The study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece
"The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding"


Introduction I+ Hermetic Philosophy II+ Se,en Hermetic Principles III Mental Transmutation I)+ The All ) The Mental Uni,erse )I+ The 'i,ine Parado)II+ ..The All.. in All )III+ Planes of %orrespondence I/ )i0ration / Polarity /I Rhythm /II %ausation /III Gender /I) Mental Gender /)+ Hermetic A-ioms

INTRODUCTION "e ta1e great pleasure in presenting to the attention of students and in,estigator of the Secret 'octrines this 2or1 0ased upon the 2orld3old Hermetic Teachings+ There has 0een so little 2ritten upon this su04ect5 not 2ithstanding the countless references to the Teachings in the many 2or1s upon occultism5 that the many earnest searchers after the Arcane Truths

2ill dou0tless 2elcome the appearance of this present ,olume+ The purpose of this 2or1 is not the enunciation of any special philosophy or doctrine5 0ut rather is to gi,e to the students a statement of the Truth that 2ill ser,e to reconcile the many 0its of occult 1no2ledge that they may ha,e ac6uired5 0ut 2hich are apparently opposed to each other and 2hich often ser,e to discourage and disgust the 0eginner in the study+ Our intent is not to erect a ne2 Temple of no2ledge5 0ut rather to place in the hands of the student a Master3 ey 2ith 2hich he may open the many inner doors in the Temple of Mystery through the main portals he has already entered+ There is no portion of the occult teachings possessed 0y the 2orld 2hich ha,e 0een so closely guarded as the fragments of the Hermetic Teachings 2hich ha,e come do2n to us o,er the tens of centuries 2hich ha,e elapsed since the lifetime of its great founder5 Hermes Trismegistus5 the &scri0e of the gods5& 2ho d2elt in old Egypt in the days 2hen the present race of men 2as in its infancy+ Contemporary with Abraham, an , i! the "e#en $ be tr%e, an in$tr%&tor o! that 'enerab"e $a#e, Hermes 2as5 and is5 the Great %entral Sun of Occultism5 2hose rays ha,e ser,ed to illumine the countless teachings 2hich ha,e 0een promulgated since his time+ All the fundamental and 0asic teachings em0edded in the esoteric teachings of e,ery race may 0e traced 0ac1 to Hermes+ E,en the most ancient teachings of India undou0tedly ha,e their roots in the original Hermetic Teachings+ (rom the land of the Ganges many ad,anced occultists 2andered to the land of Egypt5 and sat at the feet of the Master+ (rom him they o0tained the Master3 ey 2hich e-plained and reconciled their di,ergent ,ie2s5 and thus the Secret 'octrine 2as firmly esta0lished+ (rom other lands also came the learned ones5 all of 2hom regarded Hermes as the Master of Masters5 and his influence 2as so great that in spite of the many 2anderings from the path on the part of the centuries of teachers in these different lands5 there may still 0e found a certain 0asic resem0lance and correspondence 2hich underlies the many and often 6uite di,ergent theories entertained and taught 0y the occultists of these different lands today+ The $t% ent o! Comparati'e Re"i#ion$ wi"" be ab"e to per&ei'e the in!"%en&e o! the Hermeti& Tea&hin#$ in e'ery re"i#ion 2orthy of the name5 no2 1no2n to man5 2hether it 0e a dead religion or one in full ,igor in our o2n times+ There is al2ays certain correspondence in spite of the contradictory features5 and the Hermetic Teachings act as the Great Reconciler+ The life2or1 of Hermes seems to ha,e 0een in the direction of planting the great Seed3Truth 2hich has gro2n and 0lossomed in so many strange forms5 rather than to esta0lish a school of philosophy 2hich 2ould dominate5 the 2orld.s thought+ #ut5 ne,ertheless5 the original truths taught

0y him ha,e 0een 1ept intact in their original purity 0y a fe2 men each age5 2ho5 refusing great num0ers of half3de,eloped students and follo2ers5 follo2ed the Hermetic custom and reser,ed their truth for the fe2 2ho 2ere ready to comprehend and master it+ (rom lip to ear the truth has 0een handed do2n among the fe2+ There ha,e al2ays 0een a fe2 Initiates in each generation5 in the ,arious lands of the earth5 2ho 1ept ali,e the sacred flame of the Hermetic Teachings5 and such ha,e al2ays 0een 2illing to use their lamps to re3light the lesser lamps of the outside 2orld5 2hen the light of truth gre2 dim5 and clouded 0y reason of neglect5 and 2hen the 2ic1s 0ecame clogged 2ith foreign matter+ There 2ere al2ays a fe2 to tend faithfully the altar of the Truth5 upon 2hich 2as 1ept alight the Perpetual *amp of "isdom+ These men de,oted their li,es to the la0or of lo,e 2hich the poet has so 2ell stated in his lines7 'O, let not the flame die out! Cherished age after age in its dark cavern--in its hol temples cherished! "ed # pure ministers of love--let not the flame die out!" These men ha,e ne,er sought popular appro,al5 nor num0ers of follo2ers+ They are indifferent to these things5 for they 1no2 ho2 fe2 there are in each generation 2ho are ready for the truth5 or 2ho 2ould recogni8e it if it 2ere presented to them+ They reser,e the &strong meat for men5& 2hile others furnish the &mil1 for 0a0es+& They reser,e their pearls of 2isdom for the fe2 elect5 2ho recogni8e their ,alue and 2ho 2ear them in their cro2ns5 instead of casting them 0efore the materialistic ,ulgar s2ine5 2ho 2ould trample them in the mud and mi- them 2ith their disgusting mental food+ #ut still these men ha,e ne,er forgotten or o,erloo1ed the original teachings of Hermes5 regarding the passing on of the 2ords of truth to those ready to recei,e it5 2hich teaching is stated in The y0alion as follo2s7 &"here fall the footsteps of the Master5 the ears of those ready for his Teaching open 2ide+& And again7 &"hen the ears of the student are ready to hear5 then cometh the lips to fill them 2ith 2isdom+& #ut their customary attitude has al2ays 0een strictly in accordance 2ith the other Hermetic aphorism5 also in The y0alion7 &The lips of "isdom are closed5 e-cept to the ears of Understanding+& There are those 2ho ha,e critici8ed this attitude of the Hermetists5 and 2ho ha,e claimed that they did not manifest the proper spirit in their policy of seclusion and reticence+ #ut a moment.s glance 0ac17 o,er the pages of history 2ill sho2 the 2isdom of the Masters5 2ho 1ne2 the folly of attempting to teach to the 2orld that 2hich it 2as neither ready or 2illing to recei,e+ The Hermeti$t$ ha'e ne'er $o%#ht to be martyr$, an ha'e, in$tea , $at $i"ent"y a$i e with a pityin# $mi"e on their &"o$e "ip$, whi"e the (heathen ra#e noi$i"y abo%t them( in their &%$tomary am%$ement o! p%ttin# to eath an tort%re the hone$t b%t mi$#%i e enth%$ia$t$ who ima#ine that they &o%" !or&e %pon a ra&e o!

barbarian$ the tr%th &apab"e o! bein# %n er$too on"y by the e"e&t who ha a 'an&e a"on# The )ath* And the spirit of persecution has not as yet died out in the land+ There are certain Hermetic Teachings5 2hich5 if pu0licly promulgated5 2ould 0ring do2n upon the teachers a great cry of scorn and re,ilement from the multitude5 2ho 2ould again raise the cry of &%rucify9 %rucify+& In this te-t 2e ha,e endea,ored to gi,e you an idea of the fundamental teachings of The y0alion5 stri,ing to gi,e you the 2or1ing Principles5 lea,ing you to apply them yoursel,es5 rather than attempting to 2or1 out the teaching in detail+ If you are a true student5 you 2ill 0e a0le to 2or1 out and apply these Principles33if not5 then you must de,elop yourself into one5 for other2ise the Hermetic Teachings 2ill 0e as &2ords5 2ords5 2ords& to you+ THE THREE I!ITIATES+

THE HER+ETIC )HILOSO)HY "The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding"!!!!!The $ ##alion! (rom old Egypt ha,e come the fundamental esoteric and occult teachings 2hich ha,e so strongly influenced the philosophies of all races5 nations and peoples5 for se,eral thousand years+ Egypt5 the home of the Pyramids and the Sphin-5 2as the 0irthplace of the Hidden "isdom and Mystic Teachings+ (rom her Secret 'octrine all nations ha,e 0orro2ed+ India5 Persia5 %haldea5 Medea5 %hina5 :apan5 Assyria5 ancient Greece and Rome5 and other ancient countries partoo1 li0erally at the feast of 1no2ledge 2hich the Hierophants and Masters of the *and of Isis so freely pro,ided for those 2ho came prepared to parta1e of the great store of Mystic and Occult *ore 2hich the masterminds of that ancient land had gathered together+ In ancient Egypt d2elt the great Adepts and Masters 2ho ha,e ne,er 0een surpassed5 and 2ho seldom ha,e 0een e6ualed5 during the centuries that ha,e ta1en their processional flight since the days of the Great Hermes+ In Egypt 2as located the Great *odge of *odges of the Mystics+ At the doors of her Temples entered the !eophytes 2ho after2ard5 as Hierophants5 Adepts5 and Masters5 tra,eled to the four corners of the earth5 carrying 2ith them the precious 1no2ledge 2hich they 2ere ready5 an-ious5 and 2illing to pass on to those 2ho 2ere ready to recei,e the same+ All students of the Occult recogni8e the de0t that they o2e to these ,enera0le Masters of that ancient land+

#ut among these great Masters of Ancient Egypt there once d2elt one of 2hom Masters hailed as &The Master of Masters+& This man5 if &man& indeed he 2as5 d2elt in Egypt in the earliest days+ He 2as 1no2n as Hermes Trismegistus+ He 2as the father of the Occult "isdom; the founder of Astrology; the disco,erer of Alchemy+ The details of his life story are lost to history5 o2ing to the lapse of the years5 though se,eral of the ancient countries disputed 2ith each other in their claims to the honor of ha,ing furnished his 0irthplace33 and this thousands of years ago+ The date of his so4ourn in Egypt5 in that his last incarnation on this planet5 is not no2 1no2n5 0ut it has 0een fi-ed at the early days of the oldest dynasties of Egypt33long 0efore the days of Moses+ The be$t a%thoritie$ re#ar him a$ a &ontemporary o! Abraham, an $ome o! the ,ewi$h tra ition$ #o $o !ar a$ to &"aim that Abraham a&-%ire a portion o! hi$ my$ti& .now"e #e !rom Herme$ him$e"!* As the years rolled 0y after his passing from this plane of life <tradition recording that he li,ed three hundred years in the flesh=5 the Egyptians deified Hermes5 and made him one of their gods5 under the name of Thoth+ $ears after5 the people of Ancient Greece also made him one of their many gods33calling him &Hermes5 the god of "isdom+& The Egyptians re,ered his memory for many centuries3yes5 tens of centuries33calling him &the Scri0e of the Gods5. and 0esto2ing upon him5 distincti,ely5 his ancient title5 &Trismegistus5& 2hich means (the thri&e/#reat(; &the great3 great&; &the greatest3great&; etc+ In all the ancient lands5 the name of Hermes Trismegistus 2as re,ered5 the name 0eing synonymous 2ith the &(ount of "isdom+ E,en to this day5 2e use the term &hermetic& in the sense of &secret&; &sealed so that nothing can escape&; etc+5 and this 0y reason of the fact that the follo2ers of Hermes al2ays o0ser,ed the principle of secrecy in their teachings+ They i not be"ie'e in (&a$tin# pear"$ be!ore $wine,( b%t rather he" to the tea&hin# (mi". !or babe$(0 (meat !or $tron# men,( both o! whi&h ma1im$ are !ami"iar to rea er$ o! the Chri$tian $&ript%re$, b%t both o! whi&h ha been %$e by the E#yptian$ !or &ent%rie$ be!ore the Chri$tian era* And this policy of careful dissemination of the truth has al2ays characteri8ed the Hermetics5 e,en unto the present day+ The Hermetic Teachings are to 0e found in all lands5 among all religions5 0ut ne,er identified 2ith any particular country5 nor 2ith any particular religious sect+ This 0ecause of the 2arning of the ancient teachers against allo2ing the Secret 'octrine to 0ecome crystalli8ed into a creed+ The 2isdom of this caution is apparent to all students of history+ The ancient occultism of India and Persia degenerated5 and 2as largely lost5 o2ing to the fact that the teachers 0ecame priests5 and so mi-ed theology 2ith the philosophy5 the resuit 0eing that the occultism of India and Persia has 0een gradually

lost amidst the mass of religious superstition5 cults5 creeds and &gods+& So it 2as 2ith Ancient Greece and Rome+ So it 2as 2ith the Hermetic Teachings of the Gnostics and Early %hristians5 whi&h were "o$t at the time o! Con$tantine, who$e iron han $mothere phi"o$ophy with the b" o! theo"o#y, "o$in# to the Chri$tian Ch%r&h that whi&h wa$ it$ 'ery e$$en&e an $pirit, and causing it to grope throughout se,eral centuries 0efore it found the 2ay 0ac1 to its ancient faith5 the indications apparent to all careful o0ser,ers in this T2entieth %entury 0eing that the %hurch is no2 struggling to get 0ac1 to its ancient mystic teachings+ #ut there 2ere al2ays a fe2 faithful souls 2ho 1ept ali,e the (lame5 tending it carefully5 and not allo2ing its light to 0ecome e-tinguished+ And than1s to these staunch hearts5 and fearless minds5 2e ha,e the truth still 2ith us+ #ut it is not found in 0oo1s5 to any great e-tent+ It has 0een passed along from Master to Student; from Initiate to Hierophant; from lip to ear+ "hen it 2as 2ritten do2n at all5 its meaning 2as ,eiled in terms of alchemy and astrology so that only those possessing the 1ey could read it aright+ This 2as made necessary in order to a,oid the persecutions of the theologians of the Middle Ages5 2ho fought the Secret 'octrine 2ith fire and s2ord; sta1e5 gi00et and cross+ E,en to this day there 2ill 0e found 0ut fe2 relia0le 0oo1s on the Hermetic Philosophy5 although there are countless references to it in many 0oo1s 2ritten on ,arious phases of Occultism+ And yet5 the Hermetic Philosophy is the only Master ey 2hich 2ill open all the doors of the Occult Teachings9 In the early days5 there 2as a compilation of certain #asic Hermetic 'octrines5 passed on from teacher to student5 2hich 2as 1no2n as &THE $#A*IO!5& the e-act significance and meaning of the term ha,ing 0een lost for se,eral centuries+ This teaching5 ho2e,er5 is 1no2n to many to 2hom it has descended5 from mouth to ear5 on and on throughout the centuries+ Its precepts ha,e ne,er 0een 2ritten do2n5 or printed5 so far as 2e 1no2+ It 2as merely a collection of ma-ims5 a-ioms5 and precepts5 2hich 2ere non3understanda0le to outsiders5 0ut 2hich 2ere readily understood 0y students5 after the a-ioms5 ma-ims5 and precepts had 0een e-plained and e-emplified 0y the Hermetic Initiates to their !eophytes+ These teachings really constituted the 0asic principles of &The Art of Hermetic Alchemy5& 2hich5 contrary to the general 0elief5 dealt in the mastery of Mental (orces5 rather than Material Elements3the Transmutation of one 1ind of Mental )i0rations into others5 instead of the changing of one 1ind of metal into another+ The legends of the &Philosopher.s Stone& 2hich 2ould turn 0ase metal into Gold5 2as an allegory relating to Hermetic Philosophy5 readily understood 0y all students of true Hermeticism+ In this te-t5 of 2hich this is the (irst *esson5 2e in,ite our students to e-amine into the Hermetic Teachings5 as set forth in THE $#A*IO!5

and as e-plained 0y oursel,es5 hum0le students of the Teachings5 2ho5 2hile 0earing the title of Initiates5 are still students at the feet of HERMES5 the Master+ "e herein gi,e you many of the ma-ims5 a-ioms and precepts of THE $#A*IO!+ accompanied 0y e-planations and illustrations 2hich 2e deem li1ely to render the teachings more easily comprehended 0y the modern student5 particularly as the original te-t+ is purposely ,eiled in o0scure terms+ The original ma-ims5 a-ioms5 and precepts of THE $#A*IO! are printed herein5 in italics, the proper credit 0eing gi,en+ Our o2n 2or1 is printed in the regular 2ay5 in the 0ody of the 2or1+ "e trust that the many students to 2hom 2e no2 offer this little 2or1 2ill deri,e as much 0enefit from the study of its pages as ha,e the many 2ho ha,e gone on 0efore5 treading the same Path to Mastery throughout the centuries that ha,e passed since the times of HERMES TRISMEGISTUS 3the Master of Masters3the Great3Great+ In the 2ords of &THE $#A*IO!& 7 "%here fall the footsteps of the &aster, the ears of those read for his Teaching open wide!" 33THE $#A*OI! "%hen the ears of the student are read to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with %isdom!" 33THE $#A*OI! So that according to the Teachings5 the passage of this 0oo1 to those ready for the instruction 2ill attract the attention of such as are prepared to recei,e the Teaching+ And5 li1e2ise5 2hen the pupil is ready to recei,e the truth5 then 2ill this little 0oo1 come to him5 or her+ Such is The *a2+ The Hermetic Principle of %ause and Effect5 in its aspect of The *a2 of Attraction5 2ill 0ring lips and ear together3pupil and 0oo1 in company+ So mote it 0e 9

THE SE2EN HER+ETIC )RINCI)LES "The 'rinciples of Truth are (even) he who knows these, understandingl , possesses the &agic $e #efore whose touch all the *oors of the Temple fl open"!33THE $#A*IO!& The Se,en Hermetic Principles5 upon 2hich the entire Hermetic Philosophy is 0ased5 are as follo2s7 I THE )RINCI)LE O3 +ENTALIS+*

II THE )RINCI)LE O3 CORRES)ONDENCE III THE )RINCI)LE O3 2IBRATION* I2 THE )RINCI)LE O3 )OLARITY* 2 THE )RINCI)LE O3 RHYTH+* 2I THE )RINCI)LE O3 CAUSE AND E33ECT* 2II THE )RINCI)LE O3 4ENDER* These (even 'rinciples will #e discussed and explained as we proceed with these lessons! + short explanation of each, however, ma as well #e given at this point I* THE )RINCI)LE O3 +ENTALIS+ "T,- +.. /( &/0*) The Universe is &ental!"33The y0alion+ This Principle em0odies the truth that &All is Mind+& It e-plains that THE A** <2hich is the Su0stantial Reality underlying all the out2ard manifestations and appearances 2hich 2e 1no2 under the terms of &The Material Uni,erse&; the &Phenomena of *ife&; &Matter&; &Energy&; and5 in short5 all that is apparent to our material senses= is SPIRIT 2hich in itself is U! !O"A#*E and U!'E(I!A#*E5 0ut 2hich may 0e considered and thought of as A! U!I)ERSA*5 I!(I!ITE5 *I)I!G MI!'+ It also e-plains that all the phenomenal 2orld or uni,erse is simply a Mental %reation of THE A**5 su04ect to the *a2s of %reated Things5 and that the uni,erse5 as a 2hole5 and in its parts or units5 has its e-istence in the Mind of THE A**5 in 2hich Mind 2e &li,e and mo,e and ha,e our 0eing+& This Principle5 0y esta0lishing the Mental !ature of the Uni,erse5 easily e-plains all of the ,aried mental and psychic phenomena that occupy such a large portion of the pu0lic attention5 and 2hich5 2ithout such e-planation5 are non3understanda0le and defy scientific treatment+ An understanding of this great Hermetic Principle of Mentalism ena0les the indi,idual to readily grasp the la2s of the Mental Uni,erse5 and to apply the same to his 2ell30eing and ad,ancement+ The Hermetic Student is ena0led to apply intelligently the great Mental *a2s5 instead of using them in a hapha8ard manner+ "ith the Master3 ey in his possession5 the student+ may unloc1 the many doors of the mental and psychic temple of 1no2ledge5 and enter the same freely and intelligently+ This Principle e-plains the true nature of &Energy5& &Po2er5& and &Matter5& and 2hy and ho2 all these are su0ordinate to the Mastery of Mind+ One of the old Hermetic Masters 2rote5 long ages ago7 &He 2ho grasps the truth of the

Mental !ature of the Uni,erse is 2ell ad,anced on The Path to Mastery+& And these 2ords are as true to3day as at the time they 2ere first 2ritten+ "ithout this Master3 ey5 Mastery is impossi0le5 and the student 1noc1s in ,ain at the many doors of The Temple+ II* THE )RINCI)LE O3 CORRES)ONDENCE "+s a#ove, so #elow) as #elow, so a#ove!"33The y0alion+ This Principle em0odies the truth that there is al2ays a %orrespondence 0et2een the la2s and phenomena of the ,arious planes of #eing and *ife+ The old Hermetic a-iom ran in these 2ords7 &As a0o,e5 so 0elo2; as 0elo25 so a0o,e+& and the grasping of this Principle gi,es one the means of sol,ing many a dar1 parado-5 and hidden secret of !ature+ There are planes 0eyond our 1no2ing5 0ut 2hen 2e apply the Principle of %orrespondence to them 2e are a0le to understand much that 2ould other2ise 0e un1no2a0le to us+ This Principle is of uni,ersal application and manifestation5 on the ,arious planes of the material5 mental5 and spiritual uni,erse33it is an Uni,ersal *a2+ The ancient Hermetists considered this Principle as one of the most important mental instruments 0y 2hich man 2as a0le to pry aside the o0stacles 2hich hid from ,ie2 the Un1no2n+ Its use e,en tore aside the )eil of Isis to the e-tent that a glimpse of the face of the goddess might 0e caught+ :ust as a 1no2ledge of the Principles of Geometry ena0les man to measure distant suns and their mo,ements5 2hile seated in his o0ser,atory5 so a 1no2ledge of the Principle of %orrespondence ena0les Man to reason intelligently from the no2n to the Un1no2n+ Studying the monad5 he understands the archangel III* THE )RINCI)LE O3 2IBRATION "0othing rests) ever thing moves) ever thing vi#rates!" 33The y0alion+ This Principle em0odies the truth that &e,erything is in motion&; &e,erything ,i0rates&; &nothing is at rest&; facts 2hich Modern Science endorses5 and 2hich each ne2 scientific disco,ery tends to ,erify+ And yet this Hermetic Principle 2as enunciated thousands of years ago5 0y the Masters of Ancient Egypt+ This Principle e-plains that the differences 0et2een different manifestations of Matter5 Energy5 Mind5 and e,en Spirit5 result largely from ,arying rates of )i0ration+ (rom THE A**5 2hich is Pure Spirit5 do2n to the grossest form of Matter5 all is in ,i0ration33the higher the ,i0ration5 the higher the position in the scale+ The ,i0ration of Spirit is at such an infinite rate of intensity and rapidity that it is practically at rest34ust as a rapidly mo,ing 2heel seems to 0e motionless+ And at the other end of the scale5 there are gross forms of matter 2hose ,i0rations are so lo2 as to seem at rest+ #et2een these poles5 there are millions upon millions of ,arying degrees of ,i0ration+ (rom corpuscle and electron5 atom and molecule5 to 2orlds and uni,erses5 e,erything is in

