The Principle of Rhythm states that
Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right, is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates (The Kybalion).
Like all of these principles, rhythm is ubiquitous in Nature. There is a rhythm to everything in our world. I was thinking the other day about planet Earth, how She breathes in and out just like we do. The ocean tides and atmospheric air currents are but two examples of how our planet breathes. The changing of the seasons are another example. Rhythm’s footprint is truly everywhere.
According to The Kybalion,
The Principle of Rhythm is closely connected with the Principle of Polarity. . . Rhythm manifests between the two poles established by the Principle of Polarity. This does not mean, however, that the pendulum of Rhythm swings to the extreme poles, for this rarely happens; in fact, it is difficult to establish the extreme polar opposites in the majority of cases. But the swing is ever “toward” first one pole and then the other.
We wake up everyday and see the Sun rising, beginning its climb to the top of the sky. Eventually, however, old Sol realizes that not all is progress, so He begins to descend until, finally, He sleeps for awhile, just as we do. But then the process repeats all over again the next day.
What would we do without rhythm? Life would be impossible, for there is nothing that does not exhibit this principle in some way. Our entire Universe possesses rhythm. Think of the planets orbiting their stars, the cycles of moons, even down to the tiniest subatomic particle, rhythm holds our Reality together.
Beginning with the manifestations of Spirit–of THE ALL–it will be noticed that there is ever the Outpouring and the Indrawing; the “Outbreathing and Inbreathing of Brahm,” as the Brahmans word it. Universes are created; reach their extreme low point of materiality; and then begin their upward swing. Suns spring into being, and then their height of power being reached, the process of retrogression begins, and after æons they become dead masses of matter, awaiting another impulse which starts again their inner energies into activity and a new solar life cycle is begun. And thus it is with all the worlds; they are born, grow and die; only to be reborn. And thus it is with all the things of shape and form; they swing from action to reaction; from birth to death; from activity to inactivity–and then back again. Thus it is with all living things; they are born, grow, and die–and then are reborn. So it is with all great movements, philosophies, creeds, fashions, governments, nations, and all else–birth, growth, maturity, decadence, death–and then newbirth. The swing of the pendulum is ever in evidence (The Kybalion).
Our foul moods and hateful behaviors are also products of The Principle of Rhythm. Some Hermeticists believe it is possible for one to transcend The Principle of Rhythm and The Principle of Polarity. They claim that consciousness can be raised to a point above the pendulum-swing of the unconscious plane of existence, allowing it to pass beneath. One remains above the fray, so to speak. The advanced Hermeticist polarizes himself or herself at the desired pole and remains there. For example, one can avoid hate by raising one’s consciousness to a vibrational level where one is polarized on the side of love at all times. This, I believe, is how people like Jesus lived.
This sort of high-level operation is done via the Imagination, since the possibilities are infinite on the plane of the mundus imaginalis. Our world will dramatically change when humans learn to enter the higher planes via the Imagination. May it happen quickly!
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