Embodying love through the Hermetic Principle of Polarity can make all the difference in how people respond to you. Learning about mental alchemy has brought me a new understanding of how to transmute energy by raising the frequency on the polarity scale as described in The Kybalion.
Recently, I had a chance to practice the Seven Hermetic Principles that I was reading and learning about while on vacation with my family of origin. I saw some amazing changes in relationship dynamics, health conditions, attitudes (my own, especially!), and situations as a result of applying these principles.
The Seven Hermetic Principles
The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:
- The Principle of Mentalism
- The Principle of Correspondence
- The Principle of Vibration
- The Principle of Polarity
- The Principle of Rhythm
- The Principle of Cause and Effect
- The Principle of Gender
“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.” ~ The Kybalion.
These Seven Principles are discussed and explained at http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/kyb/kyb04.htm. I encourage you to study these principles and begin to apply higher laws over lower laws. This will be very beneficial to empaths.
To begin my sharing on this topic, I want to look at a verse in the Bible that has bothered me for years. It’s the one where we are told to turn the other cheek when we encounter an evil person.
“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” Matthew 5:39 (NIV)
First of all, there is no such thing as an evil person–there are conflicted souls being influenced or used by low-vibrational entities. I’ll refer to them as “fools,” not to insult anyone, but to suggest that they are ignorant of how to apply higher laws to affect lower laws. They simply do not know how to manage or direct energy in a beneficial way. That was me not too many years ago, and I’m still learning how to do this consistently. I intend no judgement to anyone by using this term.
Second, as an empath, I have spent years learning self-love and gaining the nerve to set boundaries with people and entities to keep from being walked on. I’m not ready to hand over my power as the above verse seems to suggest.
What I now understand is that this verse is referring to is the wisdom of not arguing with a fool. It changes nothing and only frustrates the one whose motives are pure. Turning the other cheek is about employing a smart strategy–being as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. It’s about using love as a tool to disarm the anger and pride of a fool. It’s about not letting them push your buttons.
Applying the Hermetic Principle of 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 Kybalion
If we want to counter negativity, we do not engage in more negativity. Instead, we raise the vibration and shift it toward the positive pole. There are many chromatic intervals on the polarity scale. Even if we only raise the vibration a little bit, we are making an improvement to the situation. Less hate is the same as more love.
“Opposites are the same, differing only in degree.” This quote from The Kybalion explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that “opposites” are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.
I applied this principle of polarity recently with someone who knows how to trigger a negative response in me. He’s a negative person, but I realize that this is coming from some deep wounds he received in childhood. When I began to see him as that innocent child, my heart softened and my compassion rose, thus raising the vibration on the polarity scale. I spoke gently to him and gave him a hug. He melted right in front my eyes. He immediately dropped his need to fight and be right. He even turned to the next person and paid them a compliment. My mouth dropped open in surprise. He and I later had an intimate conversation in which he shared vulnerably with me. Love and acceptance creates trust.
I decided I would try this approach with another person who has a confrontational attitude regarding his religious beliefs. I only spoke to him when I absolutely had to and when I did, I made sure my comments were kind and non-judgmental. I did not open any discussion about religion or politics which I know are his triggers (we all have triggers).
Another person in our party consistently responded to the kindness I showed him. He is not an affectionate person, but he actually hugged me and sent me a note later saying how much he enjoyed our time together.
Will this strategy work 100% of the time? Nope. If it did, Jesus would not have been crucified by fools operating under the influence of lower laws.
We still have to face people who ignorantly challenge our loving response. That’s when setting a boundary, such as silently walking away, is useful. In all things, discern wisdom from within, and know as the Kenny Rogers song says, “when to hold them and when to fold them.” It is better to let a fool think he has won a fight than to give up your peaceful vibration in trying to prove him wrong.