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“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 Kybalion.

Welcome to my absolute favorite of the Universal Principles. I do actually understand the absurdity of having favorites when it comes to something such as the Laws that the Hermetics used to describe the working of the Universe. However, the thing I like most about this Principle is that it describes a process that permits us REAL empowerment.

The ancient Hermetic Masters spent more time studying and understanding this Principle than any of the others, because of the power it gave them over their own lives.

The Pendulum ALWAYS swings

This Principle describes the constant motion that exists between the poles that were described in the previous Principle. Take a look around the natural world and you’ll see the paradoxical nature of this very thing.

Day becomes night which becomes day again. Low tide rises to high which returns to low again. These cycles between opposites are commonplace for us to observe. Here’s the question though: At which point is the line that day has become night? Where is the definitive line that the low tide has become high?

As with these examples, there is NO clear cut line when something becomes something else along the swing of the pendulum because as explained in the previous Principle, the opposites are not different yet actually the same thing separated only by the degree of vibration they exhibit.

The mind screams for need of division. As people, we fight tooth and claw for the limited belief that hot and cold are NOT the same thing. Yet as with everything that exists of the same energetic spectrum, they are both temperature and whether hot or cold is determined only by the rate of vibration.

The power of Rhythm

When it comes to our emotions, we have the ability to step off the pendulum. It still swings, this is LAW and is irrefutable. However, as the pendulum swings back and forth between polar opposites; between happy and sad, between love and hate, we have the ability at any given point to step off and state “I’m going to stand at this point”.

THIS was the power commanded by the ancient Hermetic Masters and is an ability that we have largely lost in modern times. We allow ourselves to be victims of our own mental and emotional states. We falsely believe that just because we are thinking or feeling something, that it MUST be true and cannot be challenged!

The Hermetic Masters understood that everything existed on one of two planes. They referred to these as the Lower and Higher, however in other terms what they were referring to was actually the Subconscious and Conscious planes. They came to understand that the pendulum swing manifests on the Lower plane, or at the subconscious level only.

How does this Principle impact us?

Because the conscious plane was not affected by the swing of the pendulum, they came to know the Law of Neutralization which essentially allowed them to rise above the egocentric subconscious plane to a state where they could make a conscious choice. Ultimately, they would find a place that they wanted to remain and then refused to ride to pendulum back to the opposite of that state.

For us in the modern world, this means taking control over our emotional state. We do this when we refuse to engage on an emotional level with the thoughts we have. This in turn weakens the pathways that these thoughts charge down in our brain. By consciously refusing to engage with our thoughts on an emotional level, we have entered into the Higher Plane and are able to step off the pendulum.

So imagine this: We have a habitual thought that we like. We subconsciously take the thought as fact and emotionally engage with it. We are happy. Something happens outside of us and it conflicts with the thought we had. We see that the thought that made us happy (that we took as fact) is actually untrue. We become sad. THIS is the pendulum in full effect on the emotional level.

Now imagine: We have a habitual thought that we like. We consciously understand that it is just a thought and do not engage with it emotionally. We remain as we currently are because we have not allowed our emotional equilibrium to be swayed by thoughts or external situations. The thought pathways become weaker because we do not engage with them.

To arrive at such a place is a life long practice and one that requires constant vigilance.


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