,i0ratory motion+ This is also true on the planes of energy and force <2hich are 0ut ,arying degrees of ,i0ration=; and also on the mental planes <2hose states depend upon ,i0rations=; and e,en on to the spiritual planes+ An understanding of this Principle5 2ith the appropriate formulas5 ena0les Hermetic students to control their o2n mental ,i0rations as 2ell as those of others+ The Masters also apply this Principle to the con6uering of !atural phenomena5 in ,arious 2ays+ &He 2ho understands the Principle of )i0ration5 has grasped the sceptre of po2er5& says one of the old 2riters+ I2* THE )RINCI)LE O3 )OLARITY "-ver thing is *ual) ever thing has poles) ever thing has its pair of opposites) like and unlike are the same) opposites are identical in nature, #ut different in degree) extremes meet) all truths are #ut half-truths) all paradoxes ma #e reconciled!"33The y0alion+ This Principle em0odies the truth that &e,erything is dual&; &e,erything has t2o poles&; &e,erything has its pair of opposites5& all of 2hich 2ere old Hermetic a-ioms+ It e-plains the old parado-es5 that ha,e perple-ed so many5 2hich ha,e 0een stated as follo2s7 &Thesis and antithesis are identical in nature5 0ut different in degree&; &opposites are the same5 differing only in degree&; &the pairs of opposites may 0e reconciled&; &e-tremes meet&; &e,erything is and isn.t5 at the same time&; &all truths are 0ut half truths&; &e,ery truth is half3false&; &there are t2o sides to e,erything5& etc+5 etc+5 etc+ It e-plains that in e,erything there are t2o poles5 or opposite aspects5 and that &opposites& are really only the t2o e-tremes of the same thing5 2ith many ,arying degrees 0et2een them+ To illustrate7 Heat and %old5 although &opposites5& are really the same thing5 the differences consisting merely of degrees of the same thing+ *oo1 at your thermometer and see if you can disco,er 2here &heat& terminates and &cold& 0egins There is no such thing as &a0solute heat& or &a0solute cold&33the t2o terms &heat& and &cold& simply indicate ,arying degrees of the same thing5 and that .same thing& 2hich manifests as &heat. and .cold& is merely a form5 ,ariety5 and rate of )i0ration+ So &heat& and &cold& are simply the &t2o poles. of that 2hich 2e call &Heat&33and the phenomena attendant thereupon are manifestations of the Principle of Polarity+ The same Principle manifests in the case of &*ight and 'ar1ness5& 2hich are the same thing5 the difference consisting of ,arying degrees 0et2een the t2o poles of the phenomena+ "here does &dar1ness& lea,e off5 and &light& 0egin> "hat is the difference 0et2een &*arge and Small&> #et2een &Hard and Soft&> #et2een &#lac1 and "hite&> #et2een &Sharp and 'ull&> #et2een &!oise and ?uiet&> #et2een &High and *o2&> #et2een &Positi,e and !egati,e&> The Principle of Polarity e-plains these parado-es5 and no other Principle can supersede it+ The same Principle operates on the Mental Plane+ *et us ta1e a radical and e-treme e-ample3

that of &*o,e and Hate5& t2o mental states apparently totally different+ And yet there are degrees of Hate and degrees of *o,e5 and a middle point in 2hich 2e use the terms &*i1e or 'isli1e5& 2hich shade into each other so gradually that sometimes 2e are at a loss to 1no2 2hether 2e &li1e& or &disli1e& or &neither+& And all are simply degrees of the same thing5 as you 2ill see if you 2ill 0ut thin1 a moment+ And5 more than this <and considered of more importance 0y the Hermetists=5 it is possi0le to change the ,i0rations of Hate to the ,i0rations of *o,e5 in one.s o2n mind5 and in the minds of others+ Many of you5 2ho read these lines5 ha,e had personal e-periences of the in,oluntary rapid transition from *o,e to Hate5 and the re,erse5 in your o2n case and that of others+ And you 2ill therefore reali8e the possi0ility of this 0eing accomplished 0y the use of the "ill5 0y means of the Hermetic formulas+ &Good and E,il& are 0ut the poles of the same thing5 and the Hermetist understands the art of transmuting E,il into Good5 0y means of an application of the Principle of Polarity+ In short5 the &Art of Polari8ation 0ecomes a phase of &Mental Alchemy& 1no2n and practiced 0y the ancient and modern Hermetic Masters+ An understanding of the Principle 2ill ena0le one to change his o2n Polarity5 as 2ell as that of others5 if he 2ill de,ote the time and study necessary to master the art+ 2* THE )RINCI)LE O3 RHYTH+ "-ver thing flows, out and in) ever thing has its tides) all things rise and fall) the pendulum-swing manifests in ever thing) the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left) rh thm compensates!"33The y0alion This Principle em0odies the truth that in e,erything there is manifested a measured motion5 to and fro; a flo2 and inflo2; a s2ing 0ac12ard and for2ard; a pendulum3li1e mo,ement; a tide3li1e e00 and flo2; a high3tide and lo23tide; 0et2een the t2o poles 2hich e-ist in accordance 2ith the Principle of Polarity descri0ed a moment ago+ There is al2ays an action and a reaction; an ad,ance and a retreat; a rising and a sin1ing+ This is in the affairs of the Uni,erse5 suns5 2orlds5 men5 animals5 mind5 energy5 and matter+ This la2 is manifest in the creation and destruction of 2orlds; in the rise and fall of nations; in the life of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man <and it is 2ith this latter that the Hermetists find the understanding of the Principle most important=+ The Hermetists ha,e grasped this Principle5 finding its uni,ersal application5 and ha,e also disco,ered certain means to o,ercome its effects in themsel,es 0y the use of the appropriate formulas and methods+ They apply the Mental *a2 of !eutrali8ation+ They cannot annul the Principle5 or cause it to cease its operation5 0ut they ha,e learned ho2 to escape its effects upon themsel,es to a certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the Principle+ They ha,e learned ho2 to USE it5 instead of 0eing USE' #$ it+ In this and similar methods5 consist the Art of the Hermetists+ The Master of

Hermetics polari8es himself at the point at 2hich he desires to rest5 and then neutrali8es the Rhythmic s2ing of the pendulum 2hich 2ould tend to carry him to the other pole+ All indi,iduals 2ho ha,e attained any degree of Self3Mastery do this to a certain degree5 more or less unconsciously5 0ut the Master does this consciously5 and 0y the use of his "ill5 and attains a degree of Poise and Mental (irmness almost impossi0le of 0elief on the part of the masses 2ho are s2ung 0ac12ard and for2ard li1e a pendulum+ This Principle and that of Polarity ha,e 0een closely studied 0y the Hermetists5 and the methods of counteracting5 neutrali8ing5 and USI!G them form an important part of the Hermetic Mental Alchemy 2I* THE )RINCI)LE O3 CAUSE AND E33ECT "-ver Cause has its -ffect) ever -ffect has its Cause) ever thing happens according to .aw) Chance is #ut a name for .aw not recogni1ed) there are man planes of causation, #ut nothing escapes the .aw!"33The y0alion This Principle em0odies the fact that there is a %ause for e,ery Effect; an Effect from e,ery %ause+ It e-plains that7 &E,erything Happens according to *a2&; that nothing e,er &merely happens&; that there is no such thing as %hance; that 2hile there are ,arious planes of %ause and Effect5 the higher dominating3 the lo2er planes5 still nothing e,er entirely escapes the *a2+ The Hermetists understand the art and methods of rising a0o,e the ordinary plane of %ause and Effect5 to a certain degree5 and 0y mentally rising to a higher plane they 0ecome %ausers instead of Effects+ The masses of people are carried along5 o0edient to en,ironment; the 2ills and desires of others stronger than themsel,es; heredity; suggestion; and other out2ard causes mo,ing them a0out li1e pa2ns on the %hess0oard of *ife+ #ut the Masters5 rising to the plane a0o,e5 dominate their moods5 characters5 6ualities5 and po2ers5 as 2ell as the en,ironment surrounding them5 and 0ecome Mo,ers instead of pa2ns+ They help to P*A$ THE GAME O( *I(E5 instead of 0eing played and mo,ed a0out 0y other 2ills and en,ironment+ They USE the Principle instead of 0eing its tools+ The Masters o0ey the %ausation of the higher planes5 0ut they help to RU*E on their o2n plane+ In this statement there is condensed a 2ealth of Hermetic 1no2ledge3let him read 2ho can+ 2II* THE )RINCI)LE O3 4ENDER "2ender is in ever thing) ever thing has its &asculine and "eminine 'rinciples) 2ender manifests on all planes!"33The y0alion+ This Principle em0odies the truth that there is GE!'ER manifested in

e,erything33the Masculine and (eminine Principles e,er at 2or1+ This is true not only of the Physical Plane5 0ut of the Mental and e,en the Spiritual Planes+ On the Physical Plane5 the Principle manifests as SE/5 on the higher planes it ta1es higher forms5 0ut the Principle is e,er the same+ !o creation5 physical5 mental or spiritual5 is possi0le 2ithout this Principle+ An understanding of its la2s 2ill thro2 light on many a su04ect that has perple-ed the minds of men+ The Principle of Gender 2or1s e,er in the direction of generation5 regeneration5 and creation+ E,erything5 and e,ery person5 contains the t2o Elements or Principles5 or this great Principle5 2ithin it5 him or her+ E,ery Male thing has the (emale Element also; e,ery (emale contains also the Male Principle+ If you 2ould understand the philosophy of Mental and Spiritual %reation5 Generation5 and Re3generation5 you must understand and study this Hermetic Principle+ It contains the solution of many mysteries of *ife+ "e caution you that this Principle has no reference to the many 0ase5 pernicious and degrading lustful theories5 teachings and practices5 2hich are taught under fanciful titles5 and 2hich are a prostitution of the great natural principle of Gender+ Such 0ase re,i,als of the ancient infamous forms of Phallicism tend to ruin mind5 0ody and soul5 and the Hermetic Philosophy has e,er sounded the 2arning note against these degraded teachings 2hich tend to2ard lust5 licentiousness5 and per,ersion of !ature.s principles+ If you see1 such teachings5 you must go else2here for them33Hermeticism contains nothing for you along these lines+ To the pure5 all things are pure; to the 0ase5 all things are 0ase+

%hapter III
+ENTAL TRANS+UTATION "&ind 3as well as metals and elements4 ma #e transmuted, from state to state) degree to degree) condition to condition) pole to pole) vi#ration to vi#ration! True ,ermetic Transmutation is a &ental +rt!"33The y0alion+ As 2e ha,e stated5 the Hermetists 2ere the original alchemists5 astrologers5 and psychologists5 Hermes ha,ing 0een the founder of these schools of thought+ (rom astrology has gro2n modern astronomy; from alchemy has gro2n modern chemistry; from the mystic psychology has gro2n the modern psychology of the schools+ #ut it must not 0e supposed that the ancients 2ere ignorant of that 2hich the modern schools suppose to 0e their e-clusi,e and special property+ The records engra,ed on the stones of Ancient Egypt sho2 conclusi,ely that the ancients had a full comprehensi,e 1no2ledge of astronomy5 the ,ery 0uilding of the Pyramids sho2ing the connection 0et2een their design and the study of

astronomical science+ !or 2ere they ignorant of %hemistry5 for t+he fragments of the ancient 2ritings sho2 that they 2ere ac6uainted 2ith the chemical properties of things; in fact5 the ancient theories regarding physics are 0eing slo2ly ,erified 0y the latest disco,eries of modern science5 nota0ly those relating to the constitution of matter+ !or must it 0e supposed that they 2ere ignorant of the so3called modern disco,eries in psychology33on the contrary5 the Egyptians 2ere especially s1illed in the science of Psychology5 particularly in the 0ranches that the modern schools ignore5 0ut 2hich5 ne,ertheless5 are 0eing unco,ered under the name of &psychic science& 2hich is perple-ing the psychologists of to3 day5 and ma1ing them reluctantly admit that &there may 0e something in it after all+& The truth is5 that 0eneath the material chemistry5 astronomy and psychology <that is5 the psychology in its phase of &0rain action&= the ancients possessed a 1no2ledge of transcendental astronomy5 called astrology; of transcendental chemistry5 called alchemy; of transcendental psychology5 called mystic psychology+ They possessed the Inner no2ledge as 2ell as the Outer no2ledge5 the latter alone 0eing possessed 0y modern scientists+ Among the many secret 0ranches of 1no2ledge possessed 0y the Hermetists5 2as that Transmutation5 2hich 1no2n as Mental forms the su04ect matter of this lesson+ &Transmutation& is a term usually employed to designate the ancient art of the transmutation of metals33particularly of the 0ase metals into gold+ The 2ord &Transmute& means &to change from one nature5 form5 or su0stance5 into another to transform& <"e0ster=+ And accordingly5 &Mental Transmutation& means the art of changing and transforming mental states5 forms5 and conditions5 into others+ So you may see that Mental Transmutation is the &Art of Mental %hemistry5& if you li1e the term33a form of practical Mystic Psychology+ #ut this means far more than appears on the surface+ Transmutation5 Alchemy5 or %hemistry on the Mental Plane is important enough in its effects5 to 0e sure5 and if the art stopped there it 2ould still 0e one of the most important 0ranches of study 1no2n to man+ #ut this is only the 0eginning+ *et us see 2hy9 The first of the Se,en Hermetic Principles is the Principle of Mentalism5 the a-iom of 2hich is &THE A** is Mind; the Uni,erse is Mental5& 2hich means that the Underlying Reality of the Uni,erse is Mind; and the Uni,erse itself is Mental33that is5 &e-isting in the Mind of THE A**+& "e shall consider this Principle in succeeding lessons5 0ut let us see the effect of the principle if it 0e assumed to 0e true+

If the Uni,ersal is Mental in its nature5 then Mental Transmutation must 0e the art of %HA!GI!G THE %O!'ITIO!S O( THE U!I)ERSE5 along the lines of Matter5 (orce and mind+ So you see5therefore5 that Mental Transmutation is really the &Magic& of 2hich the ancient; 2riters had so much to say in their mystical 2or1s5 and a0out 2hich they ga,e so fe2 practical instructions+ If All 0e Mental5 then the art 2hich ena0les one to transmute mental conditions must render the Master the controller of material conditions as 2ell as those ordinally called &mental+& As a matter of fact5 none 0ut ad,anced Mental Alchemists ha,e 0een a0le to attain the degree of po2er necessary to control the grosser physical conditions5 such as the control of the elements of !ature; the production or cessation of tempests; the production and cessation of earth6ua1es and other great physical phenomena+ #ut that such men ha,e e-isted5 and do e-ist today5 is a matter of earnest 0elief to all ad,anced occultists of all schools+ That the Masters e-ist5 and ha,e these po2ers5 the 0est teachers assure their students5 ha,ing had e-periences 2hich 4ustify them in such 0elief and statements+ These Masters do not ma1e pu0lic e-hi0itions of their po2ers5 0ut see1 seclusion from the cro2ds of men5 in order to 0etter 2or1 their may along the Path of Attainment+ "e mention their e-istence5 at this point5 merely to call your attention to the fact that their po2er is entirely Mental5 and operates along the lines of the higher Mental Transmutation5 under the Hermetic Principle of Mentalism+ &The Uni,erse is Mental&33The y0alion+ #ut students and Hermetists of lesser degree than Masters33the Initiates and Teachers33are a0le to freely 2or1 along the Mental Plane5 in Mental Transmutation+ In fact all that 2e call &psychic phenomena5&; &mental influence&; &mental science&; &ne23thought phenomena5& etc+5 operates along the same general lines5 for there is 0ut one principle in,ol,ed5 no matter 0y 2hat name the phenomena 0e called+ The student and practitioner of Mental Transmutation 2or1s among the Mental Plane5 transmuting mental conditions5 states5 etc+5 into others5 according to ,arious formulas5 more or less efficacious+ The ,arious &treatments5& &affirmations5& &denials& etc+5 of the schools of mental science are 0ut formulas5 often 6uite imperfect and unscientific5 of The Hermetic Art+ The ma4ority of modern practitioners are 6uite ignorant compared to the ancient masters5 for they lac1 the fundamental 1no2ledge upon 2hich the 2or1 is 0ased+ !ot only may the mental states5 etc+5 of one.s self 0e changed or transmuted 0y Hermetic Methods; 0ut also the states of others may 0e5 and are5 constantly transmuted in the same 2ay5 usually unconsciously5 0ut often consciously 0y some understanding the la2s and principles5 in cases 2here the people affected are not informed of the principles of self3

protection+ And more than this5 as many students and practitioners of modern mental science 1no25 e,ery material condition depending upon the minds of other people may 0e changed or transmuted in accordance 2ith the earnest desire5 2ill5 and &treatments& of person desiring changed conditions of life+ The pu0lic are so generally informed regarding these things at present5 that 2e do not deem it necessary to mention the same at length5 our purpose at this point 0eing merely to sho2 the Hermetic Principle and Art underlying all of these ,arious forms of practice5 good and e,il5 for the force can 0e used in opposite directions according to the Hermetic Principles of Polarity+ In this little 0oo1 2e shall state the 0asic principles of Mental Transmutation5 that all 2ho read may grasp the Underlying Principles5 and thus possess the Master3 ey that 2ill unloc1 the many doors of the Principle of Polarity "e shall no2 proceed to a consideration of the first of the Hermetic Se,en Principles33the Principle of Mentalism5in 2hich is e-plained the truth that &THE A** is Mind; the Uni,erse is Mental5& in the 2ords of The y0alion+ "e as1 the close attention5 and careful study of this great Principle5 on the part of our students5 for it is really the #asic Principle of the 2hole Hermetic Philosophy5 and of the Hermetic Art of Mental Transmutation+


"Under, and #ack of, the Universe of Time, (pace and Change, is ever to #e found The (u#stantial 5ealit --the "undamental Truth!"33The y0alion+ &Su0stance& means7 &that 2hich underlies all out2ard manifestations; the essence; the essential reality; the thing in itself5& etc+ &Su0stantial& means 7 &actually e-isting; 0eing the essential element; 0eing real5& etc+ &Reality& means7& the state of 0eing real; true5 enduring; ,alid; fi-ed; permanent; actual5& etc+

Under and 0ehind all out2ard appearances or manifestations5 there must al2ays 0e a Su0stantial Reality+ This is the *a2+ Man considering the Uni,erse5 of 2hich he is a unit5 sees nothing 0ut change in matter5 forces5 and mental states+ He sees that nothing really IS5 0ut that e,erything is #E%OMI!G and %HA!GI!G+ !othing stands still3e,erything is 0eing 0orn5 gro2ing5 dying3the ,ery instant a thing reaches its height5 it 0egins to decline3the la2 of rhythm is in constant operation 3there is no reality5 enduring 6uality5 fi-ity5 or su0stantiality in anything3 nothing is permanent 0ut %hange+ He sees all things e,ol,ing from other things5 and resol,ing into other things3a constant action and reaction; inflo2 and outflo2; 0uilding up and tearing do2n; creation and destruction; 0irth5 gro2th and death+ !othing endures 0ut %hange+ And if he 0e a thin1ing man5 he reali8es that all of these changing things must 0e 0ut out2ard appearances or manifestations of some Underlying Po2er3some Su0stantial Reality+ All thin1ers5 in all lands and in all times5 ha,e assumed the necessity for postulating the e-istence of this Su0stantial Reality+ All philosophies 2orthy of the name ha,e 0een 0ased upon this thought+ Men ha,e gi,en to this Su0stantial Reality many names3some ha,e called it 0y the term of 'eity <under many titles=+ others ha,e called it &The Infinite and Eternal Energy& others ha,e tried to call it &Matter&30ut all ha,e ac1no2ledged its e-istence+ It is self3e,ident it needs no argument+ In these lessons 2e ha,e follo2ed the e-ample of some of the 2orld.s greatest thin1ers5 0oth ancient and modern33the Hermetic+ Masters33and ha,e called this Underlying Po2er33this Su0stantial Reality3 +0y the Hermetic name of &THE A**5& 2hich term 2e consider the most comprehensi,e of the many terms applied 0y Man to THAT 2hich transcends names and terms+ "e accept and teach the ,ie2 of the great Hermetic thin1ers of all times5 as 2ell as of those illumined souls 2ho ha,e reached higher planes of 0eing5 0oth of 2hom assert that the inner nature of THE A** is U! !O"A#*E+ This must 0e so5 for naught 0y THE A** itself can comprehend its o2n nature and 0eing+ The Hermetists 0elie,e and teach that THE A**5 &in itself5& is and must e,er 0e U! !O"A#*E+ They regard all the theories5 guesses and speculations of the theologians and metaphysicians regarding the inner nature of THE A**5 as 0ut the childish efforts of mortal minds to grasp the secret of the Infinite+ Such efforts ha,e al2ays failed and 2ill al2ays fail5 from the ,ery nature of the tas1+ One pursuing such in6uiries tra,els around and around in the la0yrinth of thought5 until he is lost to all sane reasoning5 action or conduct5 and is utterly unfitted for the 2or1 of life+ He is li1e the s6uirrel 2hich frantically runs around and around the circling

treadmill 2heel of his cage5 tra,eling e,er and yet reaching no2here33at the end a prisoner still5 and standing 4ust 2here he started+ And still more presumptuous are those 2ho attempt to ascri0e to THE A** the personality5 6ualities5 properties5 characteristics and attri0utes of themsel,es5 ascri0ing to THE A** the human emotions5 feelings5 and characteristics5 e,en do2n to the pettiest 6ualities of man1ind5 such as 4ealousy5 suscepti0ility to flattery and praise5 desire for offerings and 2orship5 and all the other sur,i,als from the days of the childhood of the race+ Such ideas are not 2orthy of gro2n men and 2omen5 and are rapidly 0eing discarded+ <At this point5 it may 0e proper for me to state that 2e ma1e a distinction 0et2een Religion and Theology330et2een Philosophy and Metaphysics+ Religion5 to us5 means that intuitional reali8ation of the e-istence of THE A**5 and one.s relationship to it; 2hile Theology means the attempts of men to ascri0e personality5 6ualities5 and characteristics to it; their theories regarding its affairs5 2ill5 desires5 plans5 and designs5 and their assumption of the office of ..middle3men.. 0et2een THE A** and the people+ Philosophy5 to us5 means the in6uiry after 1no2ledge of things 1no2a0le and thin1a0le;2hile Metaphysical means the attempt to carry the in6uiry o,er and 0eyond the 0oundaries and into regions un1no2a0le and unthin1a0le5 and 2ith the same tendency as that of Theology+ And conse6uently5 0oth Religion and Philosophy mean to us things ha,ing roots in Reality5 2hile Theology and Metaphysics seem li1e 0ro1en reeds5 rooted in the 6uic1sands of ignorance5 and affording naught 0ut the most insecure support for the mind or soul of Man+ 2e do not insist upon our students accepting these definitions332e mention them merely to sho2 our position+ At any rate5 you shall hear ,ery little a0out Theology and Metaphysics in these lessons+= #ut 2hile the essential nature of THE A** is Un1no2a0le5 there are certain truths connected 2ith its e-istence 2hich the human mind finds itself compelled to accept+ And an e-amination of these reports form a proper su04ect of in6uiry5 particularly as they agree 2ith the reports of the Illumined on higher planes+ And to this in6uiry 2e no2 in,ite you+ "T,+T which is the "undamental Truth-the (u#stantial 5ealit --is #e ond true naming, #ut the %ise &en call it T,- +..!&33The y0alion+ "/n its -ssence, T,- +.. is U0$0O%+6.-!"33 The y0alion+ "6ut, the report of 5eason must #e hospita#l received, and treated with respect!"33The y0alion+ The human reason5 2hose reports 2e must accept so long as 2e thin1 at all5 informs us as follo2s regarding THE A**5 and that 2ithout attempting to remo,e the ,eil of the Un1no2a0le7

<@= THE A** must 0e A** that REA**$ IS+ There can 0e nothing e-isting outside of THE A**5 else THE A** 2ould not 0e THE A**+ A= THE A** must 0e I!(I!ITE5 for there is nothing else to define5 confine5 0ound5 limit; or restrict THE A**+ It must 0e Infinite in Time5 or ETER!A*533it must ha,e al2ays continuously e-isted5 for there is nothing else to ha,e e,er created it5 and something can ne,er e,ol,e from nothing5 and if it had e,er &not 0een5& e,en for a moment5 it 2ould not &0e& no2533it must continuously e-ist fore,er5 for there is nothing to destroy it5 and it can+ne,er &not30e5& e,en for a moment5 0ecause something can ne,er 0ecome nothing+ It must 0e Infinite in Space33it must 0e E,ery2here5 for there is no place outside of THE A**33it cannot 0e other2ise than continuous in Space5 2ithout 0rea15 cessation5 separation5 or interruption5 for there is nothing to 0rea15 separate5 or interrupt its continuity5 and nothing 2ith 2hich to &fill in the gaps+& It must 0e Infinite in Po2er5 or A0solute5 for there is nothing to limit5 restrict5 restrain5 confine5 distur0 or condition it33it is su04ect to no other Po2er5 for there is no other Po2er+ <B= THE A** must 0e IMMUTA#*E5 or not su04ect to change in its real nature5 for there is nothing to 2or1 changes upon it nothing into 2hich it could change5 nor from 2hich it could ha,e changed+ It cannot 0e added to nor su0tracted from; increased nor diminished ; nor 0ecome greater or lesser in any respect 2hatsoe,er+ It must ha,e al2ays 0een5 and must al2ays remain5 4ust 2hat it is no233THE A**33there has ne,er 0een5 is not no25 and ne,er 2ill 0e5 anything else into 2hich it can change+ THE A** 0eing Infinite5 A0solute5 Eternal and Unchangea0le it must follo2 that anything finite5 changea0le5 fleeting5 and conditioned cannot 0e THE A**+ And as there is !othing outside of THE A**5 in Reality5 then any and all such finite things must 0e as !othing in Reality+ !o2 do not 0ecome 0efogged5 nor frightened332e are not trying to lead you into the %hristian Science field under co,er of Hermetic Philosophy+ There is a Reconciliation of this apparently contradictory state of affairs+ #e patient5 2e 2ill reach it in time+ CCCC "e see around us that 2hich is called & Matter5& 2hich forms the physical foundation for all forms+ Is THE A** merely Matter> !ot at all9 Matter cannot manifest *ife or Mind5 and as *ife and Mind are manifested in the Uni,erse5 THE A** cannot 0e Matter5 for nothing rises higher than its o2n source33nothing is e,er manifested in an effect that is not in the cause33nothing is e,ol,ed as a conse6uent that is not in,ol,ed as an antecedent+ And then Modern Science informs us that there is really no such thing as Matter3that 2hat 2e call Matter is merely &interrupted energy or force5& that is5 energy or force at a lo2 rate of ,i0ration+ As a recent 2riter has said &Matter has melted into Mystery+& E,en Material

