"Wise words, although written by my decaying hand remain imperishable through time; Imbued with the medicine of immortality by the ALL-Master. Be Unseen and undiscovered by all those who will come and go, Wandering the wastelands of life. Be hidden, until an older heaven births human beings who are worthy of your wisdom."- Last words of the Thrice-Great Hermes.
The science hermeticism and its mythical philosophy are a unique manifestation of human spiritual consciousness in our striving to unravel the nature of God, the cosmos, and the human psyche. Also called natural law,yet Its origin is obscure and was debated by philosophers, theologians, and practicing hermeticists until the 15th century. The Myth of its inception arises in the ancient land of Khem, Egypt's geographical name in antiquity as well as the root stem of the words for chemistry and alchemy, where the legendary Sage Hermes Mercurial Trismegistus purportedly founded and disseminated the divine philosophy of hermeticism to mankind.
The name Trismegistus translates into "The Thrice Great One" for Hermes was believed to have been the third Incarnation of the Egyptian deity of Magic, Knowledge, and Wisdom known as Thoth.
The God Thoth was venerated in Egypt from at least 3000 BCE being credited with the creation of sacred hieroglyphic writing. Furthermore, he was said to have revealed to the Egyptians all knowledge on astronomy, architecture, geometry, medicine, and Religion as well as credited by the Greeks as being the architect of the Great pyramids. The philosophy was designated by Ancient/Medieval practitioners as Thoth's gift to mankind relying on the prestigious and sacred Sage's authority for its credibility as a source of Primordial Wisdom stretching far back into antiquity.
The Philosophy of Hermes, along with notable philosophical works by Greek sages like Plato, was lost to the West after the fall of Rome in the early 5th century and with the advent of the Dark Ages was not rediscovered for over a thousand years until the era of the Enlightenment. The pagan hermetic adepts that could, fled to the Middle East in the wake of this onslaught by the Christian Emperor Theodosius II. Thus, in the Arabian East, the exemplary, priceless works and philosophy of Hermes, along with those of Plato, were never truly lost, with this ancient flame of knowledge being both preserved and protected by the few who comprehended its inherently pivotal importance to ascertaining a comprehensive understanding of our reality as well as our own nature.
The works, collectively titled the Corpus Hermeticum, fostered a golden age in the burgeoning Arab soon to be Islamic states with several emerging hermetic schools of thought such as the Sabaeans and the Sufis. Here the many Pagan works were translated, the sciences that had attained such heights in Alexandria were appreciably evolved, and the ancient Pagan wisdom was surreptitiously studied and practiced. The Hermetica, or Corpus Hermeticum, became responsible for the secret inspiration of a salient subculture within Islamic Philosophy.
This Knowledge, finally reintroduced to Westerners during the 15th century, marks an inception point for the Renaissance Cultural Awakening that was to occur, and it was largely due to this reintroduction of higher forms of metaphysical science, natural law, and philosophical thought that the Enlightenment transpired at all. This rediscovery was due to the burgeoning intolerance of the Islamic Empires, which forced the holders and practitioners of the hermetic philosophical art to flee the East in search of a tolerant state eventually finding refuge in the tolerant city-state of Florence in Northern Italy.
Once there, the pagan wisdom brought from the East trickled out and became firmly imprinted on the Florentine popular mind after the Byzantine scholar Gemisto Plethon made available to the astonished populace the entirety of Plato's lost works.
Subsequently, this led to a plethora of other Pagan works becoming translated into Latin for the first time. The reemergence of these ideas initiated a momentous cultural flowering within this Italian city largely due to the influence of the magnanimous scholar and philanthropic ruler of Florence, Cosimo de'Medici. De'Medici established a New Platonic Academy to foster the collation of Pagan Wisdom, and the Academy was in essence an associative collective melting-pot of intellectuals, mystics, and philosophers who found inspiration in the Ancient Pagan Wisdom Philosophy. Additionally, the Wisdom tradition profoundly inspired great men like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raphael who then began to paint grand frescoes of the old Pagan deities.
