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Hermetic Principle of Mentalism (Detailed Explanation)

In this article, you will learn about:

  1. What is The Hermetic Principle of Mentalism?
  2. How Does Man Create?
  3. How Does The One Create?
  4. The One and The Divine Trinity
  5. How to Use the Law of Mentalism
  6. Summary

The universe is governed by law, that which we called “The Truth” for that which does not change. No one can break the law for we are the Law, the universe is the Law, and God is the Law.

If there is no law, the universe will be in chaos, and nature keeps telling us that the universe is always in order.

That’s why you keep seeing the alternation of days and nights, of summers and winters; cats eat mouses, dogs chase cats, etc.

Those natural indications are what scholars referred to as “Signs of God” because God is in everything and everything is God, yet God is only One.

There are 7 Universal Laws that govern the universe. If you come from the occult background, you may refer it to the 7 Hermetic Principles as noted in the Kybalion by Three Initiates.

Their teachings come from the ancient Egyptian Knowledge, whose founder is Hermes Trismegistus, concealing what is called Esoteric Wisdom and Secret Doctrines that are only revealed to the Adepts and Masters.

In fact, the word “Hermetic” itself means “secret” and “sealed so that nothing can escape”.

The Law of Attraction as is now known today is just a part of hidden truth concealed under the veil of public eyes. It is the extraction from the universal laws of the universe, which means that the law of attraction works under the dominion of the 7 Hermetic principles.

In the ancient era, Truth was not meant to be revealed to common men as the masters did not believe in “casting pearls before swine”, yet they stayed close to the teachings of “milk for babes; meat for strong men”.

By understanding the law – the underlying principles of the universe, man hold a great power within himself, which enables him to become a true Master of his life, achieving anything whatsoever he shall desire.

*Note: If you want to understand the spiritual law that governs our universe, I’d strongly recommend you to read The Kybalion, which is the classic book in the esoteric world. I use this book as a reference for this article, so check it out!

1. What is The Hermetic Principle of Mentalism?

“The All (One) is Mind; The Universe is Mental.”

The Kybalion

The first law of the 7 Hermetic Laws is the Principle of Mentalism or the Law of Oneness. Everything in existence is a mental manifestation, an expression, and a work of art of One supreme ultimate source which is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.

We, human beings, are different from the rest of the world in that we have the potential to become the One; we have the potential to be infinite and unbound, to become the pure consciousness that was, is, and will be.

We are living in the collective consciousness, like a drop of water inside the unlimited ocean of the Universal Mind. Nothing exists independent of the One as the One is the supplier of substance (“that which underlies all outward manifestations; the essence; the essential reality”) for all living things.

“In the beginning, there was neither existence nor non-existence. All this world was unmanifest energy… The One breathed, without breath, by Its own power Nothing else was there…”

Hymn of Creation, the Rig Veda

Everything is mental; everything is an image in the Universal Mind of the One as the universe is created mentally and you are created mentally. We are first made mentally, then physically. We are not first made in souls or consciousness.

We are already consciousness: we are always consciousness and will always be consciousness.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God, He created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

Image” does not mean that God looks like a human being, “image” comes from the verb “imagine”. God imagined man; He created man mentally; He created man from his own Universal Mind.

To understand the concept of God, you need to understand the One who creates the Universe – the One who creates all of these creations, that which is Above all things, who is nameless, All-knowing, All-hearing, All-seeing. For the One is nameless, I can’t use any other word to describe the One.

Therefore, when I say God or the Creator, what I refer to is the One who created the worlds, who is the Absolute Reality that no man can grasp His meaning in the physical reality.

Thus, when a man wants to realize the existence of the One, he needs to reduce it to a particular concept that works in the material/physical world, which is the reason why we have the concept of God.

In Hermetic principles, the Three Initiates regard the One as the All, yet they are the same truth coming from the same essence. The One who is God but isn’t God, who is everything but isn’t everything.

Even the word “Creator” cannot describe the wholeness of The One, for what it does is even more than to create.

The hermetic principle of mentalism reveals the truth that every manifestation, either mentally or physically, is originated from the One, who is the Supreme, the Absolute Reality, and the Utmost High.

2. How Does Man Create?

Before learning the law of creation, we should know how man is able to create, which makes him the most supreme animal on Earth.

There are 3 ways that man can use his creative powers:

  • First, from something out of something, such as making an apple juice from an apple or making a table out of a tree.
  • Second, from his reproductive organ, which leads to the process that he can produce babies.
  • Third, from something out of nothing, which means from his own mind.

You can create anything from your own mind. This is what the word “You” means. “Y.O.U” means “Your Own Universe”, you create a universe from your own mentality, so does the One creates the universe from His own mind.

Therefore, the universe is the reflection of our own mind: when we perceive the world to be a happy world, it is a happy world; when we perceive life to be a painful life, it is a painful life.

When someone possesses the power to read your thoughts, he has the access to the Infinite Mind of the One, and from that source, he can hear clearly what you say in your head.

Coming to this point, I want to make it crystal clear for you that the One is the Universal Mind, but the Universal Mind is just a part of the One.

As we said before, the One is Above all things; thus, nothing in the world is equivalent to the One, and we cannot associate anything with the One.

The same principle applies to what we call “Spirit” or “Soul”.

“And it is God who produced you from one soul and [gave you] a place of dwelling and of storage.”

Surah 6: 98

The physical body is just the dwelling place of your soul or your spirit. The source of all creation is the Spirit/One Soul; the process of creation is the Universal Mind in motion, and the object of creation is the physical universe, yet the One is Above all of these and creates all of these faculties for man’s benefits.

