Gender manifested in everything that the Masculine and Feminine principles are ever present and active in all phases of phenomena, on each and every plane of life.
At this point we think it well to call your attention to this fact that Gender, in its Hermetic sense, and Sex, (Male and Female), in the ordinarily accepted use of the term, are not the same.
The word “Gender” is derived from the Latin root meaning “to beget; to procreate; to generate; to create; to produce.” A moment’s consideration will show you that the word has a much broader and more general meaning than the term “Sex”, the latter referring to the physical distinctions between male and female living things. Sex is merely a manifestation of.Gender on a certain plane of the Great Physical Plane of organic life.
The office of Gender is solely that of creating, producing, generating, etc., and its manifestations are visible on every plane of phenomena. It is somewhat difficult to produce proofs of this along scientific lines, for the reason that science has not as yet recognized this Principle as of universal application. But still some proofs are forthcoming from scientific sources.
In the first place, we find a distinct manifestation of the Principle of Gender among the corpuscles, ions, or electrons, which constitute the basis of Matter as science now knows the latter, and which by forming certain combinations from the Atom, which until lately was regarded as final and indivisible. The latest science is that the atom is composed of a multitude of corpuscles, electrons, or ions, (the various names being applied by different authorities), revolving around each other and vibrating at a high degree and intensity.
Thus the accompanying statement is made that the formation of the atom is really due to the clustering of negative corpuscles around a positive one, with the positive corpuscles seeming to exert a certain influence upon the negative corpuscles, causing the latter to assume certain combinations, therefore “create” or “generate” an atom. This is in line with the most ancient Hermetic Teachings, which have always identified the Masculine principle of Gender with the “Positive,” and the Feminine with the “Negative'” Poles of Electricity.
From this we arrive at the Magnetic Masculine and the Electric Feminine, or ME of organic life.
The public mind has formed an entirely erroneous impression regarding the qualities of the so called “Negative” pole of electrified or magnetized Matter. The terms Positive and Negative are very wrongly applied to this phenomenon by science. The word Positive means something real and strong, as compared with a Negative unreality or weakness.
Nothing is further from the real facts of electrical phenomenon. The so called Negative pole of the battery is really the pole by which the generation or production of new forms, and energies is manifested. There is nothing “negative” about it.
Negative Pole, is the Mother Principle of Electrical Phenomena, and of the finest forms of matter as yet known to science. Sow you SEE we are justified in refusing to use the term “Negative” in our consideration of this subject, and in insisting upon substituting the word “Feminine” for the old term. The facts of the case bear us out in this, without taking the Teachings into consideration. And so we shall use the word “Feminine” in the place of “Negative” in speaking of that pole of activity, and Masculine in place of the positive activity. This is the true form of Gender we speak of.
A Feminine corpuscle becomes detached from, or rather leaves, a Masculine corpuscle, and starts on a new career, so to speak. It actively seeks a union with a Masculine corpuscle, being urged thereto by the natural impulse to create new forms of Matter or Energy. This detachment and uniting form the basis of the greater part of the activities of the chemical world.
When the Feminine corpuscle unites with a Masculine corpuscle, a certain process is begun. The Feminine particles vibrate rapidly under the influence of the Masculine energy, and circle rapidly around the latter. The result is the birth of a new atom. This new atom is really composed of a union of the Masculine and Feminine electrons, or corpuscles, however when the union is formed the atom is a separate thing, having certain properties, no longer manifesting the property of free electricity.
The process of detachment or separation of the Feminine electrons is called “ionization.” These electrons, or corpuscles, are the most active workers in Nature’s field. Arising from their unions, or combinations, manifest the varied phenomena of light, heat, electricity, magnetism, attraction, repulsion, chemical affinity and the reverse, and similar phenomena. All this arises from the operation of the Principle of Gender on the plane of Energy.
The part of the Masculine principle seems to be that of directing a certain inherent energy toward the Feminine principle, and thus starting into activity the creative processes. The Feminine principle is the one always doing the active creative work, this is so on all planes. Yet, each principle is incapable of operative energy without the assistance of the other. In some of the forms of life, the two principles are combined in one organism. For that matter, everything in the organic world manifests both genders. There is always the Masculine present in the Feminine form, and the Feminine present in the Masculine form.
