Also known as the Law of Three, The Law of Attraction, Universal Law, Natural Law of Cause and Effect and The Great Work. What is so secret about 'The Secret'? Do the teachers of today know something that the sages of history didn't? Are the foundational teachings of our magickal traditions being corrupted for the masses with slick marketing OR are the technological advancements of television, film and the internet helping to bring the ancient science of 'there is no spoon' into the human society at large?
The Law of Attraction and Witchcraft When you're that successful, things have a momentum, and at a certain point you can't really tell whether you have created the momentum or it's creating you. ~Annie Lennox
The Law of Attraction is more commonly known to we Witches as the Law of Return or the Law of Three. It is a very simple universal law that cannot be altered. Simply stated, that which we put out to the Universe will return to us threefold. There are other schools of thought on this and I have read other viewpoints such as the Law of Seven, which is related to the Seven Hermetic Principles and is a theory based on geometry and human placement in regard to the planets, Sun, Moon and stars. There are many other advanced theories that are trying to scientifically PROVE the existence of the Law of Return and I encourage you to read as much of this information as your brain can handle. You may find yourself on a path to discovery which has been overlooked. As Witches, we can observe the Law of Return in simple spellcasting. We couple our intent with energy and through the act of spellcasting, we create a tiny version of what it is we are seeking. The Universe sends it back to us bigger than we sent it out. It works. We have all seen it work and we are often filled with that thrill when it does...whether it is our first spell or our thousandth. Witchcraft is a very simple philosophy. But it often feels daunting because of all the things we must know and learn...herbs and oils and tools, circle casting, gods and goddesses, the elements, tarot, runes, i ching, spells, rituals, and on and on. But, at it's core Witchcraft is nothing more than the power of the mind to create new realities. All the trappings of The Craft are but mere tools to help us change our headspace, in order to access the ancient knowledge passed down through millennia.
Many new age teachings would have us think that this power is about acquiring stuff. While acquiring stuff is cool and all, it is not the end all, be all of our existence on this planet. What should count the most is our experience and how we get from point A to point B on our path. Did we travel our path with love and compassion and create good for those we touched, or did we lay waste and ruin to everything we touched? These are questions of a philosophical nature and should always be taken into consideration when we are talking about the power to create. The Rede sums this up well when it asks us to 'Do as thou wilt, an harm none'. We should always remember that in 'none' we should include ourselves. Benjamin Franklin observed this in his morning and evening meditations...Upon rising each day, he asked himself "What Good Shall I Do This Day?" Before he went to bed he asked "What Good Have I Done This Day?"
Each of us has the intrinsic power to create with our minds. We are the center of our own Universe, and our Universe is one of our own creation. We create our life and the things and people in it. Through this power we have the ability to affect those around us, though we cannot create their Universe for them. They create their Universe and they choose the experiences that intersect with their own Universe that they wish to participate in...whether consciously or subconsciously. And this is at the core of the proper use of the Law of Return. We must train our minds, the subconscious as well as the conscious mind, in order to access this great Universal Law and to properly apply it in our own creation.
Every one of us is constantly shaping our future reality with each thought and feeling we entertain, because the Universal Law of Attraction is working all the time. The only problem is that we sometimes attract things we don't want. Though we may consciously try to attract a particular thing or experience, our powerful subconscious mind may be operating from a different set of desires, beliefs, and choices.
Through magick, we can communicate directly with the subconscious mind. Why? Because magick aligns the subconscious mind with our conscious choices by communicating in a language the subconscious can understand - the language of ritual and symbol. Once the conscious and subconscious are on the same wavelength, we can intentionally shape our reality in whatever way we choose.
Keep in mind that you should not set out to sit in your living and think your whole life into being. You must act, in accordance with your aims, in order to bring about the creation you desire. Perhaps someday, you can master the talents of Mrs. Weasley's magic knitting needles. But, for the time being you must learn the skill of knitting...by actually engaging in the act of knitting.
