Perhaps you’ve begun wondering how I can talk about the complete collapse of everything you’ve ever known as a wonderful and exciting thing to be a witness to. I know something you don’t. Would you like to know what that is?
I know how it all works.
That’s crazy talk, right? Not really.
As immense and complex as the universe is, it is still governed by rules. A long time ago, when religion and science were best buds rather than bitter rivals, people much smarter than me observed things at work and noticed these rules. All of the great scientists in the past few centuries have only rediscovered what was known by the ancients.
Religion of today is merely an elaborate game of Telephone (as a good friend recently put it). Remember when you were a kid and you played that game where one person whispers something into the next person’s ear and then down the line, until at the end the last person says aloud what they heard and it’s almost nothing like the original phrase? Yeah, that’s what’s become of religion.
But somewhere back in the mists of time, things made a lot more sense. What I’m referring to is the ancient wisdom known as the Hermetica. Tradition has it this wisdom came out of Egyptian and Greek scholars from a teacher known as Hermes Trismegistus (‘Thrice Great’). He laid out the laws of the universe and if you could understand these laws and work with them (rather than be at odds), you could operate in true harmony with all of life.
This knowledge was buried or lost after the fall of Rome but rediscovered during the Renaissance and available to humanity once again. This knowledge along with other ancient texts were what caused the Renaissance in the arts and sciences in the first place.
So what is this awesome wisdom, you’re probably wondering. It’s quite simple but very profound. Hermetic philosophy is based on Seven Laws or basic tenets. And if you start to notice some of these sounding familiar, well they do show up in all major religions but are usually misunderstood or misused. To me, they read like the rules of the game. And that’s what life is, a wonderful, exciting, thrilling game.
The Seven Keys of Wisdom (from The Kybalion, a compendium of Hermetic Principles):
One: “The All is Mind; the Universe is Mental.”
Two: “As above, so below; as below, so above.”
Three: “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”
Four: “Everything is dual; everything has two 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 truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
Five: “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.”
Six: “Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to the Law; Chance is only a name for a Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”
Seven: “Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”
Learning these keys is only the beginning but this is more than most people will ever comprehend in their entire lifetimes.
Number Five is my favorite. It’s basically Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
If you want to know the secret to Life, the Universe and Everything, just spend some time observing it. No one is keeping you in the dark but You.