Welcome to our exploration of the 12 Universal Laws, a captivating journey into the fundamental principles that purportedly govern the very fabric of our reality. Rooted in ancient wisdom and metaphysical traditions, these laws offer insights into the profound interplay between the spiritual and material realms. Central to this understanding is the Seven Hermetic Principles, a cornerstone of Hermeticism attributed to the mythical Hermes Trismegistus.
The Seven Hermetic Principles are foundational concepts within Hermeticism, an ancient philosophical and esoteric tradition attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. These principles are considered fundamental to understanding the nature of reality and the universe.
The 7 Hermetic Principles are often presented in various ways, but a commonly referenced list includes the following:
The Principle of Mentalism: This principle asserts that the universe is a mental creation, and the fundamental nature of reality is the mind or consciousness. It suggests that the mind is the primary force in the universe, and everything is a mental construct.
The Principle of Correspondence: As above, so below; as below, so above. This principle emphasizes the idea that there is a correspondence and connection between different planes of existence. The patterns and laws observable in one realm are reflected in another.
The Principle of Vibration: This principle posits that everything in the universe is in a constant state of motion and vibration. It suggests that nothing is truly at rest, and all forms of energy are in a state of vibration.
The Principle of Polarity: This principle asserts that everything has its opposite—opposite poles that are essentially the same but vary in degree. Hot and cold, light and darkness, and positive and negative are examples of polarities.
The Principle of Rhythm: The principle of rhythm acknowledges that everything in the universe follows a natural order and flow, with cycles of rise and fall, creation and destruction, and activity and rest. This principle underscores the idea of balance and harmony in the cosmic rhythms.
The Principle of Cause and Effect: This principle asserts that every action has a corresponding reaction. It suggests that there is a cause for every effect and an effect for every cause, creating an interconnected web of events.
The Principle of Gender: This principle posits that gender is manifested on all levels of existence. It does not refer solely to male and female but to the idea that there are masculine and feminine principles present in everything. It emphasizes the balance and interaction of these gendered principles.
As you will see below, the Universal Laws are simply an expansion of the 7 Hermetic Principles, which laid the groundwork for understanding the nature of the universe. These principles encapsulated core ideas about the mind's role, the interconnectedness of different planes, the vibrational nature of reality, and the dynamic balance inherent in all things.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries (1800s-1900s), the New Thought movement, along with various esoteric and occult traditions, gained prominence. During this time, thinkers and writers began to elaborate on and expand the principles into a more extensive set of laws that addressed additional aspects of human experience and spiritual growth.
The 12 Universal Laws often include principles that emphasize spiritual and ethical dimensions of human existence. Concepts like the Law of Attraction, Law of Karma, and Law of Divine Oneness are examples that go beyond the original Hermetic Principles and incorporate ideas related to consciousness, morality, and interconnectedness.
The evolution of these laws also reflects cultural and philosophical influences from diverse traditions worldwide. As the teachings spread and merged with different belief systems, additional principles were integrated to encapsulate a broader understanding of the cosmic order. Like the creation and evolution of the modern Bible, different authors and spiritual teachers have contributed to the evolution of these laws through their interpretations and synthesis of existing principles. The 12 Universal Laws, therefore, represent a collective and evolving understanding of the underlying principles shaping reality.
Overall, the journey from the Seven Hermetic Principles to the 12 Universal Laws involves a dynamic process of expansion and adaptation, with each additional law seeking to encapsulate a deeper understanding of the complexities of the universe and its impact on human existence. It's important to note that these concepts are not universally accepted, and their significance varies depending on individual beliefs and perspectives.
Without further ado, let’s introduce 12 Universal Laws.
1) The Law of Divine Oneness:
This law asserts that everything and everyone in the universe is interconnected through quantum entanglement. We are never disconnected from anyone or anything. Any concept of separation is simply an illusion. Recognizing the oneness of all things helps in fostering empathy, compassion, and a sense of responsibility for the well-being of the whole. To manifest a better life, practice acts of kindness and understand that your actions have ripple effects throughout the interconnected web of existence.
2) The Law of Vibration:
The Law of Vibration states that everything in the universe is in constant motion, vibrating at a specific frequency. Your thoughts, emotions, and actions emit vibrations that attract similar frequencies. If you have positive or negative thoughts and emotions, you will attract events, circumstances, and relationships that match them. To manifest a better life, focus on raising your vibrational frequency by engaging in activities that bring joy, practicing gratitude, and surrounding yourself with positive influences.
3) The Law of Correspondence:
As above, so below; as within, so without. The Law of Correspondence suggests that patterns and principles observed in one aspect of the universe are reflected in all others. What you think and how you feel inside your mind and body will be reflected in your outer world. To manifest a better life, align your internal thoughts and emotions with your external actions. Recognize the connection between the microcosm of your mind and the macrocosm of the universe.
4) The Law of Attraction:
The Law of Attraction is perhaps the most widely known universal law and it states that like attracts like. What people often miss or disregard is that the Law of Attraction follows or coincides with the Law of Vibration (aka resonance). It is not enough to just THINK about what you want. You must also FEEL as if you already have it. When you focus on positive thoughts, visualize your goals, maintain an optimistic mindset, and embody positive emotions, you attract positive experiences into your life. Manifestation becomes a conscious act of aligning your energy with the outcomes you desire.
5) The Law of Inspired Action:
This law emphasizes the importance of taking inspired action to manifest your desires. While the Law of Attraction is about aligning your energy with your goals, the Law of Inspired Action reminds us that we must also listen to our intuition, create a plan, make decisions, and take action to bring them to fruition.
6) The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy:
Energy is constantly in motion and can be transformed from one form to another. To manifest a better life, learn to transmute negative energy into positive energy. Cultivate resilience, adaptability, and the ability to find the positive aspects in challenging situations. By consciously directing the energy in your life, you can create positive transformations.