Science has a0andoned the theory of Matter5 and no2 rests on the 0asis of &Energy+& Then is THE A** mere Energy or (orce> !ot Energy or (orce as the materialists use the terms5 for their energy and force are 0lind5 mechanical things5 de,oid of *ife or Mind+ *ife and Mind can ne,er e,ol,e from 0lind Energy or (orce5 for the reason gi,en a moment ago7 .!othing can rise higher than its source33nothing is e,ol,ed unless it is in,ol,ed33nothing manifests in the effect5 unless it is in the cause+& And so THE A** cannot 0e mere Energy or (orce5 for5 if it 2ere5 then there 2ould 0e no such things as *ife and Mind in e-istence5 and 2e 1no2 0etter than that5 for 2e are Ali,e and using Mind to consider this ,ery 6uestion5 and so are those 2ho claim that Energy or (orce is E,erything+ "hat is there then higher than Matter or Energy that 2e 1no2 to 0e e-istent in the Uni,erse> *I(E A!' MI!'9 *ife and Mind in all their ,arying degrees of unfoldment9 &Then5& you as15 &do you mean to tell us that THE A** is *I(E and MI!'>& $es9 and !o9 is our ans2er+ If you mean *ife and Mind as 2e poor petty mortals 1no2 them5 2e say !o9 THE A** is not that9 &#ut 2hat 1ind of *ife and Mind do you mean>& you as1+ The ans2er is &*I)I!G MI!'5& as far a0o,e that 2hich mortals 1no2 0y those 2ords5 as *ife and Mind are higher than mechanical forces5 or matter33I!(I!ITE *I)I!G MI!' as compared to finite *ife and Mind+& "e mean that 2hich the illumined souls mean 2hen they re,erently pronounce the 2ord7 &SPIRIT9& &THE A**& is Infinite *i,ing Mind the Illumined call it SPIRIT9

THE +ENTAL UNI2ERSE "The Universe is &ental--held in the &ind of T,- +..!"33The y0alion+ THE A** is SPIRIT9 #ut 2hat is Spirit> This 6uestion cannot 0e ans2ered5 for the reason that its definition is practically that of THE A**5 2hich cannot 0e e-plained or defined+ Spirit is simply a name that men gi,e to the highest conception of Infinite *i,ing Mind33it means &the Real Essence&33it means *i,ing Mind5 as much superior to *ife and Mind as 2e 1no2 them5 as the latter are superior to mechanical Energy and Matter+

Spirit transcends our understanding5 and 2e use the term merely that 2e may thin1 or spea1 of THE A**+ (or the purposes of thought and understanding5 2e are 4ustified in thin1ing of Spirit as Infinite *i,ing Mind5 at the same time ac1no2ledging that 2e cannot fully understand it+ "e must either do this or stop thin1ing of the matter at all+ *et us no2 proceed to a consideration of the nature of the Uni,erse5 as a 2hole and in its parts+ "hat is the Uni,erse> "e ha,e seen that there can 0e nothing outside of THE A**+ Then is the Uni,erse THE A** > !o5 this cannot 0e5 0ecause the Uni,erse seems to 0e made up of MA!$ and is constantly changing5 and in other 2ays it does not measure up to the ideas that 2e are compelled to accept regarding THE A**5 as stated in our last lesson+ Then if the Uni,erse 0e not THE A**5 then it must 0e !othing33 such is the ine,ita0le conclusion of the mind at first thought+ #ut this 2ill not satisfy the 6uestion5 for 2e are sensi0le of the e-istence of the Uni,erse+ Then if the Uni,erse is neither THE A**5 nor !othing5 2hat %an it 0e> *et us e-amine this 6uestion+ If the Uni,erse e-ists at all5 or seems to e-ist5 it must proceed in some 2ay from THE A**33it must 0e a creation of THE A**+ #ut as something can ne,er come from nothing5 from 2hat could THE A** ha,e created it Some philosophers ha,e ans2ered this 6uestion 0y saying that THE A** created the Uni,erse from ITSE*( 33that is5 from the 0eing and su0stance of THE A**+ #ut this 2ill not do5 for THE A** cannot 0e su0tracted from5 nor di,ided5 as 2e ha,e seen5 and then again if this 0e so5 2ould not each particle in the Uni,erse 0e a2are of its 0eing THE A** 33THE A** could not lose its 1no2ledge of itself5 nor actually #E%OME an atom5 or 0lind force5 or lo2ly li,ing thing+ Some men5 indeed5 reali8ing that THE A** is indeed A**5 and also recogni8ing that they5 the men5 e-isted5 ha,e 4umped to the conclusion that they and THE A** 2ere identical5 and they ha,e filled the air 2ith shouts of &I AM GO'5. to the amusement of the multitude and the sorro2 of sages+ The claim of the corpuscle that7 &I am Man9& 2ould 0e modest in comparison+ #ut5 2hat indeed is the Uni,erse5 if it 0e not THE A**5 not yet created 0y THE A** ha,ing separated itself into fragments> "hat else can it 0e of 2hat else can it 0e made > This is the great 6uestion+ *et us e-amine it carefully+ "e find here that the &Principle of %orrespondence& <see *esson I+= comes to our aid here+ The old Hermetic a-iom5&As a0o,e so 0elo25& may 0e pressed into ser,ice at this point+ *et us endea,or to get a glimpse of the 2or1ings on higher planes 0y e-amining those on our o2n+ The Principle of %orrespondence must apply to this as 2ell as to other pro0lems+ *et us see9 On his o2n plane of 0eing5 ho2 does Man create> "ell5 first5 he may create 0y ma1ing something out of outside materials+ #ut this 2ill not do5 for there are no materials outside of THE A** 2ith 2hich it may create+ "ell5 then5 secondly5 Man pro3creates or reproduces his 1ind 0y

the process of 0egetting5 2hich is self3multiplication accomplished 0y transferring a portion of his su0stance to his offspring+ #ut this 2ill not do5 0ecause THE A** cannot transfer or su0tract a portion of itself5 nor can it reproduce or multiply itself33in the first place there 2ould 0e a ta1ing a2ay5 and in the second case a multiplication or addition to THE A**5 0oth thoughts 0eing an a0surdity+ Is there no third 2ay in 2hich MA! creates> $es5 there is33he %REATES ME!TA**$9 And in so doing he uses no outside materials5 nor does he reproduce himself5 and yet his Spirit per,ades the Mental %reation+ (ollo2ing the Principle of %orrespondence5 2e are 4ustified in considering that THE A** creates the Uni,erse ME!TA**$5 in a manner a1in to the process 2here0y Man creates Mental Images+ And5 here is 2here the report of Reason tallies precisely 2ith the report of the Illumined5 as sho2n 0y their teachings and 2ritings+ Such are the teachings of the "ise Men+ Such 2as the Teaching of Hermes+ THE A** can create in no other 2ay e-cept mentally5 2ithout either using material <and there is none to use=5 or else reproducing itself <2hich is also impossi0le=+ There is no escape from this conclusion of the Reason5 2hich5 as 2e ha,e said5 agrees 2ith the highest teachings of the Illumined+ :ust as you5 student5 may create a Uni,erse of your o2n in your mentality5 so does THE A** create Uni,erses in its o2n Mentality+ #ut your Uni,erse is the mental creation of a (inite Mind5 2hereas that of THE A** is the creation of an Infinite+ The t2o are similar in 1ind5 0ut infinitely different in degree+ "e shall e-amine more closely into the process of creation and manifestation as 2e proceed+ #ut this is the point to fi- in your minds at this stage7 THE U!I)ERSE5 A!' A** IT %O!TAI!S5 IS A ME!TA* %REATIO! O( THE A**+ )erily indeed5 A** IS MI!'9 "T,- +.. creates in its /nfinite &ind countless Universes, which exist for aeons of Time--and et, to T,- +.., the creation, development, decline and death of a million Universes is as the time of the twinkling of an e e!"33The y0alion+ "The /nfinite &ind of T,- +.. is the wom# of Universes!"33The y0alion+ The Principle of Gender <see *esson I+ and other lessons to follo2= is manifested on all planes of life5 material mental and spiritual+ #ut5 as 2e ha,e said 0efore5 &Gender& does not mean &Se-& se- is merely a material manifestation of gender+ &Gender& means &relating to generation or creation+&And 2hene,er anything is generated or created5 on any plane5 the Principle of Gender must 0e manifested+ And this is true e,en in the creation of Uni,erses+ !o2 do not 4ump to the conclusion that 2e are teaching that there is a male and female God5 or %reator+ That idea is merely a distortion of the ancient teachings on the su04ect+ The true teaching is that THE A**5 in

itself5 is a0o,e Gender5 as it is a0o,e e,ery other *a25 including those of Time and Space+ It is the *a25 from 2hich the *a2s proceed5 and it is not su04ect to them+ #ut 2hen THE A** manifests on the plane of generation or creation5 then it acts according to *a2 and Principle5 for it is mo,ing on a lo2er plane of #eing+ And conse6uently it manifests the Principle of Gender5 in its Masculine and (eminine aspects5 on the Mental Plane5 of course+ This idea may seem startling to some of you 2ho hear it for the first time5 0ut you ha,e all really passi,ely accepted it in your e,eryday conceptions+ $ou spea1 of the (atherhood of God5 and the Motherhood of !ature33of God5 the 'i,ine (ather5 and !ature the Uni,ersal Mother 33and ha,e thus instincti,ely ac1no2ledged the Principle of Gender in the Uni,erse+ Is this not so > #ut5 the Hermetic teaching does not imply a real duality3 +THE A** is O!E the T2o Aspects are merely aspects of manifestation+ The teaching is that The Masculine Principle manifested 0y THE A** stands5 in a 2ay5 apart from the actual mental creation of the Uni,erse+ It pro4ects its "ill to2ard the (eminine Principle <2hich may 0e called &!ature&= 2hereupon the latter 0egins the actual 2or1 of the e,olution of the Uni,erse5 from simple &centers of acti,ity& on to man5 and then on and on still higher5 all according to 2ell3esta0lished and firmly enforced *a2s of !ature+ If you prefer the old figures of thought5 you may thin1 of the Masculine Principle as GO'5 the (ather5 and of the (eminine Principle as !ATURE5 the Uni,ersal Mother5 from 2hose 2om0 all things ha,e 0een 0orn+ This is more than a mere poetic figure of speech 33it is an idea of the actual process of the creation of the Uni,erse+ #ut al2ays remem0er5 that THE A** is 0ut One5 and that in its Infinite Mind the Uni,erse is generated5 created and e-ists+ It may help you to get the proper idea5 if you 2ill apply the *a2 of %orrespondence to yourself5 and your o2n mind+ $ou 1no2 that the part of $ou 2hich you call &I5& in a sense5 stands apart and 2itnesses the creation of mental Images in your o2n mind+ The part of your mind in 2hich the mental generation is accomplished may 0e called the &Me& in distinction from the &I& 2hich stands apart and 2itnesses and e-amines the thoughts5 ideas and images of the .Me+& &As a0o,e5 so 0elo25& remem0er5 and the phenomena of one plane may 0e employed to sol,e the riddles of higher or lo2er planes+ Is it any 2onder that $ou5 the child5 feel that instincti,e re,erence for THE A**5 2hich feeling 2e call &religion&33that respect5 and re,erence for THE (ATHER MI!'> Is it any 2onder that5 2hen you consider the 2or1s and 2onders of !ature5 you are o,ercome 2ith a mighty feeling

2hich has its roots a2ay do2n in your inmost 0eing > It is the MOTHER MI!' that you are pressing close up to5 li1e a 0a0e to the 0reast+ 'o not ma1e the mista1e of supposing that the little 2orld you see around you3the Earth5 2hich is a mere grain of dust in the Uni,erse33is the Uni,erse itself+ There are millions upon millions of such 2orlds5 and greater+ And there are millions of millions of such Uni,erses in e-istence 2ithin the Infinite Mind of THE A**+ And e,en in our o2n little solar system there are regions and planes of life far higher than ours5 and 0eings compared to 2hich 2e earth30ound mortals are as the slimy life3forms that d2ell on the ocean.s 0ed 2hen compared to Man+ There are 0eings 2ith po2ers and attri0utes higher than Man has e,er dreamed of the gods. possessing+ And yet these 0eings 2ere once as you5 and still lo2er33and you 2ill 0e e,en as they5 and still higher5 in time5 for such is the 'estiny of Man as reported 0y the Illumined+ And 'eath is not real5 e,en in the Relati,e sense33it is 0ut #irth to a ne2 life3and $ou shall go on5 and on5 and on5 to higher and still higher planes of life5 for aeons upon aeons of time+ The Uni,erse is your home5 and you shall e-plore its farthest recesses 0efore the end of Time+ $ou are d2elling in the Infinite Mind of THE A**5 and your possi0ilities and opportunities are infinite5 0oth in time and space+ And at the end of the Grand %ycle of Aeons5 2hen THE A** shall dra2 0ac1 into itself all of its creations33you 2ill go gladly for you 2ill then 0e a0le to 1no2 the "hole Truth of 0eing At One 2ith THE A**+ Such is the report of the Illumined33those 2ho ha,e ad,anced 2ell along The Path+ And5 in the meantime5 rest calm and serene33you are safe and protected 0y the Infinite Po2er of the (ATHER3MOTHER MI!'+ "%ithin the "ather-&other &ind, mortal children are at home!"33The y0alion+ "There is not one who is "atherless, nor &otherless in the Universe!"33 The y0alion+


"The half-wise, recogni1ing the comparative unrealit of the Universe, imagine that the ma def its .aws--such are vain and presumptuous

fools, and the are #roken against the rocks and torn asunder # the elements # reason of their foll ! The trul wise, knowing the nature of the Universe, use .aw against laws) the higher against the lower) and # the +rt of +lchem transmute that which is undesira#le into that which is worth , and thus triumph! &aster consists not in a#normal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, #ut in using the higher forces against the lower--escaping the pains of the lower planes # vi#rating on the higher! Transmutation, not presumptuous denial, is the weapon of the &aster!"33The y0alion+ This is the Parado- of the Uni,erse5 resulting from the Principle of Polarity 2hich manifests 2hen THE A** 0egins to %reate33hear1en to it for it points the difference 0et2een half32isdom and 2isdom+ "hile to THE I!(I!ITE A**5 the Uni,erse5 its *a2s5 its Po2ers5 its life5 its Phenomena5 are as things 2itnessed in the state of Meditation or 'ream; yet to all that is (inite5 the Uni,erse must 0e treated as Real5 and life5 and action5 and thought5 must 0e 0ased thereupon5 accordingly5 although 2ith an e,er understanding of the Higher Truth+ Each according to its o2n Plane and *a2s+ "ere THE A** to imagine that the Uni,erse 2ere indeed Reality5 then 2oe to the Uni,erse5 for there 2ould 0e then no escape from lo2er to higher5 di,ine2ard33then 2ould the Uni,erse 0ecome a fi-ity and progress 2ould 0ecome impossi0le+ And if Man5 o2ing to half32isdom5 acts and li,es and thin1s of the Uni,erse as merely a dream <a1in to his o2n finite dreams= then indeed does it so 0ecome for him5 and li1e a sleep32al1er he stum0les e,er around and around in a circle5 ma1ing no progress5 and 0eing forced into an a2a1ening at last 0y his falling 0ruised and 0leeding o,er the !atural *a2s 2hich he ignored+ 1eep your mind e,er on the Star5 0ut let your eyes 2atch o,er your footsteps5 lest you fall into the mire 0y reason of your up2ard ga8e+ Remem0er the 'i,ine Parado-5 that 2hile the Uni,erse IS !OT5 still IT IS+ Remem0er e,er the T2o Poles of Truth the A0solute and the Relati,e+ #e2are of Half3Truths+ "hat Hermetists 1no2 as &the *a2 of Parado-& is an aspect of the Principle of Polarity+ The Hermetic 2ritings are filled 2ith references to the appearance of the Parado- in the consideration of the pro0lems of *ife and #eing+ The Teachers are constantly 2arning their students against the error of omitting the &other side& of any 6uestion+ And their 2arnings are particularly directed to the pro0lems of the A0solute and the Relati,e5 2hich perple- all students of philosophy5 and 2hich cause so many to thin1 and act contrary to 2hat is generally 1no2n as &common sense+& And 2e caution all students to 0e sure to grasp the 'i,ine Parado- of the A0solute and Relati,e5 lest they 0ecome entangled in the mire of the Half3 Truth+ "ith this in ,ie2 this particular lesson has 0een 2ritten+ Read it carefully9

The first thought that comes to the thin1ing man after he reali8es the truth that the Uni,erse is a Mental %reation of THE A**5 is that the Uni,erse and all that it contains is a mere illusion; an unreality; against 2hich idea his instincts re,olt+ #ut this5 li1e all other great truths5 must 0e considered 0oth from the A0solute and the Relati,e points of ,ie2+ from the A0solute ,ie2point5 of course5 the Uni,erse is in the nature of an illusion5 a dream5 a phantasmagoria5 as compared to THE A** in itself+ "e recogni8e this e,en in our ordinary ,ie25 for 2e spea1 of the 2orld as &a fleeting sho2& that comes and goes5 is 0orn and dies33for the element of impermanence and change5 finiteness and unsu0stantiality5 must e,er 0e connected 2ith the idea of a created Uni,erse 2hen it is contrasted 2ith the idea of THE A**5 no matter 2hat may 0e our 0eliefs concerning the nature of 0oth+ Philosopher5 metaphysician5 scientist and theologian all agree upon this idea5 and the thought is found in all forms of philosophical thought and religious conceptions5 as 2ell as in the theories of the respecti,e schools of metaphysics and theology+ So5 the Hermetic Teachings do not preach the unsu0stantiality of the Uni,erse in any stronger terms than those more familiar to you5 although their presentation of the su04ect may seem some2hat more startling+ Anything that has a 0eginning and an ending must 0e5 in a sense5 unreal and untrue5 and the Uni,erse comes under the rule5 in all schools of thought+ (rom the A0solute point of ,ie25 there is nothing Real e-cept THE A**5 no matter 2hat terms 2e may use in thin1ing of5 or discussing the su04ect+ "hether the Uni,erse 0e created of Matter5 or 2hether it 0e a Mental %reation in the Mind of THE A**33it is unsu0stantial5 non3enduring5 a thing of time5 space and change+ "e 2ant you to reali8e this fact thoroughly5 0efore you pass 4udgment on the Hermetic conception of the Mental nature of the Uni,erse+ Thin1 o,er any and all of the other conceptions5 and see 2hether this 0e not true of them+ #ut the A0solute point of ,ie2 sho2s merely one side of the picture33the other side is the Relati,e one+ A0solute Truth has 0een defined as &Things as the mind of God 1no2s them5& 2hile Relati,e Truth is &Things as the highest reason of Man understands them+& And so 2hile to THE A** the Uni,erse must 0e unreal and illusionary5 a mere dream or result of meditation533ne,ertheless5 to the finite minds forming a part of that Uni,erse5 and ,ie2ing it through mortal faculties5 the Uni,erse is ,ery real indeed5 and must 0e so considered+ In recogni8ing the A0solute ,ie25 2e must not ma1e the mista1e of ignoring or denying the facts and phenomena of the Uni,erse as they present themsel,es to our mortal faculties332e are not THE A**5 remem0er+ To ta1e familiar illustrations5 2e all recogni8e the fact that matter &e-ists& to our senses332e 2ill fare 0adly if 2e do not+ And yet5 e,en our finite minds understand the scientific dictum that there is no such thing as Matter from a scientific point of ,ie233that 2hich 2e call Matter is held to 0e merely an aggregation of atoms5 2hich atoms themsel,es are merely a

grouping of units of force5 called electrons or &ions5& ,i0rating and in constant circular motion+ "e 1ic1 a stone and 2e feel the impact33it seems to 0e real5 not2ithstanding that 2e 1no2 it to 0e merely 2hat 2e ha,e stated a0o,e+ #ut remem0er that our foot5 2hich feels the impact 0y means of our 0rains5 is li1e2ise Matter5 so constituted of electrons5 and for that matter so are our 0rains+ And5 at the 0est5 if it 2ere not 0y reason of our Mind5 2e 2ould not 1no2 the foot or stone at all+ Then again5 the ideal of the artist or sculptor5 2hich he is endea,oring to reproduce in stone or on can,as5 seems ,ery real to him+ So do the characters in the mind of the author; or dramatist5 2hich he see1s to e-press so that others may recogni8e them+ And if this 0e true in the case of our finite minds5 2hat must 0e the degree of Reality in the Mental Images created in the Mind of the Infinite> Oh5 friends5 to mortals this Uni,erse of Mentality is ,ery real indeed33it is the only one 2e can e,er 1no25 though 2e rise from plane to plane5 higher and higher in it+ To 1no2 it other2ise5 0ut actual e-perience5 2e must 0e THE A** itself+ It is true that the higher 2e rise in the the nearer to &the mind of the (ather& 2e reach33the more apparent 0ecomes the illusory nature of finite things5 0ut not until THE A** finally 2ithdra2s us into itself does the ,ision actually ,anish+ So5 2e need not d2ell upon the feature of illusion+ Rather let us5 recogni8ing the real nature of the Uni,erse5 see1 to understand its mental la2s5 and endea,or to use them to the 0est effect in our up2ard progress through life5 as 2e tra,el from plane to plane of 0eing+ The *a2s of the Uni,erse are none the less &Iron *a2s& 0ecause of the mental nature+ All5 e-cept THE A**5 are 0ound 0y them+ "hat is I! THE I!(I!ITE MI!' O( THE all; is REA* in a degree second only to that Reality itself 2hich is ,ested in the nature of THE A**+ So5 do not feel insecure or afraid 332e are all HE*' (IRM*$ I! THE I!(I!ITE MI!' O( THE A**5 and there is naught to hurt us or for us to fear+ There is no Po2er outside of THE A** to affect us+ So 2e may rest calm and secure+ There is a 2orld of comfort and security in this reali8ation 2hen once attained+ Then &calm and peaceful do 2e sleep5 roc1ed in the %radle of the 'eep&33resting safely on the 0osom of the Ocean of Infinite Mind5 2hich is THE A**+ In THE A**5 indeed5 do &2e li,e and mo,e and ha,e our 0eing+& Matter is none the less Matter to us5 2hile 2e d2ell on the plane of Matter5 although 2e 1no2 it to 0e merely an aggregation of &electrons5& or particles of (orce5 ,i0rating rapidly and gyrating around each other in the formations of atoms; the atoms in turn ,i0rating and gyrating5 forming molecules5 2hich latter in turn form larger masses of Matter+ !or does Matter 0ecome less Matter5 2hen 2e follo2 the in6uiry still further5 and

learn from the Hermetic Teachings5 that the &(orce& of 2hich the electrons are 0ut units is merely a manifestation of the Mind of THE A**5 and li1e all else in the Uni,erse is purely Mental in its nature+ "hile on the Plane of matter5 2e must recogni8e its phenomena332e may control Matter <as all Masters of higher or lesser degree do=5 0ut 2e do so 0y applying the higher forces+ "e commit a folly 2hen 2e attempt to deny the e-istence of Matter in the relati,e aspect+ "e may deny its mastery o,er us33and rightly so330ut 2e should not attempt to ignore it in its relati,e aspect5 at least so long as 2e d2ell upon its plane+ !or do the *a2s of !ature 0ecome less constant or effecti,e5 2hen 2e 1no2 them5 li1e2ise5 to 0e merely mental creations+ They are in full effect on the ,arious planes+ "e o,ercome the lo2er la2s5 0y applying still higher ones33and in this 2ay only+ #ut 2e cannot escape *a2 or rise a0o,e it entirely+ !othing 0ut THE A** can escape *a233and that 0ecause THE A** is *A" itself5 from 2hich all *a2s emerge+ The most ad,anced Masters may ac6uire the po2ers usually attri0uted to the gods of men; and there are countless ran1s of 0eing5 in the great hierarchy of life5 2hose 0eing and po2er transcends e,en that of the highest Masters among men to a degree unthin1a0le 0y mortals5 0ut e,en the highest Master5 and the highest #eing5 must 0o2 to the *a25 and 0e as !othing in the eye of THE A**+ So that if e,en these highest #eings5 2hose po2ers e-ceed e,en those attri0uted 0y men to their gods 33if e,en these are 0ound 0y and are su0ser,ient to *a25 then imagine the presumption of mortal man5 of our race and grade5 2hen he dares to consider the *a2s of !ature as &unreal9& ,isionary and illusory5 0ecause he happens to 0e a0le to grasp the truth that the *a2s are Mental in nature5 and simply Mental %reations of THE A**+ Those *a2s 2hich THE A** intends to 0e go,erning *a2s are not to 0e defied or argued a2ay+ So long as the Uni,erse endures5 2ill they endure33for the Uni,erse e-ists 0y ,irtue of these *a2s 2hich form its frame2or1 and 2hich hold it together+ The Hermetic Principle of Mentalism5 2hile e-plaining the true nature of the Uni,erse upon the principle that all is Mental5 does not change the scientific conceptions of the Uni,erse5 *ife5 or E,olution+ In fact5 science merely corro0orates the Hermetic Teachings+ The latter merely teaches that the nature of the Uni,erse is &Mental5&2hile modern science has taught that it is &Material.; or <of late= that it is &Energy& at the last analysis+ The Hermetic Teachings ha,e no fault to find 2ith Her0ert Spencer.s 0asic principle 2hich postulates the e-istence of an &Infinite and Eternal Energy5 from 2hich all things proceed+& In fact5 the Hermetics recogni8e in Spencer.s philosophy the highest outside statement of the 2or1ings of the !atural *a2s that ha,e e,er 0een promulgated5 and they 0elie,e Spencer to ha,e 0een a reincarnation of an ancient philosopher 2ho d2elt in ancient Egypt thousands of years ago5 and 2ho later incarnated as Heraclitus5 the Grecian philosopher 2ho li,ed #+ %+ DEE+

