Updated: Jul 27
The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding" - The Kybalion
"When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with Wisdom" - The Kybalion
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." - Nelson Mandela
This is knowledge that I found to be completely profound and applicable to the design of anyone's life direction.
The seven Hermetic principles are a set of universal laws that explain how the universe works which is all rooted in our awareness of our present realities, circumstances and beliefs. They cannot be changed. These principles were first introduced in the ancient Egyptian/Kemetic civilization over 5000 years ago. These principles are still relevant today and can be used to design one's life through self-actualization and the understanding of interconnection and oneness in our universe. In this blog, I will analyze each of the seven Hermetic principles, their connection to Ancient Egypt / Kemet, the Egyptian God Thoth/Tehuti/Djehuty, and how we should be mindful of these principles to create the future we want.
The Principle of Mentalism
"All is mind; the universe is mental."
This principle states that the universe is a mental creation, and everything that exists is a product of the mind. Everything has to happen as a result of the mental state that proceeded it. The Egyptian God Thoth, also known as Djehuty / Tehuti, was the god of wisdom, knowledge, and writing, and was believed to be the creator of the hieroglyphic writing system. Thoth was also associated with the principle of mentalism, as he was believed to be the keeper of knowledge and the one who wrote down the laws of the universe. To design our lives using this principle, we must recognize the power of our thoughts and intentions and focus on positive outcomes.
It is important to maintain balance and order in one's thoughts. By cultivating a positive and focused mindset, we can create the reality they want and manifest their desires. To change your reality, change the way you think. The Principle of Mentalism teaches us that our thoughts have the power to create our reality. This understanding "enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the Mental universe, and to apply the same to his well bing and advancement" - The Kybalion. However, it is important to remember that our thoughts are not only individual, but also collective. The thoughts and beliefs of the collective consciousness can impact our personal reality, which is why it is important to work towards creating positive change on a larger scale. It is also important to remember that not all of our thoughts are our true self. Our thoughts create things, conditions, and our state of existence. We should be responsible for everything create by being responsible for what we think. Our thoughts are continuously impacted and affected by our environment, the nurture given to us and our perspective on the world as we see it. Which means they can be swayed if one is not in control of their reaction to their thoughts. Meditation is key to clearing out every thought that doesn't belong. Use your mind to create a reality you want to see that is better for all of us. I apply this law and a few others that will be described below as I aim to become the best version of myself and be one of the most impactful designers to ever live.
The Principle of Correspondence
"As above, so below; as below, so above."
This principle suggests that there is a correspondence between the various levels of existence, and that the patterns and structures of the universe are reflected in all things. It is like a mirror. As above, so below. As within, so without. The ancients "considered this principle as one of the most important mental instruments by which man was able to pry aside the obstacles which hid from view the Unknown" - The Kybalion. In Ancient Egypt/Kemet, the principle of correspondence was represented by the concept of the microcosm (the individual units that make the whole) and macrocosm (the totality), which refers to the idea that everything in the universe is interconnected and reflects the whole. Think of the similarities between the structure of our solar system and what we know about the structure of an atom. The structures are the exact same on all scales of existence. The same pattern repeats. Furthermore, our personal actions and choices can have a ripple effect on the world around us. By living in alignment with the principles of harmony and balance, we can contribute to a more positive and peaceful world. Understanding the Principle of Correspondence is important because it helps us understand the interconnectedness of all things and the oneness of the universe. Our outer worlds are reflections of our inner world which if altered will create changes in the outer world. In order to make changes in our physical reality, We must first look within. To apply this principle to design one's life, one must recognize that everything is connected. We must strive to maintain balance and harmony in all areas of life (mental, physical, spiritual).
The Principle of Vibration
"Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates."
The Principle of Vibration states that everything is in constant motion and that nothing is truly still. This means that change is always possible, and that we have the power to create positive change in our lives and in the world. By raising our vibrational frequency through practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and gratitude, we can attract more positivity into our lives. Close your eyes and listen to the world around you. Listen to the cars & planes travel. Listen to the chatter outside of your window. If it's quiet, you can listen to your own heart beat. Everything is moving, constantly. The principle of Vibration suggests that even seemingly still objects, such as a rock, are actually in a state of vibration at the molecular level even if it is seemingly imperceptible to our eyes. To understand how to use this principle, it's important to realize that everything in the universe is made up of energy, and that energy vibrates at different frequencies. These frequencies can be high or low, and they can have a significant impact on our lives. Positive vibrations are high-frequency thinking patterns, attitudes, emotions, whereas negative vibrations are low-frequency thinking patterns, attitudes and emotions.
The easiest way to identify a negative vibration is to be aware of when and how we feel resistance within ourselves. Positive vibrations make us feel at ease, while negative vibrations can make us feel fearful, envious, doubtful, worried and anxious. We also often pick up on energies that don’t belong to us. If we continue to take on energy that isn't ours, we begin to identify these energies as a part of who we are, which can make us feel stuck in a low vibrational state. We all need to let go of this resistance and live in accordance with our sense of inner peace.
To increase our own personal vibration, we need to focus on cultivating positive energy within ourselves. This can be done through practices such as meditation, gratitude, positive thinking, and acts of kindness. When we raise our own vibration, we are better able to attract positive experiences and people into our lives. To use this principle to design our own lives, we need to understand that the energy we put out into the universe through our thoughts, actions, and words is reflected back to us in the form of experiences. Therefore, if we want to attract positive experiences, we need to focus on maintaining a positive vibration by staying in alignment with our values, focusing on what we want rather than what we don't want, and taking action towards our goals. Affirm yourself. It's important to remember that our bodies are made of over 60% water and our brains are 70%+ water. Think about about what happens to water when the slightest vibration affects it. Those same things happen to our mind and body when we are exposed to certain frequencies & vibrations.
