If you’ve been following Spiritual Warrior-Scholar for a while, then you’ve probably noticed the 7 Hermetic Principles of alchemy scattered amongst various posts. The 7 Hermetic Principles are ancient Egyptian teachings that are said to have come from Hermes Trismegistus himself. Hermes is said to be the man-god who fathered astrology, alchemy, and other magical arts. These teaching can be found all around the globe in all religions, relayed in each religion’s own way, yet the Principles remain the same. I found these Principles written anonymously by the Three Initiates in a book titled “The Kybalion.”
Since my childhood, I have been at odds with religion, finding fault in various teachings and having very little of what was preached resonate with my heart. Although I won’t go further into my specific quarrels with religion, I will say that since discovering the 7 Hermetic Principles, I have never felt more at peace and attuned to my spirituality. The Principles embody universal laws of what is. They are unbiased and untainted by theology. The first Hermetic Principle is that of Mentalism.
“The ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.” – The Kybalion
What this Principle embodies is that all that we know of energy and the material universe is spirit, which is unknowable, but may be thought of as an infinite living mind. The universe is a mental creation of THE ALL (God or whatever you wish to call the higher power) and the universe exists in the mind of THE ALL, and because of this, the universe is subject to the Laws of Created Things.
In order to prove that the universe is mental, we will use the Law of Correspondence as well as ourselves as human beings to understand how THE ALL created the universe.
There are only three ways that man can create. One is by taking material from outside of him and transforming into something new. However, the problem with this type of creation is that it requires material, to begin with. THE ALL had no material outside of itself with which to create or else THE ALL would not have created the universe, as its material would’ve already been there for THE ALL to transform.
The second way that man can create is by reproduction. However, this way requires that there be another with whom to procreate. THE ALL cannot be divided or subtracted from so this cannot be the way that THE ALL created the universe.
The third way that man, who is created in God’s image, can create is mentally. When the inventor builds a machine, he first creates it mentally. In fact, all that we know and experience is mental. The senses that are used to understand the material universe are all processed in the mind. The mind decides how to interpret the information and then influences your reality with the mental images it creates.
We create mental images in our minds that influence how we perceive the world around us thus creating our own finite mental universe. By changing the way you think and by changing your mental states, you can change the reality of your universe so long as you operate within the Laws of Created Things.
This can be easily realized by observing your mental states. When you are happy and in a positive mental state, you view the world as a beautiful, wonderful place. Likewise, when you are angry or sad and in a negative mental state, you shape the world around you to adapt to this mental state and you fail to see any positive in the world. As a result, the world around you seems a dark and miserable place, for your mental state shapes your reality. The universe is mental.
The true art of alchemy is the art of Mental Transmutation, that is, the use of the Hermetic Principals to control your mental states, and as a result, your reality. Because all is subject to mujo, your mental states are also subject to change. By using the Principals of alchemy, you can influence how your mental states will change instead of being pushed around like a pawn by other forces.
“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. True Hermetic Transmutation is a Mental Art.” – The Kybalion
Because the universe is mental, one can use this Principal to one’s advantage. Realizing that the outward reality is dependent on one’s mental states, one can influence the mind in order to change the outward reality to one’s desire. Remember: It’s all in your head.
Stay tuned for the next 6 Hermetic Principles! To become a true alchemist, one must master all 7 of the Hermetic Principles. Thanks for reading! Like and comment below!
– The Spiritual Warrior-Scholar