What is the Kybalion?

The Kybalion is a study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece. The book originated in 1908 and was created by “Three Initiates”. It explores the 7 laws of the universe, also called the hermetic principles. The Kybalion is so powerful that, similar to Think and Grow Rich, there is currently a movie in the making.

A word of caution: Those new to spiritual teachings may dismiss this work relatively quickly as the concepts is too far from their current reality and world view. For them, it is easy to dismiss the Kybalion as a cult teaching, but if you have been longer in the field of personal development and are familiar with Think & Grow Rich or The Science of Getting Rich, then the hermetic principles will be a great addition to expand your understanding of how our universe works.

My goal with this article is to give you a brief overview of the 7 laws of the universe and the hermetic principles, so you can start to observe these in your own life and use it to spot manifestation blocks and create a better life. I recommend to read the free book or listen to the audiobook if this article resonates with you. I put the resources at the end of this article.

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I. The Principle Of Mentalism

The all is mind; the universe is mental.

Everything in our world and in the universe is created by thought. When we become parents, the idea of having a family originated in our mind. When entrepreneurs build a new business, they are dreaming of improving the world and hold the idea of a product as a vision.

Everything starts in the mind as an idea or a thought and is then put into motion. In the same way how we create our lives by thought, everything in the universe is the outward manifestation of THE ALL or SPIRIT.

How is this applying to our lives? This principle teaches us the importance of our thoughts and how we are the creators of our own world. Hence, we have the power to shape our reality in a way we want.

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II. The Principle Of Correspondence

As above, so below; as below, so above. As within, so without. As without, so within.

This principle embodies the truth that every coin has two sides and that everything is intricately connected and in correspondence. Understanding this principle helps us to see our world in a much more holistic manner because all planes of existence are connected (material, mental and spiritual).

How it impacts our lives: Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. For instance, if we struggle to attract money, then it is a sign that there is a subconscious block in regards to prosperity and abundance. Therefore we need to work on getting our internal affairs in order first before we can manifest desires in our outer world.

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III. The Principle Of Vibration

Nothing rests; Everything moves; Everything vibrates.

Quantum physics proves that everything is energy and constantly in motion. Even what we perceive solid is moving on the tiniest scale. The differences in things is merely a difference in vibration. Why this principle matters for us: This principle is the one that comes the closest to the law of attraction.

In order to attract what we want in life, we need to adjust our vibration according to the thing we want. By focusing on lack and poverty, we will not be able to create abundance. To create prosperity, we must start to “feel” prosperous. Where attention goes, energy flows.

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IV. The Principle Of Polarity

Everything is dual; Everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.

At the core of this principle, it is important to understand that all opposite things are the same. Heat and cold, although perceived as opposite, are in truth on the same scale and only different in degree. On a thermometer, there is no clear cut where heat starts and cold begins. If we take other opposites, we will see that the principle of polarity applies to them as well:

  • Love & Hate
  • Good & Evil
  • Masculine & Feminine
  • North pole & South pole
  • Winter & summer
  • Light & Dark
  • Hard & Soft
  • etc…

How does this help us in life? Because all opposites are the same, we only need to change the  degree of perception. Therefore we can easily change the vibrations of Hate to the vibrations of Love. We can easily move from poverty thinking to prosperous thinking. And we can easily turn the worse thing that can happen to us to the BEST thing that can happen to us.

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V. The Principle Of Rhythm

Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum‑swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.

Because of the law of vibration, we know that everything is constantly in motion. The principle of rhythm expands this idea by which that everything is behaving according to a pendulum-like movement. Moving from one end to the other (law of polarity). Where can we observe this principle?

  • Seasons
  • Economy / Stock market goes up and down
  • Day & Night
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VI. 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 Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.

This principle states that nothing really happens just by chance. Every effect is a result of a cause. While causes are not always apparent, we need to understand that every effect has a cause.

How this applies to life: Many people want to make more money. They only focus on the effect or the end goal, yet forget the cause. In order to make more money, we need to focus on the cause. What are we doing, to produce the effect? That is why most people are moved be the cause of others = their environment shapes their lives instead if them creating the cause and shaping their lives.

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VII. The Principle Of Gender

Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.

This principle manifest from the physical plane, to the mental and even to the spiritual plane. Therefore, it cannot just be reduced to SEX, which is merely a manifestation of Gender on the physical plane–the plane of organic life. Everything in the universe has gender and consist of feminine and masculine energy. Bother masculine and feminine energy exists at the same time and work in symbiosis to create balance. No creation would be possible without this principle.

Where to observe this principle in life: Our chromosomes are the best proves of this principle. In every male, there is a feminine element and in every female, there is a male element. We can observe the same in the animal kingdom and even in nature, when a bee pollinates a flower and unifies feminine and masculine energy to create life.


The most powerful way to change our lives and attract everything we want is to be in harmony with universal laws. The hermetic principles are simple to understand and observe.

With this brief introduction I hope that these 7 universal laws will help you to better understand life, evolve spiritually and create the best life possible. The beautiful thing about these teachings are, that everyone has access to them. It is not part of a special cult where only a few people have access to. 

You can download and read the book completely for free here: http://www.kybalion.org/TheKybalion.pdf 

Or listen to the audiobook here: 

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