In my opinion, the best and simplest of the Mystery School religions so far.
YT description: The Emerald Tablet (Isaac Newton’s translation)
Tis true without lying, certain & most true.
That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing.
And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.
The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
It ascends from the earth to the heaven & again it descends to the earth & receives the force of things superior & inferior.
By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world
& thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing & penetrates every solid thing.
So was the world created.
From this are & do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (or process) is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished & ended.
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The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus.
Title: The Kybalion of Hermes Trismegistus, [FULL Audiobook] (+ Emerald Tablet) (YT link) Uploaded by Free Audio Books For Intellectual Exercise.
The Kybalion Of Hermes Trismegistus by Three Initiates – (1908) 5 stars
Run time: 3 hours, 43 minutes. Not too many of the media I review get a five star rating, like this book does. What these anonymous Three Initiates have done here is to strip away the dogmatic details of Hermetics, to show the bare bones of the philosophy, and to expound on it enough to remove all the mystery out of the Mystery School. I have been amazed by how closely Hermeticism follows my beliefs that I developed in my adolescence and have been fortifying ever since through trial and error and thought. I was practicing a lot of the ideas found in this belief system before I knew what Hermetics was. In many ways, Hermeticism is still ahead of its time, even scientifically, and well worth looking into, in comparison with the other dogmas I have been looking into that have a lot of tradition and ritual built into them, including: Buddhism, Egyptianism, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and a number of other esoteric practices. Nobody has presented their core philosophies in such a way and correlated them to my own personal findings before. It isn’t a perfect system, but it is very close to being perfect for me.
Here are a couple of things I am taking issue with.
According to Hermetics, there is no such thing as random chance. I have said something very similar in the past, that there is no such thing as coincidence, but it is a little more complex than that. You have two prevailing forces that control and influence our Hologram Universe. One is Order and the other is Novelty. Order allows our universe to maintain its structure and to flow along in a regular way. Novelty is introduced at ‘random’ times to spur activity and growth. There are examples of this all over the world, including in the basic concepts of I Ching, the Tarot and McKenna’s Time Wave Theory.
I call this the Cosmic Algorithm. If experience is subjective, and going along with quantum physics, people will never find the smallest or biggest of anything, from the microcosm to the macrocosm. Physicists will keep finding smaller and smaller particles if they keep looking for them, and astrophysicists will keep finding larger and larger cosmic objects for the same reason. The Cosmic Algorithm is there to prevent human beings from finding the brick wall that encapsulates the hologram construct. Hermetics wants to put a solid definition on matter without taking into consideration subatomic vibration, which is frequencies changing to produce different subjective outcomes.
How many species of birds, fishes or lizards are there? Look at the variation here, from what is supposed to be the same basic animal. Look at how different dogs can be. Yes, an algorithm dictates the randomness factor, but that algorithm has an infinite range of variety to it. At least, infinite to our human brain capacity. Remember this, the only constant is change. Doesn’t that simple statement refute the idea of a rigid universe? The rate of change and range of change can potentially be calculated, but we haven’t done it yet, have we? I suspect that if we did try to quantify Novelty, it would adapt and become elusive, and always be two or three steps ahead of us. We as human beings are not meant to define every aspect of Creation, and this is why Time, Space, the speed of light and gravity fluctuate.
Another idea that I disagree with is that the spirit world exists apart from the physical world, and that the physical world is contained or exclusive. That is, beings from the spiritual side cannot (or are prevented to) poke their noses into our reality and start changing things around. Some of us can see these beings and interact with them, while most people are too self-centered or non-spiritual and can only squawk that because they haven’t seen it, it can’t possibly be true. Western scientism and psychology can’t explain everything, but they sure do try to, and a lot of suckers want the economy version of Creation and adhere to it as tightly as the other suckers cling to their holy books. These people cannot stand the idea that they might be wrong, and that others might have different experiences and different lives than their own materialistic points of view. Can’t we all just get along? If I have light orbs zipping around my room at night, and you don’t, is that any reason for you to get huffy and start telling me I have to live my life experience under your rules? Anyway, the point is that beings are constantly moving in and out of the physical realm through a variety of means; psychic, synchronous, miracles, signs, etc., and they don’t really care for Freud too much.
One last thing I want to bring attention to. Towards the end of this book, I was amazed to see that the subject of 2D people was brought up. These are people who are unable to see past their nose, the Sheep basically, and who are content to piddle around all their lives and become followers to what they perceive to be authority. I don’t think any other esoteric volume has exposed this concept of sleepers so well, except for another Hermetic text, the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, which also makes the statement that most people are unwilling or incapable of seeking the higher truths. The Bible will say that sheep need a shepherd, and both Islam and Judaism give all sorts of useless restrictions to burden their followers. That’s less about spiritual ascension and more about control and punishment for individual expression, if you ask me. Live your life however you want to, but as for me, I didn’t come here to follow somebody else’s rules from 2,000 years ago.