Imhotep (why do I say this?). Kemetic (Egyptian) legend has it that the Book of Tehuti was kept in a golden box in the inner sanctuary of a temple dedicated to Tehuti. During foreign occupations, Christian takeovers and other threats, the book was lost. Tehuti became known to the Greeks as Hermes/Thoth and a collection of writings is now being attributed to Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus. While this history and origin of these texts are fascinating topics to read about, I chosen to focus my current learning on Seven Hermetic Principles themselves or the Seven Laws of Tehuti. I find them to be useful for thinking about ourselves in this world and making sense of it. For the next few weeks, I’ll explore each of the seven principles and how yoga can serve us in understanding them. Click on each principle to be connected to the blog post that explores it!
The seven principles are:
Mentalism: "The All is Mind; The Universe is Mental."
(Coming soon!) - Correspondence: "As above, so below; as below, so above."
(Coming soon!) -Vibration: "Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates."
(Coming soon!) -Polarity: "Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; all paradoxes may be reconciled."
(Coming soon!) -Gender: "Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles."
(Coming soon!) -Rhythm: "Everything flows out and in; all things rise and fall; rhythm compensates."
(Coming soon!) -Cause and Effect: "Every case has its effect; Chance is but a name for law not recognized."
So why tie any of these philosophical principles to yoga? Because honestly, my head might explode if I try to understand these concepts without something concrete to think through, a metaphor to make it digestible or something to ground me. Have you ever started thinking about something like "the meaning of life" and been a little bogged down, overwhelmed, and maybe even sad about the thoughts that come up when you try to answer that question? It's a very common human experience to be concerned with these answers, and it's also perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed by those thoughts. Yoga is one of many, many tools you can use to understand yourself and the world. Be open to the idea that it's more than just a physical practice, and you will see that there are lessons everywhere! It's deeper than just a physical movement. There are some gems in there that I hope to share with you.
Want to learn more? Many of the things I am writing about come straight from the "Kybalion" (the most recent translation of the seven laws) and "Ancient Future: The Teachings and Prophetic Wisdom of the Seven Hermetic Laws of Ancient Egypt" by Wayne B. Chandler. My blog posts are not intended as a substitute for reading the concepts yourself and thinking FOR YOURSELF. My hope is that I can create some curiosity for you to explore these concepts on your own. Hotep.