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Welcome to the first issue of Ascend Academy. Brace yourselves, we are about to delve into the
mother load of all spiritual concepts. This article reveals the meaning behind the 7 Hermetic
Principles of truth, directly from their source, The Kybalion.
I am about to present some very powerful information to you that may stir up a lot of discussion,
and possibly opposition. These seven principles are considered to be ABSOLUTE TRUTHS,
and many ancient and current hermeticists, mystics, philosophers and so called enlightened
beings regard its application to be THE Master key path to understanding the self and its
relation to all that is.
If you feel within yourself that you are not ready to handle this information, feel free to come
back and read when you are. These teachings have been kept secret for thousands of years by
the Hermetic tradition, only being passed between master and initiate of countless different
occult societies across human history. This was out of fear that this information would be used
by those who did not quite understand its significance, or who had selfish intentions and lack of
wisdom. In 1912, it was published by an anonymous entity known as the Three Initiates(?) and
has since been put into public domain, now widely available online.
I believe that this knowledge should be widespread so that we can begin implementing and
spreading its profound wisdom and applications for the ascension of mankind as a whole.
It is clear that the ancient masters did not wish for these principles to be crystallized into creeds
by any country or religious sect. So while viewing this information, HAVE YOUR OWN
EXPERIENCE, and consider this to be a pragmatic philosophy for understanding the spiritual
The dense quotations Ive placed describing these principles are directly from the
and I suggest you give that a read after viewing this article if you wish to go even deeper. I will
also try to break down what each principle means to us in our day to day lives as well as in
relevance to our spiritual practice. I hope this knowledge resonates! (THIS ARTICLE IS QUITE
LONG; Taking breaks in between every other principle is recommended!)
The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic
Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open. -The Kybalion
The Principle of Mentalism
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. The Kybalion

The All, or the Universal Infinite Living Mind is the notion which we consider God or Source
Consciousness, and because we are within this infinite mind, it pervades the entirety of every
single space, physical or non physical. In essence, each person or form of consciousness is
equivalent to a dream figure in the lucid dream of God. I understand this is a large concept to
swallow, bear with me!
If you have ever lucid dreamed, you would know that when you ask a person in your dream who
they are or what they represent, they will actually tell you that they are some facet of your
consciousness. You would also know that a lot of times your dream figures will tell you that
their experience is not a dream at all. Some are more or less aware of their roles in your
psychological make up. Likewise, each one of us is an aspect of Gods mind in that same way; a
symbol of a complex concept being expressed in a microcosmic form. For those who have not
lucid dreamed, think of it as this whole universe is an organism, matter and energy are the cells,
and we as forms of consciousness are the neurons.
Coming into this knowledge is the most fundamental key to understanding and expanding our
consciousness as well as traversing the higher planes of reality. We must understand that we,
and literally everything and everyone else, IS Spirit, or fractal facets of its consciousness. It is
important that we apply this understanding in our daily interactions with others, understand that
all other beings are simply another aspect of an infinite, complex, and extremely variant
consciousness, and are just as much of an expression of it as you are no matter what form they
take. Allow yourself to be without judgement towards others with this understanding.
Eventually this will cultivate a mindset of unconditional love towards all life.

The Principle of Correspondence
This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence
between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. The
old Hermetic axiom ran in these words: As above, so below; as below, so
above. And the grasping of this Principle gives one the means of solving many
a dark paradox, and hidden secret of Nature. There are planes beyond our
knowing, but when we apply the Principle of Correspondence to them we are
able to understand much that would otherwise be unknowable to us. This
Principle is of universal application and manifestation, on the various planes of
the material, mental, and spiritual universe it is an Universal Law. The

With this principle we become aware of the fractal nature of the universe in which a similar
pattern of phenomena repeats across all scales of existence. This phenomena can be
synonymous with the musical note octaves on a piano, in that each note is repeated in the next
set or dimensional plane with the same vibrational quality but on a higher frequency.
Usually, interaction with one element may cause a resonant reaction on higher or lower planes,
as certain qualities in parallel planes correspond to one another like musical chords. This applies
to sound, color, thoughts, emotions, chakras, and all forms of spectrums that exist throughout the
universe. This is a great segue into our next principle:
The Principle of Vibration
This Principle embodies the truth that everything is in motion; everything
vibrates; nothing is at rest; facts which Modern Science endorses, and
which each new scientific discovery tends to verify. And yet this Hermetic
Principle was enunciated thousands of years ago, by the Masters of Ancient
Egypt. This Principle explains that the differences between different
manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, result largely from
varying rates of Vibration. From THE ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to the
grossest form of Matter, all is in vibration the higher the vibration, the
higher the position in the scale. The vibration of Spirit is at such an infinite rate
of intensity and rapidity that it is practically at rest just as a rapidly moving
wheel seems to be motionless. And at the other end of the scale, there are gross
forms of matter whose vibrations are so low as to seem at rest. The Kybalion
Understanding vibrational frequency and its application in our spirituality is crucial. When we
are dealing with negative thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, we must grasp that these things are
dense vibrations within our minds, keeping us in a low vibratory rate of consciousness. If they
are vibrating, they are emitting sound, light, or rippling out in some form of wave. If we are
constantly emitting these sorts of vibrations, our outside world, which is essentially still MIND,
will resonate with our mental experience, causing those same sorts of low vibrational
experiences to manifest physically. In the same way, if we are radiating positive, loving, and
blissful forms of vibration, our reality will follow suite.

