10 Universal Laws, 7 Hermetic Principles, and 22 Paths of Transformation

All of what we call the “major systems” of Spiritual Sciences are correlated with each other and form a dynamic series of correspondences that serve as the means for interpreting the principles that they all share in common. All actual or true spiritual knowledge as “higher knowledge” is based on a practical understanding of laws and principles. All material systems as organized elements that form what we perceive as reality are shaped (organized, ordered, and structured), held together as dynamic patterns, and animated as behavior by universal principles.

The primary difference between natural laws that govern the material world and universal laws are that the universal produce the physical as an offspring or correspondence, and physical laws can be “over-ridden” and transformed by universal ones, which are “causal” (creative) in nature. Natural laws explain how systems operate and behave once they come into existence, whereas universal laws are what give rise to the physical systems themselves through an act of true creation. Universal laws are of the mind and soul, while physical laws describe the natural activities that the material forms created by the mind take on as behaviors.  

The fundamental means of creation come by 3 primary forms of expression: numbers, letters, and words. The numbers used in any system are not a means of counting, but represent principles and how they exist in relationship with each other to form a whole. Numbers are interpreted as principles that are correlated with letters and words, and together form a whole system of correspondences as sounds, colors, symbols, geometric shapes, planets, archetypes, and metaphorical ideas, and so on, that are all of the same “nature” as a quality of consciousness or state of mind. Our mental state is what forms our vibratory frequency as a dynamic metaphorical pattern that then forms our perceptual lens that’s used for shaping our material reality to be of the same pattern on a larger and more inclusive level.

The “causal plane” of the mind exists as a “singularity”, and in the system of Numerology the Laws that it’s comprised of are represented by the single digits of 0 through 9, with 10 being 1 on a higher scale or octave. All multiple digit numbers are reduced to a single digit that reveals the primary principle involved. All combinations of numbers construct a formula that demonstrates the relationships involved between the active principles. Numbers are philosophically interpreted to find their meaning as the principles that are active and expressing to create in any material formation. The principles that are actively demonstrated through the numbers involved provide us with instructions as a formula for working with them in the practical sense. The 10 primary Universal Laws are purely energetic (mental) in nature and serve to give explicit instructions on how to use our “mind” to create reality. Reality as we know it is a mental construct that’s formed out of our consciousness as our “perception” of it.

The first 3 laws (0-2) are actually 1 law with 3 aspects that perform different functions of the same thing, and are called the “3 in 1 Law”, also referred to as the Trinity or Triad. The Triad represents the 3-fold nature of the mind, soul, and self, which also makeup what we perceive as a 3-D reality or hologram. This primary law reveals the nature of the “Supernal” as being comprised of dual aspects (masculine and feminine), which combine to form a unified reality. This 3 in 1 Law (0, 1, 2) is considered the “Parental Law” (represented by the Dyad) as what acts to birth the Triad, represented by 3, which is considered the first “real” number as the “mental formation” of an idea. It’s real in the sense that it’s here that an idea is first organized into a light-form in the faculty of the imagination (inner) and serves as the basis for organizing material reality (outer) to be of the same pattern as a thematic idea. The inner and outer are actually a continuation of each other.

Out of the Primal Triad comes its offspring as a mirror image, and births the material world through 7 primary principles. The first “true number” is 3, forming 7 principles that systematically emerge from the Dyad as 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. All proceeding principles maintain their polarized state as a relationship between the inner and outer, self and another, and upper and lower as the means of constructing material reality. There’s a complementary relationship between 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 7 and 8, which culminates in 9 as a complete and perfected cycle of creation. 

The 10 primary Universal Laws are represented in the Qabalah as spheres of consciousness that exist in correlated “energetic states” as a creative process that uses archetypes as unformed (invisible) ideas to produce an equivalent material reality. This entire creative process is also dual in nature as a movement between upper and lower planes that provides us with the process for both formation and transformation. These principles are also represented in the Tarot as the 22 trump of the Arcanum which provides us with a “key” for interpreting the 10 primary laws and the 22 Paths of the Qabalah.