It is believed by many great occultists, philosophers and teachers that as we train our subconscious mind we are also changing our DNA structure. That through the act of learning how to access Universal Law, that we are awakening areas in our brain matter that have lain dormant for untold lengths of time of human existence. As we re-awaken these abilities in our minds, we are paving the way for the future generations of our lineage to evolve to a higher state of consciousness. It is possible that in 300 years from now, if humanity survives the coming devastations of our planet, that our minds will have developed abilities that we cannot even dream of at this point in our evolution. And so, by improving our abilities now we are creating a better future for humanity and our own return through reincarnation. It is also believed that past civilizations on this planet have understood and have been able to utilize these abilities, but that much of the training has been lost to disasters...both natural and manmade. Edgar Cayce and others of his time wrote much about the lost city of Atlantis and even the ancient Greeks believed in the existence of Atlantis and it's lost knowledge to the sea. It is rumored that many of the ancient texts and artifacts of Atlantis were carried away to Egypt and other parts of the world for safe keeping by ship and air vessels of the Atlantean society before it's final destruction. lf we ever find them, I expect we will be in awe in regard to their advanced abilities.
The following principles of hermeticism, can be traced back to teachings of the ancient Egyptians and are the basis of many scientific theories and what we know of today as Physics.
Seven Hermetic Principles
The Principle of Mentalism
The Principle of Correspondence
As above, so below; as below, so above.
The Principle of Vibration
Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.
The Principle 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.
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.
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.
The Principle of Gender Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.
Source: The Kybalion by The Three Initiates
Here is an interesting article I found that describes these principles in more detail in regard to their scientific nature...
DESCRIPTION: THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF HERMETIC LAW
Author: Joel McClain
Sept. 3, 1994
What are the "secrets" to OBE (Out of Body Experience), or to healing or to mind-over-matter, or for that matter, to free energy? What is the relationship between them, and how can they be realized? The answers are contained in the KYBALION, the secret book of Hermetic philosophy. The book, handed down by Hermes, the architect of the Great Pyramid, is based upon seven laws. These laws are gradually being adopted into modern science, although they were once ridiculed and scorned.
The essence of Hermetic Law is that it describes interrelationships of matter and energy in twelve dimensions, whereas modern science limits itself to three. Because it is beyond the physical dimensions that "miracles" occur, Hermetic Law must be understood and accepted before one can "see" the higher planes of existance. lVlodern science can use the Hermetic Laws as stepping stones to move from 3-D theory to Walter Russell's resonance based "Wave of Creation".
The Kybalion is also the basis for Hebrew law, and the Star of David demonstrates the "sacred geometry" of the pyramind, of PHI, as well as the second Hermetic Law.
Hermes, or Thoth, and others throughout the millenia have been able to internally envision the higher dimensional realities. If you will read "Flatland", you will understand why it is not possible to define the higher dimensions in a 3-D context. Each person must internalize the concepts individually, and the Hermetic Laws are designed to help you to do this. During the time of Hermes, the "chosen" were allowed to study and meditate these principles. Not all "graduated". Until you can cast aside the view that physical is all or most of reality, you will not move out of the physical plane.
This is the "Third Eye", or "mind's eye", which can "see" beyond the physical. It is an ability borne of patience, meditation and balance within oneself. It cannot be found if the goals of the individual are selfish, because selfish goals are 3-D, which defeat the purpose of the quest. lust as there are degrees of learning anything, there are degrees of third eye vision. It is a lifetime, or many lifetimes of study and perseverence.
You cannot read a book, any book, and become an adept. Some have learned a tiny bit, then written volumes, misleading others. Some have experimented with electromagnetic machinery to "induce" OBE and other higher states. They, too, miss the "big picture", and create imbalances within their physical being by doing this. No, the only road is the original trek through oneself to understanding. However, if you would wish to "see" auras, to heal by balancing auric energy, to explore worlds and galaxies through OBE, to manipulate matter via mental energy, to levitate, and a host of other "miracles", then you will take this path.
