The Principle of Cause and Effect

The Principle of Cause and Effect

Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a  name  for  Law  not  recognized;  there  are  many  planes  of  causation,  but  nothing  escapes  the  Law (The Kybalion).

I find myself saying, “This must have happened for a reason,” all the time. This is why. Things don’t just occur; there is no such thing as pure chance, just as there is no pure determinism. These kind of polarities are always paradoxical and are merely two faces of the same phenomenon. There is no pure causal determinism just as there is no pure indeterminism.  

According to The Kybalion,

A careful examination will show that what we call “Chance” is merely an expression relating to obscure causes; causes that we cannot perceive; causes that we cannot understand.

The etymology of the word “chance” relates to the idea “to fall,” as in the fall of dice. When dice are thrown, they fall a certain way, not because there were no determining causes, but because we are not able to perceive them by relying on our physcial senses. If one examines the situation thoroughly, one will find that many causes contributed to the way the dice landed.

Chance is just another way of saying we don’t understand the causes behind a certain occurrence. There are laws existing on the planes of matter and laws existing on higher planes. The laws of the higher planes affect entities on the planes of matter. We may not have knowledge of these, but that doesn’t mean they’re not real.

There is no such thing as pure coincidence. Again, such a concept violates the principle of polarity. C. G. Jung, as we know so well, formulated the idea of Synchronicity, which he defined as “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events.” Jung believed these seemingly unrelated events could be connected because they share meaning. The idea implies an underlying web that includes all Reality, an interconnectedness that permeates the Universe, which Jung called the Unus Mundus, or “one world.”

Cause and Effect deals merely with events.” An “event” is “that which comes, arrives or happens, as a result or consequent of some preceding event.” No event “creates” another event, but is merely a preceding link in the great orderly chain of events flowing from the creative energy of THE ALL. There is a continuity between all events precedent, consequent and subsequent. There is a relation existing between everything that has gone before, and everything that follows. A stone is dislodged from a mountain side and crashes through a roof of a cottage in the valley below. At first sight we regard this as a chance effect, but when we examine the matter we find a great chain of causes behind it. In the first place there was
the rain which softened the earth supporting the stone and which allowed it to fall; then back of that was the influence of the sun, other rains, etc., which gradually disintegrated the piece of rock from a larger piece; then there were the causes which led to the formation of the mountain, and its upheaval by convulsions of nature, and so on ad infinitum.

Hermeticism teaches that humans can transcend cause and effect entirely, just as the principle of polarity is transcended. With enough experience on the higher planes, the student can rise above the planes of materiality and live as he or she is meant to live, i.e. a life of transcendence, not being moved about as a piece on a chess board, and not carried along by every whim of the herd. Transcendence means creating your own Reality!

Hermeticism teaches that such Masters cannot transcend the laws of the higher planes, only the planes of matter. These Masters use their knowledge of the laws of the higher planes to transcend the planes of the material word. So mote it be!

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2 thoughts on “The Principle of Cause and Effect

  1. I'm so glad to have stumbled across your blog. I've just begun a personal exploration of Hermeticism. Starting with the Seven Principles, and familiarizing myself with the Corpus Hermeticum and other Hermetic writings. I'm an Eclectic Wiccan with strong interest in Gnosticism, but for whatever reason had never felt the urge to dive into Hermeticism until now. Your blog has been a great inspiration.

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