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by John Randolph Price
2500 and 1500 B.C. (the dates vary), Hermes Trismegistus, the "scribe of the
gods," came on the world stage to tell about the Spirit of the Divine within. In
his writings, he implores humanity to "rise from your sleep of ignorance" and to
find the Light. He tells us that we have the power to partake of immortality
when we change our minds, and he gave us the Seven Hermetic Principles as the
way to mastery. They are as follows:
1. The Principle of Mentalism: There is but one Mind, one Power, all
Divine. We use the same mind and power in our individual worlds that the All
did in creating the universe.
2. The Principle of Correspondence: As above, so below. This shows us that
there is a correspondence or analogy existing between things spiritual and
things physical -- the same laws operate in each realm. This is truly the
secret of manifestation.
3. The Principle of Vibration: In each energy field, there is a vibration
of either attraction or repulsion based on the trend of thoughts. These
thoughts are both conscious and unconscious, and on each level, creative
action is taking place.
4. The Principle of Polarity: Polarity is to think and feel in a certain
direction, to bring our thoughts in tune with Infinite Mind, which forms a
path for the flow of the divine energy. It is living life according to our
5. The Principle of Rhythm: Life is like a pendulum, a swinging back and
forth. When we understand this principle, we polarize ourselves at the point
of optimum living, thus neutralizing the ups and downs of life.
6. The Principle of Cause and Effect: Every cause has its effect; every
effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law. Chance is but a
name for the Law not recognized. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
7. The Principle of Gender: Each individual is both male and female, mind
and feelings, objective and subjective, the I and the Me. What the mind
impresses on the feeling nature is manifest in the phenomenal world.
In 1335 B.C., Moses brought his esoteric teachings from Egypt in the Exodus.
According to Manly P. Hall, "Moses was an accredited representative of the
secret schools, laboring -- as many other emissaries have labored -- to instruct
primitive races in the mysteries of their immortal souls.... The word Moses,
when understood in its esoteric Egyptian sense, means one who has been admitted
into the Mystery Schools of Wisdom and has gone forth to teach the ignorant
concerning the will of the gods and the mysteries of life, as these mysteries
were explained within the temples of Isis, Osiris, and Serapis."
Zoroaster appeared in 628 B.C., to be known as the Persian prophet who taught
the truth of the one and only God, a Supreme Being of Good Thought, Beauty,
Holiness, Righteousness, Perfect Health, Dominion, and Immortality. Zoroaster
believed in the oneness of God and individual being, and that prayers were the
"speaking of friend to friend."
Lao-tzu incarnated in 604 B.C., later to found the Taoist religion in China,
with its emphasis on living in harmony with the great Universal Impersonal
Power. He taught that Heaven, Earth, and man/woman were all created to be in
harmony with one another, but we lost our way and miscreated a world of
We move on now to about 600 B.C., when Pythagoras - a Mason, and also
considered to be the world's first philosopher - was born. He founded a Mystery
School at Crotona in Southern Italy, and his teachings reveal another important
thread in the Golden Cord of the Perennial Philosophy, an ancient truth carried
forward to this day. Pythagoras taught that God, or Supreme Mind, was the Cause
of all things, and since God was all Truth, then the effect of this Cause must
be Truth, or Spiritual Reality -- when the individual was in harmony with
Cause. He believed that we needn't ask for anything because the Intelligent
Power of God was eternally providing all things necessary. Thus, the "secret" of
prayer was to be in tune with Infinite Mind.
In 563 B.C., Siddhartha Gautama came forth to become Buddha, the Enlightened
one. He believed in universal good will expressed from a heart of love "that
knows no anger, that knows no ill will." Gautama understood that lack,
limitation, disease, and death are but illusions, not created by God, therefore
not real. His Eightfold Path to freedom encompassed right belief, right
aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right
thought, and right meditation. As a true New Thought statement, he said, "All
that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with
an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure heart,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him."
In 427 B.C., the Greek philosopher Plato entered the Earth plane. At the age
of 49, he was initiated into the Greater Mysteries, the initiation taking place
in the Great Pyramid of Egypt. In 397 B.C., he opened a school called the
Academy, which became the first university in the history of Europe. Plato put
great emphasis on the Ideal Life as a goal toward which people should work. This
"Ideal" means that every individual is worthy of a royal life of beauty and
nobility -- that nothing is impossible to "Gods in Expression." He also
introduced the Christos: the immortal Self endowed with all the qualities of
Then we had the Master Jesus, an Essene. He was introduced to us in the New
Testament, and his statements of Truth continue to shine through the pages.
