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The Principle of Correspondence

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
~ Hebrew 11:3

Welcome. If this is your first time here, we are right in the middle of a series on The Seven Hermetic Principles, and this is a deep dive into principle number two. The Principle of Correspondence.


"As above so below, as below so above. As within so without, as without so within."
~ The Kybalion

Simply put, this principle means that all things are interconnected. Nothing is independent in and of itself; there is a correspondence between all things, mental, physical, and spiritual. Etymonline.com defines correspondence as meaning "to be in agreement, to be in harmony with;" or "correspond, harmonize, reciprocate." Correspondence is a combination of com "together, with (each other)" and respondere "to answer." So all things are in agreement or have a reciprocal relationship. All things respond or answer to each other. Nothing is independent in and of itself.

When we break down the previous quote from the Kybalion piece by piece, we learn that what happens above us directly relates to what is happening on our physical plane. What is happening within us directly reflects what is happening outside of us

and vice versa. The Law of Correspondence mirrors, reflects, and reciprocates across all planes. An example of The Principle of Correspondence in action is astrology. Practitioners of astrology spend a lot of time and energy analyzing birth charts and transiting planets. Since the dawn of time, humans have studied the relationship between the macrocosm above and how it directly impacts our internal world here in the physical realm.


"We will show them Our signs in the universe and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that this is the truth. Is it not enough that your Lord is a Witness over all things?"
~ Surah Fussilat 53

The Bible provides some excellent scriptures that speak to the relationship or correspondence between the mental, physical and spiritual planes. In the previous post about the Principle of Mentalism, we covered that the Universe is Mental and that God creates by bringing awareness to consciousness and speaking manifestations into existence. Hebrews 11:3 states that the word of God created the worlds and that "what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." In other words, that which is physical first had to exist in the spiritual and then mental realms.


A proper grasp of the law of correspondence breeds the internal alchemist.

So how can we put this universal law to use? A proper grasp of the law of correspondence breeds the internal alchemist. Innerstanding the interconnectedness of all things allows practitioners to alter outcomes knowing that one action has a direct and reciprocal response in a corresponding plane. Correspondence means there is an agreement or harmony, a relationship of reciprocity. We are mind, body, Spirit. An imbalance in one area will cause an imbalance in the others. All three should be in harmony with each other.

Ever wonder how two people can be diagnosed with the same disease but have entirely different outcomes? Some succumb to stage four cancer, and others manage to eradicate it from their bodies and heal completely. You cannot receive a diagnosis of that magnitude and survive without synergy and correspondence between the physical, mental and spiritual. You also cannot heal from any physical diagnosis without addressing the mental and spiritual deficiencies that contributed to it. If you apply the principle of correspondence with honesty and accountability, you see how misaligned thoughts and spiritual beliefs lead to sickness and disease in the body.

This second Hermetic principle postulates that the outer world directly reflects our inner world and vice versa. Whatever manifests into our external world, good or bad, directly corresponds with something mental, spiritual, or both. In the problem lies the solution, and in the solution lies the problem. Whatever that may be for each individual is personal; however, the power and ability to analyze, reflect and affect change is there, as we all have the power of free will.


"The Universe is Mental." "As Above So Below."

Spirit creates in the macrocosm the same way we do in our microcosm. If you want something to change in your life, start with honestly analyzing the thoughts and beliefs that may have contributed to your dissatisfaction. Address any dis-ease before it becomes a disease. For many who come from religious backgrounds, beliefs surrounding the past, guilt, or punishment may be challenging to overcome. It might be helpful to remember religious texts that refer to heaven or hell speak to states of mind, not actual physical locations. Job 3:25 states, "What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me." Jesus said it another way when he stressed the importance of thinking upon all that is pure, noble, or right. We create heaven or hell with our thoughts and beliefs, "for out of the overflow of the heart, the man speaks." Matthew 12:34


"for out of the overflow of the heart, the man speaks." ~ Matthew 12:34

So next time someone is an ass, don't take it personally. Whatever the offense, it's a reflection of the offender's inner world, and your attraction of and response to it is a reflection of yours. This principle is the same as the others in that you can spend an entire lifetime studying them and the many ways they apply to life. So far, the Hermetic Principles have taught us that the Universe is Mental, and there is correspondence between all planes. Stay tuned next week as we dive into the Principle of Vibration and how to harness it to empower ourselves and really affect change in our lives.

We genuinely hope you've enjoyed this discussion, and if you need a little mental clarity, maybe try sprucing up your personal space. After all, your outer world reflects your inner world, so making a change in your external world is sure to change your inner world.


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