The Kybalion – An essential read for the spiritual seeker!

Book Review - The Kybalion - mystic, mysticism, hermetic philosophy
The Kybalion – by the Three Initiates
Do you enjoy reading about spirituality? Are you interested in ideas  relating to the nature of the existence and universal laws? If so then The Kybalion is a must-read.
I came across this book approximately seven years ago. I was doing some research online in regards to the occult and mysticism and saw it mentioned a few times, so I decided to check it out. You know that feeling when you read something that so concisely and elegantly puts together the thoughts already in your head? This was definitely one of those experiences, very exciting. Interestingly enough, the book claims that it makes its appearance in ones life when the time is right. For me it played a fundamental part of my intellectual pursuit of spirituality. I enjoyed it mostly in the fact that it was extremely simple yet those very simple ideas could be used in a very expansive and dynamic way. You can apply them to the smallest atomic micro-scales, while also applying them to universal macro-scales. Amazingly, I found that it unified scientific laws of nature and the spiritual laws.

You don’t really need that strong of a background in science to realise that much of the material in The Kybalion is the subject of current scientific research . For example there is a lot of discussion around the nature of consciousness and how it shapes scientific observation.  The book is strongly rooted in he concept that we live in a conscious universe, basically that consciousness is everything. It also posits the holographic nature of the universe as well as as the dualistic nature of life, simultaneous the reality and un-reality of it. Whats even more interesting is that this strongly corroborates with precepts from the world of Kabbalah, hermetic teachings and other ancient wisdom.  The book in fact claims to be the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, aka the egyptian god of knowledge Toth.
Im not going to go too far into the details of the book but it is divided into seven “principles” each one given a chapter explain it. They are:
  1. Principle of Mentalism   the idea that “All is Mind.”
  2. Principle of Correspondence the idea that there is always a correspondence between the laws of phenomena of the various “planes” of being and life. As above, so below; as below, so above.
  3. The Principle of Vibration –  the idea that there is motion in everything, nothing rests.
  4. The Principle of Polarity – the idea that everything is dual and that everything is has an opposite. for positive there is negative for day there is night, for matter there is antimatter.
  5. The Principle of Rhythm– the idea that everything is in a to and fro motion , in and out, back and forth, expansion and contraction.
  6. The Principle of Cause and Effect – the idea that for every cause there is an effect and an effect for every cause.
  7. The Principle of Gender – the idea that gender is manifested in everything. This differs from our view of sex, but is more of a generative force.
The book does however have some questionable qualities to it. It believes that the wisdom that it shares is only for the certain few worthy of its greatness. “Why cast pearls before swine?” is a line used to explain that this teaching is not for the layman. Im vehemently against intellectual (especially spiritual) elitism.  There is also a lot of contention around the authenticity of the work and its origins are quite murky. Its authors, The Three Initiates, are anonymous though there is much speculation as to who the authors may be.  I guess this might actually at to the intrigue of the work.
Putting all questions of it’s origin and authenticity to the side I still believe that this text is an absolute must-read for those interested in mysticism, the occult or spirituality in. Its value lies in its distillation of many of the philosophies and and beliefs from ancient mystic belief systems.
Have you had a chance to read it? If not, lucky for you, it is part of the part of the public domain and you can read it HERE (online version) or HERE (downloadable pdf), and of course you can buy it on Amazon HERE
If you have already read it I would love to hear your thoughts!



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