The Seven Principles of Alchemy

Key understandings of the universe & self

Brief Introduction to Alchemy

“Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted, from state to state; degree to degree; condition to condition; pole to pole; vibration to vibration. True Hermetic Transmutation is a Mental Art.” –The Kybalion.

The Alchemists work of all 3 levels of existence (Body – Mind/Soul – Spirit) for any lasting transformation to occur. Through the principle of correspondence; As Above, so Below, the alchemists reason form one level to the next.
What applies to the chemical lab work with the metals, simultaneously apply psychologically and spiritually when we work with mental alchemy. This is the true goal of The Great Work.
The alchemical process can be applied to pretty much anything. Laboratory work, spiritual development, personal development, relationship development, business development, society, culture, etc.

The Great Work in Alchemy is the purification of the essence of the substance and a reunion of The Three Primes in a perfected state. Mentally it is a purification of Self – finding our inner truths, and balance the masculine and feminine principles into a synergistic whole. The goal of the Great Work is a perfected state of consciousness that combines passion and feeling with thought and imagination.

Some key motivations in Alchemy is to gain further understanding of the universe, life, time, space, reality, the body/mind/spirit complex, the cycles of life, etc. As a base of understanding seven universal principles has been stated by the tradition of Alchemy.

The Universal Principles

Principle of Mentalism: “All is Mind”

“THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.”

The phenomenal world or the universe is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL. This Principle explains the true nature of “Energy,” “Power,” and “Matter,” and why and how all these are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind.

Principle of Correspondence: “As above, so below; as below, so above.”

“As is above, so is below. As is below, so is above.”

This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. This Principle is of universal application and manifestation, on the various planes of the material, mental, and spiritual universe–it is an Universal Law. Knowledge of the Principle of Correspondence enables us to reason intelligently from the Known to the Unknown.

Principle of Vibration: “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

Embodies the truth that “everything is in motion”. This Principle explains that the differences between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, result largely from varying rates of Vibration. From THE ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to the grossest form of Matter, all is in vibration–the higher the vibration, the higher the position in the scale.“She/he who understands the Principle of Vibration, has grasped the scepter of power.”

Principle of Polarity: “Everything is dual; everything has an opposite, and opposites are identical in nature but different in degree.”

“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”

This Principle embodies the truth that “everything is dual”; “everything has two poles”; “everything has its pair of opposites.” It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that “opposites” are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.
Mastering this principle one can change the vibrations of Hate to the vibrations of Love, in one’s own mind, and in the minds of others.

Principle of Rhythm: “Everything flows, out and in; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left – rhythm compensates.”

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”

This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and low-tide; between the two poles which exist in accordance with the Principle of Polarity described a moment ago. The methods of counteracting, neutralizing, and using them form an important part of Mental Alchemy.

Principle of Cause and Effect: “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause.”

“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”

While there are various planes of Cause and Effect, the higher dominating the lower planes, still nothing ever entirely escapes the Law. The art and methods of rising above the ordinary plane of Cause and Effect, to a certain degree, and by mentally rising to a higher plane we can become Causers instead of Effects. To PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE, instead of being played and moved about by outside influences like others will and our environment. The Alchemists obey the Causation of the higher planes, but they can rule their own plane.

Principle of Gender: “Everything has its masculine and feminine principles.”

“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”

This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes. On the Physical Plane, the Principle manifests as SEX, on the higher planes it takes higher forms, but the Principle is ever the same. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this Principle. It works in the direction of generation, regeneration, and creation. Everything, and every person, contains the two Elements or Principles, within it, him or her. Every Male thing has the Female Element and every Female contains the Male Principle.

Source: The Kybalion

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