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Re: "Spiritual culture" answering some inquiries

Oct 12, 1998 04:56 PM
by Ray Tomes

Jerry Schueler <> wrote:

>>I would say that matter - mind - spirit is a continuum differing in the
>>fineness of the vibrations.
>>-- Ray Tomes -- --

>But I am carefully distinguishing between mind and consciousness.

Consciousness is another thing entirely, outside of the above continuum.

>Matter and Spirit are a duality. Mind (self or subjectivity) and
>World (Not-self or objectivity) are also a duality.

>When I think of spirit-matter being a continuum, something like
>space-time, then I find consciousness (not mind) being a fifth
>dimension (space has three, and time has one). Our physical
>body is "stuck" in four dimensions all on the physical plane, while
>consciousness allows us access into other planes.

Since writing my above lines which you quote I read the Kybalion.
Clearly this was the universe sending me to the answers  :-)

In the Kybalion it is clearly stated that spirit-mind-matter are just
different degrees of vibration.  Likewise, it states that the rate of
vibration can be seen as a dimension (the 5th as you say) and that
although we think of "planes" based on this dimension, that dimension is
a continuum.

The KYBALION -  a study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and
Greece, by Three Initiates, is about the wisdom of Hermes Trismegistus.

It is a charming little book published in 1908 which makes the ideas
much clearer to the modern mind than many other accounts which are full
of astrology and alchemy and so do not relate to modern ideas.

I particularly like the vibrationary and rhythmic aspects as these
accord with my own researches.  I will later post some thoughts on
possible correspondences between Hermetic ideas and my own and would
appreciate others thoughts and criticisms.

The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding.

The Seven Hermetic Principles

1. Mentalism: The ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.

2. Correspondence: As above, so below; as below, so above.
The physical, mental and spiritual planes are each divided into seven
degrees that are each further divided into seven.

3. Vibration: Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.
>From galaxies and solar systems to atoms and particles every revolves,
spins, vibrates.  The planes are distinguished by the rate of vibration.

4. Polarity: Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has
its pair of opposites; like and unlike arethe same; opposites are
identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths
are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Gender: Gender is in everything;everything has its masculine and
feminine principles; gender manifests on all planes.

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