In this podcast, we review the Kybalion text. Remember that for now, this is the main text of reference. Since the Kybalion was published in the early 1900s, it is not the definitive reference for all things Hermetic. However, this text is still viewed as a solid compilation of the principles for hermetic practices.
With that in mind, realize that understanding this text is only scratching the surface. As your practice develops, you will want to be sure to always refer back to the source information, be it the Corpus Hermetic or the Emerald Tablet and translations.
A Progression Through the Hermetic Principles
Digging deeper into the meaning of the hermetic principles, we can see how they connect with each other. As one progresses through each, moving from the first of Mentalism then towards the end, which is Gender, there is a change in relation. Respectively, the pressure placed upon the practitioner can be felt more strongly as each step is understood.
For this reason, the principle of cause and effect allows for broad strokes from the practitioner, which means additional work is necessary to perfect the concept. Don’t worry, no one expects this to happen overnight!
Causation and Correlation
One of the key points to take from this principle is understanding the difference between causation and correlation. More importantly, the ability to recognize the actual connection point. Did you know that most people miss this? It is a common issue for those in philosophy courses.
If you find that you are still the effect in a situation, even though you feel like you understand all of the principles herein, try checking back with this principle here. If you continue to struggle with it, there are exercises that can be done to detect the root of causation. We will get to these as we progress in the discussions of this kind of work.
For now, please have a listen. This is a great topic to get feedback and to discuss with other practitioners. Once you do, you are likely to have your own unique perspective on things. Sometimes the only way to mastery is comparing notes and seeing how others do things. This will help you build a more successful practice, whatever your goals may be!
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