The first 11 principles of the Tarot involve formation as a complete cycle, and the second 11 the process for transformation of the original form created to a higher and more perfected state. The 22 major Arcanum of the Tarot form a dynamic series of correspondences that correlate with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and can be used for interpreting and deciphering the symbolic “code” inherent in words and names. The Qabalah has 10 primary and 1 “invisible” sphere (11) that’s not an actual principle as an operation, but symbolizes instead moving from a higher plane to a lower one for a total of 11 spheres.  These 11 spheres correspond with the 22 archetypes of the Tarot as a descent of spirit into form and then the ascent back into spirit as the full cycle of creation and transformation.

The 7 Hermetic Principles represent mental states and processes of creation that are energetic in nature and correspond with the 7 chakras of the subtle body (mind), 7 planets of the zodiac, 7 colors of the spectrum, 7 notes of a musical scale, and so on. The key to understanding spiritual principles in terms of being able to accurately interpret them is in understanding the Law of Correspondence, which is the 2nd of the 7 Principles. These principles give us insight and instruction on how to use our mind to create our self and our reality, which are done through the same mental process. Following a metaphorical correspondence to the 7 chakras, the first 3 are immutable (meaning they can’t be changed or transcended), and the 4 that proceed out of them are mutable and can be worked with by using the first 3 to transform them.

All laws exist as a relationship where one lays the foundation necessary for the next to spontaneously arise out of it as a growth process (the beginning and end as a continuous cycle). When we’re looking at the principle represented by 3 as the Triad, it comes as the full expression of 0-2, while still containing the latent potential of 4-9. The Monad, which is the primary principle of the mind and soul, contains the seeded potential for all the rest, which it acts to birth as a process of creation by turning an invisible idea into a material form.

All names that are used in spiritual texts and allegories are actually a “code”, which when interpreted accurately through the formula of principles inherent in the letters that spell the name, give us great insight into the active forces as an operation that’s actively expressing through their personality and activities. Throughout biblical texts there are 72 (9) names of God that are used in the context of various allegories, which serves as a code that reveals the law as an operation being used and quality of consciousness being expressed through the nature of the operation.

In a similar manner, any sequences of numbers serve as a formula of principles that together perform a singular operation. While all multiple digits are broken down to a single digit as a primary principle or stage of an overall process, the numbers the formula’s comprised of gives us further clues as to the qualities and relationships involved. Example: 163 = 10 = 1. The 163 gives us insight into the energetic nature of 10, and how it exists in relationship with 1 as a combined function of a particular nature. The 1, 6 and 3 are principles as a relationship or sequence of coordinated activity that acts as instructions for “how to” perform the overall operation represented by 1.

Names, dimensions, dates, coordinates, relationships, symbolic form, colors, sounds, and so on, are providing us with dynamic formulas as to the “inner nature” (soul) of something, not as an actual physical description of the object itself. While we tend to think that the spiritual world is symbolic of the material world, it’s actually the other way around. The form doesn’t give rise to the life that inhabits it, it’s the “life” as the soul that acts to shape the form as a correspondence or symbolic representation of itself. Our soul exists as an archetype imbued with specific attributes and qualities that form a corresponding vibration. All vibration is a thematic pattern shaped by a mental image. Whatever image of ourselves we form we systematically shape others and the world at large to be of the same image and likeness. The nature of the form gives us clues as to the nature of the consciousness that first acts to shape it then animates it with life.

It’s only through our inherent (practical) understanding of universal law and principles and the dynamic system of correspondences that we can accurately decipher the code hidden in material form as the principles actively operating to create it and then use it to express through. The chain-of-association that naturally takes place when we view everything as symbolic is based on our personal knowledge of attributes and qualities that pertain to specific ideas as correlations. As with algebra, we can know the unknown parts of any equation by how they exist in relationship to the known parts. All material form is shaped as a relationship with its creator.

