Unifying Science & Spirit – The 5th, 6th & 7th Hermetic Principles

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Unifying Science & Spirit – The 5th, 6th & 7th Hermetic Principles

This blog is the final one in my ‘Unifying Science & Spirit – the Eternal Wisdom of Thoth/Hermes” blog series. In this blog I am considering the  remaining 5th, 6th and 7th Hermetic Principles, as set out in the Kybalion, and the recent scientific evidence which I suggest confirms them today, thousands of years later.

The 5th Hermetic principle is the “PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM – 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.”

Tidal flow is a rhythmic ebb and flow and is described as “the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth.”

“There is rhythm and circularity to everything in life. Night follows day; inhalations follow exhalations; hunger follows satiation; winter follows summer, and so on. Some of these cycles have high frequencies (that is, the cycles are completed in quick time, as is the case with breathing) whereas, some other cycles have lower frequencies (as is the case with hunger or thirst). One of the most important rhythmic cycles-one that is experienced by all living beings, including trees, animals, and viruses-is that of energy flux. Energy flux refers to the ebb and flow of energy.” (From a 2011 article in Psychology Today.)

Accordingly, rhythmic flow and cycles occur widely in nature as well as internally with our own body systems as well. Flow is also closely associated with energy. This Principle also conveys the interconnection of cosmic, natural and biological forces and systems.

The 6th Hermetic Principle is the “PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT – 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.”

“Causality is the relationship between causes and effects. It is considered to be fundamental to all natural science, especially physics.” Wikipedia

The following is an excerpt from what I believe is an excellent academic paper on the ‘law of cause and effect’:

“The conflict between “cause versus chance” has not only shaped the history of science but has imposed lasting effects on Western culture as a whole. This conflict intensified during the 20th Century as the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP) became the leading tool of the proponents of chance. More recent findings have now demonstrated that the HUP fails in six actual cases. Common Sense Science counters chance-based philosophy by returning to causality and other principles of Classical Science such as the conservation of energy and the use of physical finite-sized models for fundamental particles (e.g., the electron). This paper shows how physical models based on the laws of electricity and magnetism fully implement the law of cause and effect. Chance-based physics is exposed as false science based on erroneous assumptions about supposed chance-events instead of causal relationships.”

Finally, in regard to this 6th Hermetic Principle, the statement is made that “Chance is but a name for Law not recognized.” That is a belief that I have personally held to be a fundamental truth for many years. Today a primary paradigm of modern science is that “Chance” or “Randomness” is the mechanism to explain all physical reality in our Cosmos as well as Life on Earth. However, simple calculations of the likely odds against the the fine-tuned development of our Cosmos and the evolution of Life on Earth clearly contradicts this widespread belief. It makes much more sense to see Chance/Randomness as a primary Law of Cosmos and Nature and as evidence of a Grand Design rather then of simple and meaningless chance. (See my blog Our Cosmos Grand Design for the latest cosmological evidence in this regard)

The 7th and final Hermetic Principle described in the Kybalion is the “PRINCIPLE OF GENDER – Gender is in everything. Everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles. Gender manifests on all planes.”

In my view, this 7th Principle is mainly just another way of expressing the 4th Principle of Polarity which I discussed in the previous blog in this series. I quote; “Polarity is a fundamental element of our Cosmos. The ever-present energetic dynamic of Polarity plays out in human and societal matters as well. The ancient Chinese philosophical concept of Yin/Yang, is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities, such as male and female, light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, water and fire, life and death, and so on, are thought of as physical manifestations of the Yin/Yang concept.”

Our review of the ancient spiritual Wisdom of Thoth/Hermes, as set out in the Kybalion as the 7 Hermetic Principles, and the modern scientific evidence that supports it, is now complete.

That the wisdom of the Hermetic Principles has now been confirmed by Modern Science is truly astounding to my mind! It leads one to deeply consider how human knowledge and wisdom is obtained ongoingly. What was the original source of such wisdom and knowledge that may well be over 5,000 years old? It leads one to also consider the role of information and a quantum-level etheric field in our Cosmos, which colleague Ervin Laszlo calls the “Akashic Field” and has written about extensively in considering advanced Quantum Field Theory.

It is also very interesting to note that the term “Akashic” references the ancient Sanskrit concept of the Akashic Records which were described as containing all knowledge of human experience and all experiences as well as the history of the Cosmos encoded or written in the very ether or fabric of all existence. Laszlo used that concept for his modern day scientific theory precisely because his theoretical framework would also confirm that ancient wisdom.

This knowledge helps us to unify the great rift that has existed for centuries between Science and Spirit. They can now be seen as solely different ways of “knowing” and understanding the core nature of our shared reality. Both are valid. While our collective spiritual knowledge predates modern science by many millennia, later to be confirmed by science as is happening today.

It is a deeper knowledge predominant in Eastern thought and practice for those millennia while denigrated and ignored in Western thought post the Scientific Revolution in Europe beginning the 16th Century.

The 20th Century, however, saw the enlightenment of Quantum Physics and Cosmology in Western Science which to my mind “proves” that the Immaterial World of Energy, Light, Consciousness and Information is primary. While the Material World that our 5-senses perceive emerged from the initial and completely immaterial state of the Cosmos, beginning with the minuscule quantum particle that exploded and created all that is in our Cosmos. Just as the ancients knew and ‘modern man’ forgot, which we are now re-membering thanks to new science!

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