Essentially, everything in existence interacts with its components through rates of vibration.
Dimensions, in a simplistic way of understanding, are different octaves of vibration, in which the
consciousness inhabiting those octaves perceive things relevant to their mental state,
perspectives, beliefs, and level of awareness. This is why many of us cannot see the astral plane
or things like ghosts, auras, and spiritual entities, because we are not vibrating at the same rate as
them and cannot resonate with those experiences.
Our minds are like radio tuners for different channels of experience. We can turn the dial by
shifting our attention and intention towards different actions, different thoughts, different mental
states and different beliefs about our reality. Reading this right now is essentially tuning you to
the frequency of these higher planes, expanding your awareness to allow your mind to resonate
with their concepts, and thus allowing you to hold consciousness within them.

The Principle of Polarity
This Principle embodies the truth that everything is dual; everything has
two poles; everything has its pair of opposites, all of which were old
Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many,
which have been stated as follows: Thesis and anti-thesis are identical in
nature, but different in degree; opposites are the same, differing only in
degree; the pairs of opposites may be reconciled; extremes meet;
everything is and isnt, at the same time; all truths are but half-truths;
every truth is half-false; there are two sides to everything, etc., etc., etc.
It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that
opposites are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many
varying degrees between them. To illustrate: Heat and Cold, although
opposites, are really the same thing, the differences consisting merely of
degrees of the same thing. Look at your thermometer and see if you can
discover where heat terminates and cold begins! There is no such thing as
absolute heat or absolute cold the two terms heat and cold simply
indicate varying degrees of the same thing, and that same thing which
manifests as heat and cold is merely a form, variety, and rate of Vibration.
So heat and cold are simply the two poles of that which we call Heat
and the phenomena attendant thereupon are manifestations of the Principle
of Polarity.
The same Principle manifests in the case of Light and Darkness, which are
the same thing, the difference consisting of varying degrees between the two
poles of the phenomena. Where does darkness leave off, and light begin?
What is the difference between Large and Small? Between Hard and Soft?
Between Black and White? Between Sharp and Dull? Between Noise and
Quiet? Between High and Low? Between Positive and Negative? The
Principle of Polarity explains these paradoxes, and no other Principle can
supersede it. The Kybalion

With the concept that extreme opposites are simply the poles of the same thing, we can cease to
have a dualistic perspective and instead view these phenomena as spectrums or sliding scales of
vibration. Once we understand that, we can begin to use what is called Mental Alchemy or
Mental Transmutation. Unlike the traditional view of Alchemy in which you change different
base or undesirable metals into Gold, we polarize the negative thoughts, emotions, and mental
states into positive ones (The prior definition being a hidden allegory for the true meaning).
This is one particular field that I will be continuing to study and give you my interpretation of so
that you can all benefit. It will probably be one of our last topics discussed in this series, as it
can profoundly change our perspective and our experience and must be used with sufficient

The Principle of Rhythm
This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a
measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and
forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and
low-tide; between the two poles which exist in accordance with the Principle of
Polarity described a moment ago. There is always an action and a reaction; an
advance and a retreat a rising and a sinking. This is in the affairs of the
Universe, suns, worlds, men, animals, mind, energy, and matter. This law is
manifest in the creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of
nations; in the life of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man (and it is
with this latter that the Hermetists find the understanding of the Principle most
The Hermetists have grasped this Principle, finding its universal application,
and have also discovered certain means to overcome its effects in themselves by
the use of the appropriate formulas and methods. They apply the Mental Law of
Neutralization. They cannot annul the Principle, or Cause it to cease its
operation, but they have learned how to escape its effects upon themselves to a
certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the Principle. They have learned
how to USE it, instead of being USED BY it. In this and similar methods, consist
the Art of the Hermetists. The Master of Hermetics polarizes himself at the point
at which he desires to rest, and then neutralizes the Rhythmic swing of the
pendulum which would tend to carry him to the other pole. The Kybalion

Rhythm is a direct result of the nature of vibration, as the oscillation between two poles in any
given scale provides an environment in which energy can shift from one state to the next and
back again with equal proportion. This teaches us of the importance of balance in the universe,
because without rhythmic proportion, we are unable to measure and identify the different states
that energy can move between and how they directly relate to one another.
Another way to look at it is that this principle recognizes the heartbeat or the symphony of the
universe. If we learn to ride these innate universal rhythms consciously, we can begin to work in
harmony with the universal energies rather than have them work against us, being apart of the
music or flowing with the current to achieve our conscious expansion.
I have personally understood and used this principle to polarize into my higher self for long
periods of time while denying my ego self reign over my thoughts, but this is far from mastering
the principle. As we delve deeper into the series, we will explore this principles application
together and maybe new ways of rhythm riding can be unearthed.