Dr. Linda Gadbois     

Understanding Universal Laws and how to Use them

Many of us have been taught to view everything as separate and independent of everything else. We tend to take what exists as a part of a living, functioning system, break it down into parts, then study and make a whole out of what in reality exists as one aspect and function of a whole system. The Universal Laws, or what is called the 7 Hermetic Principles, is actually 10 Principles, numbered 0 through 9, where the first one is 3-fold in nature, or 3 laws that together form One, out of which the other 7 emerge systematically as the activity and expression of the One, as a growth and development process. In this sense, the One contains all the potential of the other 7 in its latent form, and each one, as it becomes active and begins expressing is the culmination or outgrowth of all that preceded it and served to form the necessary foundation for it to come into existence through an active state, while containing the latent potential of all that will proceed out of it. Each Law is nested within and an integral part of all others. So no matter how you view it, they represent a whole system where each stage is either in an active or passive mode. Laws can also be thought of as a form of “seed” that contains within it all the information for its growth and development in a passive, “potential” state. As it begins growing, bringing its latent potential into and active and outwardly expressive state, it unfolds through systematic stages of development that ultimately form a full mature idea as an entity, life form, and reality.

Laws don’t indicate something specific as the elements of the material reality they form, but rather the natural forces that serve to shape, animate and give life to material reality. So laws aren’t a “thing” or a “material form” of some sort, but rather the invisible operations that concentrate, organize, and hold matter together, creating the appearance of form. All matter as atoms, are a cluster of particles that form a “system” that’s organized and held together in an active state by what appears to be “invisible space” that’s actually a force that produces tension as an electromagnetic field. The material form itself is not the law, but rather the intelligence that ordering, governing, and operating it. In this way, all material form is shaped and operated by conscious and intelligent forces as Universal Laws. The Laws themselves are uncreated and unformed and not of the material realm, but what concentrates and coagulates light (photons) into essence (charged plasma) that becomes the basis for all life-forms. It’s the invisible force that charges or electrifies particles to the same vibration as a means of organizing them into a coherent system, or growing a whole material body through a process of regeneration as a growth cycle. So Laws pertain to the invisible, subtle realm that underlies and forms the infrastructure that sustains and operates the material realm. They are what form the energetic matrix out of which the material world naturally arises and exists as its outward expression.

The first three laws form the “One primary Law”, also known as the Parental Law or Law of the Mind, which systematically gives birth to all laws that issue forth from it as the mental activity that forms the material world by organizing it into biological living systems. The Original Law is the One that exists as dual in Nature, forming the Divine Paradox as the interaction or activity produced by the feminine and masculine aspects that form extremes of the same idea. The One exists in a unified state on a higher, purely invisible plane that’s parallel to the material plane, and as it descend into the lower plane of form, separates from Itself forming aspects that directly oppose each other as both an inner and outer, upper and lower, self as another, all of which provide the means for creating Itself through an experience of itself. This is the great paradox of the upper forming the lower to be of the same nature and likeness as the upper, and governed by the same Laws as the upper. The Universal Mind that forms the basis for the Individual mind, not as the same “thing” or material form, but as being of the same nature and possessing the same creative abilities to generate its own reality as the greater Universal Mind. The same Laws play out consistently on every level and scale of existence as the underlying Causal forces of the material world, which arise out of the mind as an imagined reality.

The mind, being 3-fold in nature, exists on three levels simultaneously and operates through two parallel dimensions that exist in polarity to each other. The higher dimension, never being able to merge into the lower (polar opposites both attract and repel), is bridged by a “medium” that’s both of the higher and the lower, called the soul, which becomes the means through which a connection is established and communication as a two-way flow of energy between the Universal Mind and the Individual mind. The entire lower plane exists “within” the Higher plane as its creation formed and maintained in the imagination. Just as there are three levels of the Universal Mind, there are three levels of the individual mind, out of which reality and the self is formed, as the Higher Mind, the subconscious mind, and the self-conscious mind. All aspects of the mind exist within the preceding one and emerge out of it as a birthing process or as its natural offspring. All form is shaped through combinations as feminine and masculine aspects that together, form a unique version.