Cosimo de'Medici then dispersed his agents to ferret out additional lost Pagan works that were undoubtedly awaiting rediscovery. In the auspicious year of 1460 one of his agents by chance discovered the lost works of Hermes Trismegistus and brought them back to Florence. The people of Florence, already in complete awe after discovering that an ancient civilization of immeasurable sophistication had risen and fallen nigh 2000 years ago, were now under the impression that they held the texts of the oldest Sage of antiquity.
Thus, Cosimo immediately commanded his favored Greek scholar Marsilio Ficino to halt his translations of Plato's works and begin expeditiously to unravel the translation of this mysterious Egyptian text, which was finished for Cosimo to read right before his passing. The unveiled knowledge lying inside these Hermetic texts would ignite the emergence of a magnificent new cultural awakening in Florence, leading to the disintegration of the Dark Ages and the Italian Renaissance promulgating throughout the European continent.
The primary natural law is that the Universe is Consciousness, the mental manifestation of the ALL which itself is an Infinite Living Mind permeating the entirety of the Cosmos. In Hermeticism, The One Source, the ALL, projects its mentality out into the Cosmos to construct the archetypal mental vibrations that eventually give rise to the multitude of material forms through frequency densification of these initial mental schematics which always precede the physical formation of objects. There is nothing in the Universe that becomes materially manifested that did not originate within a mind first.
Natural law of correspondence, the Universe is constructed by emanations of self-similar energetic fractal patterns which are manifested through the Seed of Life schematic. "As above, so below; as below, so above" an aphorism of hermeticism. The Cosmos is a plethora of self-similar manifestations throughout all planes of existence from the macrocosmic down to the microcosmic. Apprehension of this pivotal principle enables an individuated consciousness to ascertain mysteries of the higher planes by garnering an understanding of the lower planes, and then through vibrational quantitative juxtaposition unveil and perceive the essential nature of these higher realms of reality.
Natural law of vibration, nothing in the Universe is at rest, everything is in a state of vibratory contraction. Matter is merely energetic densification of a spiritual essence at a such a low rate as to seem at rest. The Cosmos is manifested through sound vibrational frequencies of varying resonances which constitute the structural basis for the proceeding manifestation into there perceivable form by our conscious mind. It is a well established scientific principle that matter is constructed by atoms which are perpetually in motion, thus since atoms form the blueprint for materiality, correspondingly no objects of physicality are motionless.
Polarity is an immutable Natural Law predicated by the Infinite Source of Reality, the ALL, for subsequent manifestations or emanations to come into existence. The Universe necessitates the generation of bi-polar properties, characteristics, attributes, and material objects for there to be a natural reciprocity and equilibrium established throughout the superstructure of the Cosmic Order. Nothing comes into existence without its opposite manifesting in accordance with this requisite Principle, otherwise there would be a constitutional dysfunctionality generated within the Universal construct due to an inherent imbalance from such single-pole manifestation. This Law of Opposites is absolutely required for anything to exist at all in the Universe. If there is no obvious polar opposite to a property you have but to add the prefix Not or Non to the property to describe its counter.
According to Hermeticism, Everything Flows out and in with an eternal ebb and flow throughout the Cosmic Creation of the ALL as destruction allows for eventual recreation and thus regeneration of the vibratory emanations. This Natural Law principle encapsulates the primacy inherent within this Law for without its manifestation into the Cosmos there would only exist material stagnation, spiritual inertia, and continual decay without subsequent reconstitution. The vibrancy and vitality of the Cosmic structures require this reciprocal program of destruction and reconstruction to maintain a healthy equilibrium throughout the manifested Universe. Life itself predicates that death and deterioration must follow to be reborn anew in evolutionary progressive stages.
The Causes and Effects of the Universal Mind occur on many planes of existence and chance is only a cause not recognized having manifested on a higher plane. Every cause has its effect, and every effect has its cause though it is not always readily discernible which one of the two is being perceived at any given moment in time. This Natural Law Principle is also attributed and corresponding to the Grand Karmic Principle which stipulates the energetic repercussions that will proceed from any action exhibited within the Cosmos be it from a human, a god, or a spirit. All beings are subject to this Karmic Law and it doesn't always manifest in accordance with our minute understanding of Time, with the reciprocal Karma exhibiting its own time-frame for the subsequent manifested repercussion.