The Hermetic Teachings include much regarding the operation of the two principles of Gender in the production and manifestation of various forms of energy, etc.
Each year will bring more facts to corroborate the correctness of this Principle of Gender. It will be found that Gender is in constant operation and manifestation in the field of inorganic matter, and in the field of Energy or Force. Electricity is now generally regarded as the “Something” into which all other forms of energy seem to melt or dissolve.
The “Electrical Theory of the Universe” is the latest scientific doctrine, and is growing rapidly in popularity and general acceptance. And it follows that if we are able to discover in the phenomena of electricity at the very root and source of its manifestations a clear and unmistakable evidence of the presence of Gender, and its activities, we are justified in asking you to believe that science at last has offered proofs of the existence in all universal phenomena of that Hermetic Principle, the Principle of Gender.
Can you SEE the reasonableness of this Teachings which assert that the very Law of Gravitation, that strange attraction by reason of which all particles and bodies of matter in the universe tend toward each other is another manifestation of the Principle of Gender, which operates in the direction of attracting the Masculine to the Feminine energies, and vice versa?
Let us now consideration the operation of the Gender Principle on the Mental Plane. Many interesting features are here awaiting examination.
Students of psychology who have followed the modern trend of thought along the lines of mental phenomena are struck by the persistence of the dual mind idea which has manifested itself so strongly during the past years, and which has given rise to a number of plausible theories regarding the nature and constitution of these “two minds.” The theories of the various writers differ from each other, but there remains the underlying principle of “the duality of mind.”
In the dim beginnings of these teachings we find references to the ancient Hermetic doctrine of the Principle of Gender on the Mental Plane. The manifestation of Mental Gender, examining further we find that the ancient philosophy took cognizance of the phenomenon of the “dual mind,” and accounted for it by the theory of Mental Gender.
The Masculine Principle of Mind corresponds to the Objective Mind, Conscious Mind, Voluntary Mind, Active Mind, etc. And the Feminine Principle of Mind corresponds to the Subjective Mind, Subconscious Mind, Involuntary Mind, Passive Mind, etc.
The Hermetic Teachings do not agree with the many modern theories regarding the nature of the two phases of mind, nor does it admit many of the facts claimed for the two respective aspects, some of the said theories and claims being very far fetched and incapable of standing the test of experiment and demonstration.
The Teachers impart their instruction regarding this subject by examining the report of their consciousness regarding their Self. The students turn their attention inward upon the Self dwelling within each. Each student is led to see that consciousness gives first a report of the existence of its Self, the report is “I Am.”
This at first seems to be the final words from the consciousness, however further examination discloses the fact that this “I Am” may be separated or split into two distinct parts, or aspects, which while working in unison and in conjunction, nevertheless, may be separated in consciousness.
While at first there seems to be only an “I” existing, more careful and closer examination reveals the fact that there exists an “I” and a “Me.” These mental twins differ in their characteristics and nature, an examination of their nature and the phenomena arising from the same will throw much light upon many of the problems of mental influence.
Let us begin with a consideration of the “Me”, which is usually mistaken for the “I” by the student, until they press the inquiry a little further back into the recesses of consciousness. A man thinks of him Self (in its aspect of Me) as being composed of certain feelings, tastes, likes, dislikes, habits, peculiarities, characteristics, etc., all of which go to make up his personality, or the “Self” known to himself and others.
He knows that these emotions and feelings change, are born and die away, are subject to the Principle of Rhythm, and the Principle of Polarity, which take him from one extreme of feeling to another. He also thinks of the “Me” as being certain knowledge gathered together in his mind, and thus forming a part of himself. This is the “Me”of a man.
The “Me” of many men may be said to consist largely of their consciousness of the body and their physical appetites, etc. Their consciousness being largely bound up with their bodily nature, they practically “live there.” Some men even go so far as to regard their personal apparel as a part of their “Me” and actually seem to consider it a part of themselves. A writer has humorously said that “men consist of three parts, soul, body and clothes.” Of course the same thing may be said of the woman ME. These “clothes conscious” people would lose their personality if divested of their clothing by savages upon the occasion of a shipwreck.