However, as a whole, these books of the Bible, which weren't finalized until
nearly A.D. 400, must be interpreted esoterically. As we shall see, they've been
rewritten numerous times to prove the church's point of view; yet secretly,
enlightened ones have contributed their part and have provided coded
instructions reflecting the teachings and philosophy of the earlier Masters.
Jesus, the Master of the Law of Love, is shown to be the representative of
everyone, our brother in the universal family of God, a Model for our
completeness -- spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
We're told that we are the light of the world, that we must be
perfect as a fact of life, that we are to heal the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, cast out demons because all things are possible.
This is true, for the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. Ye are gods
and the Spirit of truth dwells with you, in you. You yourself are full of
goodness, filled with all knowledge, for you have received, not the
spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God. Christ in you, the hope
of glory. You are of God.
In the Pistis Sophia Treatise of the Gnostics, Jesus takes it even further:
"Do ye still not know and are ye ignorant? Know ye not and do ye not understand
that ye are all Angels, all Archangels, Gods, and Lords, all Rulers, all the
great Invisibles, all those of the Midst, those of every region of them that are
on the Right, all the Great Ones of the emanations of the Light with all their
glory . . . "
The truth was clearly expressed, and with this remembering in minds and
hearts, the powers were again released. In the Decline and Fall of the Roman
Empire, Edward Gibbon reports that during the first century, the lame walked,
the blind saw, the sick were healed, the dead were raised, and the laws of
nature were frequently suspended.
But it all changed. In A.D. 180, Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, attacked
independent thinking and all teachings relating to the oneness of God and man.
Believing that a spiritual consciousness and a personal union with God would
undermine the authority of the priests, he directed his wrath upon Gnosticism.
First he issued his Five Books Against Heresies, followed by a list of
acceptable writings -- choosing only those words that supported his demand for a
fixed dogma. The shift in mind-direction from within to without had begun, and
the innate power of the individual was gradually given to an outer structure and
a lower authority.
When emperor Theodosius made Christianity the sole and official religion of
the state in A.D. 395, the Institution assumed complete control over individual
minds and humanity entered the thousand-year period referred to as the Dark
Ages. The feudal system controlled secular life, and the keys to spiritual
enlightenment were held by the church leaders. A too-free subjective
interpretation of the doctrine, or lack of faith in the state religion, resulted
in extreme penalties. And with the constant struggle between the church and the
individual, the mastery techniques dealing with freedom from need and the
science of forces and forms were temporarily lost. The Western mind was kept "in
the dark" until the institutional structure began to crack in the 1500s ... and
the eternal principles of oneness and unity began to resurface.
In Europe in the 1600s, the Rosicrucian Fraternity surfaced again and became
the center of philosophical discussion. Members of this secret society were
known to transcend the limitations of the physical world through their spiritual
awakening. They taught that within each individual being was the Supreme Secret
of the universe, and that by following the Path of Reality, Truth shall be
Other secret societies based on the teachings of the Greek Mystery Schools
also emerged in England, France, and Germany; and in the 1800s, the
philosophical movement known as transcendentalism came into full bloom as the
beginning of New Thought in America. The writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson played
a significant role in advancing the ancient teachings of Truth. He wrote: "Let
us stun and astonish the intruding rabble of men and books and institutions by a
simple declaration of the divine fact. Bid them take the shoes from off their
feet, for God is here within." Emerson, who had studied the Ancient Mysteries,
knew that once these eternal Truths are appropriated by mind, we're no longer
controlled by fate. We pass into a higher council chamber and a life of
Emerson said, "Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom
which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth,
to right and a perfect contentment." To him, prayer was not to "effect a private
end" but to establish oneness with God in consciousness and then see the
miraculous activity of God at work.
The universe is a spiritual system, conceived in the Mind of God as an idea,
and automatically projected into manifestation through mental and spiritual
laws. Browning said that we should release the "imprisoned splendor," which is
the divine pattern within us.
article was excerpted from Nothing Is Too Good To Be True, ©2003, by John
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Hay House Inc.
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About the Author
Randolph Price is the recipient of national and international awards for
humanitarianism, progress toward global peace, and for contributions to a higher
degree of positive living throughout the world. He and his wife, Jan, also an
author, live with their two springer spaniels, Maggi and Casey, in the Texas
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