Gender Manifests on all planes of existence and is the basis for atomic, chemical, and material affinity in the natural world. This Natural Law Principle works in conjunction with the Laws of Polarity and Rhythm. All manifested archetypes, energies, and material constructs exhibit essential properties of either the Masculine or Feminine principles in the Universe and some even contain a mixture of both types of Gender.
Accordingly, both human males and females contain within their energetic, spiritual, and material constitution residual aspects of the two gender archetypes, some more than others. For example, within the energy bodies of gendered humans there are aspects of both types in males and females with men having some female energy in their reproductive area but concentrated male energy in their mentality; and females have male energy within their reproductive area but concentrated female energy in their mentality. However, all human types exhibit both gendered energies within their mental states, but the concentration differs in degree.
The Primal Natural law of Hermeticism, is The Universe is mental and caused by the conscious mind of the ALL or one source of all things. In actuality the universe IS the Mind of God, and we are living within his mentally projected manifestations as in an eternal Lucid dream. God is an infinite living mind and a "negative" intrinsic essence which permeates the entirety of the cosmos with its life-giving principles and emanations. In actuality, humanity resides within the Source God's being and essence due to the immutable fact that since the Source is everything then nothing could possibly exist outside of it, thus all things reside within it and are "of it". An Aphorism employed by the secret mystery school of the Rosicrucian's is to title the All as the Infinite Unmanifest due to the necessity of "it" existing as everything prior to actual manifestation, polarity, density, creation, causes or effects, and gendered affinity. Thus, it is neither male nor female and should not be thought of as any sort of anthropomorphic divinity due it being far beyond such naive and inadequate conceptualizations of its nature.
Contrary to the mainstream scientific establishment's partial understanding, the universe is manifested through the mental vibrations of this ALL with consciousness manifesting first and physicality proceeding after, and this completely dissolves scientific materialism and its notions that the brain creates consciousness, it is rather a processor or containment field for our endowment of consciousness allocated to us by the One Primordial Essence. The concept of a ubiquitous, omnipresent, and primal MENTAL superstructure forming the Cosmos, essentially existing as the innate essence and foundational Cosmic principle vitalizing and underpinning the vastly complex interconnectivity that equilibrates the Cosmic eco-system, will undoubtedly, when introduced initially, appear as totally inconceivable and scientifically absurd or potentially as even theoretical mystification of the highest Order.
Nevertheless, if one seriously ponders the depth of Cosmic Panpsychism, outlining the entire gamut of its conceptual reformulation upon the problematic yet accepted structure configuring modern materialistic Paradigms, a dawning realization of its harmonizing, unifying, and stabilizing nature will resolve our incomplete knowledge of fundamental aspects of Cosmic Activity. This would most certainly lead to an unparalleled, monumental revolution of the potentialities inherent to Nature invariably transforming our perceptions. The new conceptual framework would ignite a paradigm shift in humanity's relationship and interconnection to Cosmic phenomenon and processes previously seen disconnectedly.
Thus, if one ponders the totality of its effects in a manner truly comprehensive to this task and then expounding upon its conceptualization in extreme depth, there arises internally the feeling of its real feasibility & viability. Furthermore, this exercise will likely also ignite subsequent realizations that this wild theoretical idea of a consciousness derived cosmic framework increasingly exhibits an uncanny capacity for reharmonizing, and thus resolving, aspects of our acknowledged materialistic paradigm of the Cosmos & its phenomenon.
Some aspects of the materialist conceptions of reality often discover issues within some interstellar or terrestrial phenomenon exhibiting aspects of incompatibility with a singularly Matter driven Universe and leaves them unsolved as possibly openings for insertion of an alternative basis for reality's constitution. This may even give rise to ideas relating to not only the plausibility of a mentally constructed universe but even perhaps will foster the postulation that this theoretical overhaul of Cosmic process is based upon the growing feeling that the mentalist blueprint is simply a true cosmic necessity for the processes of differentiations among polarities and the rhythmic cyclicity inherent to most Cosmic processes.
