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Understand the Principle of Polarity to Improve your Life

Opposites Attract. We’ve likely heard that phrase in life before. It’s certainly a rule that I have seen alive and well in my life, and likely you as well. The point of this post is to really help you better use and understand the principle of polarity to improve your life.

I’ll give you one great example in my life. My life partner, my wife, is my opposite in almost every way. She balances me, has been my counter opinion when I needed different perspective. We think differently, yet also appreciate each others perspectives. It is what has really made our marriage unique and at times quite entertaining.

This fourth principle of Hermeticism contains the truth that everything has its pair of opposites. It explains that in all things, there are two poles that exist in a state of constant duality. The secret lying behind this principle is that opposites are really “the same,” only varying by small degrees in difference.

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Opposites are really just the extremes of the same thing. Some examples of this are “hot and cold.” Both are simply a description of temperature; varying only in degree. There is no clear-cut point when hot stops being hot, and starts being cold and vice versa. When is “hot” actually hot? 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius)? Maybe 85 degrees (29 degrees Celsius)? 95 degrees (35 degrees Celsius)? The same goes for “light and darkness,” “hard and soft,” “big or small,” and even “love and hate.” With “love and hate” there is no clear point where one emotion becomes another, or when it passes through “like,” “dislike,” or “indifference.”

The Power of Perception

All these examples are left up to individual perceptions of the degree. The principle of Polarity exists to explain these paradoxes. This principle is important because it implicates we can adjust the polarity of a degree of emotion. All we need to do is recognize which degree which best suits our needs.

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We often can experience involuntary and rapid transitions in our psyche between love and hate, like and dislike, as well as many other frames of emotions. Ultimately, our goal should be to “notice these emotions.” As we experience them, we can choose to experience these transitions through the use of our willpower for the betterment of our life and the lives of others.

The better we get at recognizing the emotions and feelings within us, the more we are brought into a more “present moment,” of existence. The difference within these polarities of extremes is not a insurmountable challenge. They are simply expressions of the same thing, differing only in degree, to choose between.

The Practice of Mental Alchemy

This practice of recognizing and adjusting to these polarities can be known or described as the art of Mental Alchemy. You can really improve your life if you understand this mindful ability. If you have never read, “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho, I would HIGHLY recommend it. The book is a short, easy read, that speaks to a great story of a man on a journey to find his purpose. He thinks he has to complete a long journey to find it. However, all the while he possesses it within himself and ultimately discovers his way to his purpose through his mind and awareness.

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We each have an opportunity daily to work on the mastery of this art…

We just have to awaken to this truth and realize that the potential to discover real treasures lie within us. It takes time and commitment. But treasures chests full of rewards aren’t typically lying out in the open for easy taking. With the right amount of mindfulness, we can improve our life using the principle of polarity.

We have to dig deep and work to find them.

Do you like this post? Have any thoughts, opinions, feedback, reactions? Would love to engage more with you. Please leave a comment and lets engage in some good conversation and learning.

Until next time, keep looking at life in new and different ways. Challenge old perspectives and formulate your own conclusions and truths.

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For more on the principles of Hermeticism, you can see my previous blog post concerning the 7 principles taught within the Kybalion.

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Improve Our Lives Using the Principle of Correspondence

The Hermetic Principle of Correspondence is another way to say:

  • “As above; so below
  • “As below; so above”
  • “As within; so without”
  • “As without; so within”

Once understood, we can improve our lives using the principle of correspondence. We begin to see a correspondence between the various planes of existence that the universe operates within.

In a previous post: the first Hermetic Principle of Mentalism, we outlined how the universe is a thought generated plane. After we think, we manifest our thoughts from the mental plane to the physical plane. Depending on how strong the thought, determines the time to manifest in the physical reality.

Realizing this is what can allow an individual to examine solutions to problems that exist “above,” and “below” surface level. What is meant by this is having the ability to analyze where a problem’s real point of manifestation is. For example, if an individual is dealing with a dilemma concerning self-confidence, the problem can be analyzed from points in the mental and physical. There are many different aspects to this particular issue. Let’s attempt to look at a few possible angles in which how the principle of correspondence applies.

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Self-Confidence

A person with a “confidence issue,” may be dwelling on some situations in their past that have been brought into the present. The problem actually may have originated with one example, or even multiple examples from the past. Because we only truly live and operate within the “present moment,” the constant dwelling on the lack of self-confidence continues to materialize within the everyday present moment.