And they regard his statement of the &Infinite and Eternal Energy& as directly in the line of the Hermetic Teachings5 al2ays 2ith the addition of their o2n doctrine that his &Energy& is the Energy of the Mind of THE A**+ "ith the Master3 ey of the Hermetic Philosophy5 the student of Spencer 2ill 0e a0le to unloc1 many doors of the inner philosophical conceptions of the great English philosopher5 2hose 2or1 sho2s the results of the preparation of his pre,ious incarnations+his teachings regarding E,olution and Rhythm are in almost perfect agreement 2ith the Hermetic Teachings regarding the Principle of Rhythm+ So5 the student of Hermetics need not lay aside any of his cherished scientific ,ie2s regarding the Uni,erse+ All he is as1ed to do is to grasp the underlying principle of &THE A** is Mind; the Uni,erse is Mental33 held in the mind of THE A**+& He 2ill find that the other si- of the Se,en Principles 2ill &fit into& his scientific 1no2ledge5 and 2ill ser,e to 0ring out o0scure points and to thro2 light in dar1 corners+ This is not to 0e 2ondered at5 2hen 2e reali8e the influence of the Hermetic thought of the early philosophers of Greece5 upon 2hose foundations of thought the theories of modern science largely rest+ The acceptance of the (irst Hermetic Principle <Mentalism is the only great point of difference 0et2een Modern Science and Hermetic students5 and Science is gradually mo,ing to2ard the Hermetic position in its groping in the dar1 for a 2ay out of the *a0yrinth into 2hich it has 2andered in its search for Reality+ The purpose of this lesson is to impress upon the minds of our students the fact that5 to all intents and purposes5 the Uni,erse and its la2s5 and its phenomena5 are 4ust as REA*5 so far as Man is concerned as they 2ould 0e under the hypotheses of Materialism or Energism+ Under any hypothesis the Uni,erse in its outer aspect is changing5 e,er3flo2ing5 and transitory33and therefore de,oid of su0stantiality and reality+ #ut <note the other pole of the truth= under the same hypotheses5 2e are compelled to A%T A!' *I)E as if the fleeting things 2ere real and su0stantial+ "ith this difference5 al2ays5 0et2een the ,arious hypotheses33that under the old ,ie2s Mental Po2er 2as ignored as a !atural (orce5 2hile under Mentalism it 0ecomes the Greatest !atural (orce+ and this one difference re,olutioni8es *ife5 to those 2ho understand the Principle and its resulting la2s and practice+ So5 finally5 students all5 grasp the ad,antage of Mentalism5 and learn to 1no25 use and apply the la2s resulting therefrom+ #ut do not yield to the temptation 2hich5 as The y0alion states5 o,ercomes the half32ise and 2hich causes them to 0e hypnoti8ed 0y the apparent unreality of things5 the conse6uence 0eing that they 2ander a0out li1e dream3people d2elling in a 2orld of dreams5 ignoring the practical 2or1 and life of man5 the end 0eing that &they are 0ro1en against the roc1s and torn asunder 0y the elements50y reason of their folly+& Rather follo2 the e-ample of the 2ise5

2hich the same authority states5 &use *a2 against *a2s; the higher against the lo2er; and 0y the Art of Alchemy transmute that 2hich is undesira0le into that 2hich is 2orthy5 and thus triumph+& (ollo2ing the authority5 let us a,oid the half32isdom <2hich is folly= 2hich ignores the truth that7 &Mastery consists not in a0normal dreams5 ,isions5 and fantastic imaginings or li,ing5 0ut in using the higher forces against the lo2er3 escaping the pains of the lo2er planes 0y ,i0rating on the higher+& Remem0er al2ays5 student5 that &Transmutation5 not presumptuous denial5 is the 2eapon of the Master+& The a0o,e 6uotations are from The y0alion5 and are 2orthy of 0eing committed to memory 0y the student+ "e do not li,e in a 2orld of dreams5 0ut in an Uni,erse 2hich 2hile relati,e5 is real so far as our li,es and actions are concerned+ Our 0usiness in the Uni,erse is not to deny its e-istence5 0ut to *I)E5 using the *a2s to rise from lo2er to higher 3li,ing on5 doing the 0est that 2e can under the circumstances arising each day5 and li,ing5 so far as is possi0le5 to our 0iggest ideas and ideals+ The true Meaning of *ife is not 1no2n to men on this plane +if5 indeed5 to any330ut the highest authorities5 and our o2n intuitions5 teach us that 2e 2ill ma1e no mista1e in li,ing up to the 0est that is in us5 so far as is possi0le5 and realising the Uni,ersal tendency in the same direction in spite of apparent e,idence to the contrary+ "e are all on The Path33and the road leads up2ard e,er5 2ith fre6uent resting places+ Read the message of The y0alion3 3and follo2 the e-ample of &the 2ise&33a,oiding the mista1e of &the half32ise& 2ho perish 0y reason of their folly+


"%hile +ll is in T,- +.., it is e7uall true that T,- +.. is in +..! To him who trul understands this truth hath come great knowledge!" 33The y0alion Ho2 often ha,e the ma4ority of people heard repeated the statement that their 'eity <called 0y many names= 2as &All in All& and ho2 little ha,e they suspected the inner occult truth concealed 0y these carelessly uttered 2ords> The commonly used e-pression is a sur,i,al of the ancient+ Hermetic Ma-im 6uoted a0o,e+ as the y0alion says7 &To him 2ho truly

understands this truth5 hath come great 1no2ledge+& And5 this 0eing so5 let us see1 this truth5 the understanding of 2hich means so much+ In this statement of truth33this Hermetic Ma-im33is concealed one of the greatest philosophical5 scientific and religious truths+ "e ha,e gi,en you the Hermetic Teaching regarding the Mental !ature of the Uni,erse33the truth that &the Uni,erse is Mental33held in the Mind of THE A**& As the y0alion says5 in the passage 6uoted a0o,e7 &All is in THE A**+& #ut note also the co3related statement5 that7 &It is e6ually true that THE A** is in A**+& This apparently contradictory statement is reconcila0le under the *a2 of Parado-+ It is5 moreo,er5 an e-act Hermetic statement of the relations e-isting 0et2een THE A** and its mental Uni,erse+ "e ha,e seen ho2 &All is in THE A**&33no2 let us e-amine the other aspect of the su04ect+ The Hermetic Teachings are to the effect that THE A** is Imminent in <&remaining 2ithin; inherent; a0iding 2ithin&= its Uni,erse5 and in e,ery part5 particle5 unit5 or com0ination5 2ithin the Uni,erse+ This statement is usually illustrated 0y the Teachers 0y a reference to the Principle of %orrespondence+ The Teacher instructs the student to form a Mental Image of something5 a person5 an idea5 something ha,ing a mental form5 the fa,orite e-ample 0eing that of the author or dramatist forming an idea of his characters; or a painter or sculptor forming an image of an ideal that he 2ishes to e-press 0y his art+ In each case5 the student 2ill find that 2hile the image has its e-istence5 and 0eing5 solely 2ithin his o2n mind5 yet he5 the student5 author5 dramatist5 painter5 or sculptor5 is5 in a sense5 immanent in; remaining 2ithin; or a0iding 2ithin5 the mental image also+ In other 2ords5 the entire ,irtue5 life5 spirit5 of reality in the mental image is deri,ed from the .immanent mind& of the thin1er+ %onsider this for a moment5 until the idea is grasped+ To ta1e a modern e-ample5 let us say that Othello5 Iago5 Hamlet5 *ear5 Richard III5 e-isted merely in the mind of Sha1espeare5 at the time of their conception or creation+ And yet5 Sha1espeare also e-isted 2ithin each of these characters5 gi,ing them their ,itality5 spirit5 and action+ "hose is the &spirit& of the characters that 2e 1no2 as Mica20er5 Oli,er T2ist5 Uriah Heep33 is it 'ic1ens+ or ha,e each of these characters a personal spirit5 independent of their creator> Ha,e the )enus of Medici5 the Sistine Madonna5 the Appollo #el,idere5 spirits and reality of their o2n5 or do they represent the spiritual and mental po2er of their creators> The *a2 of Parado- e-plains that 0oth propositions are true5 ,ie2ed from the proper ,ie2points+ Mica20er is 0oth Mica20er5 and yet 'ic1ens+ And5 again5 2hile Mica20er may 0e said to 0e 'ic1ens5 yet 'ic1ens is not identical 2ith Mica20er+ Man5 li1e Mica20er5 may e-claim7 .The Spirit of my %reator is inherent 2ithin me 33and yet I7 am not HE9& Ho2 different this from the shoc1ing half3truth so ,ociferously announced 0y certain of the

half 2ise5 2ho fill the air 2ith their raucous cries of7 &I am God9& Imagine poor Mica20er5 or the snea1y Uriah Heep5 crying7 &I Am 'ic1ens&; or some of the lo2ly clods in one of Sha1espeare.s plays5 elo6uently announcing that7 I Am Sha1espeare 9& THE A** is in the earth2orm5 and yet the earth2orm is far from 0eing THE A**+ And still the 2onder remains5 that though the earth2orm e-ists merely as a lo2ly thing5 created and ha,ing its 0eing solely 2ithin the Mind of THE A**33yet THE A** is immanent in the earth2orm5 and in the particles that go to ma1e up the earth2orm+ %an there 0e any greater mystery than this of &All in THE A**; and THE A** in All>& The student 2ill5 of course5 reali8e that the illustrations gi,en a0o,e are necessarily imperfect and inade6uate5 for they represent the creation of mental images in finite minds5 2hile the Uni,erse is a creation of Infinite Mind33and the difference 0et2een the t2o poles separates them+ And yet it is merely a matter of degree33the same Principle is in operation33the Principle of %orrespondence manifests in each33 &As a0o,e5 so #elo2; as #elo25 so a0o,e+& And5 in the degree that Man reali8es the e-istence of the Ind2elling Spirit immanent 2ithin his 0eing5 so 2ill he rise in the spiritual scale of life+ This is 2hat spiritual de,elopment means33the recognition5 reali8ation5 and manifestation of the Spirit 2ithin us+ Try to remem0er this last definition33 that of spiritual de,elopment+ It contains the Truth of True Religion+ There are many planes of #eing33many su03planes of *ife33many degrees of e-istence in the Uni,erse+ And all depend upon the ad,ancement of 0eings in the scale5 of 2hich scale the lo2est point is the grossest matter5 the highest 0eing separated only 0y the thinnest di,ision from the SPIRIT of THE A**+ And5 up2ard and on2ard along this Scale of *ife5 e,erything is mo,ing+ All are on the Path5 2hose end is THE A**+ All progress is a Returning Home+ All is Up2ard and On2ard5 in spite of all seemingly contradictory appearances+ Such is the message of the llumined+ The Hermetic Teachings concerning the process of the Mental %reation of the Uni,erse5 are that at the 0eginning of the %reati,e %ycle5 THE A**5 in its aspect of #eing5 pro4ects its "ill to2ard its aspect of &#ecoming& and the process of creation 0egins+ It is taught that the process consists of the lo2ering of )i0ration until a ,ery lo2 degree of ,i0ratory energy is reached5 at 2hich point the grossest possi0le form of Matter is manifested+ This process is called the stage of In,olution5 in 2hich THE A** 0ecomes &in,ol,ed5& or &2rapped up5& in its creation+ This process is 0elie,ed 0y the Hermetists to ha,e a %orrespondence to the mental process of an artist5 2riter5 or in,entor5 2ho 0ecomes so 2rapped up in his mental creation as to almost forget his o2n e-istence and 2ho5 for the time 0eing5 almost

&li,es in his creation 5& If instead of &2rapped& 2e use the 2ord &rapt5& perhaps 2e 2ill gi,e a 0etter idea of 2hat is meant+ This In,oluntary stage of %reation is sometimes called the &Outpouring& of the 'i,ine Energy5 4ust as the E,olutionary state is called the &Indra2ing+& The e-treme pole of the %reati,e process is considered to 0e the furthest remo,ed from THE A**5 2hile the 0eginning of the E,olutionary stage is regarded as the 0eginning of the return s2ing of the pendulum of Rhythm33 a &coming home& idea 0eing held in all of the Hermetic Teachings+ The Teachings are that during the &Outpouring5& the ,i0rations 0ecome lo2er and lo2er until finally the urge ceases5 and the return s2ing 0egins+ #ut there is this difference5 that 2hile in the &Outpouring& the creati,e forces manifest compactly and as a 2hole5 yet from the 0eginning of the E,olutionary or &Indra2ing& stage5 there is manifested the *a2 of Indi,iduali8ation 33that is5 the tendency to separate into Units of (orce5 so that finally that 2hich left THE A** as unindi,iduali8ed energy returns to its source as countless highly de,eloped Units of *ife5 ha,ing risen higher and higher in the scale 0y means of Physical5 Mental and Spiritual E,olution+ The ancient Hermetists use the 2ord &Meditation& in descri0ing the process of the mental creation of the Uni,erse in the Mind of THE A**5 the 2ord &%ontemplation& also 0eing fre6uently employed+ #ut the idea intended seems to 0e that of the employment of the 'i,ine Attention+ &Attention& is a 2ord deri,ed from the *atin root5 meaning &to reach out; to stretch out5& and so the act of Attention is really a mental &reaching out; e-tension& of mental energy5 so that the underlying idea is readily understood 2hen 2e e-amine into the real meaning of &Attention+& The Hermetic Teachings regarding the process of E,olution are that5 THE A**5 ha,ing meditated upon the 0eginning of the %reation33ha,ing thus esta0lished the material foundations of the Uni,erse ha,ing thought it into e-istence33then gradually a2a1ens or rouses from its Meditation and in so doing starts into manifestation the process of E,olution5 on the material mental and spiritual planes5 successi,ely and in order+ Thus the up2ard mo,ement 0egins33and all 0egins to mo,e Spirit2ard+ Matter 0ecomes less gross; the Units spring into 0eing; the com0inations 0egin to form; *ife appears and manifests in higher and higher forms+ and Mind 0ecomes more and more in e,idence33the ,i0rations constantly 0ecoming higher+ In short5 the entire process of E,olution5 in all of its phases5 0egins5 and proceeds according to the esta0lished *a2s of the Indra2ing& process+ All of this occupies aeons upon aeons of Man.s time5 each aeon containing countless millions of years5 0ut yet the Illumined inform us that the entire creation5 including In,olution and E,olution5 of an Uni,erse5 is 0ut &as the

t2in1le of the eye& to THE A** At the end of countless cycles of aeons of time5 THE A** 2ithdra2s its Attention33its %ontemplation and Meditation33of the Uni,erse5 for the Great "or1 is finished3and All is 2ithdra2n into THE A** from 2hich it emerged+ #ut Mystery of Mysteries33the Spirit of each soul is not annihilated5 0ut is infinitely e-panded33the %reated and the %reator are merged+ Such is the report of the Illumined The a0o,e illustration of the &meditation5& and su0se6uent &a2a1ening from meditation5& of THE A**5 is of course 0ut an attempt of the teachers to descri0e the Infinite process 0y a finite e-ample+ And5 yet7 &As #elo25 so A0o,e+& The difference is merely in degree+ And 4ust+ as THE A** arouses itself from the meditation upon the Uni,erse5 so does Man <in time= cease from manifesting upon the Material Plane5 and 2ithdra2s himself more and more into the Ind2elling Spirit5 2hich is indeed &The 'i,ine Ego+& There is one more matter of 2hich 2e desire to spea1 in this lesson5 and that comes ,ery near to an in,asion of the Metaphysical field of speculation5 although our purpose is merely to sho2 the futility of such speculation+ "e allude to the 6uestion 2hich ine,ita0ly comes to the mind of all thin1ers 2ho ha,e ,entured to see1 the Truth+ The 6uestion is7&"H$ does THE A** create Uni,erses& The 6uestion may 0e as1ed in different forms5 0ut the a0o,e is the gist of the in6uiry+ Men ha,e stri,en hard to ans2er this 6uestion5 0ut still there is no ans2er 2orthy of the name+ Some ha,e imagined that THE A** had something to gain 0y it5 0ut this is a0surd5 for 2hat could THE A** gain that it did not already possess> Others ha,e sought the ans2er in the idea that THE A** &2ished something to lo,e & and others that it created for pleasure5 or amusement; or 0ecause it &2as lonely& or to manifest its po2er;33all puerile e-planations and ideas5 0elonging to the childish period of thought+ Others ha,e sought to e-plain the mystery 0y assuming that THE A** found itself &compelled& to create5 0y reason of its o2n&internal nature& its &creati,e instinct+& This idea is in ad,ance of the others5 0ut its 2ea1 point lies in the idea of THE A** 0eing &compelled& 0y anything5 internal or e-ternal+ If its &internal nature5& or &creati,e instinct5& compelled it to do anything5 then the &internal nature& or &creati,e instinct& 2ould 0e the A0solute5 instead of THE A**5 and so accordingly that part of the proposition falls+ And5 yet5 THE A** does create and manifest5 and seems to find some 1ind of satisfaction in so doing+ And it is difficult to escape the conclusion that in some infinite degree it must ha,e 2hat 2ould correspond to an &inner nature5& or &creati,e instinct5& in man5 2ith correspondingly infinite 'esire and "ill+ It could not act unless it "illed to Act; and it 2ould not "ill to Act5 unless it 'esired to Act and it 2ould

not 'esire to Act unless it o0tained some Satisfaction there0y+ And all of these things 2ould 0elong to an &Inner !ature5& and might 0e postulated as e-isting according to the *a2 of %orrespondence+ #ut5 still5 2e prefer to thin1 of THE A** as acting entirely (REE from any influence5 internal as 2ell as e-ternal+ That is the pro0lem 2hich lies at the root of difficulty 33and the difficulty that lies at the root of the pro0lem+ Strictly spea1ing5 there cannot 0e said to 0e any &Reason& 2hatsoe,er for THE A** to act5 for a &reason& implies a &cause5& and THE A** is a0o,e %ause and Effect5 e-cept 2hen it "ills to 0ecome a %ause5 at 2hich time the Principle is set into motion+ So5 you see5 the matter is Unthin1a0le5 4ust as THE A** is Un1no2a0le+ :ust as 2e say THE A** merely &IS&33so 2e are compelled to say that &THE A** A%TS #E%AUSE IT A%TS+& At the last5 THE A** is All Reason in Itself; All *a2 in Itself; All Action in Itself33and it may 0e said5 truthfully5 that THE A** is Its O2n Reason; its o2n *a2; its o2n Act33or still further5 that THE A**; Its Reason; Its Act; is *a2; are O!E5 all 0eing names for the same thing+ In the opinion of those 2ho are gi,ing you these present lessons5 the ans2er is loc1ed up in I!!ER SE*( of THE A**5 along 2ith its Secret of #eing+ The *a2 of %orrespondence5 in our opinion5 reaches only to that aspect of THE A**5 2hich may 0e spo1en of as &The Aspect of #E%OMI!G+& #ac1 of that Aspect is &The Aspect of #EI!G & in 2hich all *a2s are lost in *A"; all Principles merge into PRI!%IP*E33and THE A** ; PRI!%IP*E ; and #EI!G ; are I'E!TI%A*5 O!E A!' THE SAME+ Therefore5 Metaphysical speculation on this point is futile+ "e go into the matter here5 merely to sho2 that 2e recogni8e the 6uestion5 and also the a0surdity of the ordinary ans2ers of metaphysics and theology+ In conclusion5 it may 0e of interest to our students to learn that 2hile some of the ancient5 and modern5 Hermetic Teachers ha,e rather inclined in the direction of applying the Principle of %orrespondence to the 6uestion5 2ith the result of the &Inner !ature& conclusion533still the legends ha,e it that HERMES5 the Great5 2hen as1ed this 6uestion 0y his ad,anced students5 ans2ered them 0y PRESSI!G HIS *IPS TIGHT*$ TOGETHER and saying not a 2ord5 indicating that there "AS !O A!S"ER+ #ut5 then5 he may ha,e intended to apply the a-iom of his philosophy5 that7 &The lips of "isdom are closed5 e-cept to the ears of Understanding5& 0elie,ing that e,en his ad,anced students did not possess the Understanding 2hich entitled them to the Teaching+ At any rate5 if Hermes possessed the Secret5 he failed to impart it5 and so far as the 2orld is concerned THE *IPS O( HERMES ARE %*OSE' regarding it+ And 2here the Great Hermes hesitated to spea15 2hat mortal may dare to teach> #ut5 remem0er5 that 2hate,er 0e the ans2er to this pro0lem5 if indeed there 0e an ans2er the truth remains that &"hile All is in THE A**5 it is e6ually true that THE A** is in All+& The Teaching on this point is

emphatic+ And5 2e may add the concluding 2ords of the 6uotation7 &To him 2ho truly understands this truth5 hath come great 1no2ledge+& THE P*A!ES O( %ORRESPO!'E!%E

"+s a#ove, so #elow) as #elow, so a#ove!"33The y0alion+ The great Second Hermetic Principle em0odies the truth that there is a harmony5 agreement5 and correspondence 0et2een the se,eral planes of Manifestation5 *ife and #eing+ This truth is a truth 0ecause all that is included in the Uni,erse emanates from the same source5 and the same la2s5 principles5 and characteristics apply to each unit5 or com0ination of unit5 of acti,ity5 as each manifests its o2n phenomena upon its o2n plane+ (or the purpose of con,enience of thought and study5 the Hermetic Philosophy considers that the Uni,erse may 0e di,ided into three great classes of phenomena5 1no2n as the Three Great Planes5 namely 7 I+ The Great Physical Plane+ II+ The Great Mental Plane+ III+ The Great Spiritual Plane+ These di,isions are more or less artificial and ar0itrary5 for the truth is that all of the three di,isions are 0ut ascending degrees of the great scale of *ife5 the lo2est point of 2hich is undifferentiated Matter5 and the highest point that of Spirit+ And5 moreo,er5 the different Planes shade into each other5 so that no hard and fast di,ision may 0e made 0et2een the higher phenomena of the Physical and the lo2er of the Mental; or 0et2een the higher of the Mental and the lo2er of the Physical+ In short5 the Three Great Planes may 0e regarded as three great groups of degrees of *ife Manifestation+ "hile the purposes of this little 0oo1 do not allo2 us to enter into an e-tended discussion of5 or e-planation of5 the su04ect of these different planes5 still 2e thin1 it 2ell to gi,e a general description of the same at this point+ At the 0eginning 2e may as 2ell consider the 6uestion so often as1ed 0y the neophyte5 2ho desires to 0e informed regarding the meaning of the 2ord Plane5 2hich term has 0een ,ery freely used5 and ,ery poorly e-plained5 in many recent 2or1s upon the su04ect of occultism+ The 6uestion is generally a0out as follo2s7 Is a Plane a place ha,ing dimensions5 or is it merely a condition or state>& "e ans2er7 &!o5 not a place5 nor ordinary dimension of space; and yet more than a state or

condition+ It may 0e considered as a state or condition5 and yet the state or condition is a degree of dimension5 in a scale su04ect to measurement+ &Some2hat parado-ical5 is it not> #ut let us e-amine the matter+ A &dimension5& you 1no25 is &a measure in a straight line5 relating to measure5& etc+ The ordinary dimensions of space are length5 0readth5 and height5 or perhaps length5 0readth5 height5 thic1ness or circumference+ #ut there is another dimension of &created things& or &measure5& 1no2n to occultists5 and to scientists as 2ell5 although the latter ha,e not as yet applied the term &dimension& to it and this ne2 dimension5 2hich5 0y the 2ay5 is the much speculated3a0out &(ourth 'imension5& is the standard used in determining the degrees or &planes+& This (ourth 'imension may 0e called &The 'imension of )i0ration& It is a fact 2ell 1no2n to modern science5 as 2ell as to the Hermetists 2ho ha,e em0odied the truth in their &Third Hermetic Principle5& that e,erything is in motion; e,erything ,i0rates; nothing is at rest+ (rom the highest manifestation5 to the lo2est5 e,erything and all things )i0rate+ !ot only do they ,i0rate at different rates of motion5 0ut as in different directions and in a different manner+ The degrees of the rate of ,i0rations constitute the degrees of measurement on the Scale of )i0rations33in other 2ords the degrees of the (ourth 'imension+ And these degrees form 2hat occultists call &Planes& The higher the degree of rate of ,i0ration5 the higher the plane5 and the higher the manifestation of *ife occupying that plane+ So that 2hile a plane is not &a place5& nor yet &a state or condition5& yet it possesses 6ualities common to 0oth+ "e shall ha,e more to say regarding the su04ect of the scale of )i0rations in our ne-t lessons5 in 2hich 2e shall consider the Hermetic Principle of )i0ration+ $ou 2ill 1indly remem0er5 ho2e,er5 that the Three Great Planes are not actual di,isions of the phenomena of the Uni,erse5 0ut merely ar0itrary terms used 0y the Hermetists in order to aid in the thought and study of the ,arious degrees and (orms of uni,ersal acti,ity and life+ The atom of matter5 the unit of force5 the mind of man5 and the 0eing of the arch3angel are all 0ut degrees in one scale5+and all fundamentally the same5 the difference 0et2een solely a matter of degree5 and rate of ,i0ration33all are creations of THE A**5 and ha,e their e-istence solely 2ithin the Infinite Mind of THE A**+ The Hermetists su03di,ide each of the Three Great Planes into Se,en Minor Planes5 and each of these latter are also su03di,ided into se,en su03 planes5 all di,isions 0eing more or less ar0itrary5 shading into each other5 and adopted merely for con,enience of scientific study and thought+ The Great Physical Plane5 and its Se,en Minor Planes5 is that di,ision of the phenomena of the Uni,erse 2hich includes all that relates to physics5 or material things5 forces5 and manifestations+ It includes all forms of that 2hich 2e call Matter5 and all forms of that 2hich 2e call Energy or (orce+