The Principle of Causation
This Principle embodies the fact that there is a Cause for every Effect; an
Effect from every Cause. It explains that: Everything Happens according to
Law; that nothing ever merely happens; that there is no such thing as
Chance; that while there are various planes of Cause and Effect, the higher
dominating the lower planes, still nothing ever entirely escapes the Law. The
Hermetists understand the art and methods of rising above the ordinary plane of
Cause and Effect, to a certain degree, and by mentally rising to a higher plane
they become Causers instead of Effects. The masses of people are carried along,
obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than
themselves; heredity; suggestion; and other outward causes moving them about
like pawns on the Chessboard of Life. But the Masters, rising to the plane
above, dominate their moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the
environment surrounding them, and become Movers instead of pawns. They
help to PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE, instead of being played and moved about
by other wills and environment. They USE the Principle instead of being its
tools. The Masters obey the Causation of the higher planes, but they help to
RULE on their own plane. In this statement there is condensed a wealth of
Hermetic knowledge let him read who can. The Kybalion


I think that this principle is common sense for most, but many are not aware that it
applies on and connects all dimensions of reality. With this in mind we can begin to see
how the universe came into being. The first cause,the Infinite Living Mind or Source,
created a set of causes via VIBRATION to allow many ripples of subsequent events to
intertwine and unfold. The causes on higher planes began manifesting effects on the
lower planes, and our physical universe eventually unfolded in this way. It is easy to
now view the phenomena of this world as having specific serendipitous purpose, even if
we are not able to understand what exactly causes them. Synchronicity is a prominent
example of higher plane causation in action, where almost divinely timed experiences
manifest in peculiar patterns.

This principle is symbolically (as well as mathematically) represented in the construction of the
Flower of Life geometry and its successive forms, as these are higher dimensional blueprints for
the denser manifestations of matter to use as templates. Throughout the series, we will begin to
work in accordance with these causes of higher planes, and create our own, rather than be
subjected to the causes of this one. This is so we may become Movers rather than Pawns in this
so called Chessboard of Life. In our next issue, we will dive further into this topic, exploring
sacred geometry and its use as a form of mental causation and manifestation.

The Principle of 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. The Kybalion

Here on planet Earth, we are very familiar with the many manifestations of Male and Female
energy, or Duality and Unity consciousness. The reason the Masculine and Feminine Principles
are so integral to creation is because Source itself is a perfect union of these two concepts. All
created things are but variations of expression, intensity, and vibration between these two forms
of consciousness. The Male principle is the notion of Subjective Self or the internal, causal, and
intangible nature. The Female principle is the notion of Objective Self, or the external,
receptive, and form of that inner nature.
Male is also the force of giving or push, and Female subsequently is the force of taking or pull.
Do not confuse these definitions with gender discrimination. We as human beings are also a
union of these two principles, as we possess an internal nature and an external form. Even our
minds are split into conscious (male) and subconscious/unconscious (female) and our brains into
left brain (male) and right brain (female). For more on this check out Spirit Science episode 4.
Youre probably wondering why Jordan says that Male energy is Focused and that the Female
energy is Creative/Random. That is just another way this principle manifests in the human
psyche, and there are a multitude of others. There is an even deeper level of understanding for
the principle of Gender that will be revealed in the coming articles, so stay tuned.
Now, if we wish to ascend as human beings, the goal is to balance these energies within
ourselves, allowing us to resonate with that same balance present in the Infinite Living Mind,
giving way to conscious freedom. This balance is largely achieved through, you guessed it,
Unconditional Love, as this is an energy of freely giving and taking with all life through
understanding that, as a fractal of Source consciousness, the external universe is also YOUR
external form.

And there you have it, the 7 Hermetic Principles. Study and Mastery of these fundamental laws
will bring great wisdom as well as unbelievable power and freedom. If you have any questions
regarding this article or any other spiritual inquiries, feel free to email or
inbox Ryan Boyd. If you leave a comment below I can reply and you can also reach my
Facebook that way. I wont be accepting friend requests unless we have extensive interaction,
but I will always try to help with your questions.

Our next issue will begin with the spiritual framework that I have created in conjunction with
these principles, formerly known as the 7 stages of Mystic Mastery. I am going to change it for
the sake of brevity and clarity; it will now be known as the 7 Phases of Mastery. The first stage
is called Geometry, and it will bring an understanding of the nature of Source and its
manifestations through exploring Sacred Geometry, Mandalas, and an introduction to my own
extension of these concepts known as Lightwebs. This article series will be bi-weekly, so see
you in two weeks! Namaste, and thank you for reading.