3. How Does The One Create?

“When God intends to bring something into existence, He says to it ‘Be’, and it becomes.”

Surah 16:40

In numerology, the word “Be” has its root number of 5 + 2 = 7, which is the 7 Universal Laws underlying the creation of the universe.

Thus, from these laws, the unmanifest becomes the manifest.

This is the reason why we have 7 colors of the rainbow, 7 classical planets (Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter), 7 archangels, 7 days in a week, 7 rites of Initiation, etc. Therefore, when the One creates something, “He says to it ‘Be’ (through the 7 universal laws), and it becomes.”

4. The One is not Limited to The Divine Trinity

There are 3 planes of reality: physical plane, mental plane, and spiritual plane which you may refer to as body, mind, and spirit, yet they are all one, emanating from the same source.

There is no such thing as Trinity that exists independent of the One, my friend. The Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son or if you read the Hindu scriptures: Brahma – the creator, Vishnu – the preserver, Shiva – the destroyer, they are all interior to the One.

The One is the only One and nothing else is equal to the One. 

The One seeks its expression not only in “Three Divine Persons” of Trinity, but in everything, from the atom to the universe. Although the One does create, preserve and destroy, He also gives, takes, uses, sees, hears, knows, forgives, heals, blesses etc.

Why do we limit the One to only three abilities? Therefore, these three attributes are just manifestations of the One, or principles created by the One, yet the One is the only One and Above all things.

“They have certainly disbelieved who say, “God is one of the three in a Trinity.” And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from their word of blasphemy, verily a grievous penalty will befall among the disbelievers.”

Surah 5-73

In Christianity, Jesus never claims he is the Lord. He says that “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), which means that Jesus is a messenger of the only One.

This truth is demonstrated in the Quran as God proves that Jesus is only the messenger of God because he is just like a human being, who needs to sleep and eat to survive, while the only one true God is above all things.

Logically speaking, if you have faith that God is All-powerful, then why does God need to eat? Why does God need to sleep? Why does God need to die for the salvation of humankind?

God doesn’t need to die, my friend, he just needs to say “I forgive”, and your soul will be forgiven – clean and pure – because the Word of God contains in itself the Supreme Power. His words are Laws and His decisions are final.

Thus, the power that Jesus has, is God-given power. When you ascend higher in the spiritual ladder, you will also have God-given power, because you and God are One.

If God gives you the power to heal the sick and raise the dead like Jesus, do you call yourself God? Buddha also has miraculous healings, telepathy, and the ability to see the past lives and rebirths, do you call him God, instead of Jesus?

Therefore, Jesus and Buddha, indeed, are spiritual masters who have the same power as you and I have (Yes! They are humans like us!).

The only difference is that they are in the higher ranks on the path of Self-mastery.

This truth is also revealed in the Bible itself:

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating, noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked: “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

Jesus answered him: “The most important one, is this: “Hear, O Israel, The Lord, our God, is one God” (Mark 12:28-29)

5. How to Use the Principle of Mentalism

Here are the steps of how to use the hermetic principle of mentalism:

  1. Step 1: Realize that everything is emanated from the Universal Mind (The One).
  2. Step 2: Become a master of your “self”.
  3. Step 3: Strive to attain oneness with the Universal Mind.

To apply the hermetic law of mentalism, the first step of doing so is by realizing that we are All One. Everything is controlled by our mind, and everything is the manifestation of our mental power.

As everything is emanated from the One, the true meaning of life is to come back to where we originally come from.

The reason why we are here on this planet is that we have fallen from the State of Divinity from the Garden of Bliss, just like what is indicated in the symbolic story of Adam and Eve.

Through self-realization, we can have access to the true Power of Man, which is the power of Creating and Becoming – that which makes Man the most supreme beasts on Earth.

The physical world that we are living in is made as a trial for Man to claim back his divinity.

Thus comes the second step, which is mastering oneself for self-revelation.

Self-mastery is the path of overcoming the animals that exist in every single one of us, of realizing the truth, of learning the spiritual laws, of walking on a straight path, of becoming united with the One, and of becoming who we truly are.

Lastly, we should “be” in the state of “being”, not thinking about neither the past nor future. Only by “being” present at the moment, we can truly enjoy our life and see the world as it is, not through the lens of prejudices or opinions.

"The only way to know about the One (God), is to become the One (God)."

6. Summary

In this section, I will summarize the main points that we have talked above:

1. Hermetic Law of Mentalism (Law of the One): The One is Above all things and nothing in existence is equivalent to the One, such as the Universal Mind or the Holy Trinity.

2. We are not the body; we are the soul created by the One that dwells inside the body. The path of the Truth is the straight path of returning to our original nature, of coming back to the One, of realizing the Oneness with the universe (the One, the All, God, etc.)

3. When God (the One) intends to bring something into existence, He says to it ‘Be’ (through the 7 universal laws), and it becomes.

Next: Hermetic Principle of Correspondence

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  • CM


    Nice write up on Mentalism. Don’t confuse it with the law of attraction though. We do not hallucinate reality or manifest it like a computer renders a 3d animation. We are part of that image you speak of the imagination. Like you say Jesus and Buddha were farther down the path. Learn to use the principle of mentalism, but don’t confuse it with absolute power of “The One” as you say. We can be apart of the one without being the one entirely at the same time. It has to be realized and understood, not believed in. YOU is and interesting concept but there is only one universe uni means one, and it’s all one verse or thought in the mind of the ALL, and it seems dissolution rather than inflation is more direct way to the ALL.

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