#ut you must remem0er that the Hermetic Philosophy does not recogni8e Matter as a thing in itself5 or as ha,ing a separate e-istence e,en in the Mind of THE A**+ The Teachings are that Matter is 0ut a form of Energy33+that is5 Energy at a lo2 rate of ,i0rations of a certain 1ind+ And accordingly the Hermetists classify Matter under the head of Energy5 and gi,e to it three of the Se,en Minor Planes of the Great Physical Plane+ These Se,en Minor Physical Planes are as follo2s7 I+ The Plane of Matter <A=+ II+ The Plane of Matter <#=+ III+ The Plane of Matter <%=+ I)+ The Plane of Ethereal Su0stance+ )+ The Plane of Energy <A=+ )I+ The Plane of Energy <#= )II+ The Plane of Energy <%=+ The Plane of Matter <A= comprises forms of Matter in its form of solids5 li6uids55 and gases5 as generally recogni8ed 0y the te-t30oo1s on physics+ The Plane of Matter <#= comprises certain higher and more su0tle forms of Matter of the e-istence of 2hich modern science is 0ut no2 recogni8ing5 the phenomena of Radiant Matter5 in its phases of radium5 etc+5 0elonging to the lo2er su03di,ision of this Minor Plane+ The Plane of Matter <%= comprises forms of the most su0tle and tenuous Matter5 the e-istence of 2hich is not suspected 0y ordinary scientists+ The Plane of Ethereal Su0stance comprises that 2hich science spea1s of as The Ether5 a su0stance of e-treme tenuity and elasticity5 per,ading all Uni,ersal Space5 and acting as a medium for the transmission of 2a,es of energy5 such as light5 heat5 electricity5 etc+ This Ethereal Su0stance forms a connecting lin1 0et2een Matter <so3called= and Energy5 and parta1es of the nature of each+ The Hermetic Teachings5 ho2e,er+ instruct that this plane has se,en su03di,isions <as ha,e all of the Minor Planes=5 and that in fact there are se,en ethers5 instead of 0ut one+ !e-t a0o,e the Plane of Ethereal Su0stance comes the Plane of Energy <A=5 2hich comprises the ordinary forms of Energy 1no2n to science5 its se,en su0 planes 0eing5 respecti,ely5 Heat; *ight; Magnetism ; Electricity5 and Attraction <including Gra,itation5 %ohesion5 %hemical Affinity5 etc+= and se,eral other forms of energy indicated 0y scientific e-periments 0ut not as yet named or classified+ The Plane of Energy <#= comprises se,en su03planes of higher forms of energy not as yet disco,ered 0y science5 0ut 2hich ha,e 0een called &!ature.s (iner (orces& and 2hich are called into operation in manifestations of certain forms of mental phenomena5 and 0y 2hich such phenomena 0ecomes possi0le+ The Plane of Energy <%= comprises se,en su03planes of energy so highly organi8ed that it 0ears many of the characteristics of &life5& 0ut 2hich is not recogni8ed 0y the minds of men on the ordinary plane of de,elopment5 0eing a,aila0le for

the use on 0eings of the Spiritual Plane alone33such energy is unthin1a0le to ordinary man5 and may 0e considered almost as &the di,ine po2er+& The 0eings employing the same are as &gods& compared e,en to the highest human types 1no2n to us+ The Great Mental Plane comprises those forms of &li,ing things& 1no2n to us in ordinary life5 as 2ell as certain other forms not so 2ell 1no2n e-cept to the occultist+ The classification of the Se,en Minor Mental Planes is more or less satisfactory and ar0itrary <unless accompanied 0y ela0orate e-planations 2hich are foreign to the purpose of this particular 2or1=5 0ut 2e may as 2ell mention them+ They are as follo2s 7 I+ The Plane of Mineral Mind+ II+ The Plane of Elemental Mind <A=+ III+ The Plane of Plant Mind+ I)+ The Plane of Elemental Mind <#= )+ The Plane of Animal Mind+ )I+ The Plane of Elemental Mind <%=+ )II+ The Plane of Human Mind+ The Plane of Mineral Mind comprises the &states or conditions& of the units or entities5 or groups and com0inations of the same5 2hich animate the forms 1no2n to us as &minerals5 chemicals5 etc+& These entities must not 0e confounded 2ith the molecules5 atoms and corpuscles themsel,es5 the latter 0eing merely the material 0odies or forms of these entities5 4ust as a man.s 0ody is 0ut his material form and not &himself+& These entities may 0e called &souls& in one sense5 and are li,ing 0eings of a lo2 degree of de,elopment5 life5 and mind334ust a little more than the units of &li,ing energy& 2hich comprise the higher su03di,isions of the highest Physical Plane+ The a,erage mind does not generally attri0ute the possession of mind5 soul5 or life5 to the mineral 1ingdom5 0ut all occultists recogni8e the e-istence of the same5 and modern science is rapidly mo,ing for2ard to the point3of3,ie2 of the Hermetic5 in this respect+ The molecules5 atoms and corpuscles ha,e their &lo,es and hates&; &li1es and disli1es&; &attractions and repulsions&+ &affinities and non3affinities5& etc+5 and some of the more daring of modern scientific minds ha,e e-pressed the opinion that the desire and 2ill5 emotions and feelings5 of the atoms differ only in degree from those of men+ "e ha,e no time or space to argue this matter here+ All occultists 1no2 it to 0e a fact5 and others are referred to some of the more recent scientific 2or1s for outside corro0oration+ There are the usual se,en su03di,isions to this plane+ The Plane of Elemental Mind <A= comprises the state or condition5 and degree of mental and ,ital de,elopment of a class of entities un1no2n to the a,erage man5 0ut recogni8ed to occultists+ They are in,isi0le to the ordinary senses of man5 0ut5 ne,ertheless5 e-ist and play their part of the

'rama of the Uni,erse+ Their degree of intelligence is 0et2een that of the mineral and chemical entities on the one hand5 and of the entities of the plant 1ingdom on the other+ There are se,en su03di,isions to this plane5 also+ The Plane of Plant Mind5 in its se,en su03di,isions5 comprises the states or conditions of the entities comprising the 1ingdoms of the Plant "orld5 the ,ital and mental phenomena of 2hich is fairly 2ell understood 0y the a,erage intelligent person5 many ne2 and interesting scientific 2or1s regarding &Mind and *ife in Plants& ha,ing 0een pu0lished during the last decade+ Plants ha,e life5 mind and &souls5& as 2ell as ha,e the animals5 man5 and super3man+ The Plane of Elemental Mind <#=5 in its se,en su03di,isions5 comprises the states and conditions of a higher form of &elemental& or unseen entities5 playing their part in the general 2or1 of the Uni,erse5 the mind and life of 2hich form a part of the scale 0et2een the Plane of Plant Mind and the Plane of Animal Mind5 the entities parta1ing of the nature of 0oth+ The Plane of Animal Mind5 in its se,en su03di,isions5 comprises the states and conditions of the entities5 0eings5 or souls5 animating the animal forms of life5 familiar to us all+ It is not necessary to go into details regarding this 1ingdom or plane of life5 for the animal 2orld is as familiar to us as is our o2n+ The Plane of Elemental Mind <%=5 in its se,en su03di,isions5 comprises those entities or 0eings5 in,isi0le as are all such elemental forms5 2hich parta1e of the nature of 0oth animal and human life in a degree and in certain com0inations+ The highest forms are semi3human in intelligence+ The Plane of Human Mind5 in its se,en su03di,isions5 comprises those manifestations of life and mentality 2hich are common to Man5 in his ,arious grades5 degrees5 and di,isions+ In this connection5 2e 2ish to point out the fact that the a,erage man of to3day occupies 0ut the fourth su03 di,ision of the Plane of Human Mind5 and only the most intelligent ha,e crossed the 0orders of the (ifth Su03'i,ision+ It has ta1en the race millions of years to reach this stage5 and it 2ill ta1e many more years for the race to mo,e on to the si-th and se,enth su03di,isions5 and 0eyond+ #ut5 remem0er5 that there ha,e 0een races 0efore us 2hich ha,e passed through these degrees5 and then on to higher planes+ Our o2n race is the fifth <2ith stragglers from the fourth= 2hich has set foot upon The Path+ And5 then there are a fe2 ad,anced souls of our o2n race 2ho ha,e outstripped the masses5 and 2ho ha,e passed on to the si-th and se,enth su03di,ision5 and some fe2 0eing still further on+ The man of the Si-th Su03'i,ision 2ill 0e &The Super Man&; he of the Se,enth 2ill 0e &The O,er3Man+&

In our consideration of the Se,en Minor Mental Planes5 2e ha,e merely referred to the Three Elementary Planes in a general 2ay+ "e do not 2ish to go into this su04ect in detail in this 2or15 for it does not 0elong to this part of the general philosophy and teachings+ #ut 2e may say this much5 in order to gi,e you a little clearer idea+ of the relations of these planes to the more familiar ones 33 the Elementary Planes 0ear the same relation to the Planes of Mineral5 Plant5 Animal and Human Mentality and *ife5 that the 0lac1 1eys on the piano do to the 2hite 1eys+ The 2hite 1eys are sufficient to produce music5 0ut there are certain scales5 melodies5 and harmonies5 in 2hich the 0lac1 1eys play their part5 and in 2hich their presence is necessary+ They are also necessary as &connecting lin1s& of soul3condition; entity states5 etc+5 0et2een the se,eral other and in certain com0inations+ The highest forms are semi3human in intelligence+ The Plane of Human Mind5 in its se,en su03di,isions5 comprises those manifestations of life and mentality 2hich are common to Man5 in his ,arious grades5 degrees5 and di,isions+ In this connection5 2e 2ish to point out the fact that the a,erage man of to3day occupies 0ut the fourth su03 di,ision of the Plane of Human Mind5 and only the most intelligent ha,e crossed the 0orders of the (ifth Su03'i,ision+ It has ta1en the race millions of years to reach this stage5 and it 2ill ta1e many more years for the race to mo,e on to the si-th and se,enth su03di,isions5 and 0eyond+ #ut5 remem0er5 that there ha,e 0een races 0efore us 2hich ha,e passed through these degrees5 and then on to higher planes+ Our o2n race is the fifth <2ith stragglers from the fourth= 2hich has set foot upon The Path+ And5 then there are a fe2 ad,anced souls of our o2n race 2ho ha,e outstripped the masses5 and 2ho ha,e passed on to the si-th and se,enth su03di,ision5 and some fe2 0eing still further on+ The man of the Si-th Su03'i,ision 2ill 0e &The Super Man&; he of the Se,enth 2ill 0e &The O,er3Man+& In our consideration of the Se,en Minor Mental Planes5 2e ha,e merely referred to the Three Elementary Planes in a general 2ay+ "e do not 2ish to go into this su04ect in detail in this 2or15 for it does not 0elong to this part of the general philosophy and teachings+ #ut 2e may say this much5 in order to gi,e you a little clearer idea+ of the relations of these planes to the more familiar ones 33 the Elementary Planes 0ear the same relation to the Planes of Mineral5 Plant5 Animal and Human Mentality and *ife5 that the 0lac1 1eys on the piano do to the 2hite 1eys+ The 2hite 1eys are sufficient to produce music5 0ut there are certain scales5 melodies5 and harmonies5 in 2hich the 0lac1 1eys play their part5 and in 2hich their presence is necessary+ They are also necessary as &connecting lin1s& of soul3condition; entity states5 etc+ 0et2een the se,eral other planes5 certain forms of de,elopment 0eing attained therein33this last fact gi,ing to the reader 2ho can &read 0et2een the lines& a ne2 light upon the processes of E,olution5 and a ne2 1ey to the secret door of the &leaps of life& 0et2een

1ingdom and 1ingdom+ The great 1ingdoms of Elementals are fully recogni8ed 0y all occultists5 and the esoteric 2ritings are full of mention of them+ The readers of #ul2er.s &Fanoni& and similar tales 2ill recogni8e the entities inha0iting these planes of life+ Passing on from the Great Mental Plane to the Great Spiritual Plane5 2hat shall 2e say> Ho2 can 2e e-plain these higher states of #eing5 *ife and Mind5 to minds as yet una0le to grasp and understand the higher su03 di,isions of the Plane of Human Mind> The tas1 is impossi0le+ "e can spea1 only in the most general terms+ Ho2 may *ight 0e descri0ed to a man 0orn 0lind33ho2 sugar5 to a man 2ho has ne,er tasted anything s2eet33ho2 harmony5 to one 0orn deaf> All that 2e can say is that the Se,en Minor Planes of the Great Spiritual Plane <each Minor Plane ha,ing its se,en su0di,isions= comprise #eings possessing *ife5 Mind and (orm as far a0o,e that of man of to3day as the latter is a0o,e the earth2orm5 mineral or e,en certain forms of Energy or Matter+ The *ife of these #eings so far transcends ours5 that 2e cannot e,en thin1 of the details of the same; their minds so far transcend ours5 that to them 2e scarcely seem to &thin15& and our mental processes seem almost a1in to material processes; the Matter of 2hich their forms are composed is of the highest Planes of Matter5 nay5 some are e,en said to 0e &clothed in Pure Energy+& "hat may 0e said of such #eings> On the Se,en Minor Planes of the Great Spiritual Plane e-ist #eings of 2hom 2e may spea1 as Angels; Archangels; 'emi Gods+ On the lo2er Minor Planes d2ell those great souls 2hom 2e call Masters and Adepts+ A0o,e them come the Great Hierarchies of the Angelic Hosts5 unthin1a0le to man; and a0o,e those come those 2ho may 2ithout irre,erence 0e called &The Gods5& so high in the scale of #eing are they5 their 0eing5 intelligence and po2er 0eing a1in to those attri0uted 0y the races of men to their conceptions of 'eity+ These #eings are 0eyond e,en the highest flights of the human imagination5 the 2ord &'i,ine& 0eing the only one applica0le to them+ Many of these #eings5 as 2ell as the Angelic Host5 ta1e the greatest interest in the affairs of the Uni,erse and play an important part in its affairs+ These Unseen 'i,inities and Angelic Helpers e-tend their influence freely and po2erfully5 in the process of E,olution5 and %osmic Progress+ Their occasional inter,ention and assistance in human affairs ha,e led to the many legends5 0eliefs5 religions and traditions of the race5 past and present+ They ha,e super3imposed their 1no2ledge and po2er upon the 2orld5 again and again5 all under the *a2 of THE A**5 of course+ #ut5 yet5 e,en the highest of these ad,anced #eings e-ist merely as creations of5 and in5 the Mind of THE A**5 and are su04ect to the %osmic Processes and Uni,ersal *a2s+ They are still Mortal+ "e may call them

&gods& if 2e li1e5 0ut still+ they are 0ut the Elder #rethren of the Race533 the ad,anced souls 2ho ha,e outstripped their 0rethren5 and 2ho ha,e foregone the ecstasy of A0sorption 0y THE A**5 in order to help the race on its up2ard 4ourney along The Path+ #ut5 they 0elong to the Uni,erse5 and are su04ect to its conditions33they are mortal33and their plane is 0elo2 that of A0solute Spirit+ Only the most ad,anced Hermetists are a0le to grasp the Inner Teachings regarding the state of e-istence5 and the po2ers manifested on the Spiritual Planes+ The phenomena is so much higher than that of the Mental Planes that a confusion of ideas 2ould surely result from an attempt to descri0e the same+ Only those 2hose minds ha,e 0een carefully trained along the lines of the Hermetic Philosophy for years33yes5 those 2ho ha,e 0rought 2ith them from other incarnations the 1no2ledge ac6uired pre,iously33can comprehend 4ust 2hat is meant 0y the Teaching regarding these Spiritual Planes+ And much of these Inner Teachings is held 0y the Hermetists as 0eing too sacred5 important and e,en dangerous for general pu0lic dissemination+ The intelligent student may recogni8e 2hat 2e mean 0y this 2hen 2e state that the meaning of &Spirit& as used 0y the Hermetists is a1in to &*i,ing Po2er&; &Animated (orce;& &Inner Essence;& &Essence of *ife5& etc+5 2hich meaning must not 0e confounded 2ith that usually and commonly employed in connection 2ith the term5 i+ e+5 &religious; ecclesiastical; spiritual; ethereal; holy5& etc+5 etc+ To occultists the 2ord &Spirit& is used in the sense of &The Animating Principle5& carrying 2ith it the idea of Po2er5 *i,ing Energy5 Mystic (orce5 etc+ And occultists 1no2 that that 2hich is 1no2n to them as &Spiritual Po2er& may 0e employed for e,il as 2ell as good ends <in accordance 2ith the Principle of Polarity=5 a fact 2hich has 0een recogni8ed 0y the ma4ority of religions in their conceptions of Satan5 #eel8e0u05 the 'e,il5 *ucifer5 (allen Angels5 etc+ And so the 1no2ledge regarding these Planes has 0een 1ept in the Holy of Holies in all Esoteric (raternities and Occult Orders533 in the Secret %ham0er of the Temple+ #ut this may 0e said here5 that those 2ho ha,e attained high spiritual po2ers and ha,e misused them5 ha,e a terri0le fate in store for them5 and the s2ing of the pendulum of Rhythm 2ill ine,ita0ly s2ing them 0ac1 to the furthest e-treme of Material e-istence5 from 2hich point they must retrace their steps Spirit2ard5 along the 2eary rounds of The Path5 0ut al2ays 2ith the added torture of ha,ing al2ays 2ith them a lingering memory of the heights from 2hich they fell o2ing to their e,il actions+ The legends of the (allen Angels ha,e a 0asis in actual facts5 as all ad,anced occultists 1no2+ The stri,ing for selfish po2er on the Spiritual Planes ine,ita0ly results in the selfish soul losing its spiritual 0alance and falling 0ac1 as far as it had pre,iously risen+ #ut to e,en such a soul5 the opportunity of a return is gi,en 33and such souls ma1e the return 4ourney5 paying the terri0le penalty according to the in,aria0le *a2+

In conclusion 2e 2ould again remind you that according to the Principle of %orrespondence5 2hich em0odies the truth7 &As A0o,e so #elo2; as #elo25 so A0o,e5& all of the Se,en Hermetic Principles are in full operation on all of the many planes5 Physical Mental and Spiritual+ The Principle of Mental Su0stance of course applies to all the planes5 for all are held in the Mind of THE A**+ The Principle of %orrespondence manifests in all5 for there is a correspondence5 harmony and agreement 0et2een the se,eral planes+ The Principle of )i0ration manifests on all planes5 in fact the ,ery differences that go to ma1e the &planes& arise from )i0ration5 as 2e ha,e e-plained+ The Principle of Polarity manifests on each plane5 the e-tremes of the Poles 0eing apparently opposite and contradictory+ The Principle of Rhythm manifests on each Plane5 the mo,ement of the phenomena ha,ing its e00 and flo25 rise and flo25 incoming and outgoing+ The Principle of %ause and Effect manifests on each Plane5 e,ery Effect ha,ing its %ause and e,ery %ause ha,ing its effect+ The Principle of Gender manifests on each Plane5 the %reati,e Energy 0eing al2ays manifest5 and operating along the lines of its Masculine and (eminine Aspects+ &As A0o,e so #elo2; as #elo25 so A0o,e+& This centuries old Hermetic a-iom em0odies one of the great Principles of Uni,ersal Phenomena+ As 2e proceed 2ith our consideration of the remaining Principles5 2e 2ill see e,en more clearly the truth of the uni,ersal nature of third great Principle of %orrespondence+

2IBRATION "0othing rests) ever thing moves) ever thing vi#rates!"33The y0alion+ The great Third Hermetic Principle33the Principle of )i0ration33em0odies the truth that Motion is manifest in e,erything in the Uni,erse33that nothing is at rest33that e,erything mo,es5 ,i0rates5 and circles+ This Hermetic Principle 2as recogni8ed 0y some of the early Gree1 philosophers 2ho em0odied it in their systems+ #ut5 then5 for centuries it 2as lost sight of 0y the thin1ers outside of the Hermetic ran1s+ #ut in the !ineteenth %entury physical science re3disco,ered the truth and the T2entieth %entury scientific disco,eries ha,e added additional proof of the correctness and truth of this centuries3old Hermetic doctrine+ The Hermetic Teachings are that not only is e,erything in constant mo,ement and ,i0ration5 0ut that the &differences& 0et2een the ,arious manifestations of the uni,ersal po2er are due entirely to the ,arying rate and mode of ,i0rations+ !ot only this5 0ut that e,en THE A**5 in itself5

manifests a constant ,i0ration of such an infinite degree of intensity and rapid motion that it may 0e practically considered as at rest5 the teachers directing the attention of the students to the fact that e,en on the physical plane a rapidly mo,ing o04ect <such as a re,ol,ing 2heel= seems to 0e at rest+ The Teachings are to the effect that Spirit is at one end of the Pole of )i0ration5 the other Pole 0eing certain e-tremely gross forms of Matter+ #et2een these t2o poles are millions upon millions of different rates and modes of ,i0ration+ Modern Science has pro,en that all that 2e call Matter and Energy are 0ut &modes of ,i0ratory motion5& and some of the more ad,anced scientists are rapidly mo,ing to2ard the positions of the occultists 2ho hold that the phenomena of Mind are li1e2ise modes of ,i0ration or motion+ *et us see 2hat science has to say regarding the 6uestion of ,i0rations in matter and energy+ In the first place5 science teaches that all matter manifests5 in some degree5 the ,i0rations arising from temperature or heat+ #e an o04ect cold or hot33 0oth 0eing 0ut+degrees of the same things33it manifests certain heat ,i0rations5 and in that sense is+ in motion and ,i0ration+ Then all particles of Matter are in circular mo,ement5 from corpuscle to suns+ The planets re,ol,e around suns5 and many of them turn on their a-es+ The suns mo,e around greater central points5 and these are 0elie,ed to mo,e around still greater5 and so on5 ad infinitum+ The molecules of 2hich the particular 1inds of Matter are composed are in a state of constant ,i0ration and mo,ement around each other and against each other+ The molecules are composed of Atoms5 2hich5 li1e2ise5 are in a state of constant mo,ement and ,i0ration+ The atoms are composed of %orpuscles5 sometimes called &electrons5& &ions5& etc+5 2hich also are in a state of rapid motion5 re,ol,ing around each other5 and 2hich manifest a ,ery rapid state and mode of ,i0ration+ And5 so 2e see that all forms of Matter manifest )i0ration5 in accordance 2ith the Hermetic Principle of )i0ration+ And so it is 2ith the ,arious forms of Energy+ Science teaches that *ight5 Heat5 Magnetism and Electricity are 0ut forms of ,i0ratory motion connected in some 2ay 2ith5 and pro0a0ly emanating from the Ether+ Science does not as yet attempt to e-plain the nature of the phenomena 1no2n as %ohesion5 2hich is the principle of Molecular Attraction; nor %hemical Affinity5 2hich is the principle of Atomic Attraction; nor Gra,itation <the greatest mystery of the three=5 2hich is the principle of attraction 0y 2hich e,ery particle or mass of Matter is 0ound to e,ery other particle or mass+ These three forms of Energy are not as yet understood 0y science5 yet the 2riters incline to the opinion that these too are manifestations of some form of ,i0ratory energy5 a fact 2hich the Hermetists ha,e held and taught for ages past+

