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You are experiencing what we all feel in life. There is a principle at work in this. You can compare it to a pendulum. This is revealed in the
Bible. You can even find it clearly delineated in a Hermetic axiom which I will quote directly:
"This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured
motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like
movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and low-tide; between the two poles which
exist in accordance with the Principle of Polarity described a moment ago. There is always
an action and a reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and a sinking. This is in the
affairs of the Universe, suns, worlds, men, animals, mind, energy, and matter. This law is
manifest in the creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of nations; in the life of
all things; and finally in the mental states of Man (and it is with this latter that the Hermetists
find the understanding of the Principle most important). The Hermetists have grasped this
Principle, finding its universal application, and have also discovered certain means to
overcome its effects in themselves by the use of the appropriate formulas and methods.
They apply the Mental Law of Neutralization. They cannot annul the Principle, or cause it to
cease its operation, but they have learned how to escape its effects upon themselves to a certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the Principle.
They have learned how to USE
it, instead of being USED BY it. In this and similar methods, consist the Art of the Hermetists.
The Master of Hermetics polarizes himself at the point at which he desires to rest, and then
neutralizes the Rhythmic swing of the pendulum which would tend to carry him to the other
pole. All individuals who have attained any degree of Self-Mastery do this to a certain
degree, more or less unconsciously, but the Master does this consciously, and by the use of
his Will, and attains a degree of Poise and Mental Firmness almost impossible of belief on
the part of the masses who are swung backward and forward like a pendulum. This Principle
and that of Polarity have been closely studied by the Hermetists, and the methods of
counteracting, neutralizing, and USING them form an important part of the Hermetic Mental
What is a Master of Hermetics?
A Master of Hermetics is someone on a path to enlightenment from works. Most religions of the world are based on works. This is because there is
great value in Alchemy. Alchemy is speeding up the process of nature. For the mental aspect of a person's intellect, study is a form of alchemy.
Expanding awareness is a form of mental alchemy. Assisting others in good works is yet another. The value is clear. Practicing righteousness is a
path to raising yourself above the turmoil of this world. What is the harm? The "Ascended Master" as they like to call themselves are working their
way to God. This is a false path. Christ is the only path that leads to new life. Does this discount the effort to become better? Not at all. As
long as we are keeping our faith on God and working to rise above the waves in life, we are expanding our faith. Faith apart from works is dead.
There is no fear in doing good when we place faith in God. God works out our faith as the Good Shepherd. We don't do this task ourselves. This is
an important point to make. As soon as we take it on as our job, we say that Christ died for nothing. Again, this is false.
How does this apply to the Bible or religion in general? The turmoil of life can be compared to the waves of the ocean or the swing of the pendulum.
The wave comes and we use the floor of the sea to step above the wave so we don't drown. We can also suffer work to swim to calmer waters. Either
way, there will always be waves. The trick is to learn what is mentioned above in the quote.
In life, a person either masters circumstances or circumstances master the person. No matter the circumstance, Paul found contentment in the true
reward of life. Jobs, cars, women, houses and any material gain can never give true reward. Trusting God in every moment leads to life. Seek first
the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.
Have you considered that the trials you experience today are preparing you for what comes next? Mastery comes from practice. A smooth sea does not
make a skilled sailor.
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