Even if you would want to create "free" energy, which 3-D science defines as impossible, the Hermetic Law will help you to "see" the effects of resonance in the interdimensional context. It is through this that your "free" energy will come.
Here then are the Hermetic Laws, with my comments outside of the double quotation marks.
1. "The ALL is mind..The universe is mental."
2. "As above, so below; as below, so above."
3. "Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates."
4. "Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has a pair of opposites..."
5. "Everything flows, out and in; everything has tides; all things rise and fall...rhythm compensates."
6. "Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause."
7. "Gender is everything...and manifests on all planes"
Lastly, a warning: "The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding".
I can't add a thing to this last statement, nor would I even try.
Going back in time - Brief nuggets of wisdom from teachers of the past
Nikola Tesla - The present is theirs; The future, for which I work, is mine.
She also gave us, with great clarity, a defense against psychic attack...from her book
Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. ~Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin Show me what a man does with his free time and I will tell you accurately whether he will be a success or failure in life. ~Benjamin Frankli
Don't anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Stay in the sunlight. ~Benjamin Franklin
Energy and persistence alter all things. ~Benjamin Franklin
Madame H.P. Blavatsky
The Law of Cause and Effect says that everything happens for a reason. For every effect in your life, there is a cause, or series of specific, measurable, definable, identifiable causes. This law says that if there is anything you want in life, an effect that you desire, you can find someone else that has achieved the same result or effect, and that by doing the same things that they have done over and over you can eventually enjoy the same results and rewards.
Lao Tzu, 604-5l7 BC,
Buddha 562-483 B.C.
Magickal and Religious Traditions and The Law
Once upon a time, a teacher was required for the wisdom of ancient knowledge to be passed along. Many traditions had stringent and very difficult requirements before candidates were allowed to become students. Many tests were given to illuminate the true desire and also the potential stumbling blocks of the candidate. The idea was that if the mind had been overly influenced in poor thinking, that the candidate would not be able to embrace the teachings...or worse, would use the teachings for some dark and dread purpose. (Remember Master Yoda's disapproval of Obi Wan taking young Annikin as a pupil because of his inability to pass certain tests of illumination, and Annikin's subsequent departure from the Jedi teachings to the Dark Side.) In more contemporary occult traditions such as some of the splinter groups of the older Masonic traditions and the Order of the Golden Dawn, there is a requirement for at least a year of successful psychotherapy before a candidate is granted initiation into an order. But, if we commit to a regimen of training, are willing to shed our old beliefs and develop a disciplined mind we can do this work without benefit of psychiatric intervention. Though it is advisable to seek a teacher of some sort to keep you on the path of your initiation and training. We can get to where we are going from right where we are!
Christianity and The Church
The Knights Templar
The Rosicrucians A fascinating secret society, Christian Mystics of the l7th centryy, the Rosicrucians have also worked to preserve the Great Work through complex ritual and ceremonial magick based in alchemy, mathematics and healing of the sick. They are still in existence today.
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
Builders of the Adytum Paul Foster Case was the founder of B.O.T.A. He was the previous Head Praemonstrator of the Order of the Golden Dawn but broke ranks after a falling out with the organization. He believed that the teachings of the Golden Dawn were absolutely right but so completely buried under the heavy laden structure of Ceremonial Magick, that no modern person could properly utilize the teachings. So he set about by founding the B.O.T.A and distilling the teachings down into a lifetime of material organized into lesson plans that Initiates could study on their own without a physical human teacher. The first seven lessons are specific to the training and discipline of your subconscious mind and the development of proper practice of The Great Work. The remaining lessons are centered around the Tarot and the Qabalah as tools to assist in understanding The Great Work.