The Uni,ersal Ether5 2hich is postulated 0y science 2ithout its nature 0eing understood clearly5 is held 0y the Hermetists to 0e 0ut a higher manifestation of that 2hich is erroneously called matter33that is to say5 Matter at a higher degree of ,i0ration3and is called 0y them &The Ethereal Su0stance+& The Hermetists teach that this Ethereal Su0stance is of e-treme tenuity and elasticity5 and per,ades uni,ersal space5 ser,ing as a medium of transmission of 2a,es of ,i0ratory energy5 such as heat5 light5 electricity5 magnetism5 etc+ The Teachings are that The Ethereal Su0stance is a connecting lin1 0et2een the forms of ,i0ratory energy 1no2n as &Matter& on the one hand5 and &Energy or (orce& on the other; and also that it manifests a degree of ,i0ration5 in rate and mode5 entirely its o2n+ Scientists ha,e offered the illustration of a rapidly mo,ing 2heel5 top5 or cylinder5 to sho2 the effects of increasing rates of ,i0ration+ The illustration supposes a 2heel5 top5 or re,ol,ing cylinder5 running at a lo2 rate of speed332e 2ill call this re,ol,ing thing &the o04ect& in follo2ing out the illustration+ *et us suppose the o04ect mo,ing slo2ly+ It may 0e seen readily5 0ut no sound of its mo,ement reaches the ear+ The speed is gradually increased+ In a fe2 moments its mo,ement 0ecomes so rapid that a deep gro2l or lo2 note may 0e heard+ Then as the rate is increased the note rises one in the musical scale+ Then5 the motion 0eing still further increased5 the ne-t highest note is distinguished+ Then5 one after another5 all the notes of the musical +scale appear5 rising higher and higher as the motion is increased+ (inally 2hen the motions ha,e reached a certain rate the final note percepti0le to human ears is reached and the shrill5 piercing shrie1 dies a2ay5 and silence follo2s+ !o sound is heard from the re,ol,ing o04ect5 the rate of motion 0eing so high that the human+ ear cannot register the ,i0rations+ Then comes the perception of rising degrees of Heat+ Then after 6uite a time the eye catches a glimpse of the o04ect 0ecoming a dull dar1 reddish color+ As the rate increases5 the red 0ecomes 0righter+ Then as the speed is increased5 the red melts into an orange+ Then the orange melts into a yello2+ Then follo25 successi,ely5 the shades of green5 0lue5 indigo5 and finally ,iolet5 as the rate of sped increases+ Then the ,iolet shades a2ay5 and all color disappears5 the human eye not 0eing a0le to register them+ #ut there are in,isi0le rays emanating from the re,ol,ing o04ect5 the rays that are used in photographing5 and other su0tle rays of light+ Then 0egin to manifest the peculiar rays 1no2n as the &/ Rays5& etc+5 as the constitution of the o04ect changes+ Electricity and Magnetism are emitted 2hen the appropriate rate of ,i0ration is attained+ "hen the o04ect reaches a certain rate of ,i0ration its molecules disintegrate5 and resol,e themsel,es into the original elements or atoms+ Then the atoms5 follo2ing the Principle of )i0ration5 are separated into the countless corpuscles of 2hich they are composed+ And finally5 e,en the corpuscles disappear and the o04ect may 0e said to #e composed of The Ethereal Su0stance+ Science does not dare to follo2 the illustration

further5 0ut the Hermetists teach that if the ,i0rations 0e continually increased the o04ect 2ould mount up the successi,e states of manifestation and 2ould in turn manifest the ,arious mental stages5 and then on Spirit2ard5 until it 2ould finally re3enter THE A**5 2hich is A0solute Spirit+ The &o04ect5& ho2e,er5 2ould ha,e ceased to 0e an &o04ect& long 0efore the stage of Ethereal Su0stance 2as reached5 0ut other2ise the illustration is correct inasmuch as it sho2s the effect of constantly increased rates and modes of ,i0ration+ It must 0e remem0ered5 in the a0o,e illustration5 that at the stages at 2hich the &o04ect& thro2s off ,i0rations of light5 heat5 etc+5 it is not actually &resol,ed& into those forms of energy <2hich are much higher in the scale=5 0ut simply that it reaches a degree of ,i0ration in 2hich those forms of energy are li0erated5 in a degree5 from the confining influences of its molecules5 atoms and corpuscles5 as the case may 0e+ These forms of energy5 although much higher in the scale than matter5 are imprisoned and confined in the material com0inations5 0y reason of the energies manifesting through5 and using material forms5 0ut thus 0ecoming entangled and confined in their creations of material forms5 2hich5 to an e-tent5 is true of all creations5 the creating force 0ecoming in,ol,ed in its creation+ #ut the Hermetic Teachings go much further than do those of modern science+ They teach that all manifestation of thought5 emotion5 reason5 2ill or desire5 or any mental state or condition5 are accompanied 0y ,i0rations5 a portion of 2hich are thro2n off and 2hich tend to affect the minds of other persons 0y &induction+& This is the principle 2hich produces the phenomena of &telepathy&; mental influence5 and other forms of the action and po2er of mind o,er mind5 2ith 2hich the general pu0lic is rapidly 0ecoming ac6uainted5 o2ing to the 2ide dissemination of occult 1no2ledge 0y the ,arious schools5 cults and teachers along these lines at this time+ E,ery thought5 emotion or mental state has its corresponding rate and mode of ,i0ration+ And 0y an effort of the 2ill of the person5 or of other persons5 these mental states may 0e reproduced5 4ust as a musical tone may 0e reproduced 0y causing an instrument to ,i0rate at a certain rate 34ust as color may 0e reproduced in the same may+ #y a 1no2ledge of the Principle of )i0ration5 as applied to Mental Phenomena5 one may polari8e his mind at any degree he 2ishes5 thus gaining a perfect control o,er his mental states5 moods5 etc+ In the same 2ay he may affect the minds of others5 producing the desired mental states in them+ In short5 he may 0e a0le to produce on the Mental Plane that 2hich science produces on the Physical Plane3namely5 &)i0rations at "ill+& This po2er of course may 0e ac6uired only 0y the proper instruction5 e-ercises5 practice5 etc+5 the science 0eing that of Mental Transmutation5 one of the 0ranches of the Hermetic Art+

A little reflection on 2hat 2e ha,e said 2ill sho2 the student that the Principle of )i0ration underlies the 2onderful phenomena of the po2er manifested 0y the Masters and Adepts5 2ho are a0le to apparently set aside the *a2s of !ature5 0ut 2ho5 in reality5 are simply using one la2 against another; one principle against others; and 2ho accomplish their results 0y changing the ,i0rations of material o04ects5 or forms of energy5 and thus perform 2hat are commonly called &miracles+& As one of the old Hermetic 2riters has truly said7 &He 2ho understands the Principle of )i0ration5 has grasped the sceptre of Po2er+&

)OLARITY "-ver thing is dual) ever thing has poles) ever thing has its pair of opposites) like and unlike are the same) opposites are identical in nature, #ut different in degree) extremes meet) all truths are #ut half-truths) all paradoxes ma #e reconciled!"33The y0alion+ The great (ourth Hermetic Principle33the Principle of Polarity em0odies the truth that all manifested things ha,e &t2o sides&; &t2o aspects&; &t2o poles&; a &pair of opposites5& 2ith manifold degrees 0et2een the t2o e-tremes+ The old parado-es5 2hich ha,e e,er perple-ed the mind of men5 are e-plained 0y an understanding of this Principle+ Man has al2ays recogni8ed something a1in to this Principle5 and has endea,ored to e-press it 0y such sayings5 ma-ims and aphorisms as the follo2ing7 &E,erything is and isn.t5 at the same time&; &all truths are 0ut half3truths&; &e,ery truth is half3false&; &there are t2o sides to e,erything&3 &there is a re,erse side to e,ery shield5& etc+5 etc+ The Hermetic Teachings are to the effect that the difference 0et2een things seemingly diametrically opposed to each other is merely a matter of degree+ It teaches that &the pairs of opposites may 0e reconciled5&and that &thesis and anti3thesis are identical in nature5 0ut different in degree&; and that the &uni,ersal reconciliation of opposites& is effected 0y a recognition of this Principle of Polarity+ The teachers claim that illustrations of this Principle may 0e had on e,ery hand5 and from an e-amination into the real nature of anything+ They 0egin 0y sho2ing that Spirit and Matter are 0ut the t2o poles of the same thing5 the intermediate planes 0eing merely degrees of ,i0ration+ They they sho2 that THE A** and The Many are the same5 the difference 0eing merely a matter of degree of Mental Manifestation+ Thus the *A" and *a2s are the t2o opposite poles of one thing+ *i1e2ise5 PRI!%IP*E and Principles+ Infinite Mind and finite minds+

Then passing on to the Physical Plane5 they illustrate the Principle 0y sho2ing that Heat and %old are identical in nature5 the differences 0eing merely a matter of degrees+ The thermometer sho2s many degrees of temperature5 the lo2est pole 0eing called &cold5& and the highest &heat+& #et2een these t2o poles are many degrees of &heat& or &cold5& call them either and you are e6ually correct+ The higher of t2o degrees is al2ays &2armer5& 2hile the lo2er is al2ays &colder+& There is no a0solute standard3all is a matter of degree+ There is no place on the thermometer 2here heat ceases and cold 0egins+ It is all a matter of higher or lo2er ,i0rations+ The ,ery terms &high& and &lo25& 2hich 2e are compelled to use5 are 0ut poles of the same thing3the terms are relati,e+ So 2ith &East and "est&3 tra,el around the 2orld in an east2ard direction5 and you reach a point 2hich is called 2est at your starting point5 and you return from that 2est2ard point+ Tra,el far enough !orth5 and you 2ill find yourself tra,eling South5 or ,ice ,ersa+ *ight and 'ar1ness are poles of the same thing5 2ith many degrees 0et2een them+ The musical scale is the same3starting 2ith &%& you mo,e up2ard until you reach another &%& and so on5 the differences 0et2een the t2o ends of the 0oard 0eing the same5 2ith many degrees 0et2een the t2o e-tremes+ The scale of color is the same3higher and lo2er ,i0rations 0eing the only difference 0et2een high ,iolet and lo2 red+ *arge and Small are relati,e+ So are !oise and ?uiet; Hard and Soft follo2 the rule+ *i1e2ise Sharp and 'ull+ Positi,e and !egati,e are t2o poles of the same thing5 2ith countless degrees 0et2een them+ Good and #ad are not a0solute 2e call one end of the scale Good and the other #ad5 or one end Good and the other E,il5 according to the use of the terms+ A thing is &less good& than the thing higher in the scale; 0ut that &less good& thing5 in turn5 is &more good& than the thing ne-t 0elo2 it3and so on5 the &more or less& 0eing regulated 0y the position on the scale+ And so it is on the Mental Plane+ &*o,e and+ Hate& are generally regarded as 0eing things diametrically opposed to each other; entirely different; unreconcila0le+ #ut 2e apply the Principle of Polarity; 2e find that there is no such thing as A0solute *o,e or A0solute Hate5 as distinguished from each other+ The t2o are merely terms applied to the t2o poles of the same thing+ #eginning at any point of the scale 2e find &more lo,e5& or &less hate5& as 2e ascend the scale; and &more hate& or &less lo,e& as 2e descend this 0eing true no matter from 2hat point5 high or lo25 2e may start+ There are degrees of *o,e and Hate5 and there is a middle point 2here &*i1e and 'isli1e& 0ecome so faint that it is difficult to distinguish 0et2een them+ %ourage and (ear come under the same rule+ The Pairs of Opposites e-ist e,ery2here+ "here you find one thing you find its opposite3the t2o poles+

And it is this fact that ena0les the Hermetist to transmute one mental state into another5 along the lines of Polari8ation+ Things 0elonging to different classes cannot 0e transmuted into each other5 0ut things of the same class may 0e changed5 that is5 may ha,e their polarity changed+ Thus *o,e ne,er 0ecomes East or "est5 or Red or )iolet30ut it may and often does turn into Hate and li1e2ise Hate may 0e transformed into *o,e5 0y changing its polarity+ %ourage may 0e transmuted into (ear5 and the re,erse+ Hard things may 0e rendered Soft+ 'ull things 0ecome Sharp+ Hot things 0ecome %old+ And so on5 the transmutation al2ays 0eing 0et2een things of the same 1ind of different degrees+ Ta1e the case of a (earful man+ #y raising his mental ,i0rations along the line of (ear3%ourage5 he can 0e filled 2ith the highest degree of %ourage and (earlessness+ And5 li1e2ise5 the Slothful man may change himself into an Acti,e5 Energetic indi,idual simply 0y polari8ing along the lines of the desired 6uality+ The student 2ho is familiar 2ith the processes 0y 2hich the ,arious schools of Mental Science5 etc+5 produce changes in the mental states of those follo2ing their teachings5 may not readily understand the principle underlying3 many of these changes+ "hen5 ho2e,er5 the Principle of Polarity is once grasped5 and it is seen that the mental changes are occasioned 0y a change of polarity3a sliding along the same scale3the hatter is readily understood+ The change is not in the nature of a transmutation of one thing into another thing entirely different30ut is merely a change of degree in the same things5 a ,astly important difference+ (or instance5 0orro2ing an analogy from the Physical Plane5 it is impossi0le to change Heat into Sharpness5 *oudness5 Highness5 etc+5 0ut Heat may readily 0e transmuted into %old5 simply 0y lo2ering the ,i0rations+ In the same 2ay Hate and *o,e are mutually transmuta0le; so are (ear and %ourage+ #ut (ear cannot 0e transformed into *o,e5 nor can %ourage 0e transmuted into Hate+ The mental states 0elong to innumera0le classes5 each class of 2hich has its opposite poles5 along 2hich transmutation is possi0le+ The student 2ill readily recogni8e that in the mental states5 as 2ell as in the phenomena of the Physical Plane5 the t2o poles may 0e classified as Positi,e and !egati,e5 respecti,ely+ Thus *o,e is Positi,e to Hate; %ourage to (ear; Acti,ity to !on3Acti,ity5 etc+5 etc+ And it 2ill also 0e noticed that e,en to those unfamiliar 2ith the Principle of )i0ration5 the Positi,e pole seems to 0e of a higher degree than the !egati,e5 and readily dominates it+ The tendency of !ature is in the direction of the dominant acti,ity of the Positi,e pole+ In addition to the changing of the poles of one.s o2n mental states 0y the operation of the art of Polari8ation5 the phenomena of Mental Influence5 in its manifold phases5 sho2s us that the principle may 0e e-tended so as to em0race the phenomena of the influence of one mind o,er that of another5

of 2hich so much has 0een 2ritten and taught of late years+ "hen it is understood that Mental Induction is possi0le5 that is that mental states may 0e produced 0y &induction& from others5 then 2e can readily see ho2 a certain rate of ,i0ration5 or polari8ation of a certain mental state5 may 0e communicated to another person5 and his polarity in that class of mental states thus changed+ It is along this principle that the results of many of the &mental treatments& are o0tained+ (or instance5 a person is &0lue5& melancholy and full of fear+ A mental scientist 0ringing his o2n mind up to the desired ,i0ration 0y his trained 2ill5 and thus o0taining the desired polari8ation in his o2n case5 then produces a similar mental state in the other 0y induction5 the result 0eing that the ,i0rations are raised and the person polari8es to2ard the Positi,e end of the scale instead to2ard the !egati,e5 and his (ear and other negati,e emotions are transmuted to %ourage and similar positi,e mental states+ A little study 2ill sho2 you that these mental changes are nearly all along the line of Polari8ation5 the change 0eing one of degree rather than of 1ind+ A 1no2ledge of the e-istence of this great Hermetic Principle 2ill ena0le the student to 0etter understand his o2n mental states5 and those of other people+ He 2ill see that these states are all matters of degree5 and seeing thus5 he 2ill 0e a0le to raise or lo2er the ,i0ration at 2ill3to change his mental poles5 and thus 0e Master of his mental states5 instead of 0eing their ser,ant and sla,e+ And 0y his 1no2ledge he 2ill 0e a0le to aid his fello2s intelligently and 0y the appropriate methods change the polarity 2hen the same is desira0le+ "e ad,ise all students to familiari8e themsel,es 2ith this Principle of Polarity5 for a correct understanding of the same 2ill thro2 light on many difficult su04ects+


"-ver thing flows out and in) ever thing has its tides) all things rise and fall) the pendulum-swing manifests in ever thing) the measure of the swing to the right, is the measure of the swing to the left) rh thm compensates&33The y0alion+ The great (ifth Hermetic Principle3the Principle of Rhythm3em0odies the truth that in e,erything there is manifested a measured motion; a to3and3 from mo,ement; a flo2 and inflo2; a s2ing for2ard and 0ac12ard; a pendulum3li1e mo,ement; a tide3li1e e00 and flo2; a high3tide and a lo23 tide; 0et2een the t2o3poles manifest on the physical5 mental or spiritual

planes+ The Principle of rhythm is closely connected 2ith the Principle of Polarity descri0ed in the preceding chapter+ Rhythm manifests 0et2een the t2o poles esta0lished 0y the Principle of Polarity+ This does not mean5 ho2e,er5 that the pendulum of Rhythm s2ings to the e-treme poles5 for this rarely happens; in fact5 it is difficult to esta0lish the e-treme polar opposites in the ma4ority of cases+ #ut the s2ing is e,er &to2ard& first one pole and then the other+ There is al2ays an action and reaction; an ad,ance and a retreat; a rising and sin1ing; manifested in all of the airs and phenomena of the Uni,erse+ Suns5 2orlds5 men5 animals5 plants5 minerals5 forces5 energy5 mind and matter5 yes5 e,en Spirit5 manifests this Principle+ The Principle manifests in the creation and destruction of 2orlds; in the rise and fall of nations in the life history of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man+ #eginning 2ith the manifestations of Spirit3of THE A**3it 2ill 0e noticed that there is e,er the Outpouring and the Indra2ing; the &Out0reathing and In0reathing of #rahm5& as the #rahmans 2ord it+ Uni,erses are created; reach their e-treme lo2 point of materiality; and then 0egin in their up2ard s2ing+ Suns spring into 0eing5 and then their height of po2er 0eing reached5 the process of retrogression 0egins5 and after aeons they 0ecome dead masses of matter5 a2aiting another impulse 2hich starts again their inner energies into acti,ity and a ne2 solar life cycle is 0egun+ And thus it is 2ith all the 2orlds; they are 0orn5 gro2 and die; only to 0e re0orn+ And thus it is 2ith all the things of shape and form; they s2ing from action to reaction; from 0irth to death; from acti,ity to inacti,ity3 +and then 0ac1 again+ Thus it is 2ith all li,ing things they are 0orn5 gro25 and die3and then are re0orn+ So it is 2ith all great mo,ements5 philosophies5 creeds5 fashions5 go,ernments5 nations5 and all else30irth5 gro2th5 maturity5 decadence5 death3and then ne2 0irth+ The s2ing of the pendulum is e,er in e,idence+ !ight follo2s day; and day night+ The pendulum s2ings from Summer to "inter5 and then 0ac1 again+ The corpuscles5 atoms5 molecules5 and all masses of matter5 s2ing around the circle of their nature+ There is no such thing as a0solute rest5 or cessation from mo,ement5 and all mo,ement parta1es of rhythm+ The Principle is of uni,ersal application+ It may 0e applied to any 6uestion5 or phenomena of any of the many planes of life+ It may 0e applied to all phases of human acti,ity+ There is al2ays the Rhythmic s2ing from one pole to the other+ The Uni,ersal Pendulum is e,er in motion+ The Tides of *ife flo2 in and out5 according to *a2+ The Principle of rhythm is 2ell understood 0y modern science5 and is considered a uni,ersal la2 as applied to material things+ #ut the

Hermetists carry the principle much further5 and 1no2 that its manifestations and influence e-tend to the mental acti,ities of Man5 and that it accounts for the 0e2ildering succession of moods5 feelings and other annoying and perple-ing changes that 2e notice in oursel,es+ #ut the Hermetists 0y studying the operations of this Principle ha,e learned to escape some of its acti,ities 0y Transmutation+ The Hermetic Masters long since disco,ered that 2hile the Principle of Rhythm 2as in,aria0le5 and e,er in e,idence in mental phenomena5 still there 2ere t2o planes of its manifestation so far as mental phenomena are concerned+ They disco,ered that there 2ere t2o general planes of %onsciousness5 the *o2er and the Higher5 the understanding of 2hich fact ena0led them to rise to the higher plane and thus escape the s2ing of the Rhythmic pendulum 2hich manifested on the lo2er plane+ In other 2ords5 the s2ing of the pendulum occurred on the Unconscious Plane5 and the %onsciousness 2as not affected+ This they call the *a2 of !eutrali8ation+ Its operations consist in the raising of the Ego a0o,e the ,i0rations of the Unconscious Plane of mental acti,ity5 so that the negati,e3s2ing of the pendulum is not manifested in consciousness5 and therefore they are not affected+ It is a1in to rising a0o,e a thing and letting it pass 0eneath you+ The Hermetic Master5 or ad,anced student5 polari8es himself at the desired pole5 and 0y a process a1in to &refusing& to participate in the 0ac12ard s2ing or5 if you prefer5 a &denial& of its influence o,er him5 he stands firm in his polari8ed position5 and allo2s the mental pendulum to s2ing 0ac1 along the unconscious plane+ All indi,iduals 2ho ha,e attained any degree of self3mastery5 accomplish this5 more or less un1no2ingly5 and 0y refusing to allo2 their moods and negati,e mental states to affect them5 they apply the *a2 of !eutrali8ation+ The Master5 ho2e,er5 carries this to a much higher degree of proficiency5 and 0y the use of his "ill he attains a degree of Poise and Mental (irmness almost impossi0le of 0elief on the part of those 2ho allo2 themsel,es to 0e s2ung 0ac12ard and for2ard 0y the mental pendulum of moods and feelings+ The importance of this 2ill 0e appreciated 0y any thin1ing person 2ho reali8es 2hat creatures of moods5 feelings and emotion the ma4ority of people are5 and ho2 little mastery of themsel,es they manifest+ If you 2ill stop and consider a moment5 you 2ill reali8e ho2 much these s2ings of Rhythm ha,e affected you in your life3ho2 a period of Enthusiasm has 0een in,aria0ly follo2ed 0y an opposite feeling and mood of 'epression+ *i1e2ise5 your moods and periods of %ourage ha,e 0een succeeded 0y e6ual moods of (ear+ And so it has e,er 0een 2ith the ma4ority of persons3 tides of feeling ha,e e,er risen and fallen 2ith them5 0ut they ha,e ne,er suspected the cause or reason of the mental phenomena+ An understanding of the 2or1ings of this Principle 2ill gi,e one the 1ey to the Mastery of these rhythmic s2ings of feeling5 and 2ill ena0le him to 1no2 himself 0etter and to a,oid 0eing carried a2ay 0y these inflo2s and outflo2s+ The

"ill is superior to the conscious manifestation of this Principle5 although the Principle itself can ne,er 0e destroyed+ "e may escape its effects5 0ut the Principle operates5 ne,ertheless+ The pendulum e,er s2ings5 although 2e may escape 0eing carried along 2ith it+ There are other features of the operation of this Principle of Rhythm of 2hich 2e 2ish to spea1 at this point+ There comes into its operations that 2hich is 1no2n as the *a2 of %ompensation+ One of the definitions or meanings of the 2ord &%ompensate& is 5&to counter0alance& 2hich is the sense in 2hich the Hermetists use the term+ It is this *a2 of %ompensation to 2hich the y0alion refers 2hen it says7 & The measure of the s2ing to the right is the measure of the s2ing to the left; rhythm5 compensates+& The *a2 of %ompensation is that the s2ing in one direction determines the s2ing in the opposite direction5 or to the opposite pole3the one 0alances5 or counter0alances5 the other+ On the Physical Plane 2e see many e-amples of this *a2+ The pendulum of the cloc1 s2ings a certain distance to the right5 and then an e6ual distance to the left+ The seasons 0alance each other in the same 2ay+ The tides follo2 the same *a2+ And the same *a2 is manifested in all the phenomena of Rhythm+ The pendulum5 2ith a short s2ing in one direction5 has 0ut a short s2ing3 in the other; 2hile the long s2ing to the right in,aria0ly means the long s2ing to the left+ An o04ect hurled up2ard to a certain height has an e6ual distance to tra,erse on its return+ The force 2ith 2hich a pro4ectile is sent up2ard a mile is reproduced 2hen the pro4ectile returns to the earth on its return 4ourney+ This *a2 is constant on the Physical Plane5 as reference to the standard authorities 2ill sho2 you+ #ut the Hermetists carry it still further+ They teach that a man.s mental states are su04ect to the same *a2+ The man 2ho en4oys 1eenly5 is su04ect to 1een suffering; 2hile he 2ho feels 0ut little pain is capa0le of feeling 0ut little 4oy+ The pig suffers 0ut little mentally5 and en4oys 0ut little3he is compensated+ And on the other hand5 there are other animals 2ho en4oy 1eenly5 0ut 2hose ner,ous organism and temperament cause them to suffer e-6uisite degrees of pain+and so it is 2ith Man+ There are temperaments 2hich permit of 0ut lo2 degrees of en4oyment5 and e6ually lo2 degrees of suffering; 2hile there are others 2hich permit the most intense en4oyment5 0ut also the most intense suffering+ The rule is that the capacity for pain and pleasure5 in each indi,idual5 are 0alanced+ The *a2 of %ompensation is in full operation here+ #ut the Hermetists go still further in this matter+ They teach that 0efore one is a0le to en4oy a certain degree of pleasure5 he must ha,e s2ung as far5 proportionately5 to2ard the other pole of feeling+ They hold5 ho2e,er5 that the !egati,e is precedent to the Positi,e in this matter5 that is to say that in e-periencing a certain

degree of pleasure it does not follo2 that he 2ill ha,e to &pay up for it& 2ith a corresponding degree of pain; on the contrary5 the pleasure is the Rhythmic s2ing5 according to the *a2 of %ompensation5 for a degree of pain pre,iously e-perienced either in the present life5 or in a pre,ious incarnation+ This thro2s a ne2 light on the Pro0lelm of Pain+ The Hermetists regard the chain of li,es as continuous5 and as forming a part of one life of the indi,idual5 so that in conse6uence the rhythmic s2ing is understood in this 2ay5 2hile it 2ould 0e 2ithout meaning unless the truth of reincarnation is admitted+ #ut the Hermetists claim that the Master or ad,anced student is a0le5 to a great degree5 to escape the s2ing to2ard Pain5 0y the process of !eutrali8ation 0efore mentioned+ #y rising on to the higher plane of the Ego5 much of the e-perience that comes to those d2elling on the lo2er plane is a,oided and escaped+ The *a2 of %ompensation plays an important part in the li,es of men and 2omen+ It 2ill 0e noticed that one generally &pays the price& of anything he possesses or lac1s+ If he has one thing5 he lac1s another3the 0alance is struc1+ !o one can &1eep his penny and ha,e the 0it of ca1e& at the same time E,erything has its pleasant and unpleasant sides+ The things that one gains are al2ays paid for 0y the things that one loses++ The rich possess much that the poor lac15 2hile the poor often possess things that are 0eyond the reach of the rich+ The millionaire may ha,e the inclination to2ard feasting5 and the 2ealth 2here2ith to secure all the dainties and lu-uries of the ta0le5 2hile he lac1s the appetite to en4oy the same; he en,ies the appetite and digestion of the la0orer 2ho lac1s the 2ealth and inclinations of the millionaire5 and 2ho gets more pleasure from his plain food than the millionaire could o0tain e,en if his appetite 2ere not 4aded5 nor his digestion ruined5 for the 2ants5 ha0its and inclinations differ+ And so it is through life+ The *a2 of %ompensation is e,er in operation5 stri,ing to 0alance and counter30alance5 and al2ays succeeding in time5 e,en though se,eral li,es may 0e re6uired for the return s2ing of the Pendulum of Rhythm+

