The 7 Hermetic Principles
One of the most influential books I've listened to over the last few years was "The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy." I love a book that pushes me outside of my comfort zone, and especially one that focuses on self-mastery. Here's a little peek into my understanding of the 7 Hermetic Principles.
Law of Mentalism (immutable)
Law of Correspondence (immutable)
As Above, So Below.
I have to say that, in a way, this is my favorite of the Universal Laws. Most people get it up for the Law of Vibration (popularly cited as Law of Attraction), but there's something about this one that has always just resonated with me in a visceral way.
What this law is referring to is how what we think (aka our internal life experience) is reflected back to us through our external life experience. Meaning that there is a fundamental harmony between the physical, mental, and spiritual realms.
Imagine that your thoughts shoot upward into the universe, shifting and aligning the course of All That Is, and then are returned back to you via what happens to you. To me, that says that the power to be, do, and have anything lives within you - within your ability to focus your thoughts.
God is within you.
And while it sometimes seems that we are a reflection of what happens to us, the Truth is that we are actually a mirror image of what we spend our time thinking about.
Holy Paradigm Shift!
It reminds me of one of my favorite Wayne Dyer quotes, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
What I love about this Universal Law is that it gives me back the power to shift my circumstances. If I focus on other people's expectations of me, I'll get a reality full of other people's expectations - and if I focus on what I'm grateful for, I'll get a reality full of things to be grateful for.
So, as a performer and teacher, I see this law reflected in the idea of discipline. And not just physical discipline (although based on my experience, the law can work both ways), but mental!
Sometimes people share thoughts like, "I'm not a good enough dancer," or "No one wants to hear my ideas." And then, not surprisingly, they see this reflected back to them in their reality.
This is why the idea of affirmations are so powerful. When you notice that you are ruminating (having a recurring negative thought), take a breath. Notice where you feel this in your body, and give permission to that part of your body to relax and release.
Then - and this is important - find a more empowering thought and commit to the practice of replacing the rumination. That's discipline! And it's just as necessary as practicing your tendu and/or vocal scales!
So, for example, instead of "I'm not a good enough dancer," you'd use a present-tense (I am, I do, I have) affirmation - for example, "I choose to focus on my strengths as a dancer," and then take a moment to make a short gratitude list reflecting your new affirmation. It's that easy - and it's extremely powerful!
Within a short period of time, you'll notice that your mood will lift and that your external experiences will indeed begin to reflect your new mental paradigm shift!
Law of Vibration (immutable)
Law of Polarity (mutable)
Law of Rhythm (mutable)
Law of Cause and Effect (mutable)
Law of Gender (mutable)
* An immutable law is one that can't be changed or transcended - they always have and always will exist. A mutable law is one where, typically after a degree of mastery, one can learn to rise above.