The Principle of Rhythm

  • The fifth Hermetic Principle
  • “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.”
  • Day to Night, Summer to Winter
  • The Universal Pendulum is ever in motion
  • There is always a high tide and low tide, between the two poles which exist in accordance with the Principle of Polarity
  • You cannot annul the Principle, or cause it to cease its operation, but you can learn how to escape its effects upon yourself to a certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the Principle. Learn how to USE it, instead of being USED BY it.
  • “Nothing really IS, but that everything is BECOMING and CHANGING. Nothing stands still – everything is being born, growing, dying – the very instant a thing reaches its height, it begins to decline – the law of rhythm is in constant operation – there is no reality, enduring quality, fixity, or substantiality in anything – nothing is permanent but Change.” (Kybalion 32/33)
  • “The Outbreathing and Inbreathing of Brahm”
    • “The entire creation, including Involution and Evolution, of a Universe, is but “as the twinkle of the eye” to THE ALL. At the end of countless cycles of æons of time, THE ALL withdraws its Attention—its Contemplation and Meditation—of the Universe, for that Great Work is finished—and All is withdrawn into THE ALL from which it emerged. But Mystery of Mysteries—the Spirit of each soul is not annihilated, but is infinitely expanded—the Created and the Creator are merged.” (Kybalion 66)
    • “Thus it is with all living things; they are born, grow, and die—and then are reborn.” (Kybalion 102)
  • “An understanding of the workings of this Principle will give one the key to the Mastery of these rhythmic swings of feeling, and will enable him to know himself better and to avoid being carried away by these inflows and outflows…… The pendulum ever swings, although we may escape being carried along with it.” (Kybalion 105)
  • The Law of Compensation
    • “The swing in one direction determines the swing in the opposite direction, or to the opposite pole—the one balances, or counterbalances, the other” (Kybalion 106)
    • Man’s mental states are subject to the same law as the seasons, tides, etc.
    • “The rule is that the capacity for pain and pleasure, in each individual, are balanced…. Before one is able to enjoy a certain degree of pleasure, he must have swung as far, proportionately, toward the other pole of feeling.” (Kybalion 107)






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