Share the Wealth: The Kybalion by Three Initiates

200px-Thoth.svg“The possession of knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in action, is like the hoarding of precious metals–a vain and foolish thing.”

For some time now I’ve had intentions of starting a series to share some brief books in the public domain that have been impactful in my life, with emphasis on the brief. Hey, with the demands already placed upon our lives, who has time for a treatise these days?  Free and short, can’t go wrong with that combo. What I’m hoping for is that these little nuggets would serve another wayfarer progressing along the less traveled path towards comprehension. Plus, I like to imagine a world where we all aspire to son of Jor-El consciousness. The internet has made it possible for seekers on all continents to share and facilitate the learning of their fellow Argonauts.

When the defining narrative that a man constructs about his life is erased while he’s relegated to the status of casual observer, he is often left grasping for straws. For the first time however, he becomes privileged to remove the mask of Maya that has long clouded his vision.  What he glimpses next transcends all, as for the first time, he has learned how to observe himself. Several years ago a little book found me at a time in my life when knowledge of the contents was necessary.  I write this to return the favor and share the wealth to aid anyone who may be experiencing a similar stage of conscious evolution.

This is not everyone’s cup of tea so to speak, as many would probably declare modern societal thought with notions of probability and string theory, to have progressed beyond these considerations. For the adherents of the Heart Doctrine however, I urge you to ponder the promulgations made by the authors. For those who have embarked upon the quest for cognition of the Arcane, travel well my friends.  Seek and ye shall find as the old saying goes, and use the treasures unearthed to advance the condition of all souls towards “The Good.” The redemption of Spirit from matter is difficult enough without the assault upon one’s consciousness by a ubiquitous glorification of violence and a culture that extols the virtues of degrading the feminine, wealth worship and the commodifying of integrity. Lo, I have heard that Truth is androgynous, incorruptible and priceless.

The initial share is The Kybalion by Three Initiates and I’ll include a link at the end. Though the authorship of the text is often disputed, the ideas originate from a much earlier corpus of knowledge thus rendering this issue inconsequential. The wisdom is attributed to the venerable Egyptian sage Djeheuty or Thoth, or as known by the Greeks, Hermes Trismegistus. For the skeptics and debunkers who would seek to assail any teaching that eludes empirical validation, until the collapse of Newtonian mechanics at the subatomic level and the source of zero point energy are irrefutably solved, the principles by which ancient cultures understood the mechanics of the Grand Pattern of Universal Procedure are still worthy of consideration.

For those familiar with alchemy, Freemasonic scholar Manly P. Hall taught that the etymology of the word “al-Khemy” can be traced back to the land of Egypt.  It comprises “Khem” an ancient word for Egypt, and the divine prefix “Al” or “El” as in the Supreme Creator of the Muslims “Allah,” and the elder gods of the Jewish tradition, the “Elohim.” The differentiation between “a” and “e” being a later linguistic evolution. Alchemy can likewise trace its roots to the Hermetic principles of Egyptian antiquity. Transmutation was originally a spiritual art later concealed as gold making to avoid the wrath of the Church. The Kybalion is an elaboration of the Hermetic principles underpinning transmutation. At under an easy reading 60 pages, its simplicity and length serve as no indicators of the profound wisdom concealed within.  Just as well, for the old patent clerk said it best, “If you can’t explain it to a five year old, you don’t understand it well enough.”

There are seven principles upon which the entire Hermetic philosophy is based. These are:

I. THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.

II. THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE.

III. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.

IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY.

V. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.

VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.

VII. THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER.

I’ll give you a line or two on each to shed a bit of light, but for a thorough understanding of the ideas, this probably won’t suffice. The text delves into much greater detail including how to fuse the principles to exert mastery over mental states and negative emotions.

  1. Mentalism – This primary principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explains that the ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances or “the material universe”) is SPIRIT, which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as an infinite, living mind. It also explains that all the phenomenological world is simply a mental creation subject to the laws of created things, and that the universe, as a whole and in its parts or units, is the mind of The All. This sounds like a holographic model to me.
  2. Correspondence –  This principle expresses the correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of being and life. Man and the cosmos obey common laws for the former is but a microcosm of the latter. There are no fixed limits of division. Or as colloquially popularized, “As above, so below.” Just as man is born, grows old and eventually dies, so do stars, galaxies and the universe itself.
  3. Vibration – Everything is in constant motion. Everything vibrates and nothing is at rest. This principle explains that the differences between different manifestations of matter, energy, mind, and even Spirit, result largely from varying rates of vibration. From corpuscle and electron to worlds and universes, everything is in vibratory motion.
  4. Polarity – Everything is dual as the Universe is a coincidence of opposites. Thesis and antithesis, heat and cold, Yin and Yang. Opposites are identical in nature but different in degree.
  5. Rhythm – This principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, a to and fro; a pendulum-like motion also representable as a sine wave with its crests and troughs. The ebb and flow between the poles exists in accordance with the Principle of Polarity.
  6. Cause and Effect – Essentially there is a Cause for every Effect and an Effect from every Cause. It explains that: “Everything happens according to Law”; that nothing ever “merely happens.” There is no such thing as chance and while there are various planes of cause and effect, the higher dominating the lower planes, still nothing ever entirely escapes the Law. This has often been articulated as for every action there exists an equal and opposite reaction or by various traditions as the Law of Karma.
  7. Gender – There is Gender manifested in everything–the masculine and feminine principles ever at work. This is true not only of the physical plane but of the higher dimensions of organization.  The principle manifests as sex in the physical plane, on the higher planes it takes higher forms, but remains ever the same. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this principle.

Unless we’ve been privileged to receive instruction from an adept or master of meditation, our cognition is limited to three dimensions without the use of entheogenic compounds. Thus, any conclusive statements based solely upon our knowledge is rather like the misguided fella who filled a bucket of water from the sea and proclaimed, “There are no whales in the ocean!” However, I hope this text aids on your path to formulating your own conception of the nature of things. And as always- believe nothing amigos, merely entertain ideas.

One love,

HJ

Link to the text: The Kybalion – Three Initiates

Project Gutenberg free ebook

From the authors: “With the aid of The Kybalion one may go through any occult library anew, the old Light from Egypt illuminating many dark pages, and obscure subjects. That is the purpose of this book. We do not come expounding a new philosophy, but rather furnishing the outlines of a great world-old teaching which will make clear the teachings of others–which will serve as a Great Reconciler of differing theories, and opposing doctrines.”

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

14 Responses to Share the Wealth: The Kybalion by Three Initiates

  1. Henry,
    My guess is you are aware of sacred-texts.org, but wanted to throw it out for your readers in case they are interested in a site with a huge library of free-to-read spiritual writings. Thanks for going out there on the metaphysical “limb”.
    Jerry

  2. dimvisionary says:

    Excellent post! Thank you, fellow traveler, for the information and Bravo! If this is the first of a series, I look forward to more! Cheers!

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      Thank you for stopping by my friend! Always nice to id another truth seeker. I sincerely appreciate the compliment and hope that you find the other shares equally as enjoyable.

  3. weavergrace says:

    You renew my enormous appreciation for the internet. When I was in high school and had to rely on the reference books at my fingertips, I was able to learn very little about alchemy, though it attracted a great deal of my attention. Thank you for providing missing pieces.

  4. hipmonkey says:

    I’m impressed with your blog and look forward to more. The secret wisdom is the most important gnosis one can be exposed to, thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

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