“As above, so below; as below, so above.”–The Kybalion
This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the
laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. The old Hermetic axiom ran in
these words: “As above, so below; as below, so above.” And 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, but 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 an Universal Law. The ancient Hermetists 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. Its use even tore aside the Veil of Isis to the
extent that a glimpse of the face of the goddess might be caught. Just as a knowledge of the
Principles of Geometry enables man to measure distant suns and their movements, while
seated in his observatory, so a knowledge of the Principle of Correspondence enables Man
to reason intelligently from the Known to the Unknown. Studying the monad, he understands
~ taken from The Kybalion by the Three Initiates’
I had to copy up the whole excerpt in hopes that you all understand, otherwise I would have ended up repeating what was written here. I’m lazy, forgive me.
Here is a little doodle demonstrating how and why I take this principle seriously:
As you can see, with reference to the Principle of Mentalism, we are connected to the THE ALL/Universe/Supreme Being, but what we project from our minds, actions and will affects the cosmos or ‘eco system’ on a bigger level. I am firm believer in tools and ingredients when working spells and/or rituals, because what you manifest into existence comes from will and the energies that flow in and out of us and the tools we use. Us + Tool (with meaning) = manifestation. It is easy you conduct something without using tools, as our minds (being open and connected to THE ALL) already have the energies or ‘power’ we need. However, when you use a tool knowing what its tiny significance means in the large spiritual picture you are already vibrating on a higher level. Have you ever heard someone say that using tools lowers your magickal IQ? If you have, be blunt and tell them where to get off. If anything using tools helps push you up higher, but you don’t need to use them all the time if you do not wish to.
This text also refers to the fact that it doesn’t literally mean ‘tool’ in a physical sense, but refers to the mind as the tool. Our thoughts and actions are important in how we are to be perceived. Buddhists constantly tell you to work on your inner self before considering going out and fixing other people. Through meditation, yoga, mantra and any other spiritual path which helps open one’s eyes to what is in front of them, helps you see that it’s you that makes your world go round, no one else. Others will come and influence you or your decisions but ultimately you hold the key, as I mentioned in the previous post. What you will into existence today will cause a new outcome tomorrow. If you keep saying to yourself “I’m not good enough because I am not intelligent enough,” then chances are your mind won’t change tomorrow, if anything you’ll feel worse if not the same. ‘Will’ sends ripples or vibrations through time and they will affect you. I’ll go over vibrations in a later post.
My little work area where my technology is all neatly set up/stored I have orange and yellow candles everywhere. I have the Mandarin & Tangelo oil for my oil burner both from The Body Shop close by to inspire passion, creativity and inspiration for my written works. These little correspondences seem like nothing, but they help me focus and through them I am able to write passionately for you guys. If I were to get rid of them, I’d be fine still, but they are a nice physical reminder that without my mind, and without the knowledge that my mind is connected to the Universe, I wouldn’t be able to do very well.
Hopefully that makes sense…? That is how it is perceived for me but my views may change a year from now, who knows.
- Hermeticism and Me | The Hermetic Principles (sycalaelen.wordpress.com)
- Harking Back to a Magickal Time Well Spent (sycalaelen.wordpress.com)