CAUSATION "-ver Cause has its -ffect) ever -ffect has its Cause) ever thing happens according to .aw) Chance is #ut a name for .aw not recogni1ed) there are man planes of causation, #ut nothing escapes the .aw!"33The y0alion+

The great Si-th Hermetic Principle3 3the Principle of %ause and Effect3 em0odies the truth that *a2 per,ades the Uni,erse; that nothing happens 0y %hance that %hance is merely a term indicating cause e-isting 0ut not recogni8ed or percei,ed that phenomena is continuous5 2ithout 0rea1 or e-ception+ The Principle of %ause and Effect underlies all scientific thought5 ancient and modern5 and 2as enunciated 0y+ the Hermetic Teachers in the earliest days+ "hile many and ,aried disputes 0et2een the many schools of thought ha,e since arisen5 these disputes ha,e 0een principally upon the details of the operations of the Principle5 and still more often upon the meaning of certain 2ords+ The underlying Principle of %ause and Effect has 0een accepted as correct 0y practically all the thin1ers of the 2orld 2orthy of the name+ To thin1 other2ise 2ould 0e to ta1e the phenomena of the uni,erse from the domain of *a2 and Order5 and to relegate it; to the control of the imaginary something 2hich men ha,e called &%hance+& A little consideration 2ill sho2 anyone that there is in reality no such thing as pure chance+ "e0ster defines the 2ord &%hance& as follo2s7 &A supposed agent or mode of acti,ity other than a force5 la2 or purpose; the operation or acti,ity of such agent; the supposed effect of such an agent; a happening; fortuity; casualty5 etc+& #ut a little consideration 2ill sho2 you that there can 0e no such agent as &%hance5& in the sense of something outside of *a23something outside of %ause and Effect+ Ho2 could there 0e a something acting in the phenomenal uni,erse5 independent of the la2s5 order5 and continuity of the latter> Such a something 2ould 0e entirely independent of the orderly trend of the uni,erse5 and therefore superior to it+ "e can imagine nothing outside of THE A** 0eing outside of the *a25 and that only 0ecause THE A** is the *A" in itself+ There is no room in the uni,erse for a something outside of and independent of *a2+ The e-istence of such a Something 2ould render all !atural *a2s ineffecti,e5 and 2ould plunge the uni,erse into chaotic disorder and la2lessness+ A careful e-amination 2ill sho2 that 2hat 2e call &%hance& is merely an e-pression relating to o0scure causes; causes that 2e cannot percei,e; causes that 2e cannot understand+ The 2ord %hance is deri,ed from a 2ord Meaning &to fall& <as the falling of dice=5 the idea 0eing that the fall of the dice <and many other happenings= are merely a &happening& unrelated to any cause+ And this is the sense in 2hich the term is generally employed+ #ut 2hen the matter is closely e-amined5 it is seen that there is no chance 2hatsoe,er a0out the fall of the dice+ Each time a die falls5 and displays a certain num0er5 it o0eys a la2 as infalli0le as that 2hich go,erns the re,olution of the planets around the sun+ #ac1 of the fall of the die are causes5 or chains of causes5 running 0ac1 further than the mind can follo2+ The position of the die in the 0o-; the amount of muscular energy e-pended in the thro2; the condition of the ta0le5 etc+5 etc+5 all are causes5 the effect of 2hich may 0e seen+ #ut 0ac1 of these seen causes

there are chains of unseen preceding causes5 all of 2hich had a 0earing upon the num0er of the die 2hich fell uppermost+ If a die 0e cast a great num0er of times5 it 2ill 0e found that the num0ers sho2n 2ill 0e a0out e6ual5 that is5 there 2ill 0e an e6ual num0er of one3 spot5 t2o3spot5 etc+5 coming uppermost+ Toss a penny in the air5 and it may come do2n either &heads& or &tails&; 0ut ma1e a sufficient num0er of tosses5 and the heads and tails 2ill a0out e,en up+ This is the operation of the la2 of a,erage+ #ut 0oth the a,erage and the single toss come under the *a2 of %ause and Effect5 and if 2e 2ere a0le to e-amine into the preceding causes5 it 2ould 0e clearly seen that it 2as simply impossi0le for the die to fall other than it did5 under the same circumstances and at the same time+ Gi,en the same causes5 the same results 2ill follo2+ There is al2ays a &cause& and a &0ecause& to e,ery e,ent+ !othing e,er &happens& 2ithout a cause5 or rather a chain of causes+ Some confusion has arisen in the minds of persons considering this Principle5 from the fact that they 2ere una0le to e-plain ho2 one thing could cause another thing3that is5 0e the &creator& of the second thing+ As a matter of fact5 no &thing& e,er causes or &creates& another &thing+& %ause and Effect deals merely 2ith &e,ents+& An &e,ent& is that 2hich comes5 arri,es or happens5 as a result or conse6uent of some preceding e,ent+ !o e,ent &creates& another e,ent5 0ut is merely a preceding lin1 in the great orderly chain of e,ents flo2ing from the creati,e energy of THE A**+ There is a continuity 0et2een all e,ents precedent5 conse6uent and su0se6uent+ There is a relation e-isting 0et2een e,erything that has gone 0efore5 and e,erything that follo2s+ A stone is dislodged from a mountain side and crashes through a roof of a cottage in the ,alley 0elo2+ At first sight 2e regard this as a chance effect5 0ut 2hen 2e e-amine the matter 2e find a great chain of causes 0ehind it+ In the first place there 2as the rain 2hich softened the earth supporting the stone and 2hich allo2ed it to fall; then 0ac1 of that 2as the influence of the sun5 other rains5 etc+5 2hich gradually disintegrated the piece of roc1 from a larger piece; then there 2ere the causes 2hich led to the formation of the mountain5 and its uphea,al 0y con,ulsions of nature5 and so on ad infinitum+ Then 2e might follo2 up the causes 0ehind the rain5 etc+ Then 2e might consider the e-istence of the roof In short5 2e 2ould soon find oursel,es in,ol,ed in a mesh of cause and effect5 from 2hich 2e 2ould soon stri,e to e-tricate oursel,es+ :ust as a man has t2o parents5 and four grandparents5 and eight great3 grandparents5 and si-teen great3great3grandparents5 and so on until 2hen5 say5 forty generations are calculated the num0ers of ancestors run into many millions33so it is 2ith the num0er of causes 0ehind e,en the most trifling e,ent or phenomena5 such as the passage of a tiny spec1 of soot 0efore your eye+ It is not an easy matter to trace the 0it of soot hac1 to the

early period of the 2orld.s history 2hen it formed a part of a massi,e tree3 trun15 2hich 2as after2ard con,erted into coal5 and so on5 until as the spec1 of soot it no2 passes 0efore your ,ision on its 2ay to other ad,entures+ And a mighty chain of e,ents5 causes and effects5 0rought it to its present condition5 and the later is 0ut one of the chain of e,ents 2hich 2ill go to produce other e,ents hundreds of years from no2+ One of the series of e,ents arising from the tiny 0it of soot 2as the 2riting of these lines5 2hich caused the typesetter to perform certain 2or1; the proofreader to do li1e2ise ; and 2hich 2ill arouse certain thoughts in your mind5 and that of others5 2hich in turn 2ill affect others5 and so on5 and on5 and on5 0eyond the a0ility of man to thin1 further3and all from the passage of a tiny 0it of soot5 all of 2hich sho2s the relati,ity and association of things5 and the further fact that &there is no great; there is no small5 in the mind that causeth all+& Stop to thin1 a moment+ If a certain man had not met a certain maid5 a2ay 0ac1 in the dim period of the Stone Age you 2ho are no2 reading these lines 2ould not no2 0e here+ And if5 perhaps5 the same couple had failed to meet5 2e 2ho no2 2rite these lines 2ould not no2 0e here+ And the ,ery act of 2riting5 on our part5 and the act of reading5 on yours5 2ill affect not only the respecti,e li,es of yourself and oursel,es5 0ut 2ill also ha,e a direct5 or indirect5 affect upon many other people no2 li,ing and 2ho 2ill li,e in the ages to come+ E,ery thought 2e thin15 e,ery act 2e perform5 has its direct and indirect results 2hich fit into the great chain of %ause and Effect+ "e do not 2ish to enter into a consideration of (ree "ill5 or 'eterminism5 in this 2or15 for ,arious reasons+Among the many reasons5 is the principal one that neither side of the contro,ersy is entirely right3in fact5 0oth sides are partially right5 according to the Hermetic Teachings+ The Principle of Polarity sho2s that 0oth are 0ut Half3Truths the opposing poles of Truth+ The Teachings are that a man may 0e 0oth (ree and yet 0ound 0y !ecessity5 depending upon the meaning of the terms5 and the height of Truth from 2hich the matter is e-amined+ The ancient 2riters e-press+the matter thus7 &The further the creation is from the %entre5 the more it is 0ound; the nearer the %entre it reaches5 the nearer (ree is it& The ma4ority of people are more or less the sla,es of heredity5 en,ironment5 etc+5 and manifest ,ery little (reedom+ They are s2ayed 0y the opinions5 customs and thoughts of the outside 2orld5 and also 0y their emotions5 feelings5 moods5 etc+ They manifest no Mastery5 2orthy of the name+ They indignantly repudiate this assertion5 saying5 &"hy5 I certainly am free to act and do as I please33I do 4ust 2hat I 2ant to do5& 0ut they fail to e-plain 2hence arise the &2ant to& and &as I please+& "hat ma1es them &2ant to& do one thing in preference to another; 2hat ma1es them &please& to do this5 and not do that> Is there no &0ecause& to their &pleasing& and

&"anting&> The Master can change these &pleases& and &2ants& into others at the opposite end of the mental pole+ He is a0le to &"ill to 2ill5& instead of to 2ill 0ecause some feeling5 mood5 emotion5+or en,ironmental suggestion arouses a tendency or desire 2ithin him so to do+ The ma4ority of people are carried along li1e the falling stone5 o0edient to en,ironment5 outside influences and internal moods5 desires5 etc+5 not to spea1 of the desires and 2ills of others stronger than themsel,es5 heredity5 en,ironment5 and suggestion5 carrying them along 2ithout resistance on their part5 or the e-ercise of the "ill+ Mo,ed li1e the pa2ns on the chec1er0oard of life5 they play their parts and are laid aside after the game is o,er+ #ut the Masters5 1no2ing the rules of the game5 rise a0o,e the plane of material life5 and placing themsel,es in touch 2ith the higher po2ers of their nature5 dominate their o2n moods5 characters5 6ualities5 and polarity5 as 2ell as the en,ironment surrounding them and thus 0ecome Mo,ers in the game5 instead of Pa2ns3%auses instead of Effects+ The Masters do not escape the %ausation of the higher planes5 0ut fall in 2ith the higher la2s5 and thus master circumstances on the lo2er plane+ They thus form a conscious part of the *a25 instead of 0eing mere 0lind instruments+ "hile they Ser,e on the Higher Planes5 they Rule on the Material Plane+ #ut5 on higher and on lo2er5 the *a2 is al2ays in operation+ There is no such things as %hance+ The 0lind goddess has 0een a0olished 0y Reason+ "e are a0le to see no25 2ith eyes made clear 0y 1no2ledge5 that e,erything is go,erned 0y Uni,ersal *a23that the infinite num0er of la2s are 0ut manifestations of the One Great *a23the *A" 2hich is THE A**+ It is true indeed that not a sparro2 drops unnoticed 0y the Mind of THE A** that e,en the hairs on our head are num0ered3as the scriptures ha,e said There is nothing outside of *a2; nothing that happens contrary to it+ And yet5 do not ma1e the mista1e of supposing that Man is 0ut a 0lind automaton3far from that+ The Hermetic Teachings are that Man may use *a2 to o,ercome la2s5 and that the higher 2ill al2ays pre,ail against the lo2er5 until at last he has reached t+he stage in 2hich he see1s refuge in the *A" itself5 and laughs the phenomenal la2s to scorn+ Are you a0le to grasp the inner meaning of this>

4ENDER "2ender is in ever thing) ever thing has its &asculine and "eminine 'rinciples) 2ender manifests on all planes!&33The y0alion+

The great Se,enth Hermetic Principle3the Principle of Gender3em0odies the truth that there is Gender manifested in e,erything3that the Masculine and (eminine principles are e,er present and acti,e in all phases of phenomena5 on each and e,ery plane of life+ At this point 2e thin1 it 2ell to call your attention to the fact that Gender5 in its Hermetic sense5 and Se- in the ordinarily accepted use of the term5 are not the same+ The 2ord &Gender& is deri,ed from the *atin root meaning &to 0eget; to procreate; to generate; to create; to produce+& A moment.s consideration 2ill sho2 you that the 2ord has a much 0roader and more general meaning than the term &Se-5& the latter referring to the physical distinctions 0et2een male and female li,ing things+ Se- is merely a manifestation of+Gender on a certain plane of the Great Physical Plane3the plane of organic life+ "e 2ish to impress this distinction upon your minds5 for the reason that certain 2riters5 2ho ha,e ac6uired a smattering of the Hermetic Philosophy5 ha,e sought to identify this Se,enth Hermetic Principle 2ith 2ild and fanciful5 and often reprehensi0le5 theories and teachings regarding Se-+ The office of Gender is solely that of creating5 producing5 generating5 etc+5 and its manifestations are ,isi0le on e,ery plane of phenomena+ It is some2hat difficult to produce proofs of this along scientific lines5 for the reason that science has not as yet recogni8ed this Principle as of uni,ersal application+ #ut still some proofs are forthcoming from scientific sources+ In the first place5 2e find a distinct manifestation of the Principle of Gender among the corpuscles5 ions5 or electrons5 2hich constitute the 0asis of Matter as science no2 1no2s the latter5 and 2hich 0y forming certain com0inations form the Atom5 2hich until lately 2as regarded as final and indi,isi0le+ The latest 2ord of science is that the atom is composed of a multitude of corpuscles5 electrons5 or ions <the ,arious names 0eing applied 0y different authorities= re,ol,ing around each other and ,i0rating at a high degree and intensity+ #ut the accompanying statement is made that the formation of the atom is really due to the clustering of negati,e corpuscles around a positi,e one333the positi,e corpuscles seeming to e-ert a certain influence upon the negati,e corpuscles5 causing the latter to assume certain com0inations and thus &create& or &generate& an atom+ This is in line 2ith the most ancient Hermetic Teachings5 2hich ha,e al2ays identified the Masculine principle of Gender 2ith the &Positi,e5& and the (eminine 2ith the &!egati,e.& Poles of Electricity <so called=+ !o2 a 2ord at this point regarding this identification+ The pu0lic mind has formed an entirely erroneous impression regarding the 6ualities of the so3 called &!egati,e& pole of electrified or magneti8ed Matter+ The terms Positi,e and !egati,e are ,ery 2rongly applied to this phenomenon 0y science+ The 2ord Positi,e means something real and strong5 as compared

2ith a !egati,e unreality or 2ea1ness+ !othing is further from the real facts of electrical phenomenon+ The so3called !egati,e pole of the 0attery is really the pole in and 0y 2hich the generation or production of ne2 forms and energies is manifested+ There is nothing &negati,e& a0out it+ The 0est scientific authorities no2 use the 2ord &%athode& in place of &!egati,e5& the 2ord %athode coming from the Gree1 root meaning &descent; the path of generation5 etc5& (rom the %athode pole emerge the s2arm of electrons or corpuscles; from the same pole emerge those 2onderful &rays& 2hich ha,e re,olutioni8ed scientific conceptions during the past decade+ The %athode pole is the Mother of all of the strange phenomena 2hich ha,e rendered useless the old te-t30oo1s5 and 2hich ha,e caused many long accepted theories to 0e relegated to the scrap3pile of scientific speculation+ The %athode5 or !egati,e Pole5 is the Mother Principle of Electrical Phenomena5 and of the finest forms of matter as yet 1no2n to science+ So you see 2e are 4ustified in refusing to use the term &!egati,e& in our consideration of the su04ect5 and in insisting upon su0stituting the 2ord &(eminine& for the old term+ The facts of the case 0ear us out in this5 2ithout ta1ing the Hermetic Teachings into consideration+ And so 2e shall use the 2ord &(eminine& in the place of &!egati,e& in spea1ing of that pole of acti,ity+ The latest scientific teachings are that the creati,e corpuscles or electrons are (eminine <science says &they are composed of negati,e electricity&32e say they are composed of (eminine energy=+ A (eminine corpuscle 0ecomes detached from5 or rather lea,es5 a Masculine corpuscle5 and starts on a ne2 career+ It acti,ely see1s a union 2ith a Masculine corpuscle5 0eing urged thereto 0y the natural impulse to create ne2 forms of Matter or Energy+ One 2riter goes so far as to use the term &it at once see1s5 of its o2n ,olition5 a union5 & etc+ This detachment and uniting form the 0asis of the greater part of the acti,ities of the chemical 2orld+ "hen the (eminine corpuscle unites 2ith a Masculine corpuscle5 a certain process is 0egun+ The (eminine particles ,i0rate rapidly under the influence of the Masculine energy5 and circle rapidly around the latter+ The result is the 0irth of a ne2 atom+ This ne2 atom is really composed of a union of the Masculine and (eminine electrons5 or corpuscles5 0ut 2hen the union is formed the atom is a separate thing5 ha,ing certain properties5 0ut no longer manifesting the property of free electricity+ The process of detachment or separation of the (eminine electrons is called &ioni8ation+& These electrons5 or corpuscles5 are the most acti,e 2or1ers in !ature.s field+ Arising from their unions5 or com0inations5 manifest the ,aried phenomena of light5 heat5 electricity5 magnetism5 attraction5 repulsion5 chemical affinity and the re,erse5 and similar phenomena+ And all this arises from the operation of the Principle of Gender on the plane of Energy+

The part of the Masculine principle seems to 0e that of directing a certain inherent energy to2ard the (eminine principle5 and thus starting into acti,ity the creati,e processes+ #ut the (eminine principle is the one al2ays doing the acti,e creati,e 2or13and this is so on all planes+ And yet5 each principle is incapa0le of operati,e energy 2ithout the assistance of the other+ In some of the forms of life5 the t2o principles are com0ined in one organism+ (or that matter5 e,erything in the organic 2orld manifests 0oth genders3there is al2ays the Masculine present in the (eminine form5 and the (eminine present in the Masculine form+ The Hermetic Teachings include much regarding the operation of the t2o principles of Gender in the production and manifestation of ,arious forms of energy5 etc+5 0ut 2e do not deem it e-pedient to go into detail regarding the same at this point5 0ecause 2e are una0le to 0ac1 up the same 2ith scientific proof5 for the reason that science has not as yet progressed thus far+ #ut the e-ample 2e ha,e gi,en you of the phenomena of the electrons or corpuscles 2ill sho2 you that science is on the right path5 and 2ill also gi,e you a general idea of the underlying principles+ Some leading scientific in,estigators ha,e announced their 0elief that in the formation of crystals there 2as to 0e found something that corresponded to & se- acti,ity& 2hich is another stra2 sho2ing the direction the scientific 2inds are 0lo2ing+ And each year 2ill 0ring other facts to corro0orate the correctness of the Hermetic Principle of Gender+ It 2ill 0e found that Gender is in constant operation and manifestation in the field of inorganic matter5 and in the field of Energy or (orce+ Electricity is no2 generally regarded as the &Something& into 2hich all other forms of energy seem to melt or dissol,e+ The &Electrical Theory of the Uni,erse& is the latest scientific doctrine5 and is gro2ing rapidly in popularity and general acceptance+ And it thus follo2s that if 2e are a0le to disco,er in the phenomena of electricity3e,en at the ,ery root and source of its manifestations a clear and unmista1a0le e,idence of the presence of Gender and its acti,ities5 2e are 4ustified in as1ing you to 0elie,e that science at last has offered proofs of the e-istence in all uni,ersal phenomena of that great Hermetic Principle3the Principle of Gender+ It is not necessary to ta1e up your time 2ith the 2ell 1no2n phenomena of the & &attraction and repulsion& of the atoms; chemical affinity; the &lo,es and hates& of the atomic particles; the attraction or cohesion 0et2een the molecules of matter+ These facts are too 2ell 1no2n to need e-tended comment from us+ #ut5 ha,e you e,er considered that all of these things are manifestations of the Gender Principle> %an you not see that the phenomena is &on all fours& 2ith that of the corpuscles or electrons> And more than this5 can you not see the reasona0leness of the Hermetic Teachings 2hich assert that the ,ery *a2 of Gra,itation3that strange attraction 0y reason of 2hich all particles and 0odies of matter in the uni,erse tend to2ard each other is 0ut another manifestation of the

Principle of Gender5 2hich operates in the direction of attracting the Masculine to the (eminine energies5 and ,ice ,ersa> "e cannot offer you scientific proof of this at this time30ut e-amine the phenomena in the light of the Hermetic Teachings on the su04ect5 and see if you ha,e not a 0etter 2or1ing hypothesis than any offered 0y physical science+ Su0mit all physical phenomena to the test5 and you 2ill discern the Principle of Gender e,er in e,idence+ *et us no2 pass on to a consideration of the operation of the Principle on the Mental Plane+ Many interesting features are there a2aiting e-amination+

+ENTAL 4ENDER Students of psychology 2ho ha,e follo2ed the modern trend of thought along the lines of mental phenomena are struc1 0y the persistence of the dual3mind idea 2hich has manifested itself so strongly during the past ten or fifteen years5 and 2hich has gi,en rise to a num0er of plausi0le theories regarding the nature and constitution of these &t2o minds+& The late Thomson :+ Hudson attained great popularity in @GHB 0y ad,ancing his 2ell31no2n theory of the &o04ecti,e and su04ecti,e minds& 2hich he held e-isted in e,ery indi,idual+ Other 2riters ha,e attracted almost e6ual attention 0y the theories regarding the &conscious and su03conscious minds&; the &,oluntary and in,oluntary minds&; &the acti,e and passi,e minds5& etc+5 etc+ The theories of the ,arious 2riters differ from each other5 0ut there remains the underlying principle of &the duality of mind+& The student of the Hermetic Philosophy is tempted to smile 2hen he reads and hears of these many &ne2 theories& regarding the duality of mind5 each school adhering tenaciously to its o2n pet theories5 and each claiming to ha,e &disco,ered the truth+& The student turns 0ac1 the pages of occult history5 and a2ay 0ac1 in the dim 0eginnings of occult teachings he finds references to the ancient Hermetic doctrine of the Principle of Gender on the Mental Plane3the manifestation of Mental Gender+ And e-amining further he finds that the ancient philosophy too1 cogni8ance of the phenomenon of the &dual mind5& and accounted for it 0y the theory of Mental Gender+ This idea of Mental Gender may 0e e-plained in a fe2 2ords to students 2ho are familiar 2ith the modern theories 4ust alluded to+ The Masculine Principle of Mind corresponds to the so3called

