The Principle of Mentalism

  • The first Hermetic Principle
  • “THE ALL is Mind; the Universe is mental.”
  • THE ALL (Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of “The Material Universe”) is SPIRIT, which in itself is unknowable and undefinable, but which may be considered and thought of as a universal, infinite, living mind.
  • All the phenomenal world or universe is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL.
  • “He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.” (Kybalion 16)
  • Achieved through Mental Alchemy
  • “If the Universe is Mental it its nature, then Mental Transmutation must be the art of changing the conditions of the Universe, along the lines of Matter, Force and Mind.” (Kybalion 28)
  • “THE ALL creates the Universe MENTALLY, in a manner akin to the process whereby Man creates Mental Images.” (Kybalion 43)
  • “The Universe, and all it contains, is a mental creation of THE ALL.” (Kybalion 43)
  • In this sense, the Universe and all that it contains is a mere illusion; an unreality. But this “must be considered both from the Absolute and the Relative points of view. From the Absolute viewpoint, of course, the Universe is in the nature of an illusion, a dream, a phantasmagoria, as compared to THE ALL in itself.” (Kybalion 50)
  • “The acceptance of the First Hermetic Principle (Mentalism) is the only great point of difference between Modern Science and Hermetic students, and Science is gradually moving toward the Hermetic position in its groping in the dark for a way out of the Labyrinth into which it has wandered in its search for Reality.” (Kybalion 57)
  • “The great work of influencing one’s environment is accomplished by Mental Power. The Universe being wholly mental, it follows that it may be ruled only by Mentality.” (Kybalion 143)
  • “If the Universe is Mental, then Mind must be the highest power affecting its phenomena.” (Kybalion 143)






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