Monday, November 17, 2014

The Principle of Polarity

The Principle of Polarity

The Principle of Polarity is the fourth principle in the seven Hermetic laws of ancient Egypt. The legendary philosopher-teacher Tehuti (also known to the Greeks as Hermes) was considered by many to be one of the greatest philosophic thinkers in ancient Egypt.  His seven principles are keys to understanding how the ancient Egyptians were able to achieve levels of architecture and science that still mystify the greatest minds in the modern world today.   

Starting with this dialog and for the next six weeks I will write about each of the seven Hermetic principles for three basic reasons the first is because of the tremendous feedback from readers of last week’s dialog on the “Kybalion” (see the study of the secret Hermetic Philosophy.

The second reason comes from the Kybalion; “Knowledge, like wealth, is intended for use. Hermetic teachings have always been secret according to the teachings of Hermes knowledge without use and expression is a vain thing, bring no good to its possessor or to mankind.

The third and perhaps the most important reason is my intuitive belief that there are many ears ready to hear the wisdom of the seven principles. I will not write about the seven in order which is the reason that I am writing about the fourth principle now.  

 Long before the Taoist Yin/Yang concept of opposites being identical in nature, Hermetic writings taught that opposites were the same, differing only in degree.
 Heat and Cold, Love and Hate, Positive and Negative are examples two poles that are the same the difference consisting of varying degrees of vibration between the two poles. 

The important thing about this principle is its ability to change the vibrations of hate into love, and the vibration of evil into the vibration of good if used correctly.
The understanding and practice of the principle of polarity can change your understanding of self, the world that you live in, and the people that you interface with. I encourage you to explore this principle of polarity deeper as well as the other six Hermetic principles. 

The Kybalion

The Kybalion
In 389 A.D. The Great Library of Alexandria was burned to the ground by the order of Emperor Theodosius. Centuries of ancient Egyptian knowledge were destroyed or stolen. One of the greatest contributors of knowledge to the Library of Alexandria was the Egyptian philosopher-teacher Tehuti also known to the Greeks as Hermes.  The elders teach us that volumes of Hermetic Philosophy were rescued from the fire and buried in the desert by a few remaining initiates of the three ancient Egyptian secret societies.

To this day only a few have been introduced to the basic philosophical foundation of Hermetic philosophy yet parts of it can be found in every religion and spiritual philosophy known to mankind. Only initiates of secret societies were giving the opportunity to study and practice Hermetic Principles.  In 1908 initiates (to this day remain nameless)  published a book titled “The Kybalion” it focused on the seven secret Hermetic Principles.

 According to the Kybalion “ The Principles of Truth are Seven: he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key, before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open”. The Seven Principle are:  Mentalism, Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, and Gender. By studying and practicing the Seven Hermetic Principles found in the Kybalion one can change the quality of their life and the lives of those around them.

Although the secret Hermetic Principles are now available to anyone interested in learning about them, still only a few are aware of them. The three initiates who published the Kybalion also wrote that “When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with Wisdom”. I first became aware of the Seven Hermetic Principles when I was introduced to Wayne B. Chandler’s “Ancient Future”, the first book I suggest you read if this subject is of interest to you.

You now can read the Kybalion on line although reading and understanding are not always connected. I have information on my blog about each of the Seven Hermetic Principles.  You can also contact me at 646 329-6727 for additional information on this subject.