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THE KYBALION

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Kybalion_logoThe Kybalion was first published in 1908 by the Yogi Publication Society and is now in the public domain. The book purports to be based upon ancient Hermeticism, which has been sought after by many of the great thinkers and heretics of history, including the Italian martyr Giordano Bruno.

The Kybalion was authored by William Walker Atkinson.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Walker_Atkinson)Kybalion

Here is the Wikipedia index of the “Seven Principles” which embody the content of The Kybalion:

 

ALL IS MIND

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ALL IS MIND

This principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explains that THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of “The Material Universe”; the ”Phenomena of Life”; “Matter”; ”Energy”; and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT, which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as AN UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND. It also explains that all the phenomenal world or universe is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL, in which Mind we “live and move and have our being.” This Principle, by establishing the Mental Nature of the Universe, easily explains all of the varied mental and psychic phenomena that occupy such a large portion of the public attention, and which, without such explanation, are non-understandable and defy scientific treatment.

– from The Kybalion

THOUGHT VIBRATION

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William Walker Atkinson was the original author of the “Law of Attraction” in 1906.  His ideas have been borrowed, adapted and altered by hundreds of “self-help” and “get rich quick” gurus, many of whom have become wealthy as teachers of his ideas.  Here is a YouTube video of the Free audio recording by Librivox.com of his original book on the subject, “Thought Vibration, or The Law of Attraction in the Thought World“.

When we come to see that Thought is A Force – a manifestation of energy – having a magnet-like power of
attraction, we will begin to understand the why and wherefore of many things that have heretofore seemed
dark to us.”    ~ William Walker Atkinson, 1906

TREE THOUGHT

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TREE THOUGHT tree

“Thought is a force – a manifestation of energy – having a magnet-like power of attraction. You say “I” feel; “I” think; “I” believe; “I” know; “I” will; etc., etc. Now which is the Real Self? The Mental States just mentioned, or the “I” which is the subject or Real Cause of the mental phenomena? It is not the Mind that knows, but the “I” which uses the Mind in order to know. “ 

~ William Walker Atkinson ~

THE PRICIPLE OF GENDER

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GENDER

  “This Principle embodies the truth that there is GENDER manifested in everything–the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes. On the Physical Plane, the Principle manifests as SEX, on the higher planes it takes higher forms, but the Principle is ever the same. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this Principle. An understanding of its laws will throw light on many a subject that has perplexed the minds of men. The Principle of Gender works ever in the direction of generation, regeneration, and creation. Everything, and every person, contains the two Elements or Principles, or this great Principle, within it, him or her. Every Male thing has the Female Element also; every Female contains also the Male Principle. If you would understand the philosophy of Mental and Spiritual Creation, Generation, and Re-generation, you must understand and study this Hermetic Principle. It contains the solution of many mysteries of Life. We caution you that this Principle has no reference to the many base, pernicious and degrading lustful theories, teachings and practices, which are taught under fanciful titles, and which are a prostitution of the great natural principle of Gender. Such base revivals of the ancient infamous forms of Phallicism tend to ruin mind, body and soul, and the Hermetic Philosophy has ever sounded the warning note against these degraded teachings which tend toward lust, licentiousness, and perversion of Nature’s principles. If you seek such teachings, you must go elsewhere for them–Hermeticism contains nothing for you along these lines. To the pure, all things are pure; to the base, all things are base.”

— The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published anonymously by a group or person under the pseudonym of “The Three Initiates”.