The Law and Your Mind
Return to center, breathe and focus your attention. A lot easier than it sounds! Meditation is perhaps the best way to help us improve our thought patterns, but is not always easy. Find a meditation program that works for you and practice it daily! The more adept you become at quieting your mind through meditation, the easier you will find it to focus your attention on the life you want, instead of the life you don't.
Music and sound are great transformers of the brain waves. The ancient Greeks knew the power of music; certain forms of music were banned because of their beats and rhythms and the effects it had on the human body. Thomas Jefferson used the power of music to write the Declaration of Independence; he would play his violin to get inspiration and mental organization. Einstein came up with the theory of relativity while playing the classics on his violin. "Music was the driving force..." behind his intuition. We have all heard how classical music can you help you improve your test taking abilities. Chanting is the tool of music used by priests and shamans throughout time to affect change in the subconscious mind.
Intent and action Every intention which does not assert itself by deeds is vain intention, and the speech which expresses it is idle speech. It is action which proves life and establishes will. Hence it is said in the sacred and symbolical books that men will be judged, not according to their thoughts and their ideas, but according to their works. We must act in order to be... Eliphas Levy (Alphonse Louis Constant)
Mental practice and discipline will assist you greatly in your efforts toward manifestation. But one must always follow their mental practice with action that is in line with the desired goal. lf you follow a strict discipline of meditation that focuses your mind toward the desired aim, and never engage in any action to help achieve the goal, it simply will not be realized. It will always be a lovely meditation to help you fill your day.
Find practices of meditation, chanting, sound and ritual to invoke the spark in your subconscious mind that allows the proper use of the Law of Return.
Fun Stuff- Movies, The Law of Return and other Magick Principals
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars Try not! Do or do not. There is no try. Master Yoda
Look for the Law of Return and many other magickal teachings in all of your favorite movies. These are but the most famous examples, but I assure you that this message is well understood by those in the film industry and they have filled the movie screens with this message using what joseph Campbell talks about in terms of the hero's journey. The hero, known in our own tradition of the Tarot as The Fool, is about to enter his own adventure and awaken to the knowledge of the Law of Return on his journey. The hero's journey as described by joseph Campbell in 'The Hero With A Thousand Faces' explains an initiatory sequence. The opening stage includes: the call to adventure, meeting the mentor, and the threshold passage. Once into the adventure, the challenges involve: finding allies and guides, facing ordeals, resisting temptations, braving enemies, enduring the dark night of the soul, surviving the supreme ordeal, and winning the elixir (the boon). The concluding steps are: the return threshold passage, resurrection, celebration, accepting a role of service (sharing the elixir), and, finally, merging two worlds. There are thousands of examples of the hero and his journey and the Law of Return in movies and books easily available to you. Make it part of your own research and let the magick of the movies invade your mind when this message is present!
The Crucial Element of Belief
When we go forth with a spell, a plan, a desire it is of the utmost of importance that we BELIEVE that what we are putting forth to the Universe will be answered and delivered to us...just as we have asked. Without that sensation of absolute knowing, we cannot manifest our true desires. If we put forth our wish, and then follow it with 'gee, I hope I will be able to make this happen' or 'I wonder if the Goddess will grant me my desire' we are sure to fail in our objective. We cannot doubt. We cannot wonder. We must KNOW that our aim is true and our efforts will bring our reward. Why should we go to all the trouble of putting together spellwork and then not believe that we can achieve our goal?
In addition, when things do not go the way we had hoped we cannot let this stop us from our goal. This is our opportunity to learn and to keep trying until we get it right. The more positive light we shine on our so-called failures, the more opportunities we will be given to continue forward in our objective. Our only real failure is in giving up. It is perfectly alright to stop and re-evaluate our situation and our plans and to revise them as necessary. But, if we stick to the original goal and pursue it with passion and integrity we find that which we are seeking is right in front of us.
I leave you with this piece of prose, which I always find to be noble and comforting to my soul. I feel it speaks beautifully about how to employ the mechanics of the Law of Return. Enjoy!