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Time is an Illusion

Because “time” doesn’t actually really exist, this constant dwelling of lack of confidence is being brought in from the realm of thought. The thought plane is separate from the physical plane. Manifesting in the physical plane always occurs within the present moment. Although it may be in small increments, manifesting always happens in the present. The mental place or “realm,” of thought is not bound by “time.” Thought happens always presently, even if subtle and small. We are always thinking in the present moment, even if we are dwelling on our past. Thinking now, even if about the past, is occurring in the present moment.

Time is a man-made construct as we only truly ever live in “the now.” The past was at one time lived presently in a particular moment. The future will be lived in present moments as well. Time was created by man in order to function within the society we’ve come to know. When we really understand time for what it is, it can be easier to see that it truly doesn’t exist.

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We never operate “physically,” in the past or future. Past and future thoughts are what we bring into our current and present state. The solution to this problem is simply to change the mindset and stop focusing on the moments in the past, or worry of the future. This is just one example of how to understand and use the principle of correspondence.

Solving our Daily Problems

Many of our current problems are simply aspects of our daily thoughts. I know it sounds easier to say than to do, but we literally can improve our lives for the better by being able to properly analyze our mental thought activities. By making it a practice to observe our own thoughts, we gain the ability to become mindful. Becoming mindful then puts us more in touch with the present moment, which then shapes our future one day at a time…hopefully for the better.

This is how we get life to “correspond,” with us and for us. It is where we aim to improve our lives. As the French philosopher Rene Descartes famously first said, “I think, therefore I am”…This principle is absolute. It works for the positive and the negative. Think positive – you’ll bring in more positive aspects, think negative and you’ll certainly attract more negativity into your life.

The 7 Principles of the Kybalion

The Kybalion and Hermetic principles dates back to around 5,000 years ago. It is a compilation of Hermetic teachings. These doctrines are based on 7 principles of the Kybalion, originally explained by Hermes Trismegistus. The Kybalion provides a Master-Key for students to unlock the fundamental and basic teachings of esoteric philosophy. It has been said that one will find the Kybalion when one is ready to discover its teachings.

There are seven Hermetic principles that the entire philosophy is based on. Together, these seven principles constitute an explanation of the basic laws that apply to all of creation.

The Three Initiates

The Kybalion was written by the Three Initiates. As their name suggests, the authors were three students of Hermetic philosophy. Throughout time, Hermetic teachings were passed down through word of mouth teaching, but the Three Initiates decided to document the core principles of the philosophy in order to help it reach a wider audience. The Three Initiates are never named and remain anonymous, although many suspect that New Thought pioneer William Walker Atkinson was one of the authors.

Hermes Trismegistus

Much of the teachings of the Kybalion originate from the ancient sage Hermes Trismegistus. While he was alive, his wisdom reached across the known continents of the time. The Egyptians nicknamed him “the scribe of the gods.” The Greeks referred to him as the “god of Wisdom.” The ancient Romans bestowed him with the name “Mercury.” In his time, Hermes discovered alchemy, which developed later into modern day chemistry. He generated the concept of astrology, which later became astronomy. For his wisdom, he was known as the “Master of Masters.”

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The Secrecy Behind the Kybalion

The Kybalion has been occulted since it’s existence. That isn’t to say it is dealing with black or “dark magic” theories. The world “occult” simply means hidden, or kept secret. There are beliefs that government organizations have worked hard to generate the recognition that occult means bad. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

We can certainly see how Hermes and his followers wanted to keep their teachings in hiding. Throughout much of known history we see how those not following the mainstream teachings of the known time faced persecution and even death. Thus, the teachings of the Kybalion were never formalized into any formal religious doctrine.

The Kybalion and Hermetic principles have religions discussed within them from many different regions of the world and belief systems, yet they are not tied to any one religion denomination.

Why Read the Kybalion?

The philosophy and teachings laid out in the Kybalion demonstrates the basic principles of the Hermetic art of mental alchemy. These basic teachings of the 7 principles of the Kybalion involve the mastery of mental forces. When ones learns to apply universal laws, they will possess the key to performing mental transmutation and alchemy. This empowers the student of these principles to adjust their vibrational states. By studying the laws in The Kybalion, a person can learn how to change their reality by simply shifting their focus in their mind.

