"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
Welcome to part six of our series. This segment will deep dive into the sixth Hermetic law, The Principle of Cause and Effect. This spiritual law relays that every cause has an effect, and every effect has a cause. Well, that's obvious! Okay, all done. Thank you for coming to our Ted Talk.
Now we're being facetious. Although it seems pretty self-explanatory, let's take a look at some of the ramifications of this principle and the ways it tends to show up in real life. Yes, every cause has an effect and vice versa. A single cause can also have multiple effects in many cases, and numerous causes can have a singular effect. Either way, nothing escapes the reciprocity of this law.
Here are some ways we've noticed this principle play out in real life.
"Whosoever acts righteously – whether a man or a woman – and embraces belief, We will surely grant him a good life; and will surely grant such persons their reward according to the best of their deeds."
~ Surah An-Nahl 16:97
You reap what you sow. Whether good or bad, you reap what you sow. Surah An-Nahl 16:97 reminds us that "whoever acts righteously" will be granted a good life, and on the flip side, whoever acts heinously will also receive their just due. Although, as discussed in the previous post, reciprocity may not always come in this present physical realm. Hinduism and Buddhism call this same concept Karma. Whether in this life or the next, you will reap what you sow.
"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."
- Galatians 6:7-8
The Spirit of God cannot be mocked. Galatians 6:7-8 reminds us not to be deceived. There is nothing you can put past God. Spirit is the all be all. Even if something is done alone and in complete darkness, the Spirit of God will always be in the midst. Consciousness will always be aware of what's done no matter how well you may try to hide it. The Spirit of God cannot be mocked.
No such thing as chance. Most often than not, when circumstances occur in life, you almost always know the cause. You also know what actions you can take when you want to create a specific outcome. However, sometimes things happen in life, and you have no idea what the cause could have been or what the effect might be. It's easy in those cases to say something happened by chance or even play the victim. However, the Kybalion reminds us, "chance is but a name for law not recognized." Things only appear as chance when the cause is unknown. "There are many planes of causation," but there is no such thing as chance.
"Cause and effect, means and end, seed and fruit cannot be severed. Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Another natural teacher. As with the Principle of Rhythm, Cause and Effect is also a natural teacher. What better way to learn than to see the fruit of your actions. It's easy to learn what behavior to engage in to get the desired outcome for your efforts. However, the lessons are much harder to swallow when you cause or have to deal with the effects of life's undesired events. You cannot separate or escape the law of Cause and Effect. The best thing you can do is determine how to best learn from this natural teacher.
"Rather than studying the laws of cause and effect, people spend their lives being the effect and running from the cause." ~ Eugene J Martin
Don't run from the cause; instead, face it. Ahh, yes, just what we all wanted to hear. You can probably think of someone in your life who identifies with an affliction but refuses to deal with the cause. Whether being broke, a divorcee, or sick with preventable health conditions, chances are you know someone who is always a victim of their circumstances. As Eugene Martin said, "people spend their lives being the effect and running from the cause." Life's challenges can either debilitate or empower you. The best thing to do is not run from the cause but face it.
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." ~ Luke 6:38
You get in proportion to what you give. Give little effort, get little reward. Luke 6:38 makes it clear, "give, and it will be given unto you." The scripture even says it will come back to you "running over," meaning you will receive more than what you give. Whatever unit of measurement you use is the same amount that will return to you, maybe even more, good or bad. You may not see it in this lifetime, but it will come back your way. So always remember you will get in proportion to what you give.
"Every thought you produce, anything you say, ar.ny action you do, it bears your signature."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Everything "bears your signature." Thich Nhat Hanh brings us to our final point in this segment. "Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it all bears your signature." We are all electromagnetic beings. Whatever you think, say, or do has your energetic blueprint and can therefore be traced back to you. Again, God cannot be mocked. Whatever you put out knows its way back to you. Everything "bears your signature."
We have one more post left in this series on the Hermetic Principles, an analysis of the Principle of Gender. So don't be shy. That is a hyperlink if you'd like to check out the last segment in this series. :)
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