As an aside, the occult physics of a conscious living universe, offers a myriad of potential explanations to societal mysteries and riddles our Materialist Conception is definitively incapable of decoding, explaining, or resolving within their narrow and insular structure. The postulation of a Conscious Universe and the radically altered structures stipulated to exist would by chance exhibit ontologically explanatory capacity's for unraveling many an enigma. Enigmas able to be elucidated and delineated by the mental universe would be the myriad of mental & psychic phenomena that remain inexplicable on materialist grounds, ones eluding all concrete explanations by mainstream scientific materialism, doing so for generations.
Furthermore, the Occult Perspective of cosmic mentalism would invariably include deciphering paranormal manifestations such as ghosts, telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, telekinesis, levitation, astral projection, and remote viewing, the totality of these phenomena being absolutely under its prevue and capable of thoroughly deciphering their immaterial nature.
Once an individual consciousness initiates the desire to ascertain and comprehend the radical, profound conceptualization derived from the depth & uncanny accuracy exhibited by occult metaphysical thought, they become increasingly influenced by its uniquely elucidative potential relating to the Universe mental nature. These individuals will inevitably manifest an inner perception that will grow into a full realization regarding the overwhelming degree of thoughts, ideas, and intentions regularly being psychically projected out to the external world unknowingly.
Moreover, as significant, is the realization one eventually generates regarding the inordinate amount of mental influence one can exert upon external events or people in the world. Lastly, these individuals will realize their own potential and capacity to detrimentally modify the neutral psychic field within the world around them for their pleasure or benefit. Accordingly, in older times that was the timeframe for these individuals to become involved in actual occult training and self-mastery techniques.
"As above so below, as below so above."-The Kybalion. The natural law of universal manifestation of the Infinite Unmanifest in hermeticism, is akin to the concept of fractals. Fractals are self-similar energetic geometric patterns that exist within the natural world and the Universe at large easily represented by the Fibonacci Sequence, the Seed of Life Pattern, and the Flower of life Pattern respectively.
They are the spiral of spiritual prismatic energies manifesting the ALL into a plethora of differential, individuated, yet paradoxically mirroring sequences to create the varied forms of life and matter existing in the cosmos. Furthermore, if one seeks to ascertain an understanding of the subtle planes residing unseen and superimposed upon our material existence, I.E. the astral plane and archetypal plane, then one must endeavor to apply the natural law of correspondence in their efforts to garner information from these elusive levels of the cosmic meta-structure.
The microcosm and the macrocosm are essentially energetic refractory reflections of each other creating what has been termed the Holographic Universe Theory with renowned scientists such as the late Steven Hawking proposing this theory, as well as technological engineering master Elon Musk as well subscribing to and publicly acknowledging the potentiality of this theory's existence.
It has been stated by esoteric spiritual masters such as William Walker Atkinson and Dion Fortune that the law of correspondence, when applied to the schematic of the universal conceptualization of the cosmos, would allow the practicing Hermetist or Kabbalist, in Fortune's case, to unveil mysteries regarding the various higher planes of existence as well as the Universe generally, through its proper application. These mysteries that would have otherwise been obfuscated through the confines of normal conscious investigative methodologies then become demystified by the parallelism existent between the Macrocosm and the Microcosm. Which is why the axiom of "as above, so below, as below so above' IS THE ESSENCE OF THE LAW. The physical environment in which we reside and the material body we in inhabit are structured, in a microcosmic fashion, after the energetic, archetypal blueprints of the macrocosmic patterns which structure the higher realms of existence.
In Occult Hermeticism, the Cosmos is in a perpetual state of activity, as the One Mind permeating Cosmic structures, through its own ETERNAL VIBRATORY motion that becomes reflected (or mirrored) within the nature of all life-forms manifested during that active Cycle of Cosmic differentiation. This is Natural Law. Consequently, since One is ALL, and All is ONE, it is immutable law that ALL Things MUST remain continuously in a state of vibrational excitation, as there is nothing in existence at rest.
