The Principle of Mentalism

Updated: Jun 1

"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."
~ The Kybalion

Alright, welcome back for the Gumbo and Jambalaya. A deep dive into the Principle of Mentalism. "The All is Mind." It doesn't get any simpler than this quote from The Kybalion, right? But let's take a look at this concept from another source. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, "Let there be light,"

An innerstanding that the Bible is a book about consciousness is a prerequisite here.

An innerstanding that the Bible is a book about consciousness is a prerequisite here. God created the etheric and physical realms (heaven and earth). The physical was without form, and then the Spirit of God brought awareness to it when He hovered over the face of the waters (consciousness) and spoke it into power. We haven't gotten to the second Hermetic principle yet, but it's true, As Above So Below, meaning the same way God or Spirit creates is the same way we create, with the mind.

Just in case you didn't find that Source credible, maybe you'll prefer Surah An-Nahl verse 40 from the Qu'ran, "When God intends to bring something into existence, He says to it 'Be,' and it becomes." God had to intend with His mind. Everything had to originate from the mind of God before it could come to be in this physical world. Meaning there is nothing that was not intended or initiated by the Mind of God. It's the same in the personal worlds we're creating. The spark of any physical manifestation, good or bad, begins in our minds.

"The Universe is Mental." The etymology of Universe is interesting here. According to, Universe means "turned into one," from unus "one"... + versus... "to turn, turn back, be turned; convert, transform, translate; be changed." The Universe is one. It is constantly transforming and shifting itself back into itself. The Principle of Mentalism is the principle of Oneness. There is no separation between us and Source or the Universe. And even for the Universe, transforming, converting, or aligning itself into one is a mental job.

"That all may be one as you, Father, are in me and I am in you" (John 17:21).

So, how is any of this information helpful or empowering? You could spend a lifetime studying this principle and ways to apply it, but let's start with the realization just mentioned that we are one with God. "The ALL is Mind." God is The ALL, and we were first thoughts in His Great Mind before we came to be physical. The ALL includes us, meaning we are not separate from God but individuations of God instead. Sort of like the whole ocean is in a drop analogy; the absolute power of God to create is in each of us. Our job is to become one with ourselves and our Divinity within. How does it feel to know you can create with the same power with which God can create? Hey God Body, I see you!

If you, me, energy, existence, all that is is Mental, then that means all of it can be influenced by thought. Don't think you're that powerful? Well, maybe you've heard of the observer effect, a theory that has long fascinated and has recently begun to be proven by physicists. The observer effect simply means that an observer can affect an outcome simply by observing it. In other words, particles will behave differently based on the observer of the particles. Put differently, an observer affects the result of what's being observed. Yes, science is actually beginning to prove that we can affect the reality of what we observe or manifest in our lives.

If you, me, energy, existence, all that is is Mental, then that means all of it can be influenced by thought.

So why haven't we all manifested our dream lives yet? Please reread the opening quote. Alchemy and transformation are not for the weak of heart. Mastery of this principle requires a conscious use of will, poise, and "mental firmness." It requires the kind of faith that moves mountains. You know, the faith of a mustard seed. Again, the Universe is mental. It has to know what it wants and what it's doing without a shadow of a doubt. Imagine if Spirit swayed back and forth trying to decide if it had the power to cause the sun to rise.

If you do a quick Google search for "Bible unwavering," you get countless examples of scriptures for unwavering faith or unwavering hope. According to Etymology Online, faith is "belief, trust, confidence; pledge." Hope is "to have trust, have confidence, or assume confidently." In Matthew 17:20, Jesus replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Most people give little credence to Jesus' statement because it sounds so outlandish, but he wouldn't have been able to drive this point home with any other example. Even the most seasoned manifestor probably doesn't believe they can actually move a mountain.

This is the perfect place to end this discussion on this first hermetic principle. Again, these principles and how they can be applied lend to study for an entire lifetime. There is no way one simple blog post can do them justice, but the basics were outlined. We are one with Source. There is no separation. We don't create outside of or independent of that power. Everything is mental. We can connect to Source to receive any idea, answer, or solution, and we can affect outcomes and reality with our minds if we have the will, belief, and mental fortitude to do so.

We hope you find this content compelling and thought-provoking and that you join us next week to discuss Hermetic Principle number two: The Principle of Correspondence.

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