"As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul"
~ Hermes Trismegistus
Recently I enjoyed experimenting with taking pictures of the beautiful reflections and shadows cast on the pond in our backyard on a clear, sunny day.
In the process of adding these to my portfolio, I came across The Seven Principles of the Universe, as taught by Hermes Trismegistus, also known as Hermes, the Greek God. My research revealed that, "...it is understood that these ideas were passed from Master to Initiate for generations, for the purpose of personal growth and with the intention of achieving a greater and deeper understanding of the self, the world and beyond. For the student of religion, philosophy and science, the Hermetic teachings act as the key to tying all of the different schools of thought into one cohesive body of knowledge." I found these principles very thought-provoking:
The Seven Principles of the Universe
Principle of Mentalism: "All is Mind"
Principle of Correspondence: "As is above, so is below. As is below, so is above."
Principle of Vibration: "Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates."
Principle of Polarity: "Everything is dual; everything has an opposite, and opposites are identical in nature but different in degree."
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."
Principle of Cause and Effect: "Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause."
Principle of Gender: "Everything has its masculine and feminine principles."