At the most fundamental levels of the Cosmic superstructure, the totality of manifested within reality are ascribed an individuated resonance point that is synchronized to each monadic ensoulment's rarefied spiritual essence, or 7th principle of man. Accordingly, it is the vibrational aspect of the ALL that differentiates all the countless types of spiritual, mental and material geometric forms permeating the Cosmos and also our natural world. Thus, the conceptualization of the apparent solidity of the universe is only an illusion with everything actually being a vibration at a specific energetic density which produces the perceived 3d world of "matter".
The highest plane is where the highest rate of vibratory states is inherently linked with matters of a spiritual nature and the energetically endowed spiritual essence that resides in the core of our being allows us to exist as super-conscious, moral men and women; thus, the spirit is the vibration which is intrinsically resonating at the most elevated degrees of vibratory potentiality within the framework provided by this cosmic structure of the Universe.
Since spirit is the manifestation of the One which resonates most closely to the frequency of the One itself raising your vibration or resonance level through internal, not external, self-work and mastery is the path of Hermeticism; and this path must be resolutely tread if one desires to definitively, consciously, and energetically tap into a stream of connection with The One not to mention his states of Divine Genius and Higher Self.
The secondary plane of vibratory existence is the mental arena of manifested phenomenon where humanities thoughts, ideas, thought-forms, conscious and unconscious states, and psychic abilities arise and have their being (so to speak). This planar construct of the etheric reality is where one can seek to master the varied phases of mentalism and hyper-consciousness inherently endowed upon the human race.
However, due to modern bias based in material fixation, this generally has been inadequately explained, studied, and researched by modern scientism thus leaving the contemporary human being ignorant and unaware of their latent transmutational restructuring potential of mental states which then routinely inflict a plethora of preventable psychological issues upon his or her psyche.
It is imperative for an aspiring Occult Hermetic to devote himself routinely and determinedly to the mastery of his consciousness and mental states which can often arise unbidden to thwart his efforts of psychic self-discovery or engaging the latent psychic capacities which reside just below the surface of everyday consciousness. Once one attains a degree of self-mastery in this arena, he becomes increasingly capable of consciously transmuting one vibrational mental state into another almost at will and with extensive discipline do it with ease.
A master adept of the Hermetic Art of mental transmutation will never be the slave to his mental or emotional states always being the one inducing the transformation of one state into another. Therefore, one will be performing this oscillation in conjunction with one's inherent psychic fortitude to maintain the desired mental state he has attained without allowing the energetic psychological thrusts from other members of the human species to topple or disintegrate his current state.
The Hermetic axiom that "everything is dual, everything has poles, everything has its pairs of opposites" underlies the nature of emanated reality by decisively expressing the logical absolute innate to the dualistic precept or law which immutably requires this archetypal schematic to enable existence to be manifested at all. Thus, the prescribed requirement for any manifestation is the creation of harmonic essences involving an equilibrium between diagrammatically and diametrically constructed poles or energetic archetypes.
The Monad, the One, Infinite Unmanifest emanates reality into existence through the use of these poles so that equalization is intrinsically abiding throughout all aspects of cosmic archetypal superstructures including galaxies, solar systems, planets, and even to people on down to the atomic level.
Thus, according to Hermetic law, the entirety of any given spectrum in the cosmos is by its very essence manifested with its two opposites or poles simultaneously, thus enabling the said spectrum to be capable of sliding from one pole to another yet both poles being degrees of the same manifested essence of its kind providing balance to its structure.
This being the case, all opposites have differences in their density or magnitude or degree but exist of the same energetic nature with all extremes meeting in the middle and all paradoxes becoming reconciled through the innate equilibrium written into its coded primordial state of generation. Examples of such manifested polarities are hot and cold, light and darkness, hard and soft, wet and dry, etc.
