The masses of people are carried along, obedient to their environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; the effects of inherited tendencies; the suggestions of those about them; and other outward causes; which tend to move them about on the chess-board of life like mere pawns. By rising above these influencing causes, the awakened individual seeks a higher plane of mental action, and by dominating their moods, emotions, impulses and feelings, they create for themselves new characters, qualities and powers, by which they overcome their ordinary environment, and thus become practically players instead of mere Pawns. Such people help to play the game of life understandingly, instead of being moved about this way and that way by stronger influences and powers and wills. They use the Principle of Cause and Effect, instead of being used by it. Of course, even the highest are subject to the Principle as it manifests on the higher planes, but on the lower planes of activity, they are Masters instead of Slaves.
Understanding exactly how the universe works in the most empirical manner is one of the so-called “secrets’ guarded by the mystery societies and the ritualistic elite. It is knowledge that has been passed down through secret initiations and rituals. The rationale given that these truths remain secret is that the majority of people would misuse the power attained from this understanding. It is true that understanding these truths CAN raise an adept to a higher plane and it is also true that this attained power CAN be used for good or evil. However, it is now time that we, as individuals, realize the new age which we are about to ascend. It is time we all spent some time understanding the TRUE nature and reality of how our universe operates.
In doing so, we can elevate our lives, our planet, and our general surroundings to new levels of ascension. We can create a society that is enlightened, evolving, and progressive. Indeed, the entire universe is focused here and now to insure exactly that happens in our immediate now. There is a most ancient Hermetic axiom from the Kybalion that states:
“The wise ones serve on the higher, but rule on the lower. They obey the laws coming from above them, but on their own plane, and those below them, they rule and give orders. And, yet, in so doing, they form a part of the Principle, instead of opposing it. The wise man falls in with the Law, and by understanding its movements he operates it instead of being its blind slave. Just as does the skilled swimmer turn this way and that way, going and coming as he will, instead of being as the log which is carried here and there — so is the wise man as compared to the ordinary man — and yet both swimmer and log; wise man and fool, are subject to Law. He who understands this is well on the road to Mastery.”
In the above axiom, the Hermetists teach that the great work of influencing one’s environment is accomplished by Mental Power. The Universe being wholly mental, it follows that it may be ruled only by Mentality. And in this truth is to be found an explanation of all the phenomena and manifestations of the various mental powers which are attracting so much attention and study in these earlier years of the Twentieth First Century. Back of and under the teachings of the various cults and schools, remains ever constant the principle of the Mental Substance of the Universe. If the Universe be Mental in its substantial nature, then it follows that Mental Transmutation must change the conditions and phenomena of the Universe. If the Universe is Mental, then Mind must be the highest power affecting its phenomena. If this be understood then all the so-called “miracles” and “wonder-workings” are seen plainly for what they are.
In this Just Now and by the phenomena of extraordinary emanations of energy we are each given the opportunity to extend our powers of creation by understanding the absolute truths of the laws of the universe in which we all exist.
If we polarize ourselves at the Positive Pole of our Being — the “I Am” pole rather than the pole of personality, and by “refusing” and “denying” the operation of Rhythm, raise ourselves above its plane of consciousness, and standing firm in our Statement of Being we allow the pendulum to swing back on the Lower Plane without changing our Polarity. This is accomplished by all individuals who have attained any degree of self-mastery, whether they understand the law or not. Such persons simply “refuse” to allow themselves to be swung back by the pendulum of mood and emotion, and by steadfastly affirming the superiority, they remain polarized on the Positive pole. The Master, of course, attains a far greater degree of proficiency, because he understands the law which he is overcoming by a higher law, and by the use of his Will he attains a degree of Poise and Mental Steadfastness almost impossible of belief on the part of those who allow themselves to be swung backward and forward by the mental pendulum of moods and feelings.
It is most important to understand these principles as more and more information is being revealed. This is one of the “golden keys” to creating the “new heaven and the new earth”. We DO affect reality by our mood and emotions. We DO affect our future and those around us by our state of mind. We DO decide how we feel at any moment, we are always in control.
Given this understanding, try practicing it in real time. See how many days you can stay calm, peaceful, and loving. Note the changes in your life that occurs as a result of that effort. We suspect they will be profoundly positive.