What Is "Hermeticism"?
Where does the Law of Attraction originate?
You see, if the Law of Attraction is real, then it had to begin somewhere and be based in some sort of religious, philosophical, metaphysical, or spiritual teaching, right?
Did the Law of Attraction originate with "The Secret" book/movie?
Not at all. You see, the Law of Attraction actually spawns from whats called "Hermetic Philosophy" or "Hermeticism".
What is Hermeticism? It's an ancient esoteric system of philosophy that allegedly dates back to Egypt. In fact, there are some who suggest that Hermetic Philosophy originates from Atlantis (if you believe in things like that...). The basis of Hermetic Philosophy is a series of texts known as the "Corpus Hermeticum" or "Hermetic Corpus". These texts are attributed to an ancient philosopher known as "Hermes Trismegistus" (a name which means "Hermes the Thrice Great") who is said to herald from Ancient Egypt.
Hermeticism has actually been demonized by Christian culture. Although you may have never heard of "Hermeticism", you have probably heard of "The Occult" and other "demonic" practices. Hermetic philosophy is the foundation on which "The Occult" is built.
However, when diving into learning about the history of Hermeticism, you begin to realize that there isn't too much scary stuff going on. Although you might find a few folks on Reddit posting some crazy imagery or scary looking Tarot card decks, the actual Hermeticism Books themselves are not scary. In fact, they seem to be quite encouraging, inspiring, lovely, and glorifying of "god" rather than a demon worshipping group.
How does the Law of Attraction fit into Hermeticism?
Hermeticism is built on what are called the "7 Hermetic Principles". Here they are:
- The principle of Mentalism: All is Mind.
- The principle of Correspondance: "As Above So Below"
- The principle of Vibration.
- The principle of Polarity.
- The principle of Rhythm.
- The principle of Cause and Effect.
- The principle of Gender.
What do the "7 Hermetic Principles" have to do with the Law of Attraction?
Quite a lot actually... Although the Law of Attraction is not one of these foundational principles, it is a product of them.
Mastery of these 7 Hermetic Principles is said to result in being able to use the Law of Attraction at will... Effectively, the Law of Attraction is "magic".
For example, the principle of Vibration states that everything is in motion... Nothing rests. The Universe (or "The All" as expressed in Hermeticism) is constantly vibrating in motion. An individual who is able to elevate or "raise their vibration" is able to effect control over lower plains of vibration. In other words: the "Law of Attraction" is not a tool like a hammer or a saw... It is a state of being. It is a full ability to manipulate your specific world using the power of your own mind.
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