The fifth natural law of hermeticism is the Law of Rhythm which is the cosmic basis of the endless cycles arising within the cosmic nature of reality allowing nothing to remain in a fixed state. Manifestations are always either evolving or involving before returning to a primal form to begin remanifesting into a new cycle in reality. The Law predicates that all manifestations must have their tides and be required to rise before falling and subsequently rising again in accordance with cosmic equalization. Furthermore, the measure of the pendulum paradigmatic swing to the right is the reciprocal measure of the swing to the left with the Law of Rhythmic compensation perpetually active in all existent manifestations.
Thus, in accordance with this primordial law all galaxies, worlds, planets, suns, stars, peoples, and civilizations must inherently face inevitable energetic dissolution with cycles upon cycles upon cycles of consequent rising and falling into eternity thus allowing a consistent and constant state of destruction followed by energetic renewal to properly maintain vibrant or fresh cosmic, or microcosmic, structures for the enabling of a healthy cosmic blueprint.
If the old and degenerating manifestations were not allowed to over time disintegrate and then become regeneratively reconstructed with renewed health and vitality the cosmic structures would eventually become so laden with dead, stale energy as to inhibit the emergence of thriving viable worlds, suns, civilizations, peoples and etc.
The aspiring occult student of hermeticism must at all times seek to remain aware and mindful of this rhythmic Law due to the fact that it remains perpetually active, and the pendulum swing will inevitably polarize and if he is not adequately skilled in mental transmutation or fortitude he will be subjected to the energetic push to the opposing pole.
Once becoming an adept Hermetic practitioner the individual is able to engage in the Art of Polar Avoidance in which he or she deliberately polarizes their internal state in such a manner that when the time arises for the swing to manifest they will be capable of technically standing above the swing allowing it to pass beneath their polarized state in an act of mental adroitness that disallows the energetic change to occur in its entirety essentially mitigating the majority of the effects that manifest during the pole shift.
The Hermetic axiom "Every cause has its Effect and Every Effect has its Cause, everything happens according to Law" summarizes the intrinsic planar structuring of the entirety of the cosmos. Accordingly, there are a plethora of planes of causation, but nothing can escape the law of karmic reciprocity. The plane of Effects is generally considered by occultists to be the "3d" materialistic Plane in which we reside as physically manifested individuated vehicles for consciousnesses within an illusory, seemingly "hard' reality.
If one is unable or incapable of deducing the root cause of an effect in our material world reality its happening is in no way by "chance" which exists not and only indicative of a Law not recognized by the person effected with its origins almost certainly emanating from the various planes of causation or higher energetic planes of existence than the material.
Therefore, since the origins of effects arises from planar causation if one seeks to alter manifestations in the plane of effects one must seek such alteration in the higher planar arenas to effectuate the desired energetic change in the material realm of effects and never the other way around for one cannot transmute effects into differentiated effects within its own plane of existence since it would violate the causal imprint of the Law itself. Of course, this engenders a difficult situational paradox for those with aspirations to alter the world structures in which we reside, live, and have our being for one must dig deeply into the higher causes of manifested phenomenon to effect beneficial transmutation of it.
The nature of existence is a bifurcated manifestation of gendered polar energies which attract and repel each other in a reciprocal dance of affinity from the macrocosmic level down to the lowest microcosmic level. Everything has these masculine and feminine principles infused into their basic archetypal, spiritual, mental, and material(atomic) fractal blueprint with it immutably intrinsic to all planes of existence.
Even in the realm of the Gods, the Infinite Unmanifest, Unknowable One, allocates his Luminous life-force of emanative intentionality to gendered pairs of Aeon, Gnostic Gods, and imbued with capacities for subsequent cocreation in celestial, divine pairings. The result of such divine couplings is the emanation of novel bioenergetic life-forms which are utilized to seed developing worlds.
These harmonious genomic templates are generated through energetic symbiosis manifested between highly rarefied masculine and feminine Aeons resonating Respectively, the bigendered nature of creation is far beyond the conceptualization of typical sexual, physically manifested types of gender inherent to the materialistic planes of existence with it permeating into the nature of atoms, molecules, spirits, mental states, body parts, and entities ad infinitum.
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