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The Kybalion: A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece

The Kybalion

This book of Hermetic Philosophy claims to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. One of the foundations of the book is the dedication to the Seven Principles and there is a complete chapter describing each one in detail. Each one of the Seven Principles brings to light a number of ways to become more familiar with your self and become a better and more enlightened individual.

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Pairs well with, In Tune with the Infinite posted by 'chris cudnoski'

When reading "mind-bending" books, every consecutive re-read brings forth more information that you extract as a result of the new knowledge gained from the read-through before. It is important to read books multiple times to get as much out of them as possible.

Happy Re-Reading :)

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In the old days (pre common sense science)

any revelation of a greater truth or understanding was treated (as today) as a revolutionary act and subject to the wrath of the nearest bully, church, government or money-making power structure. So when so-called truths were discovered or rediscovered they were kept secret for their preservation and those entrusted with keeping these secrets formed into so-called "secret societies". (This is an oversimplification of course.) Anyhow the principles as outlined in The Kybalion are today known by other terms and are recognized in various ways in modern science and society. To get more insight into these principles read Walter Russell's materials or visit the

I digress

Respectfully, I believe you will find that we do not yet live in a period of common sense science. People believe we do, however,
people also believe there is justice and authority is righteous.

There is definitely good science, however there is mostly a great deal of junk science posing as the mainstream.

Just as studying government shows that in fact it is highly corrupted, studying medicine one finds it does not actually cure you,
studying science one finds that it is mostly make believe and not based on the very principles we know as the 'scientific method'.

I prescribe to the 70/30 rule for everything now.

70% Junk. 30% Genuine and true.

God bless.

Perfect condensed statement!

Thank you for your insight!

It is true that modern science is bridging the gap (or as I believe, rejoining) with spirituality. I see only a difference of terms when science describes the Etheric Field and when Religion describes The Holy Spirit or God.

So, if modern science is telling us that, at our most fundamental level, we are made entirely of this "energetic" field, it stands to reason, from a Religious perspective, that we are made of Spirit/God.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Sacred Geometry" was exposed as a lie more than 2,500 years ago

Some weird comments below about being catholic, etc. I'm not a catholic. My post has nothing to do with religion. You can be against superstition without being religious. I find it bizarre that a religious test of being a Christian means you can't comment on provable superstition or historic murders.

Sacred Geometry originated in our western history with the Pythagorean. They taught everyone that "all is number", which back then meant integers, or the ratios of such.

It isn't true. It was proved wrong more than 2,500 years ago, and the Pythagoreans murdered someone over it. Indeed they knew. There symbol was the pentagon, which enshrines irrational numbers. Now it's a symbol of murdering someone - Hippasos.

And it isn't insignificant. Claiming everything is a number or solvable with discrete mathematics is an error in Greek history that appears again and again. It's essentially a technique of lying, and is very similar to Aristotelian type arguments that use the fallacy of the exuded middle. In fact, I'd argue, considering boolean logic introduced by George Boole, that it is exactly the same error.

This error is something I've been studying quite a bit for awhile. It's substantially the same as one of the major authors of fuzzy logic (who is a libertarian) argued. It's the same problem that the father of multi-valued logic - Łukasiewicz, argued. It appears again and again.

It is an interesting problem. It traces back to the Pythagorean, and something they introduced that they didn't believe. It's a problem of thought that is real and exists, and any of the search terms and names I introduced above are easily searched for those who want to know more.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

There's nothing in the

There's nothing in the Kybalion about sacred geometry. It's a short book (or maybe you could look at it as a large pamphlet) that describes the basic Hermetic philosophy. It's good food for thought for people who like to contemplate existence and stuff like that.

Ya I'm not sure where that's coming from either

I assume there is some cognitive dissonance that is seeking to justify a rigid belief system. Max is a smart individual though. I hope that the words in these works as well as the comments it gave life to, will inspire him to begin seeking.

That's out of our hands though. Plant the seed. That's our work here.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

No it wasn't.

Your post looks a lot like a copy and paste from a christian in panic website trying to keep people from growing larger in knowledge than they will ever be.

Fibonacci Spiral...

