The second of the seven great Hermetic Principles is that of Correspondence. This Principle has often been a great aid when trying to understand those things which were previously beyond my understanding. Using the Principal of Correspondence, one can take the knowledge of one thing and apply the Principal to understand another thing. The featured post image is the Eye of Horus, which I found appropriate because the Principle of Correspondence assists us in seeing that which the eye cannot.
“As above; so below. As below; so above.” – The Kybalion
This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a correspondence between all the planes of being because everything comes from THE ALL, and everything obeys the same laws of creation. According to The Kybalion, the planes of being can be divided into three great classes of phenomena:
- The Great Physical Plane
- The Great Mental Plane
- The Great Spiritual Plane
These classes can all be divided into their own subclasses, but those subclasses will not be addressed in this post. The three Great Planes are not meant to be literal but are to be used to aid in understanding the various degrees and forms of universal activity and life. For all phenomena are of the same thing, differing in degree and rate of vibration. For example, matter is but a form of energy at a low rate of vibration, just as light is a form of energy at a different rate of vibration, but both come from THE ALL, being fundamentally the same, differing in degree and rate of vibration.
What is important to understand about The Principle of Correspondence is that for every physical phenomenon, there is a corresponding mental and spiritual phenomenon. For example, if you find yourself to be physically weak, by using the Principle of Correspondence, you will be able to see that there is a corresponding weakness in your mental and spiritual planes, and by correcting one, you may, in turn, correct the others, for all planes of being correspond.
By observing that a person is messy, you can infer that their corresponding mental state is also out of order. Likewise, by observing how a person speaks, moves, and hold themselves you will be able to see into their minds.
Although the Principle of Correspondence can aid in seeing through others, it is wise to turn the same use of the Principle on oneself. By doing so you are able to find fault in yourself that you can then work to perfect. A great way to start doing this is by observing your posture. First, learn correct posture, then correct your posture and see if you can find correspondence between your physical posture and your mental states. With careful observation and practice, you may discover how correcting your posture can correct crookedness of the mind as well.