Universal Laws (Kingdom Principles and Hermetic Laws, among some of the names given) are esoteric in nature. They are over-arching principles of how the Universe works – just like gravity is a scientific principle on earth. They are guidelines to live by to become our Best Self.
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Many of the rules to live by in the various religions have some basis in Universal Law.
Universal Law and Our Past History
Universal Law and its principles have been passed on to us throughout history – through numerous holy people, in many ways, and in various forms.
Through their gods, teachers, and philosophers the ancients attempted to explain the laws and principles that pertain to creation, the cosmos, and our link to them.
They also attempted to explain the subtler aspects of the creative principle – as they relate to us. Based on these principles, texts were written that influenced many of the religions and thought-systems of the day.
In his investigation regarding human consciousness and religion, Stanislav Grof tells us in The Holotropic Mind that this creative principle, or cosmic consciousness, that has been written about in many ancient religious scriptures is known by different names: “Brahman in Hinduism, Dharmkaya in Mahayana Buddhism, the Tao in Taoism, Pneuma in Christian mysticism, Allah in Sufism, and Kether in the Kabbalah.”(1)
One of the much-revered spiritual teachers of the ancient Egyptians was Thoth Hermes Trismegistus, who they later declared to be their god Thoth. From his teachings emerged the Hermetic Laws.
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Many of these writings made their way into religious and spiritual texts we still use today. However, we have to make the distinction between the Universal Laws and the religious rules we are to live by, such as the 613 rules of Judaism.
We Are Creative Consciousness
In his same book, Grof also tells us that when physicists explored the micro world, they concluded that what “appears to be made up of solid objects” is actually an interweaving “complex web of unified events and relationships.” He says that we can then conclude that “consciousness does not just passively reflect the material world; it plays an active role in creating reality itself” (2).
Everything in the Universe is vibration and in a constant state of flux, and so everything – including us is – always being influenced by these governing principles – whether we are aware of it or not. And because everything holds a consciousness, outcomes can be directed.
We now understand the connection between scientific findings like quantum physics and spiritual concepts like the Law of Attraction’s premise that “we create our own realities.” Outcomes in the natural world and individual outcomes can be consciously altered.
Grof’s findings also show that the message is the same across all the religions he investigated – that not only can we connect with the creative principle, but in a sense, we are the creative principle.
He says that being able to connect to and become this creative consciousness is a logical extension when we look at the boundaries found within the physical universe. Grof relates this to quantum principles, because it shows us that physical boundaries are arbitrary, illusory, and can therefore be transcended.
He explains that in our enlightenment moments we transcend these boundaries and experience the cosmic consciousness. (I further discuss these and other scientific principles as they relate to us in chapter 7, Science in “Your Journey to Peace …”). See here for About Book
Here is a small summary of the first 3 Universal Laws I put forth in Why We Are the Way We Are.
First, the Law of Openness denotes that we have to be in a state of receptivity to be able to access the love, joy, sense of empowerment and other gifts available to us from the Universe.
Second, the Law of Authenticity indicates that we need to come from an honest place within ourselves. We must understand where our motivations come from.
Third, the well-known Law of Attraction confirms that we are vibration and maintains the principles that “like attracts like” and “we are the creator of our own realities.”
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(1) Stanislav Grof, The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives (New York: HarperCollins, 1993), 164.
(2) Grof, The Holotropic Mind, 6.
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