7) The Law of Cause and Effect (Karma):
This law emphasizes that every action has a corresponding reaction. To manifest a better life, be mindful of your actions and their potential consequences. Focus on creating positive causes to generate positive effects in your life. By fostering kindness, compassion, and positive intentions, you contribute to the cycle of positive karma.
8) The Law of Compensation:
The Law of Compensation is about justice and consequences. It states that the universe compensates you for whatever you put out into the universe. Negativity or efforts to cause harm will generate negative or punitive consequences, but good things will come to you when you make positive contributions and efforts for the greater good of yourself and others. To manifest a better life, give generously, and contribute positively to the world. Your actions will be rewarded with abundance and positive experiences.
9) The Law of Relativity:
This law teaches us that everything is relative and that challenges are relative to the perspective (attitude and mindset) and perception (interpretation) of the observer. To manifest a better life, shift your perspective on the challenges you face. Compare them to past experiences, understanding that they are opportunities for growth and learning. This mindset helps you navigate difficulties with resilience and grace.
10) The Law of Polarity:
The Law of Polarity states that everything has an opposite, but that doesn’t make them separate. They are just the extremes on one single continuum. To manifest a better life, focus on maintaining neutrality or finding the positive aspects in every situation. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and shift your perspective from lack to abundance. By acknowledging both sides of any situation, you can maintain balance and harmony in your life. Start by asking yourself, “How is this helping me?” Or “How is this serving me?” There is also a benefit to even the worst situations if you are willing to look for them. This isn’t false positivity, but rather true wisdom.
11) The Law of Rhythm:
This law emphasizes the natural ebb and flow of life. You’ve probably heard someone say “This too shall pass.” This is because the universe is constantly changing and nothing (good or bad) lasts forever. There is impermanence to everything. To manifest a better life, understand that challenges and difficulties are temporary. Cultivate patience and resilience, knowing that after every low point, there is an inevitable rise. Flow with the rhythm of life, adapting to changes with a positive and open mindset.
12) The Law of Transcendence:
The Law of Transcendence teaches that by shifting our attention, awareness, and consciousness to higher states of being, we can rise above and surpass our current challenges and difficulties. These higher states of consciousness and awareness help people heal from the past, transform their lives, and manifest opportunities, events, circumstances, and relationships beyond their current or past experiences. To manifest a better life, tap into your higher self and ask for guidance, a solution, and a plan. View challenges as opportunities for growth and evolution rather than a blockage, an obstacle, or a personal attack. Cultivate a mindset that seeks understanding and wisdom, allowing you to rise above limitations and manifest your fullest potential.
The Importance of Knowing the 12 Universal Laws:
While these laws may vary depending on the source, they generally encompass principles believed to govern the universe and guide personal development. It is not only important to understand the principles of these laws but also how they benefit you if used correctly and the potential negative consequences if you ignore them or are unaware of them. Being ignorant of the governing forces of the universe will only perpetuate faulty thinking and behavior and you will find yourself repeating the same wounding events, circumstances, and relationships over and over again because of it. Take the time to understand how the universe works and how it connects, communicates, interacts with, and responds to you. Once you understand these laws and how to apply them to your life, you will not only have a better experience of reality but also everyone and everything in it. You will also understand that you are not a victim of anyone or anything, but rather a creator of every aspect of your human existence.
Positive Impact of Understanding and Using the 12 Universal Laws:
Conscious Creation: Understanding these laws, especially the Law of Attraction, empowers individuals to consciously create their reality by focusing on positive thoughts and intentions.
Responsibility and Accountability: The laws often emphasize personal responsibility and accountability for one's actions, fostering a sense of control over one's life.
Harmony and Balance: Many of these laws promote the idea of harmony and balance in various aspects of life, encouraging individuals to seek equilibrium in their thoughts, emotions, and actions.
Self-Discovery: Exploring these laws can lead to a deeper understanding of oneself, facilitating personal growth and self-discovery.
Improved Relationships: The principles of interconnectedness and empathy embedded in some of these laws can enhance relationships by fostering understanding and compassion.
Mindfulness and Presence: Many of these laws encourage living in the present moment and being mindful, leading to reduced stress and increased well-being.
Negative Impact of Ignoring or Being Unaware of the 12 Universal Laws:
Unintentional Creation of Negative Realities: Ignorance of the Law of Attraction, for example, might lead to unintentionally attracting negative experiences due to a lack of awareness about the power of thoughts and emotions.
Lack of Personal Growth: Without an understanding of these principles, individuals might miss opportunities for personal development and growth, hindering their potential.
Unconscious Patterns: Ignoring universal laws may result in the perpetuation of negative patterns and habits, as individuals may not recognize the underlying causes.
Strained Relationships: Lack of awareness about interconnectedness and empathy may contribute to difficulties in relationships, as individuals might struggle to understand and relate to others.
Feeling Powerless: Without the awareness of certain laws, individuals may feel powerless or victimized by circumstances, failing to recognize their role in shaping their reality.
Understanding and aligning with the 12 universal laws can serve as a powerful guide on your journey to manifesting a better life. By incorporating these principles into your thoughts, emotions, and actions, you tap into the cosmic forces that shape our reality. Remember that manifestation is a holistic process that involves both internal alignment and purposeful external action. As you navigate the intricate dance of these universal laws, you'll find yourself on a transformative path toward a more fulfilling and harmonious existence. Stay tuned for upcoming blogs going into more detail about each law and how to use it to manifest the life you seek.
Ashley Brothers - Institute of Conscious Evolution LLC, Bend OR
Author of A Living Prayer Blog, public speaker, holistic practitioner, and teacher of energy medicine, shamanic healing, and psychic channeling