The Principle of Mentalism
The Principle of Mentalism is one of the 7 hermetic principles. This principle has both spiritual/psychological applications as well as magical applications. It is one of the principles that I have integrated into my practice. So what is the principle of Mentalism?
The principle of Mentalism states:
“The All is Mind, the universe is mental”
To understand this principle you need to understand what the Kybalion means by The All. In essence The All is what many would call the essence of life. It is the source of all things. We are a part of it and we shall return to it.
The All is spirit. The All is everything. The All is everything that makes up reality. Nothing can exist outside the All otherwise the All would not be The All. The All is infinite. Nothing else besides the All defines, confines, or limits the all as there is no other power. The All is Immutable which means it is not subject to change in its nature. There is nothing that the All could change into nor is there anything that it could change from. The All simply is.
The all is unknowable. In many ways the All is the essence of the “Gods”. Yet the All is not a God as it cannot be understood by others and is beyond the realms of the Gods. There are a few quotes from the Kybalion that I would like to state:
“That which is the Fundamental Truth-the Substantial Reality—is beyond true naming, but the wise men call it The All” This quote basically explains that at the core of Truth is the All. If you seek truth you will find The All. Reality here is the state of being real, fixed, true, and enduring.
“The All is Infinite living Mind—The Illumed call it spirit”. Spirit is the essence of life and of everything. So we can say that if the All is everything that is and the start of it all, how were we all created? Well the chapter one the Mental Universe states:
“The All creates in it’s Infinite mind countless universes, which exist for aeons of time—and yet, to The All, the creation, development, decline, and death of a million universes is as the time of the twinkling of an eye.”
According to the Kybalion the All creates the universe mentally. The best way I can explain it as a painter or an author. The artists in both of those situations come up with a world or image in their minds. They then put the world or image on paper and thus the world is created. Simply by thinking of us or imagining us we are created by The All. I found the following quote to be the best example of how this works:
“You are dwelling in the Infinite Mind of The All, and your possibilities and opportunities are infinite both in time and space. At the end of the Grand cycle of Aeons when The All shall draw back into it’s self all of its creations-you will go gladly for you will then be able to know the whole truth of being at one with The All”.
Essentially the central theme of Hermetic philosophy as outlined in the Kybalion is that the universe is mental. If we can think it, it can be created. It also means that what has been imagined by another can be found by others. We are like the All in that we can create mentally. Our minds are a blank canvas where entire worlds could be created and manifested.
The more I think about the principle of mentalism, the more I am starting to see how the principle applies to my life, my world view, and my spirituality. Though my worldview and my spirituality are still evolving and developing, the Kybalion has been one of the gates to my understanding of the universe and my relationship to it.
If the universe itself is spirit, and spirit is unknowable and undefinable, and Spirit is The All and the All is Mind, the universe is there for mental. Spirit can be considered the universal Infinite living mind. In this way of thinking the universe is a creation of The All, existing entirely within the mind of The All.
Though we are all thoughts, we are still subject to the laws of created things. As we are thoughts with in the All our thoughts can also become a reality as the Kybalion did state that with in The All were countless universes. This means our thoughts can be manifested in our universe and in another universe. In practical application this means that by changing our thought patterns we can change and manifest reality as we desire.