The Principle of Correspondence
The Principle of Gender
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If the Universe exists at all, or seems to exist, it must proceed in some way from THE ALL — it must be a creation of THE ALL. But as something can never come from nothing, from what could THE ALL have created it? Some philosophers have answered this question by saying that THE ALL created the Universe from ITSELF — that is, from the being and substance of THE ALL. But this will not do, for THE ALL cannot be subtracted from, nor divided, as we have seen; and then again if this be so, would not each particle in the Universe be aware of its being THE ALL — THE ALL could not lose its knowledge of itself, nor actually BECOME an atom, or blind force, or lowly living thing. Some men, indeed, realising that THE ALL is indeed ALL, have jumped to the conclusion that they and THE ALL were identical, and they have filled the air with shouts of "I AM GOD", to the amusement of the multitude and the sorrow of sages. The claim of the corpuscle that "I AM Man!" would be modest in comparison.
But what, indeed, is the Universe, if it be not THE ALL, nor yet created by THE ALL having separated itself into fragments? What else can it be — of what else can it be made? This is the great question. Let us examine it carefully. We find here that the "Principle of Correspondence" (see Chapter 2) comes to our aid. The old Hermetic axiom, "As above so below" may be pressed into service at this point. Let us endeavour to get a glimpse of the workings on higher planes by examining those on our own. The Principle of Correspondence must apply to this as well as to other problems.
Following the Principle of Correspondence, we are justified in considering that THE ALL creates the Universe MENTALLY, in a manner akin to the process whereby Man creates Mental Images. And here is where the report of Reason tallies precisely with the report of the Illumined, as shown by their teachings and writings. Such are the teachings of the Wise men. Such was the teaching of Hermes.
THE ALL can create in no other way except mentally, without either using material (for there is none to use) or reproducing itself (which is also impossible). There is no escape from this conclusion of the Reason which, as we have seen, agrees with the highest teachings of the Illumined. Just as you, student, may create a Universe of your own in your mentality, so does THE ALL create Universes in its own Mentality. But your Universe is the mental creation of a Finite Mind, whereas that of THE ALL is the creation of an Infinite. The two are similar in kind, but infinitely different in degree. We shall examine more closely into the process of creation and manifestation as we proceed. But this is the point to fix in your mind at this stage: THE UNIVERSE AND ALL IT CONTAINS IS A MENTAL CREATION OF THE ALL. Verily, indeed, ALL IS MIND!
"THE ALL creates in its Infinite Mind countless Universes which exist for aeons of Time — and yet, to THE ALL, the creation, development, decline and death of a million Universes is as the time of the twinkling of an eye." — The Kybalion
"The Infinite Mind of THE ALL is the womb of Universes". — The Kybalion
[Editor's Note: I personally consider that the Universe can have no plural without doing violence to the language. I would therefore amend these quotations to substitute "cosmoses" for "Universes", each cosmos being included in the Universe.]
Now do not jump to the conclusion that we are teaching that there is a male and female God, or Creator. That idea is merely a distortion of the ancient teachings on the subject. The true teaching is that THE ALL, in itself, is above Gender, as it is above every other Law, including those of Time and Space. It is THE LAW, from which the Laws proceed, and it is not subject to them. But when THE ALL manifests on the plane of generation or creation, then it acts according to Law and Principle, for it is moving on a lower plane of Being. And consequently it manifests the Principle of Gender in its Masculine and Feminine aspects — on the Mental Plane, of course.
This idea may seem startling to some of you who hear it for the first time, but you have all really passively accepted it in your everyday conceptions. You speak of the Fatherhood of God, and the Motherhood of Nature — of God, the Divine Father, and Nature, the Universal Mother — and have thus instinctively acknowledged the Principle of Gender in the Universe. Is this not so?
But the Hermetic teaching does not imply a real duality. THE ALL IS ONE — the Two Aspects are merely aspects of manifestation. The teaching is that The Masculine Principle manifested by THE ALL stands, in a way, apart from the mental creation of the Universe. It projects its Will towards the Feminine Principle (which may be called "Nature") whereupon the latter begins the actual work of the evolution of the Universe, from simple "centres of activity" on to man, and then on and on still higher, all according to well-established and firmly enforced Laws of Nature. If you prefer the old figure of thought, you may think of the Masculine Principle as GOD, the Father, and of the Feminine Principle as NATURE, the Universal Mother, from whose womb all things have been born. This is more than a poetic figure of speech — it is an idea of the actual process of the creation of the Universe. But always remember that THE ALL is but One, and that in its Infinite Mind the Universe is generated, created, and exists.
It may help you to get the proper idea if you will apply the Law of Correspondence to yourself and your own mind. You know that the part of You which you call "I" in a sense stands apart and witnesses the creation of Mental Images in your own mind. The part of your mind in which the mental generation is accomplished may be called the "Me" in distinction from the "I" which stands apart and witnesses and examines the thoughts, ideas, and images of the "Me". "As above so below", remember, and the phenomena of one plane may be employed to solve riddles of higher or lower planes.
Do not make the mistake of supposing that the little world you see around you — the Earth, which is a mere grain of dust in the Universe — is the Universe itself. There are millions and millions of such worlds, and greater. And there are millions and millions of such Universes [or cosmoses! — Ed.] in existence within the Infinite Mind of THE ALL. And even in our own little solar system there are regions and planes of life far higher than ours, and beings compared to which we earth-bound mortals are as the slimy life-forms that dwell on the ocean's bed when compared to Man. There are beings with powers and attributes higher than Man has ever dreamed of the gods' possessing. And yet these beings were once as you, and still lower — and you will be even as they, and still higher, in time, for such is the Destiny of Man as reported by the Illumined.
And, in the meantime, rest calm and serene — you are safe and protected by the Infinite Power of the FATHER-MOTHER MIND.
"Within the father-Mother Mind, mortal children are at home". — The Kybalion
"There is not one who is Fatherless, nor Motherless, in the Universe". — The Kybalion