My favorite principles of hermeticism

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“Command your soul to go anywhere, and it will be there quicker than your command. Bid it to go to the ocean and it will need no wings…Grow to immeasurable size. Suppose nothing to be impossible to you. Conceive yourself to be in all places at the same time; in earth, in the sea, in heaven; that you are not born yet, that you are within the womb, that you are young, old, dead. Conceive all things at once; times, places, actions, qualities and quantities; then you can understand God” (Advice from Nous to Hermes in Book XI of Corpus Hermeticum)

What I love about this text is its reminiscence to the siddhis (Sanskrit: सिद्धि siddhi; fulfillment, accomplishment), or supernatural powers, that the Yogis were able to attain through their spiritual disciplines. Likewise, in Buddhism, rddhi powers (Sanskrit; Pali: iddhi) are “psychic powers” are some of the supernormal powers (abhijñā) acquired by engaging in four dhyānas. The Sanskrit meaning of ṛddhi is “increase, growth, prosperity, success, good fortune, wealth, abundance.” Such abilities include ability to change size and manipulate or even transcend space and time, in both the hermetic writings and Hindu and Buddhist writings.

In addition to this is a tantalizing anticipation of insights from scientist Karl Pribram and physicist David Bohm, known as the Law of Correspondence or Law of Analogy. In a letter to Alfred Percy Sinnett, Morya once wrote:

“Nothing in nature springs into existence suddenly, all being subjected to the same law of gradual evolution. Realize but once the process of the maha cycle, of one sphere and you have realized them all. One man is born like another man, one race evolves, develops, and declines like another and all other races. Nature follows the same groove from the “creation” of a universe down to that of a mosquito. In studying esoteric cosmogony, keep a spiritual eye upon the physiological process of human birth; proceed from cause to effect establishing as you go along, analogies between the birth of a man and that of a world.”

Koot Hoomy once likewise wrote:

“Law in Nature is uniform and the conception, formation, birth, progress and development of the child differs from those of the globe only in magnitude. The globe has two periods of teething and of capillature [hair growth] — its first rocks which it also sheds to make room for new — and its ferns and mosses before it gets forest.”

This principle is present in hermetic writings as well. Hermes Trismegistus (The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus) tells us, “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.”

Referring to the Law of Correspondences is “an immutable one in the system of cycles”, H.P. Blavatsky wrote in her The Secret Doctrine,

Fourth and last basic idea to be held is that expressed in the Great Hermetic Axiom. It really sums up and synthesizes all the others:
As is the Inner, so is the Outer; as is the Great so, is the Small; as it is above, so it is below: there is but ONE LIFE AND LAW; and he that worketh it is ONE. Nothing is Inner, nothing is Outer; nothing is GREAT, nothing is Small; nothing is High, nothing is Low, in the Divine Economy.

[T]he law of correspondences will lead you to the discovery of the greatest mysteries of macrocosmical life.
But to arrive at the macrocosmical, you must begin by the microcosmical: i.e., you must study MAN, the microcosm — in this case as physical science does — inductively, proceeding from particulars to universals. At the same time, however . . . we must never lose sight of the Platonic method, which starts with one general view of all, and descends from the universal to the individual”

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Experienced psychology writer and practitioner of psi abilities. Looking forward to contributing to a worldwide awakening to the reality of psi phenomena.

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