One of the basic fundamental teachings in The Kybalion is that we live in a mental universe. Even though we see ourselves and experience the physical reality we see before us, All is mind. Thus, understanding how to come into vibrational synchronicity with this vast universal potentiality, we can learn to always live within our best selves. Learning these mental shifts is how we ultimately attain our truest potential and highest abilities.

So it comes down to whether or not one wants to challenge their current belief systems and seek to learn different perspectives on mental alchemy. Are you open minded and ready to accept new possibilities?

The 7 Principles of the Kybalion and Hermitic Teachings

    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

I will be delving into each of these teachings and the meanings behind them in subsequent blog posts.

I hope that anyone reading will join in on the learning and partake in some good Q&A.

The path to self discovery begins with asking “why” –

“Know Your Why” – the rest will follow.

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5 Resources for Personal Enlightenment

These 5 Resources for personal enlightenment are what have been some of the best learnings I’ve used in my own life. The path to personal awakening will be different for everyone. There is no one size fits all when it comes to what we each need for our own growth and development.

However, speaking from personal experience, I certainly can share what have been some of the biggest key influences on me. There have been countless books, podcasts, articles, video documentaries, and other resources that I have used to raise my awareness on life.

Reflecting back over the 10+ years that I’ve been working on my own spiritual development, I have aimed to pull the top 5 biggest influences that have made the most positive impact in my life. These were the most eye opening, big picture perspectives that helped me put actions into place to drive real change.

I hope those that read and come across these suggestions enjoy them and explore them for their own learning and development:

5. Gaia

Gaia is an app that is downloadable to any device and has over 8,000 videos and docuseries that are targeted to expand the consciousness and perspective of their viewers. There are different levels of subscription options and it comes with a free 7 day trial : https://www.gaia.com/

Just a few of the topics you can find are:

  • Mindfulness
  • Energy Healing
  • Ancient & Hidden Civilizations
  • The Afterlife
  • Alternative Realities

One of my favorite series on Gaia is “Missing Links” with Greg Braden, where the past, present, and future of human kind is examined. Greg is a renowned scientist that delves into many mysteries that help examine new learnings on our origins and where our future is taking us. He challenges the status quo of history and the much of the learning that we have been taught. There is so much more to our existence and possibilities of human potential that Greg meticulously explains with drawn out proof of facts and evidence.

Dr. Bruce Lipton’s “Inner Evolution” describes the new learnings of epigenetics and how we can reprogram our genes through conscious thought and targeted focus techniques. These learnings challenge the old-school teachings that we are stuck with what we are born with. We now know through brain elasticity that we can increase our brain function and expand beyond previously believed limitations.

4. E2 – Nine Do it Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

This book is a short 163 page do it yourself practice guide that proves the universe responds to your thoughts. You literally practice and bring manifesting to life with practical easy to conduct tests. When the lessons of this book are put into play, it is hard not to begin to see our reality for what it truly is – energy and thought responsive.

3. Super Human by Dave Asprey

The reading in “Super Human” is all about putting the health of our bodies first. For we cannot attain optimum levels of consciousness if we do not first provide our bodies with the right nutrition and supplements. Dave takes the reader through easy practical daily changes to health management as well as the care necessary for our cellular make up. In doing the processes taught in this book, we are able to slow down the aging process with possibilities of living well past 100 years, and into realms of previously unthought lifespans.

2. Power vs Force by David Hawkins

Power vs Force” is centered on humanities ability to evolve based on the levels of our consciousness. When we are based in lower levels of consciousness such as “fear” or “jealousy,” we cannot empower ourselves to achieve greater good. Because we attract what we put out energetically, we will forever be attracting to ourselves the energetic state that we are operating within. When we reach higher levels such as “love” and “peace” we begin to bring about higher level energy frequencies that begin to empower us.

  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book changed my life. From high blood pressure and anxiety to now completely normal and so much more calm and present. And not just health wise, but from the aspect of a calm and centered ability to notice our ego, the inner voice in our head. In this book, we learn that every moment only occurs presently. The past is gone and the future is only generated through our present actions. The only way to bring full awareness and peace is to be in the present moment.

Feel free to comment if you have any personal experiences with any of these resources. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what impact they may have made for you. Also, please share any of your own personal resources that have made a great impact for you in your life and journeys. I hope that these 5 Resources for personal enlightenment help anyone that comes across them as much as they have me.

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