Look it up for starters.

Slight error above - symbol

Slight error above - symbol is the pentagram. Probably thinking defense department.

It's a splendid example of the irrational, and a display of lying to people with your "all is ratio's". Besides being the first major scientific disaster, it's also a symbol of the first time the occult was exposed as an intentional system of lying - with a murder involved.

The fallacy of the excluded middle wouldn't come into being as a phrase until much later.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

And for those who don't want

And for those who don't want to do research or know, you don't need to read my messages. I find religious insults about being Catholic (which isn't even true), below the pale for a RATIONAL reply, and certainly not worth the comment.

I've researched this exact area for more than a year now, and have many scholarly papers on just this sort of topic, on irrational numbers, many valued logic, etc.

I tend not to bother with discussion on here. I'm not interested in "mob values", ignorance, or who can garner the most collectivist appeal, but actual truth which results from research, reason, and proving. Consequently, I derive my joy from reading books (and not new age books like on these threads, but real ones.)

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Thanks for suggestion

Love this stuff

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I've owned the book for years.

Even better is the best book I've ever read, "True Esoteric Traditions" by M. Dale Palmer 1994 which referenced me to the Kybalion.

Will look into it, Thanks!!

Isn't it amazing the synchronistic nature of how these books come into your life, revealing just the right amount og knowledge at just the right time? Amazing life we live.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

And into the mystery schools wth murder.This place has plummeted

One really shouldn't need to emphasize that the mystery schools are as much associated with murder and underhanded evil as any of the human sacrifices of the Aztecs, the drug drenched initiatives of Persia, the abject cannibalism and witchdoctory of Voodoo, etc. That there is a reason that witchcraft and the occult have a bad name, and are often looked into by evil leaders as a way to brainwash others.

But my favorite example, if we are talking about Greeks, is when Hippasus was murdered by the Pythagoreans when he revealed their secret. That all is not "number", or "rational", but that there are irrational numbers. The Pythagoras not only knew what they were telling others was not true - that all is not number or ratios of numbers - but it was a secret they murdered over. It's part of their emblem as well - which was the pentacle (or pentagram) - which itself has irrational numbers.

All is number meant more then some dumb new ager got it wrong. It was meant as a brainwashing technique - and we're still stuck with terms like being "rational" vs being "irrational" today - that is how far the idea struck at thought itself. But in reality, there is plenty of non-rational numbers - using reason requires it. So in a very real sense being a reasoner means being "irrational". The Pythagorean meant it that way - they attacked anyone that didn't believe their number jumble. It's why the terms have the connotation.

And so they murdered someone over it, and started the first scientific crisis in history. But the murder and required secrecy shows the intention - to brainwash others and keep the truth to yourself. Not too different than Plato's cave allegory about keeping people in the dark or Plato's philosopher King idea, and many think that Plato's school was a continuation of the Pythagorean school.

If you want to study the Greek school of mind control, start with the Pythagoreans and the murder of Hippasus. He was murdered because it really was important to them to keep it secret, and if society is stuck in a binary way of thinking, start here. Much of new-agery exists as a way to control and profit over "the sheep" no matter which region of the world it originally came from. "There must be something here" is the typical draw.

There *is* something here. There are wolves looking very hungry at you. That is it's purpose. That is why it continues.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

I'll say it a bit more bluntly than freedom ninja.

The roman catholic church murdered countless individuals after they made up the most absurd fairytale ever known to man. They murdered people who knew this information. They wanted it destroyed. Can't have truth as competition!

Even if you don't call yourself a catholic, your church is nothing more than a whore to rome. If it wasn't, it would have grown out of christianity, a low level in masonry. But instead you all prefer to be dominated by a bunch of ignorant child molesting control freaks who figured out how to rape your children WHILE you donated your money. I thought this place was for enlightened people?

It is time to grow up christian! You are as ignorant to the workings of the Universe as a frog is to slow boiling water. I am sick of seeing how many people on here are still sucking the milk tit of christianity.

I am also encouraged to see there are those on a higher level.