In essence, the Hermetic Principle of Vibration is a reminder that everything in the universe is connected through energy and that by understanding and working with this principle, we can raise our own vibration and design a more positive and fulfilling life for ourselves. Look into Cymatics (the study of sound & vibration made visible) if you're interested in how certain frequencies can affect the body.
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 truth are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled."
The Principle of Polarity states that everything in the universe has two sides or two opposite poles, such as light and dark, high and low, good and evil, and hot and cold. This principle is closely connected to the Ancient Egyptian/Kemetic concept of duality, which was believed to be a necessary aspect of the universe. It teaches that things that are seemingly disparate only vary by matters of degree and that we cannot have one thing without the other. The Principle of Polarity reminds us that there are two opposite poles to everything, and that these poles are necessary for existence. This means that we cannot have light without darkness, or good without evil. By embracing both the light and the dark aspects of ourselves, we can achieve a greater sense of balance and harmony within ourselves and in the world. Ever heard the statement, Love & Hate are the same thing? The differences are merely varying degrees of the same thing. There is no absolute point where love ends and hate begins. But hate can be turned into love, by changing the polarity. It is possible to "change the vibrations of hate to the vibrations of love, in one's own mind, and in the mind of others" - The Kybalion. The art of polarization is a phase of mental alchemy. Understanding the Principle of Polarity will enable one to change his own polarity because it helps us understand that everything in the universe has both positive and negative aspects. With that information, we tap into our mental states and find a balance necessary for harmony and growth. To change how we see things, allows us to throw light on many different subjects within our own experiences.
The Principle of Rhythm
"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 Principle of Rhythm describes the cyclical nature of the universe. Everything has a rhythm and a cycle, and that these cycles are necessary for growth and change. The principle of rhythm suggests that everything in the universe has its own tides and cycles of change, just like the tides of the ocean or the cycles of the moon, or even fashion trends. All things rise and fall, ebb and flow, and move in a cyclical pattern. The pendulum-swing manifests in everything, meaning that all things swing back and forth like a pendulum, from one extreme to the other.
Moreover, the principle of rhythm states that the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left. This means that when something reaches its peak, it will inevitably swing back in the opposite direction with the same measure. For example, when a business is experiencing a period of growth, it will eventually swing back to a period of decline. Similarly, when an individual experiences a period of happiness, they will eventually experience a period of sadness. Understanding this should give us a hopeful, more appreciative perspective on reality. Life is full of Ebbs & Flows. Appreciate the great times and hold steady on the hard times because you know that good times will come. The principle of rhythm suggests that rhythm compensates. This means that when something swings too far in one direction, the swing will eventually correct itself and swing back in the opposite direction. For example, if a person is too focused on work and neglecting their personal life, they may eventually swing back and focus too much on their personal life, neglecting their work. Everything in the universe moves in a rhythmic pattern, with cycles of growth and decline, and swings back and forth like a pendulum. The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left, and rhythm compensates by correcting swings that go too far in one direction. This means that we must be patient and allow things to unfold in their own time. By trusting in the natural rhythm of the universe, we can find peace and acceptance in the present moment.
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."
The Principle of Cause and Effect states that everything has a cause and that every cause has an effect. This means that nothing happens by chance or coincidence, but rather everything is the result of a specific cause or set of causes. The principle of Cause and Effect also suggests that everything in the universe happens according to law. This means that there are certain natural laws that govern the workings of the universe, and that these laws are consistent and unchanging. For example, the law of gravity governs the way that objects are attracted to each other, and this law operates consistently throughout the universe. The principle of Cause and Effect asserts that chance is not a real phenomenon, but rather a name given to the operation of laws that we do not yet understand or recognize. This means that events that may appear to be random or coincidental are in fact the result of specific causes or factors that we may not be aware of. Nothing in the universe escapes this law. Which means that every action, thought, and emotion has a consequence, and that we are all subject to the workings of the natural laws of the universe.
In essence, the principle of Cause and Effect is a reminder that everything we do has a consequence, and that we are all connected to each other and to the universe as a whole. This means that we must take responsibility for our choices and work towards creating positive outcomes. By understanding and respecting this principle, we can learn to live in harmony with the natural laws of the universe and create a more fulfilling and purposeful life.
The Principle of Gender
"Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes."
The Principle of Gender states that everything has a masculine and feminine components, and that these aspects are necessary for creation and manifestation on all planes of existence (physical, spiritual, mental). There is a such thing as mental gender which involves the masculine and feminine aspects of the mind. Our left brain largely facilitates the masculine mind with intellect, logic, and linear thought processes. While the right brain facilitates the feminine mind with creativity, compassion and wholistic thought processes. Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with sexuality and moreso the nature of Gender. We must embrace both our masculine and feminine energies in order to create a balanced and harmonious life. .
Today, these principles are still relevant and can be used to design our own lives through self-actualization and the understanding of interconnection and oneness. By understanding these principles, we can better understand ourselves and our place in the universe, and can work to create a better future for ourselves and for all beings.
In order to create the future we want, it is important that we learn how to design and think for ourselves. The Seven Hermetic Principles provide a framework for understanding the universe and our place within it. By understanding these principles, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us, and can use this knowledge to create positive change in our lives and in the world. As we continue to evolve and grow, it is essential that we embrace our interconnectedness with all beings and work towards a harmonious balance with the environment and each other.
Design your life to be the way you want it to be. Time is spatial and Meaning is what you make it. Tap in to yourself innermost desires, put in the work and make your time here count. Do it for yourself and your family.
Vibrational Music to listen to:
"Everything starts on the inside before it comes to the outside"
Books to Read:
Ancient Future - Chandler
The Kybalion - Three Initiates