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Hermeticism or the Western Hermetic Tradition is a set of philosophical and religious beliefs or gnosis based primarily upon the Hellenistic Egyptian pseudepigraphical writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus who is the representation of the conflation of the Egyptian god Thoth with the Greek Hermes.

These beliefs have heavily influenced the Western Esoteric Tradition and were considered to be of great importance during the Renaissance.

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Enclyopedia Hermetica

Started by Adam Kadmon Aug 13, 2015. 0 Replies

              Mystical wisdom that, together with the Kabbalah, formed the foundation of…Continue

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Three translations of Book 3, The Sacred Sermon

Started by steve Apr 13, 2015. 0 Replies

John EverardG.R.S. MeadSalaman, Van Oyen and WhartonThe Third Book.THE SACRED SERMONcalledOF HERMESBook 3The Holy Sermon.(Text: P. 31-33; Pat. 8b-9.)1. The glory of all things, God and that which is…Continue

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Corpus Hermeticum: To Asclepius (a comparison of the English translations)

Started by steve Apr 11, 2015. 0 Replies

Everard's TranslationMead's TranslationModern translationThe Ninth Book.TO ASCLEPIUSA Universal Sermon to Asclepius.(Text: P. 19-30; Pat. 18b-20.)*          *          *          *          *1.…Continue

Reflection on the second book, Poemanders

Started by steve Mar 28, 2015. 0 Replies

Hermes Trismegistus (Tris) is called upon by Poemander (Poem), who offers him  to " learn the things that are, and understand the nature of them, and know God."Poem claims to be the mind of the…Continue

Corpus Hermeticum

Started by Adam Kadmon. Last reply by Didi Sep 11, 2014. 1 Reply

 IntroductionThe Hermetic tradition represents a non-Christian lineage of Hellenistic Gnosticism. The…Continue

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Hermes on the 15 Fixed Stars, Stones, Herbs & Usage

Started by Adam Kadmon Mar 18, 2013. 0 Replies

Agrippa uses fixed star images and information that does not appear in Picatrix, but comes from sources traditional…Continue

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The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus :Hermeticism from Ancient to Modern times

Started by Adam Kadmon Mar 18, 2013. 0 Replies

Table of contents for The secret history of Hermes Trismegistus : hermeticism from ancient to modern times…Continue

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The Cup or Monad (The Corpus Hermeticum)

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The Corpus HermeticumIV. The Cup or Monadtranslated by G.R.S. MeadNotes on the text: This short text gives an unusually lucid overview of the foundations of Hermetic thought. The stress on rejection…Continue

Hermetic Videos

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Knowing Beyond Knowing: The Heart of Hermetic Tradition

Started by Carol from Sweden. Last reply by SwanRa Dec 2, 2012. 20 Replies

Knowing Beyond Knowing: The Heart of Hermetic TraditionBy Peter KingsleyPublished in Parabola, Spring 1997At the center of the Hermetic tradition lies the need for a certain type of knowledge:…Continue

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Comment by Mental Alchemist on November 7, 2010 at 2:06pm
The Supreme Principle of Polar Alternatives
"Wherever there a thoughts, emotion action or deed in brought into manifestation within a stable matrix of consciousness, There exists a polar alternative which must be sacrificed bringing about the concept of choice and the Ultimate expression of the Gift of Free-will."
~ Mental Alchemist 2008 -
Comment by Excitorus on November 7, 2010 at 2:44am
In the first place, it is assumed that you are referring to the control of the individual mind (which is, of course, where everything must begin).

There are a couple different poles that are involved here.

The first is the pole between the vibrations (that is, oscillations) between different mental states on the same plane. So, this can be thought of as a "horizontal" pole. A common example is between a given desire and its "opposite."

The other pole can be thought of as "vertical." These are conflicts between baser personality elements and the higher aspirations.

The basic technique is the same in both cases and in principle, is quite simple:

-- Clearly identify, and understand as thoroughly as possible that which is not-desired. (Particularly with subconscious motivations this is important.)

-- Create the desired, which is to replace the not-desired.

-- At every instance that the not-desired comes forth, oppose it with the will and replace it with the desired.


Obviously, one thing that is essential is self-observation. Can't change oneself, unless one sees oneself.

As all will discover, some things are easy to change while others are "deeply rooted," taking much more time and effort.

Actually, this method conforms well to the teachings of many traditions. The Bhagavad Gita, for example states that where the attention is turned, the energy follows. So, one way of looking at it, is that by giving attention to the desirable characteristic, the not-desired is "starved" of energy and life.

It can also be thought of as two "magnets," or as gravitation. There is an old, "automatic" way of being that attracts the attention. . . it's like the magnetic field holds us in orbit. So, to escape that orbit, we have to intensify the strength of the other magnet until it is stronger and pulls us away.

In practice, the way I've found effective is two-fold. On the one hand, create a repulsion -- an emotional disgust and loathing for the not-desired. And, on the other hand, create a longing for the desired. (Using the example of emotions, because that is the plane on which most persons struggle presently.)

A couple examples:

A friend of mine used the method to overcome a smoking habit. He create in his mind the desire for fresh air. So, every time he would have a desire for a cigarette, he would both form a repulsion to the ashes, tar and other remnants of smoking and also form an appreciation, a desire, a longing for fresh air. Over time, the longing for fresh air was much greater than the desire for a smoke.

Another case, if a person has a tendency to be angry, but wants to become more tolerant and accepting. The same general method is used, except it is helpful if one looks within to try to find the subconscious cause of the anger. (Useful in creating the opposition element.)
Then, one must think and create the "inner energy-idea" which will replace the undesirable element. Meaning, it is not the most effective to just say, "I'm going to be calm and accepting." There needs to be a basis to it, such as "Anger causes divisiveness; it diminishes the ability to find common ground and solution; and it is bad for the health."
This is an interesting point to observe, in this case, the mental/intellectual facility is used to master the emotional. So, in essence, this is using a higher plane to raise the state in a lower plane.

As suggested, it is not a matter of prevention or destruction, but of opposition and willful change.

"Look for the warrior, and let him fight in thee."
Comment by Rene Kent on November 7, 2010 at 1:01am
I just finished the Kybalion. I have been really using the laws of vibration, polarity and rhythm. I should say trying hard to use them. It really makes so much sense but trying to use it wisely in life situations really is a struggle. It is easy to fall into old ways. I was wondering how anyone else is doing with these laws and how are you using them in your life? I'm sure it gets easier with practice. Thanks
Comment by Sean Cruz on September 22, 2010 at 1:18pm
If you would like to learn more about creation and how to free/control your life, it would be very beneficial to learn and apply these laws. And thats just the tip of the iceberg=]
Comment by Brandie L. Soldo on August 31, 2010 at 12:37am
an opinion? on what level?....I consider the kybalion a gift!!....to be modest..I'm still learning...for am only human...at present moment.
Comment by Hermes on March 24, 2010 at 11:33pm
These principles come from the Kybalion and represent the main universal laws that apply on all levels of reality including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Mentalism is the key and basically states everything is a mental creation within the Divine Mind. The remaining principles are further considerations on reality, and they are also tools to help apply Mentalism in your life and create your own reality using your mind. This is a very short answer version to a very big topic...
Comment by Mindfull on February 16, 2010 at 1:31pm
Does anyone have an opinion on these seven principles?

1. The Principle of Mentalism
2. The Principle of Correspondence
3. The Principle of Vibration
4. The Principle of Polarity
5. The Principle of Rhythm
6. The Principle of Cause and Effect
7. The Principle of Gender

Here is an interesting site for those interested in old books.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
 
 
 

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