O04ecti,e Mind; %onscious Mind; )oluntary Mind; Acti,e Mind5 etc+ And the (eminine Principle of Mind corresponds to the so3called Su04ecti,e Mind; Su03conscious Mind; In,oluntary Mind; Passi,e Mind5 etc+ Of course the Hermetic Teachings do not agree 2ith the many modern theories regarding the nature of the t2o phases of mind5 nor does it admit many of the facts claimed for the t2o respecti,e aspects3some of the said theories and claims 0eing ,ery far3fetched and incapa0le of standing the test of e-periment and demonstration+ "e point to the phases of agreement merely for the purpose of helping the student to assimilate his pre,iously ac6uired 1no2ledge 2ith the teachings of the Hermetic Philosophy+ Students of Hudson 2ill notice the statement at the 0eginning of his second chapter of 7The *a2 of Psychic Phenomena5& that7 &The mystic 4argon of the Hermetic philosophers discloses the same general idea&3i+ e+5 the duality of mind+ If 'r+ Hudson had ta1en the time and trou0le to decipher a little of .the mystic 4argon of the Hermetic Philosophy5& he might ha,e recei,ed much light upon the su04ect of &the dual mind&30ut then5 perhaps5 his most interesting 2or1 might not ha,e 0een 2ritten+ *et us no2 consider the Hermetic Teachings regarding Mental Gender+ The Hermetic Teachers impart their instruction regarding this su04ect 0y 0idding their students e-amine the report of their consciousness regarding their Self+ The students are 0idden to turn their attention in2ard upon the Self d2elling 2ithin each+ Each student is led to see that his consciousness gi,es him first a report of the e-istence of his Self3the report is &I Am+& This at first seems to 0e the final 2ords from the consciousness5 0ut a little further e-amination discloses the fact that this &I Am& may 0e separated or split into t2o distinct parts5 or aspects5 2hich 2hile 2or1ing in unison and in con4unction5 yet5 ne,ertheless5 may 0e separated in consciousness+ "hile at first there seems to 0e only an &I& e-isting5 a more careful and closer e-amination re,eals the fact that there e-ists an &I& and a &Me+& These mental t2ins differ in their characteristics and nature5 and an e-amination of their nature and the phenomena arising from the same 2ill thro2 much light upon many of the pro0lems of mental influence+ *et us 0egin 2ith a consideration of the Me5 2hich is usually mista1en for the I 0y the student5 until he presses the in6uiry a little further 0ac1 into the recesses of consciousness+ A man thin1s of his Self <in its aspect of Me= as 0eing composed of certain feelings5 tastes li1es5 disli1es5 ha0its5 peculiar ties5 characteristics5 etc+5 all of 2hich go to ma1e up his personality5 or the &Self& 1no2n to himself and others+ He 1no2s that these emotions and feelings change; are 0orn and die a2ay; are su04ect to the Principle of Rhythm5 and the Principle of Polarity5 2hich ta1e him from one e-treme of feeling to another+ He also thin1s of the &Me& as

0eing certain 1no2ledge gathered together in his mind5 and thus forming a part of himself+ This is the &Me& of a man+ #ut 2e ha,e proceeded too hastily+ The &Me& of many men may 0e said to consist largely of their consciousness of the 0ody and their physical appetites5 etc+ Their consciousness 0eing largely 0ound up 2ith their 0odily nature5 they practically &li,e there+& Some men e,en go so far as to regard their personal apparel as a part of their &Me& and actually seem to consider it a part of themsel,es+ A 2riter has humorously said that &men consist of three parts3soul5 0ody and clothes+& These &clothes conscious& people 2ould lose their personality if di,ested of their clothing 0y sa,ages upon the occasion of a ship2rec1+ #ut e,en many 2ho are not so closely 0ound up 2ith the idea of personal raiment stic1 closely to the consciousness of their 0odies 0eing their &Me& They cannot concei,e of a Self independent of the 0ody+ Their mind seems to them to 0e practically &a something 0elonging to& their 0ody32hich in many cases it is indeed+ #ut as man rises in the scale of consciousness he is a0le to disentangle his &Me& from his idea of 0ody5 and is a0le to thin1 of his 0ody as &0elonging to& the mental part of him+ #ut e,en then he is ,ery apt to identify the &Me& entirely 2ith the mental states5 feelings5 etc+5 "hich he feels to e-ist 2ithin him+ He is ,ery apt to consider these internal states as identical 2ith himself5 instead of their 0eing simply &things& produced 0y some part of his mentality5 and e-isting 2ithin him3of him5 and in him5 0ut still not &himself+& He sees that he may change these internal states of feelings 0y aIl effort of 2ill5 and that he may produce a feeling or state of an e-actly opposite nature5 in the same 2ay5 and yet the same &Me& e-ists+ And so after a 2hile he is a0le to set aside these ,arious mental states5 emotions5 feelings5 ha0its5 6ualities5 characteristics5 and other personal mental 0elongings3he is a0le to set them aside in the &not3me& collection of curiosities and encum0rances5 as 2ell as ,alua0le possessions+ This re6uires much mental concentration and po2er of mental analysis on the part of the student+ #ut still the tas1 is possi0le for the ad,anced student5 and e,en those not so far ad,anced are a0le to see5 in the imagination5 ho2 the process may 0e performed+ After this laying3aside process has 0een performed5 the student 2ill find himself in conscious possession of a &Self& 2hich may 0e considered in its &I& and &Me& dual aspects+ The &Me& 2ill 0e felt to 0e a Something mental in 2hich thoughts5 ideas5 emotions5 feelings5 and other mental states may 0e produced+ It may 0e considered as the &mental 2om05& as the ancients styled it3capa0le of generating mental offspring+ It reports to the consciousness as a &Me& 2ith latent po2ers of creation and generation of mental progeny of all sorts and 1inds+ Its po2ers of creati,e energy are felt to 0e enormous+ #ut still it seems to 0e conscious that it must recei,e some form of energy from either its &I& companion5 or else from some

other &I& ere it is a0le to 0ring into 0eing its mental creations+ This consciousness 0rings 2ith it a reali8ation of an enormous capacity for mental 2or1 and creati,e a0ility+ #ut the student soon finds that this is not all that he finds 2ithin his inner consciousness+ He finds that there e-ists a mental Something 2hich is a0le to "ill that the &Me& act along certain creati,e lines5 and 2hich is also a0le to stand aside and 2itness the mental creation+ This part of himself he is taught to call his &I+& He is a0le to rest in its consciousness at 2ill+ He finds there not a consciousness of an a0ility to generate and acti,ely create5 in the sense of the gradual process attendant upon mental operations5 0ut rather a sense and consciousness of an a0ility to pro4ect an energy from the &I& to the &Me&3a process of &2illing& that the mental creation 0egin and proceed+ He also finds that the &I& is a0le to stand aside and 2itness the operations of the &Me.s& mental creation and generation+ There is this dual aspect in the mind of e,ery person+ The &I& represents the Masculine Principle of Mental Gender3the &Me& represents the (emale Principle+ The &I& represents the Aspect of #eing; the &Me& the Aspect of #ecoming+ $ou 2ill notice that the Principle of %orrespondence operates on this plane 4ust as it does upon the great plane upon 2hich the creation of Uni,erses is performed+ The t2o are similar in 1ind5 although ,astly different in degree+ &As a0o,e5 so 0elo2; as 0elo25 so a0o,e+& These aspects of mind3the Masculine and (eminine Principles3the &I& and the &Me&3considered in connection 2ith the 2ell31no2n mental and psychic phenomena5 gi,e the master31ey to these dimly 1no2n regions of mental operation and manifestation+ The principle of Mental Gender gi,es the truth underlying the 2hole field of the phenomena of mental influence5 etc+ The tendency of the (eminine Principle is al2ays in the direction of recei,ing impressions5 2hile the tendency of the Masculine Principle is al2ays in the direction of gi,ing5 out or e-pressing + The (eminine Principle has much more ,aried field of operation than has the Masculine Principle+ The (eminine Principle conducts the 2or1 of generating ne2 thoughts5 concepts5 ideas5 including the 2or1 of the imagination+ The Masculine Principle contents itself 2ith the 2or1 of the &"ill& in its ,aried phases+ And yet+ 2ithout the acti,e aid of the "ill of the Masculine Principle5 the (eminine Principle is 5apt to rest content 2ith generating mental images 2hich are the result of impressions recei,ed from outside5 Instead of producing original mental creations+ Persons 2ho can gi,e continued attention and thought to a su04ect acti,ely employ 0oth of the Mental Principles3the (eminine in the 2or1 of the mental generation5 and the Masculine "ill in stimulating and energi8ing the creati,e portion of the mind+ The ma4ority of persons really employ the

Masculine Principle 0ut little5 and are content to li,e according to the thoughts and ideas instilled into the&Me& from the &I& of other minds+ #ut it is not our purpose to d2ell upon this phase of the su04ect5 2hich may 0e studied from any good te-t30oo1 upon psychology5 2ith the 1ey that 2e ha,e gi,en you regarding Mental Gender+ The student of Psychic Phenomena is a2are of the 2onderful phenomena classified under the head of Telepathy; Thought Transference; Mental Influence; Suggestion; Hypnotism5 etc+ Many ha,e sought for an e-planation of these ,aried phases of phenomena under the theories of the ,arious &dual mind& teachers+ And in a measure they are right5 for there is clearly a manifestation of t2o distinct phases of mental acti,ity+ #ut if such students 2ill consider these &dual minds& in the light of the Hermetic Teachings regarding )i0rations and Mental Gender5 they 2ill see that the long sought for 1ey is at hand+ In the phenomena of Telepathy it is seen ho2 the )i0ratory Energy of the Masculine Principle is pro4ected to2ard the (eminine Principle of another person5 and the latter ta1es the seed3 thought and allo2s it to de,elop into maturity+ In the same 2ay Suggestion and Hypnotism operates+ The Masculine Principle of the person gi,ing the suggestions directs a stream of )i0ratory Energy or "ill3Po2er to2ard the (eminine Principle of the other person5 and the latter accepting it ma1es it its o2n and acts and thin1s accordingly+ An idea thus lodged in the mind of another person gro2s and de,elops5 and in time is regarded as the rightful mental offspring of the indi,idual5 2hereas it is in reality li1e the cuc1oo egg placed in the +sparro2s nest5 2here it destroys the rightful offspring and ma1es itself at home+ The normal method is for the Masculine and (eminine Principles in a person.s mind to co3ordinate and act harmoniously in con4unction 2ith each other5 0ut5 unfortunately5 the Masculine Principle in the a,erage person is too la8y to act3the display of "ill3Po2er is too slight3and the conse6uence is that such persons are ruled almost entirely 0y the minds and 2ills of other persons5 2hom they allo2 to do their thin1ing and 2illing for them+ Ho2 fe2 original thoughts or original actions are performed 0y the a,erage person> Are not the ma4ority of persons mere shado2s and echoes of others ha,ing stronger 2ills or minds than themsel,es> The trou0le is that the a,erage person d2ells almost altogether in his &Me& consciousness and does not reali8e that he has such a thing as an &I& He is polari8ed in his (eminine Principle of Mind5 and the Masculine Principle5 in 2hich is lodged the "ill5 is allo2ed to remain inacti,e and not employed+ The strong men and 2omen of the 2orld in,aria0ly manifest the Masculine Principle of "ill5 and their strength depends materially upon this fact+ Instead of li,ing upon the impressions made upon their minds 0y others5 they dominate their o2n minds 0y+their "ill5 o0taining the 1ind of mental images desired5 and moreo,er dominate the minds of others li1e2ise5 in the same manner+ *oo1 at the strong people5 ho2 they manage

to implant their seed3thoughts in the minds of the masses of the people5 thus causing the latter to thin1 thoughts in accordance 2ith the desires and 2ills of the strong indi,iduals+ This is 2hy the masses of people are such sheepli1e creatures5 ne,er originating an idea of their o2n5 nor using their o2n po2ers of mental acti,ity+ The manifestation of Mental Gender may 0e noticed all around us in e,eryday life+ The magnetic persons are those 2ho are a0le to use the Masculine Principle in the 2ay of impressing their ideas upon others+ The actor 2ho ma1es people 2eep or cry as he 2ills5 is employing this principle+ and so is the successful orator5 statesman5 preacher5 2riter or other people 2ho are 0efore the pu0lic attention+ The peculiar influence e-erted 0y some people o,er others is due to the manifestation of Mental Gender+ along the )i0rational lines a0o,e indicated+ In this principle lies the secret of personal magnetism5 personal influence5 fascination5 etc+5 as 2ell as the phenomena generally grouped under the name of Hypnotism+ The student 2ho has familiari8ed himself 2ith the phenomena generally spo1en of as &psychic& 2ill ha,e disco,ered the important part played in the said phenomena+0y that force 2hich science has styled &Suggestion5& 0y 2hich term is meant the process or method 2here0y an idea is transferred to5 or &impressed upon& the mind of another5 causing the second mind to act in accordance there2ith+ A correct understanding of Suggestion is necessary in order to intelligently comprehend the ,aried psychical phenomena 2hich Suggestion underlies+ #ut5 still more is a 1no2ledge of )i0ration and Mental Gender necessary for the student of Suggestion+ (or the 2hole principle of Suggestion depends upon the principle of Mental Gender and )i0ration+ It is customary for the 2riters and teachers of Suggestion to e-plain that it is the &o04ecti,e or ,oluntary& mind 2hich ma1e the mental impression5 or suggestion5 upon the &su04ecti,e or in,oluntary& mind+ #ut they do not descri0e the process or gi,e us any analogy in nature 2here0y 2e may more readily comprehend the idea+ #ut if you 2ill thin1 of the matter in the light of the Hermetic Teachings you 2ill 0e a0le to see that the energi8ing of the (eminine Principle 0y the )i0ratory Energy of the Masculine Principle Is in accordance to the uni,ersal la2s of nature5 and that the natural 2orld affords countless analogies 2here0y the principle may 0e understood+ In fact5 the Hermetic Teachings sho2 that the ,ery creation of the Uni,erse follo2s the same la25 and that in all creati,e manifestations5 upon the planes of the spiritual5 the mental5 and the physical5 there .s al2ays in operation this principle of Gender3this manifestation of the Masculine and the (eminine Principles+ &As a0o,e5 so 0elo2; as 0elo25 so a0o,e+&And more than this5 2hen the principle of Mental Gender is once grasped and understood5 the ,aried phenomena of psychology at once 0ecomes capa0le of intelligent classification and

study5 instead of 0eing ,ery much in the dar1+ The principle &2or1s out& in practice5 0ecause it is 0ased upon the immuta0le uni,ersal la2s of life+ "e shall not enter into an e-tended discussion of5 or description of5 the ,aried phenomena of mental influence or psychic acti,ity+ There are many 0oo1s5 many of them 6uite good5 2hich ha,e 0een 2ritten and pu0lished on this su04ect of late years+ The main facts stated in these ,arious 0oo1s are correct5 although the se,eral 2riters ha,e attempted to e-plain the phenomena 0y ,arious pet theories of their o2n+ The student may ac6uaint himself 2ith these matters5 and 0y using the theory of Mental Gender he 2ill 0e a0le to 0ring order out of the chaos of conflicting theory and teachings5 and may5 moreo,er5 readily ma1e himself a master of the su04ect if he 0e so inclined+ The purpose of this 2or1 is not to gi,e an e-tended account of psychic phenomena 0ut rather to gi,e to the student a master31ey 2here0y He may unloc1 the many doors leading into the parts of the Temple of no2ledge 2hich he may 2ish to e-plore+ "e feel that in this consideration of the teachings of The y0alion5 one may find an e-planation 2hich 2ill ser,e to clear a2ay many perple-ing difficulties3a 1ey that 2ill unloc1 many doors+ "hat is the use of going into detail regarding all of the many features of psychic phenomena and mental science5 pro,ided 2e place in the hands of the student the means 2here0y he may ac6uaint himself fully regarding any phase of the su04ect 2hich may interest him+ "ith the aid of The y0alion one may go through any occult li0rary ane25 the old *ight from Egypt illuminating many dar1 pages5 and o0scure su04ects+ That is the purpose of this 0oo1+ "e do not come e-pounding a ne2 philosophy5 0ut rather furnishing the outlines of a great 2orld3old teaching 2hich 2ill ma1e clear the teachings of others3 2hich 2ill ser,e as a Great Reconciler of differing7 theories5 and opposing doctrines+

HER+ETIC A5IO+S "The possession of $nowledge, unless accompanied # a manifestation and expression in +ction, is like the hoarding of precious metals-a vain and foolish thing! $nowledge, like wealth, is intended for Use! The .aw of Use is Universal, and he who violates it suffers # reason of his conflict with natural forces!"33The y0alion The Hermetic Teachings5 2hile al2ays ha,ing 0een 1ept securely loc1ed

up in the minds of the fortunate possessors thereof5 for reasons 2hich 2e ha,e already stated5 2ere ne,er intended to 0e merely stored a2ay and secreted+ The *a2 of Use is d2elt upon in the Teachings5 as you may see 0y reference to the a0o,e 6uotation from The y0alion5 2hich states it forci0ly+ no2ledge 2ithout Use and E-pression is a ,ain thing5 0ringing no good to its possessor5 or to the race+ #e2are of Mental Miserliness5 and e-press into Action that 2hich you ha,e learned+ Study the A-ioms and Aphorisms5 0ut practice them also+ "e gi,e 0elo2 some of the more important Hermetic A-ioms5 from The y0alion5 2ith a fe2 comments added to each+ Ma1e these your o2n5 and practice and use them5 for they are not really your o2n until you ha,e Used them+ "To change our mood or mental state-change our vi#ration!"33The y0alion+ One may change his mental ,i0rations 0y an effort of "ill5 in the direction of deli0erately fi-ing the Attention upon a more desira0le state+ "ill directs the Attention5 and Attention changes the )i0ration+ %ulti,ate the Art of Attention5 means of the "ill5 and you ha,e sol,ed the secret of the Mastery of Moods and Mental States+ "To destro an undesira#le rate of mental vi#ration, put into operation the principle of 'olarit and concentrate upon the opposite pole to that which ou desire to suppress! $ill out the undesira#le # changing its polarit !"33 The y0alion This is one of the most important of the Hermetic (ormulas+ It is 0ased upon true scientific principles+ "e ha,e sho2n you that a mental state and its opposite 2ere merely the t2o poles of one thing5 and that 0y Mental Transmutation the polarity might 0e re,ersed+ This Principle is 1no2n to modern psychologists5 2ho apply it to the 0rea1ing up of undesira0le ha0its 0y 0idding their students concentrate upon the opposite 6uality+ If you are possessed of (ear5 do not 2aste time trying to &1ill out& (ear5 0ut instead culti,ate the 6uality of %ourage5 and the (ear 2ill disappear+ Some 2riters ha,e e-pressed this idea most forci0ly 0y using the illustration of the dar1 room+ $ou do not ha,e to sho,el out or s2eep out the 'ar1ness5 0ut 0y merely opening the shutters and letting in the *ight the 'ar1ness has disappeared+ To 1ill out a !egati,e 6uality5 concentrate upon the Positi,e Pole of that same 6uality5 and the ,i0rations 2ill gradually change from !egati,e to Positi,e5 until finally you 2ill 0ecome polari8ed on the Positi,e pole instead of the !egati,e+ The re,erse is also true5 as many ha,e found out to their sorro25 2hen they ha,e allo2ed themsel,es to ,i0rate too constantly on the !egati,e pole of things+ #y changing your polarity you may master your moods5 change your mental states5 rema1e

your disposition5 and 0uild up character+ Much of the Mental Mastery of the ad,anced Hermetics is due to this application of Polarity5 2hich is one of the important aspects of Mental Transmutation+ Remem0er the Hermetic A-iom <6uoted pre,iously=5 2hich says7 "&ind 3as well as metals and elements4 ma #e transmuted from state to state degree to degree! condition to condition pole to pole) vi#ration to vi#ration!" 33The y0alion The mastery of Polari8ation is the mastery of the fundamental principles of Mental Transmutation or Mental Alchemy5 for unless one ac6uires the art of changing his o2n polarity5 he 2ill 0e una0le to affect his en,ironment+ An understanding of this principle 2ill ena0le one to change his o2n Polarity5 as 2ell as that of others5 if he 2ill 0ut de,ote the time5 care5 study and practice necessary to master the art+ The principle is true5 0ut the results o0tained depend upon the persistent patience and practice of the student+ "5h thm ma #e neutrali1ed # an application of the +rt of 'olari1ation!"33The y0alion+ As 2e ha,e e-plained in pre,ious chapters5 the Hermetists hold that the Principle of Rhythm manifests on the Mental Plane as 2ell as on the Physical Plane5 and that the 0e2ildering succession of moods5 feelings5 emotions5 and other mental states5 are due to the 0ac12ard and for2ard s2ing of the mental pendulum5 2hich carries us from one e-treme of feeling to the other+ The Hermetists also teach that the *a2 of !eutrali8ation ena0les one5 to a great e-tent5 to o,ercome the operation of Rhythm in consciousness+ As 2e ha,e e-plained5 there is a Higher Plane of %onsciousness5 as 2ell as the ordinary *o2er Plane5 and the Master 0y rising mentally to the Higher Plane causes the s2ing of the mental pendulum to manifest on the *o2er Plane5 and he5 d2elling on his Higher Plane5 escapes the consciousness of the s2ing 0ac12ard+ This is effected 0y polari8ing on the Higher Self5 and thus raising the mental ,i0rations of the Ego a0o,e those of the ordinary plane of consciousness+ It is a1in to rising a0o,e a thing and allo2ing it to pass 0eneath you+ The ad,anced Hermetist polari8es himself at the Positi,e Pole of his #eing3the &I Am& pole rather than the pole of personality and 0y &refusing& and &denying& the operation of Rhythm5 raises himself a0o,e its plane of consciousness5 and standing firm in his Statement of #eing he allo2s the pendulum to s2ing 0ac1 on the *o2er +Plane 2ithout changing his Polarity+ This is accomplished 0y all indi,iduals 2ho ha,e attained any degree of self3 mastery5 2hether they understand the la2 or not+ Such persons simply &refuse& to allo2 themsel,es to 0e s2ung 0ac1 0y the pendulum of mood and emotion5 and 0y steadfastly affirming the superiority they remain polari8ed on the Positi,e pole+ The Master5 of course5 attains a far greater

degree of proficiency5 0ecause he understands the la2 2hich he is o,ercoming 0y a higher la25 and 0y the use of his "ill he attains a degree of Poise and Mental Steadfastness almost impossi0le of 0elief on the part of those 2ho allo2 themsel,es to 0e s2ung 0ac12ard and for2ard 0y the mental pendulum of moods and feelings+ Remem0er al2ays5 ho2e,er5 that you do not really destroy the Principle of Rhythm5 for that is indestructi0le+ $ou simply o,ercome one la2 0y counter30alancing it 2ith another and thus maintain an e6uili0rium+ The la2s of 0alance and counter30alance are in operation on the mental as 2ell as on the physical planes5 and an understanding of these la2s ena0les one to seem to o,erthro2 la2s5 2hereas he is merely e-erting a counter0alance+ "0othing escapes the 'rinciple of Cause and -ffect, #ut there are man 'lanes of Causation, and one ma use the laws of the higher to overcome the laws of the lower!"33The y0alion #y an understanding of the practice of Polari8ation5 the Hermetists rise to a higher plane of %ausation and thus counter30alance the la2s of the lo2er planes of %ausation+ #y rising a0o,e the plane of ordinary %auses they 0ecome themsel,es5 in a degree5 %auses instead of 0eing merely %aused+ #y 0eing a0le to master their o2n moods and feelings5 and 0y 0eing a0le to neutrali8e Rhythm5 as 2e ha,e already e-plained5 they are a0le to escape a great part of the operations of %ause and Effect on the ordinary plane+ The masses of people are carried along5 o0edient to their en,ironment; the 2ills and desires of others stronger than themsel,es; the effects of inherited tendencies; the suggestions of those a0out them; and other out2ard causes; 2hich tend to mo,e them a0out on the chess30oard of life li1e mere pa2ns+ #y rising a0o,e these influencing causes5 the ad,anced Hermetists see1 a higher plane of mental action5 and 0y dominating their moods5 emotions5 impulses and feelings5 they create for themsel,es ne2 characters5 6ualities and po2ers5 0y 2hich they o,ercome their ordinary en,ironment5 and thus 0ecome practically players instead of mere Pa2ns+ Such people help to play the game of life understandingly5 instead of 0eing mo,ed a0out this 2ay and that 2ay 0y stronger influences and po2ers and 2ills+ They use the Principle of %ause and Effect5 instead of 0eing used 0y it+ Of course5 e,en the highest are su04ect to the Principle as it manifests on the higher planes5 0ut on the lo2er planes of acti,ity5 they are Masters instead of Sla,es+ As The y0alion says7 "The wise ones serve on the higher, #ut rule on the lower! The o#e the laws coming from a#ove them, 6ut on their own plane, and those #elow them the rule and give orders! +nd, et, in so doing, the form a part of the 'rinciple, instead of opposing it! The wise man falls in with the .aw, and # understanding its movements he operates it instead of #eing its

#lind slave! 8ust as does the skilled swimmer turn this wa and that wa , going and coming as he will, instead of #eing as the log which is carried here and there-so is the wise man as compared to the ordinar man-and et #oth swimmer and log) wise man and fool, are su#9ect to .aw! ,e who understands this is well on the road to &aster "33The y0alion+ In conclusion let us again call your attention to the Hermetic A-iom7 "True ,ermetic Transmutation is a &ental +rt!"33The y0alion+ In the a0o,e a-iom5 the Hermetists teach that the great 2or1 of influencing one.s en,ironment is accomplished 0y Mental Po2er+ The Uni,erse 0eing 2holly mental5 it follo2s that it may 0e ruled only 0y Mentality+ And in this truth is to 0e found an e-planation of all the phenomena and manifestations of the ,arious mental po2ers 2hich are attracting so much attention and study in these earlier years of the T2entieth %entury+ #ac1 of and under the teachings of the ,arious cults and schools5 remains e,er constant the Principle of the Mental Su0stance of the Uni,erse+ If the Uni,erse 0e Mental in its su0stantial nature5 then it follo2s that Mental Transmutation must change the conditions and phenomena of the Uni,erse+ If the Uni,erse is Mental5 then Mind must 0e the highest po2er affecting its phenomena+ If this 0e understood then all the so3called &miracles& and &2onder32or1ings& are seen plainly for 2hat they are+ "T,- +.. is &/0*) The Universe is &ental!"33The y0alion+


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