The Mind as the primary or Primordial Law, creates three levels of reality simultaneously. It creates the entire material reality of the natural world, the immediate or subjective reality of the individual within the natural world, and the inner reality of the self. All realities are nested within each other and are interdependent, relying on each other as the basis for their existence. The first Law, formed by three aspects that span multiple dimensions, exist as a correspondence to each other, and form a corresponding vibration. The second law is the Law of Correspondence (the bridge), the third, the Law of Vibration, the fourth, the Law of Polarity, fifth, the Law of Rhythm, Sixth, the Law of Cause and Effect, and the seventh, the Law of Gender. All of which synchronistically emerge from each other forming the foundation as a function necessary for the ones issuing forth from it. The mind creates vibration as thought, that forms into two opposite poles as extremes of the same idea, forming polarity, and creates through the activity as movement between poles in a pulsating, rhythmic flow. This movement between opposites of the same idea produce both an inner reality and an outer reality that’s the polar opposite of it, and both act to stimulate the other into an active state as cause that creates a corresponding effect, a stimulus that produces a like response, or an action that causes an equal reaction. These polar opposites are the feminine and masculine aspects of the same thing, that come into an active state through an interaction which serves to awaken latent aspects of each other becoming what forms their outer expression as what we call a sensory reality as the outer appearance that’s a correspondence to the inner activity.

So what we refer to as the Primordial Principles of Hermetic Sciences or Universal Laws, describe activity as a relationship and interaction between natural forces that result in a holographic dream that we call life as material in nature. Material of course, referring to light (photons) as “starlight” (charged plasma) organized into patterns by vibration that forms both the inner and outer expression of the same idea as a cohesive and coherent reality. All reality is the offspring of the mind that’s producing it. These Laws don’t describe the reality itself, but rather the nature of the mind producing it, and the creative process as an operation that it uses to produce it. These laws act as an instruction manual for learning how to operate our own mind and create our reality in an intentional and deliberate way by learning how to change our vibration by working with polarity. We create our life experiences, and thus ourselves, by how we use our mind to form the expression of our vibratory frequency and keep ourselves tuned to that same vibration, repeatedly and consistently creating the same type reality as the perpetual motion of cause and effect. We form the thoughts of our vibration, connect to that same vibration in everything else, and form the reality of our thoughts as an experience of them. By learning how to change our vibration as our thoughts and feelings, which produce our behaviors and perception of reality, we change how we experience ourselves and how life appears to us.

The mind, no matter what scale it exists on, is the producer of both the inner and outer realities as correspondences to each other. We are attracted to our polar opposite in everything outside of us. We are stimulated by our polar opposite which activates that quality in us and brings it out, developing it through the relationship as an interaction with ourselves (same frequency) in another. We can work directly on ourselves to develop certain characteristics by who we enter into and maintain relationships with. Whoever we associate with, we become like. So the most natural form of self-development as changing our vibratory frequency comes by either intentionally embodying qualities that counteract the opposite quality of the same idea, and by consciously choosing our relationships for the qualities they bring out in us, and “who” and “how” we become by way of them.

All transformation and self-creation comes by working with laws, instead of contradicting or working against them. The value of understanding Laws is that they empower us with the tools and instruction for developing ourselves to a higher vibration that produces a correlating outer reality, and moves us systematically into the consistent world of that reality. Our vibratory frequency as an oscillation between complementary realms is what produces the outer expression as a direct reflection of the inner realm. As we move up the scale to a higher vibration by purifying our character of destructive traits and qualities, we experience ourselves in new and creative ways, and produce the outer dream that’s nurturing and life-sustaining, and we pull ourselves up out of the rubble and ruins of a dying society and into a pristine paradise, all of which are of our own making.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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