Hebrews Chapter 6 Verse 1

Therefore LEAVING the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying AGAIN the foundation of repentance from dead works, and faith toward God,

In other words..., BOYS, you now have proven yourself worthy to move up to the next level of the mysteries.

Do any christians actually read their book anymore??

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more bluntly?

yeah,i would say so :)
most if not all major religions use the king james bible
for their brand of truth
this is a fact,so them religions are in fact teaching false doctrines
and are teaching man made brain washing techniques
them religions do not teach what the word is,as they do not know it
but use the bible as hammer to drive home guilt,when none should be there
they do this to further their own needs and for their own agendas
most are of pagan origin,and are based on lies,used to further
enslave the people for more money,as money is always the bottom line
truth takes a back seat,and will within the church body,as if ones realized they were lied to,the gravy train would end,and they be not be hav'n that !
how can any church teach truth,when books,chapters were taken out?
this to me does not compute,as one cannot teach using ignorance
unless what they are teaching is to their liking
i could go on,but lets see how this flies :)

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

You want to really throw them for a loop?

Inform them who worship the KJV as the only sacred bible that King James was a homosexual. It is a fact.

If that is your perspective, then you are right

But from my perspective, this knowledge is NOT the reason for the murderous atrocities that have been associated with it, as you laid out. The problem was and is the greed of man that wants this knowledge kept secret from the rest of the world. These entitled few don't want people to realize their own power, they want to use it to manipulate the rest. But what they don't realize or are blind to, is that by using these methods to do harm to others, they cut themselves short of these teachings' full meaning and power.

They have also kept "hidden" (esoteric) these teachings by disguising them in "Evil" as witchcraft and blasphemy against their beliefs and mechanisms of control.

If you learn their secrets and see how they have misused them against humanity, yourself learning to use properly these teachings, are you not then above these evil men?

These teachings are universal. Their esoteric knowledge is at the basis of all exoteric traditions. Knowledge is power. Ignorance is power over those kept from the Knowledge.

Open your mind to the illusions that keep you from exploring your mind. You will not regret it nor will you hold it against those who have misused it, for it is that misuse that has gotten the World to the state it is in today, bringing into Light the evils born of ignorance.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

There is no real secret.

There is no real secret. Maybe groups use the lure of secret knowledge but examining all the known documents etc, there is no truth. All the people ever interviewed have said the same thing.

Just ideas, philosophies, mythologies etc.

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It started that way, but you're right, it isn't so today

Back when the Church had most of the power, they deemed anyone who spoke of any Truth, as a heretic or a witch or something to that effect. Those groups of enlightened individuals then went underground and met in secret escaping persecution and death. Over the years, those who infiltrated these groups, used the shared knowledge for their own selfish benefit rather than the good of all human beings which gave birth to the Masons, Illuminati or whatever "brand name" you want to use.

Today, thanks in large part to the internet, this secret knowledge is no longer secret. It is evident in many books and teachings to those who understand the teachings and their true meaning. Even the Christian Bible is full of them cleverly disguised in metaphoric parables and tales. Many other religious texts do the same.

I say this not as one who reads about it and watches a bunch of documentaries about it and just fills his brain with all sorts of references as if I'm some sort of archivist. No, I learned what these teaching teach and I have applied this knowledge to my life. Needless to say, my life has dramatically changed and improved in areas of prosperity, health, way of being, I gained more clarity, became more intuitive, more creative, more accepting, forgiving and appreciative of difficult people or situations in life.

By no means is this knowledge easy to comprehend in one evening. There is an element of self evolution when taking in any bit of new knowledge. It takes time for it to sink in and then to be inspired to act in accordance to the teachings. For many, who have been conditioned into the insane pace and confusion in this life, they will find greater difficulty in this process but will, nevertheless, come to similar subjective conclusions and personal experiences that will serve as proof that there is Truth to these teachings.

I see the evidence of this knowledge everywhere, especially in movies that I have seen many times but never had the foundation of knowledge to understand the meaning that was hidden "between the lines".

More than just ideas, philosophies or mythologies, these are Universal laws and principles that work on the micro and macro level alike. "As above so Below", they say and quite accurately.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The secret knowledge was more

The secret knowledge was more tactics used by secret societies. The first tactic, recruiting people with the promise of secret wisdom was just exploiting human nature of wanting to be "elite" or special.

