The Kabalion is a study of the Hermetic philosophy of ancient Egypt and Greece. Written by three initiates the Kabalion contains The Seven Hermetic Principles. These secret doctrines based on world old hermetic teachings, help us to understand the nature of reality and of self.
In this summary, I offer my understanding of each of The Seven Hermetic Principles of the Kabalion. All seven principles are interrelated with great interplay between them.
The Seven Hermetic Principles of the Kabalion Explained
The Hermetic Principle Of Mentalism
“The All is Mind; The Universe is Mental.”—The Kybalion.
The truth that all is mind manifests itself when we realize that all outward manifestations of our reality are effectively within the mind or created by the mind. Our material and seemingly solid surroundings have been shown by science to be made up of particles of energy and empty space, which too is energy or information. Even our bodies are comprised of these particles of energy yet all appears and feels seemingly solid. Perhaps the solidity and tangibility of reality is merely our interpretation of the information that we receive through our five senses, fooling our consciousness into believing our world is as we perceive it, when really it's our interpretation of the information.
Your life path is the journey that you have chosen for yourself in this lifetime in order to meet certain learning and experience aims. It's said that these choices are made by the soul.
We might want to know if we are on our life path in order to make sure we are learning and experiencing the things we are supposed to in this lifetime. It's worth remembering that we can deviate from our life path, we have free will and can make our own decisions. Sometimes however, our spirit guides or higher self help to keep us on our life path by giving us a nudge in the right direction.
Ways To Know You Are On Your Life Path
1. You are always on our life path
No matter what happens in life, it's all good learning and experience for the soul. All is in perfect, divine order. You can't not be on your life path, it is your life after all. The point is that your soul has certain parameters, certain things that it wants you to figure out in this lifetime. So no matter what happens during your life, whatever variations occur, it's still the path we have taken. So instead of wondering whether or not we are on our life path, the question really is, am I on the most optimal path? One that provides the most catalyst for my development.
What Is Family Karma?
We may have incarnated into a family for certain lessons and experiences they provide. They may pass down traits, negativities, traumas and shortcomings to us and other family members from generation to generation.
We can build up a lot of 'cause and effect' within a family. Family members have certain collective beliefs, behaviors and energy patterns which we adopt because we are totally immersed within that family environment. We perceive these as normal because children are very impressionable and soak up their environmental conditions and beliefs like sponges.
So whatever the beliefs, values and behaviors are held by a family, we take on similar traits. They cause us to feel and behave in a certain way. Their 'causes' have a lot of 'effects' on us. Plus our behaviors cause a lot of effects on them.
So, a family holds a collective vibration that is passed from generation to generation. Karma is all about cause and effect, and our family causes many effects on us and we cause many effects on them.
The spiritual path promises us mental, emotional and physical healing, plus ways to view the world in new ways that ultimately lead to peace and happiness. The trouble is, these concepts can lead to a state of avoidance in our lives, excuses for bypassing important matters, unhelpful thoughts and emotions.
It's important to avoid this states of avoidance or 'bypassing'. One who considers themselves to be 'spiritual', might worry that if they don't appear at peace, happy and balanced, then they might be perceived by others as:
- Not spiritual enough.
- Not practicing properly.
- Unbalanced and ungrounded.
- Not a good healer, teacher etc.
Spiritual bypassing is a way of avoiding unpleasant emotions. We might prevent ourselves from experiencing and facing past traumas and psychological wounds that desperately need healing, in favor of maintaining a state of artificial positivity all the time. Even when we are dealing with upsetting events as they happen in our lives, we still may try to force a positive attitude on ourselves rather than facing and processing the experiences head-on.
This is a good book on connecting with your emotions rather than bypassing them: Emotional Intimacy: A Comprehensive Guide for Connecting with the Power of Your Emotions.
This is different from practicing detachment from outcomes of circumstances and events, where we try not to pin our happiness and emotional well-being on outcomes in our lives. If we do experience sadness or upset in the present moment however, we must be present in those emotions and work them through. Bottling them up and repressing them in the subconscious mind is a ticket to emotional problems later on.
Examples Of Spiritual Bypassing:
1. Rather than detaching from outcomes, we put on a happy face and repress sadness. We must face sadness if we have it.