Even many who are not so closely bound up with the idea of personal raiment stick closely to the consciousness of their bodies being their “Me” They cannot conceive of a Self independently of the body. Their mind seems to them to be practically, “a something belonging to”, their body which in many cases it is indeed.
However as man rises on the scale of consciousness he is able to disentangle his “Me” from his idea of body, and is able to think of his body as “belonging to” the mental part of him. Even then he is very apt to identify the “Me” entirely with the mental states, feelings, etc., Which he feels to exist within him. He is very apt to consider these internal states as identical with himself, instead of their being simply “things” produced by some part of his mentality, and existing within him, of him, and through him, but still not “himself.” He sees that he may change these internal states of feelings by an all out effort of will, and that he may produce a feeling or state of an exactly opposite nature, in the same way, and yet the same “Me” exists.
Sow after a while he is able to set aside these various mental states, emotions, feelings, habits, qualities, characteristics, and other personal mental belongings. He is able to set them aside in the “not me” collection of curiosities and encumbrances, as well as valuable possessions. This requires much mental concentration and power of mental analysis.
After this laying aside process has been performed, the student will find himself in conscious possession of a “Self” which may be considered in its “I” and “Me” dual aspects. The “Me” will be felt to be a Something mental in which thoughts, ideas, emotions, feelings, and other mental states may be produced. It may be considered as the “mental womb,” as the ancients styled it capable of generating mental offspring. It reports to the consciousness as a “Me” with latent powers of creation and generation of mental progeny of all sorts and kinds. Its powers of creative energy are felt to be enormous. It appears to be consciousness that must receive some form of energy from either its “I” companion, or else from some other “I” it is able to bring into being within its mental creations.
This consciousness brings with it a realization of an enormous capacity for mental work and creative ability. However the student soon finds that this is not all that he finds within his inner consciousness. He finds that there exists a mental Something which is able to Will the “Me” to act along certain creative lines, and which is also able to stand aside and witness the mental creations. This part of himself he is taught to call his “I.”
He is able to rest in its consciousness at will. He finds there’s not a consciousness of an ability to generate and actively create, in the sense of the gradual process attendant upon mental operations, but rather a sense and consciousness of an ability to project an energy from the “I” to the “Me”. In the process of “willing” that mental creation begins and proceeds. He also finds that the “I” is able to stand aside and witness the operations of the “Me” mental creation and generation.
There is this dual aspect in the mind of every person. The “I” represents the Masculine Principle of Mental Gender. The “Me” represents the Female Principle. The “I” represents the Aspect of Being; the “Me” the Aspect of Becoming. In other words, ME thinks, I AM. Of course that’s not gooder English now is it? And neither is, I thinks ME AM.
Notice how the Principle of Correspondence operates on this plane just as it does upon the great plane upon which the creation of Universes is performed. The two are similar in kind, although vastly different in degree. “As above, so below; as below, so above.”
These aspects of mind, the Masculine and Feminine Principles, the “I” and the “Me”, considered in connection with the well known mental and psychic phenomena, give the Master Key to these dimly known regions of mental operation and manifestation.
The principle of Mental Gender gives the truth underlying the whole field of the phenomena of mental influence, etc.
The tendency of the Feminine Principle is always in the direction of receiving impressions, while the tendency of the Masculine Principle is always in the direction of giving, out or expressing. The Feminine Principle has a much more varied field of operation than has the Masculine Principle. The Feminine Principle conducts the work of generating new thoughts, concepts, ideas, including the work of the imagination. The Masculine Principle itself is content with the work of the “Will” in its varied phases. Yet, without the active aid of the Will of the Masculine Principle, the Feminine Principle is apt to rest content with generating mental images which are the result of impressions received from outside, Instead of producing original mental creations. Mental Intercourse? You bet ya!
Persons who can give continued attention and thought to a subject actively employ both of the Mental Principles, the Feminine in the work of the mental generation, and the Masculine Will in stimulating and energizing the creative portion of the mind. The majority of persons really employ just the Masculine Principle a little, and are content to live according to the thoughts and ideas instilled into the”Me” from the “I” of other minds. It is not our purpose to dwell upon this phase of the subject.
