We all know that we live in a world of duality, whether we are all aware or conscious of that, however, is another story. Knowing and being aware are two different states of consciousness. Did you know that the Law of Polarity is one of seven of the most important Hermetic Cosmic and Universal Laws? This Law of Polarity states simply, that everything is dual in nature and everything has its pair of opposites. It states that opposites are the extremes of the one and the same thing. The difference is in the degree of their intensity. According to this law everything is and is not, at the same time. Every truth is half false because there are two sides to everything. There is heat and there is cold, and although they are opposites, they are really the same of the one thing, the difference is in the degree of temperature, the difference is in the rate of the vibration of the form. This is again in accordance with another law, namely the Law of Vibration as everything vibrates in nature.
The same goes for all the opposites, hard and soft, high and low, love and hate, good and evil. Change the rate of the vibration and you change the state of the form. One very good example is the energy of love and hate. Most of us have experienced personally how quickly feelings can change from hate to love and from love to hate. Why is that and how does that happen and where is that line between the two that divides, meaning at which exact moment does love stop and hate takes over or the other way round? This is impossible to pin down. According to the Hermetic teachings, rather than you being swayed by your moods and feelings here and there, being thrown from one extreme swing of the pendulum to the other extreme side, you can change this by becoming the Master of circumstances through the use of your Will to change the state of your Mind. When you change the state of your Mind you can change your environment and your role therein. This is known as Mental Alchemy.
Hermes Trismegistos is referred to as the ‘Scribe of the Gods’ and all the fundamental and basic teachings embedded in the esoteric teachings of every race may be traced back to Hermes. He is the ancient of the ancients. The most famous quote that is known comes from him ‘As above so Below, or as Below so Above.’ To escape persecution his teachings were embedded in mystery and constituted the basic principles of ‘The Art of Hermetic Alchemy,’which contrary to the general belief, dealt in the Mastery of Mental Forces, misunderstood by many who believed it to mean the transmutation of material forces for example metal into gold, but the teachings were well understood by all students of true Hermeticism. True Hermetic Transmutation is a Mental Art. This was what was taught in Hermetic Mystery Schools several thousands years ago and it still holds today because it deals with a Universal Law that is infinite. The secret Hermetic teachings were all about mental work with one goal only in mind, to advance the human being to a higher divine being through self transformation.
Good and Evil are but the poles of the same thing, and the follower of the Hermetic teachings understands the art of transmuting evil into good by means of applying the principle of Polarity. The Art of Polarization becomes a phase of Mental Alchemy known and practiced by the ancient and modern Hermetic Masters. Understanding this principle will enable you to change your own Polarity, as well as that of others. This is the principle of Mentalism which is ‘The All is Mind, the Universe is Mental.’ To change your mood or mental state, change your mind, by changing your vibration. This is the way it’s done. To kill out a negative quality concentrate on the positive pole of the same quality and the vibrations will gradually change from the negative to the positive until finally you will become polarized on the positive pole instead of the negative. To change the quality of fear, to rid yourself of any fear, concentrate mentally on the opposite quality of courage. Breathe courage, think it, live it, constantly in your daily life and in time you will polarize yourself at the other end of the pole, that of courage. It needs time and study to master the art but it is possible if you are willing to exercise your will power and excel your mental focus.
By changing your polarity you may master your moods, change your mental states, change your state of emotions, build up your character and gradually master your environment. Much of the mental mastery is due to this application of Polarity, which is one of the important aspects of mental transmutation. The mastery of Polarization is the mastery of the fundamental principles of Mental Transmutation or Mental Alchemy.Unless we acquire the art of changing our own polarity, we will be unable to have any affect on our environment. We can only achieve this by devoting the time, care, study and practice necessary to master the art. The Universe is wholly mental in its substantial nature, therefore, it makes sense that it may be ruled only by Mentality. If the Universe is mental then Mind must be the highest power affecting its phenomena. Nothing has changed since ancient times and the requirements of the student are still the same, PPP, persistence, patience and practice. The only thing that has changed is that the results are achieved much faster in our time today. To eliminate the undesirable concentrate mentally upon the opposite pole of what is desirable. This is Mental Alchemy. Remove the undesirable by changing its polarity. This is done by an effort of Will, by deliberately fixing you attention upon the more desirable state. Cultivate the art of concentration, of focus, of attention by means of the Will.
We are spiritual beings having physical experiences and in that itself we live a schizophrenic life, a life of duality and paradox. A part of us, the spirit, lives a life of higher existence on higher realms and a part of us, our physical body, lives a life on earth deep in the material world and we are torn between the two. Some settle down to the easy way out by denying one or the other realm and so live half a life only, because they have blocked out half of themselves. They either live a harsh materialistic life void of all that is divine, spiritual and good or they live in the other extreme, in an airy fairy space floating about without a purpose in the physical world. Some sway back and forth in constant search to find a balance between the two not sure which one is right for them. The material world is competitive, harsh, painful, distrustful, unjust and promotes separatism, whereas the spiritual self is driven by love and unity. So while living in the material world if we focus our attention to the higher self, a very real part of ourselves, that dwells on the higher planes, it makes sense that we will gradually acquire these feelings of love and unity which can make our life on the physical plane much more bearable. Our Higher Self connects us to the Universal Unified Field of Energy,it knows it is a God Divine force, and it is aware that it creates its own reality in a friendly universe that is supportive, it also knows it can access all the knowledge and information it needs from the universal field of energy. We are here on earth and our task is to blend the two and to move from a life of ignorance or less awareness, to a life of higher awareness and divine knowledge, and this we can do by focusing on the Higher part of the Self.
Both Energy and Matter are subordinates to the Mastery of the Mind. An old Hermetic Master wrote: ‘He who grasps the truth of the mental nature of the Universe is well advanced on the path of Mastery.’ And these words are as true today as at the time they were written. The wise one, it is said, serves on the higher realms, but rules on the lower realms. They obey the laws from above and rule below them and in so doing they form a part of the principle instead of opposing it. The wise one falls in with the Law and by understanding its movements operates it instead of being its blind slave. A good example is the skilled swimmer who masters the waters, by swimming in any direction desired, instead of being carried away with the waves unable to take control with a possibility of drowning. A negative example is the one who is too lazy to take responsibility for his/her own mental state of mind, thoughts and actions and allows him/herself to be brainwashed into false beliefs, depending blindly on religious dogmas and other destructive forces to run his/her life. In other words live a life of slavery and a victim of circumstances.
Spirit is universal, infinite and a living Mind, in which we live and move and have our being. We live in a Mental Universe and we, with our God given intelligence, can apply great mental laws to our own advancement and well being instead of using the energies in a hap-hazard ways. With our every thought and every action we are activating the universal laws, the difference is if we are doing this blindly to our own detriment and that of others around us or consciously for our wellbeing and to the wellbeing of all concerned. My challenge to you is this, how aware are you of your own thoughts and actions and the affect they have on your environment and fellow human beings. Are you putting your mental abilities to good use and activating the Law of Polarity in your life? Are you the Master of your life? Or are you a slave and victim to circumstances and the indoctrination of others and if this is the case, what are you doing about it? Remember no one has control over your thoughts, only you can control your thoughts. Only you can control your mental world only you control your Mind. This is your birth right and no one can take that away from you.
We are all living witnesses to a very special time in our earth history and the history of humanity as one family on this earth. This requires us all, each and every one of us, to be aware of our own individual mind and our mental powers. Through connecting with the Higher Self and the Universal Mind, we can activate our mental powers to put them to constructive use for the good of all humanity and mother earth.