Appendix 1. Seven Principles of Nature (Three Initiates, 1912)
1. Principle of Mentalism
The Principle of Mentalism is the idea of everything – that the thought is always first. “All is mental”: When anyone of us applies their senses, he/she first forms a mental image of the target and after that, the physical image. The thought is before action, reaction, behavior or deed. Even a thought – no matter whether it is true or false – is the essence of a person, which psychology calls the identity. The universe is created in the mind of God and because we are able to think alike, man is an image of God. Universe is God’s identity and thus God is the All.
2. Principle of Correspondence
The Principle of Correspondence embodies the idea that there is always a correspondence between the laws of phenomena of the various "planes" of being and life. As above, so below; as below, so above. This principle states that there is a harmony, agreement and correspondence between these planes, delineated as: 1) The Great Physical Plane, 2) The Great Mental Plane, and 3) The Great Spiritual Plane. (Kybalion)
3. Principle of Vibration
The Principle of Vibration embodies the idea that motion is manifest in everything in the Universe, that nothing rests, and everything moves, vibrates, and circles. This principle explains that the differences between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, are the result of only different "vibrations". The higher a person is on the scale, the higher the rate of vibration will be. Here, The All is said to be at an infinite level of vibration, almost to the point of being at rest. There are said to be millions upon millions of varying degrees between the highest level, The All, and the objects of the lowest vibration. Mental Transmutation is described as the practical application of this principle. To change one's mental state is to change vibration. One may do this by an effort of Will, by means of deliberately "fixing the attention" upon a more desirable state. (Kybalion)
4. Principle of Polarity
The Principle of Polarity embodies the idea that everything is dual, everything has two poles, and everything has its opposite. All manifested things have two sides, two aspects, or two poles. Everything "is" and "isn't" at the same time, all truths are but half-truths and every truth is half false, there are two sides to everything, opposites are identical in nature, yet different in degree, extremes meet, and all paradoxes may be reconciled. (Kybalion)
5. Principle of Rhythm
The Principle of Rhythm embodies the idea that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, a to and fro, a flow and inflow, a swing backward and forward, a pendulum-like movement. This principle explains that there is rhythm between every pair of opposites, or poles, and is closely related to the Principle of Polarity. It can be seen that this Principle enables transition from one pole to the other, and not necessarily poles of extreme opposites. (Kybalion) (Also musical rhythm, seasonal change, sin- and cos-curves in mathematics etc.)
6. Principle of Cause and Effect
The Principle of Cause and Effect explains that there is a cause for every effect, and an effect for every cause. It also states that there is no such thing as chance, that chance is merely a term indicating extant causes not recognized or perceived. (Kybalion) Thus there is no Chaos in Cosmos, but only a lack of Knowledge.
7. Principle of Gender
The Principle of Gender embodies the idea that gender is manifested in everything: everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles: Gender manifests on planes. The batteries have male and female poles, as do the Earth. (Kybalion) The mental gender of a person is not male or female, but rather seeks a balance all the time. The spiritual gender of a person is the key to self-illumination. The spiritual gender contains 1) masculine Knowledge (also Truth, eternal Father etc.), which is symbolized as Tree of Knowledge, and 2) feminine Life (also Cycle of Life, Cycle of Dharma, Mother Nature etc.), which is symbolized as Tree of Life.