Many have sought for an explanation of these varied phases of phenomena under the theories of the various “dual mind” teachers. In a measure they are right, for there is clearly a manifestation of two distinct phases of mental activity. When such students will consider these “dual minds” in the light of the Teachings regarding Vibrations and Mental Gender, they will see that the long sought for key is at hand.
The normal method for the Masculine and Feminine Principles in a person’s mind to coordinate and act harmoniously in conjunction with each other, but, unfortunately, the Masculine Principle in the average person is too lazy to act with the display of Will to Will Power, the consequence is that such persons are ruled almost entirely by the minds and wills of others, whom they allow to do their thinking and willing for them. How few original thoughts or original actions are performed by the average person? Are not the majority of persons mere shadows and echoes of others having stronger wills or minds than themselves?
The trouble is that the average person dwells almost altogether in their “Me” consciousness and does not realize that they have such a thing as an “I” one is polarized in their Feminine Principle of Mind, and the Masculine Principle, in which is lodged the Will, is allowed to remain inactive and not employed. Have you not noticed how the outside world appears to be Masculine in nature with all its phallic symbols standing erect before your very eye?
The strong men and women of the world invariably manifest the Masculine Principle of Will, and their strength depends materially upon this fact. Instead of living upon the impressions made upon their minds by others, they dominate their own minds with their Will, obtaining the kind of mental images desired.
Look at the strong people, how they manage to implant their seed thoughts in the minds of the masses of the people, thus causing the latter to think thoughts in accordance with the desires and wills of these strong individuals. This is why the masses of people are such sheep like creatures, never originating an idea of their own, nor using their own powers of mental activity.
The manifestation of Mental Gender may be noticed all around us in everyday life. The magnetic persons are those who are able to use the Masculine Principle in the way of impressing their ideas upon others. The actor who makes people weep or cry as he wills, employes this principle, so does the successful orator, statesman, preacher, writer or other people who are before the public attention. The peculiar influence exerted by some people over others is due to the manifestation of Mental Gender, along the Vibrational lines above indicated.
In this principle lies the secret of personal magnetism, personal influence, fascination, mind control, etc., as well as the phenomena generally grouped under the name of Hypnotism.
The student who has familiarized them self with the phenomena generally spoken of as “psychic” will have discovered an important part played in the said phenomena, that force which science has styled “Suggestion,” by which term is meant the process or method whereby an idea is transferred to, or “impressed upon” the mind of another, causing the second mind to act in accordance with the suggestion. A correct understanding of Suggestion is necessary in order to intelligently comprehend the varied psychical phenomena which Suggestion underlies. Therefore, this knowledge of Vibration and Mental Gender are necessary for the student of Suggestion. For the whole principle of Suggestion depends upon the principle of Mental Gender and Vibration.
In the light of the Hermetic Teachings one will be able to SEE that the energizing of the Feminine Principle by the Vibratory Energy of the Masculine Principle. Is in accordance to the universal laws of nature, the natural world affords countless analogies whereby the principle may be understood. In fact, the Teachings show that the very creation of the Universe follows the same law, in all creative manifestations, upon the planes of the spiritual, the mental, and the physical.
There always in operation this principle of Gender, this manifestation of the Masculine and the Feminine Principles. “As above, so below; as below, so above.”
The purpose of this work is not to give an extended account of psychic phenomena, although we could, but rather to give to the student a Master Key whereby they may unlock the many doors leading into the parts of the Temple of Knowledge which they may wish to explore. We feel that in this consideration of the teachings, one may find an explanation which will serve to clear away many perplexing difficulties. With this key they may unlock many doors. That is the purpose of The SEVEN in Kybalion.
When the student is ready, the Master will appear! We leave you with these axioms that you may ponder.
“THE ALL is UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND. The Universe is Mental.”
“The further the creation is from the Center, the more it is bound, The nearer the Center it reaches, the nearer Free is it.”
Knowledge is Power
Experience is Wisdom
Your Power is Yours
if YOU want it
Thunderbird and HERMES
THE SEVEN times SEVEN equals 49. We all know what 9 means, right?