I take a more skeptical view. There's no overt conspiracy like you are describing.

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By all means be skeptical and question everything

Once again, you are correct. Men have exploited their knowledge to manipulate others with its promise. It is really difficult to see the conspiracy without first understanding what is being hidden. I, however, am not seeking your membership into a secret boys club. The only club I belong to is humanity and these teachings have taught me the secrets to living a beautiful, joyous and fearless life. And that is quite the statement to make in light of the world we see around us today.

All I can do, as the teachings make clear, is only point you in a direction. It is completely up to you if you want to or are ready for the journey. I will say this; you and your entire world will change. At first it may seem chaotic but eventually it all settles in as you work through your own cognitive dissonance. It was quite the battle of wits between my Self and my Ego but eventually you learn that neither is more important than the other, but rather it is a harmony of the two that make a person whole.

I am always here to help and have a conversation. I appreciate your historical knowledge of these subjects and wish you well on your journey, whatever path you take. Follow your intuition and what feels right in your heart. Forget about any fears, anxieties and even skepticism you may have. Dip a toe in and see how it feels. No one is imposing anything on you but often our egos can keep things from us as it defends its belief systems no matter the cost.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Well said Ninja

In time I will have your temperament.

Indeed, you will, friend.

I am still human and I have my share of untempered moments but I do not hold that against me. I acknowledge it happened, spend a few short moments getting calm (often I just laugh), and I understand that these moments are an opportunity to learn from for the next time.

I appreciate your kind words :)

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

you can't be serious

I am going to take a wild guess and label you as one of these nutty bible thumpers here on DP. And since Christianity has such a spotless record of nonviolence , you feel obligated to put down other people's belief systems. So, you pointed out that some people throughout the long history of mystery schools have been bad people, unlike all the popes, crusaders, and inquisitors , to name a few. Where should we send your whistleblower medal?

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

I'm entirely serious.

I'm entirely serious.

Starting off a post that is suppose to be a serious reply with insults is usually the mark of a fool or conniver.

But if you want the history of the pentagram as it meant to a Greek occultist, you need to start with the Pythagoreans, the basic new age lie they told, and the person they murdered over it.

It's all part of basic Mathematic history and the first great scientific fraud in western history. Greek science never recovered from it. Neither have we.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

It is not New Age

It predates christianity as you think you know it by thousands of years. Get over this new age bullshit.

Some of us get more worked up then others

It is an example of what has happened as a result of fighting over religious metaphors as if they are the pure Truth that they all share in common. Angered comments, violent histories are NOT results of the Truth, they are symptoms of a lack of it. The Truth in essence is LOVE, so it is easy to see that anything that is in lack of Love, lacks the Truth itself.

I, for one, have never nor do I ever intend to use anything of what I have learned, for any evil. Doing so goes against the teachings themselves. I intend to use it to inspire within me ways of bringing this to others that may be seeking it, and many are. I have no desire for immeasurable wealth or power. My successes in life are measured by the level of happiness I achieve in the process of living these Truths throughout all aspects of my life. I have yet to see a reason why I should do anything but live the Truth and share it with others.

Even a conversation with someone hesitant of these teachings, is rewarding and serves as a great benefit to me and all those involved or reading these words. It's all related. Yin and Yang.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

valid ideas

Ignoring divine inspiration, this is philosophy from 2,000+ years ago. It's interesting to read how people that long ago thought about the world.

I'm not sure if this book accurately represents the Hermetica texts, but to be clear these are actual documents from the 2nd and 3rd centuries depicting dialogues between a teacher and student.

It's mostly the philosophy of Plato with other ideas mixed in.

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Well at least a some of us around here have inched up a few degrees higher than christianity.

Ohh Pride rears its ugly face

Probably you think you are better than Christians, Moslems, Jews, Sufis, Zoroastrians, etc. Let me tell you, in each religion/philosophy proud people are loathed. Being humble is always appreciated. Of course, you will find proud people in every single group - and you should hang out with them as they are your kind --maybe then you'll change after living in a self inflicted hell.