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The Principle of Rhythm

Updated: Jun 7


Welcome to part five of our ongoing series discussing The Seven Hermetic principles. So far, these natural laws have relayed the nature of existence. All things begin in the mind, there is correspondence between all realms, and everything, both physical and spiritual, is vibrational and dual in nature.

"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

The fifth spiritual law, the Principle of Rhythm, is how Consciousness ensures that all things remain in perfect balance. We already learned that everything in existence is polar in nature, light and dark, hot and cold, love and fear, life and death. Rhythm means nothing remains on one particular end of the pole. Rhythm ensures a perfect synchronistic balance in all things, that life continues, and that the sun will always rise again, as there cannot be darkness without light. Rhythm guarantees that every effort will receive its due and just reward, whether in this realm or the next.


"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build," ~ Ecclesiastes 3: 1-3

Have you heard the phrase, there is a time for everything, or something similar? Even though that is a shortened version of Ecclesiastes 3 in the Bible, this scripture simply restates Hermetic Principle number five in different terms. The Principle of Rhythm is a powerful spiritual law because no thing can escape it. Humans, animals, plants, the luminaries, and the planets; everything in existence is subject to this law.

Alright, so let's get to the meaty part. What are some fundamental, tangible ways to harness the inherent value in this principle and apply it to real life?

Life is fair. Although it may sound like we are at the whim of an invisible force or energy, the Kybalion reminds us that this force is just and fair, even though it may not always appear that way. "The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left." The Principle of Rhythm will always compensate. Rhythm guarantees reciprocity. We have to remember that all things are physical and spiritual in nature. Just because reciprocity may not be evident in the physical doesn't mean rhythm didn't compensate in the spiritual. No one ever gets away with misdeeds, nor do acts of service ever go without an equal measure of reciprocity, whether in the physical or spiritual. So always remember what your mom used to tell you, God doesn't like ugly. What you do will always come back to you and yours, whether here or in the afterlife.

Ride the waves. Although it sounds similar to the principle of polarity, rhythm guarantees a perfect balance between the poles. Although it reminds us that we are not entirely in control, it's also a reminder that we are never stuck. We are indeed subject to the swing of the pendulum. However, the pendulum will always swing back our way. There is beautiful synchronicity and rhythm in life. Nothing is ever out of order. Rhythm reminds us that nothing is permanent or stationary; the only true constant is change. The best thing to do is learn to ride the waves.


"Nothing stands still - everything is being born, growing, dying - the very instant a thing reaches its height, it begins to decline - the law of rhythm is in constant operations...." ~ The Kybalion.

It's only temporary. In tarot, the wheel of fortune is the principle of rhythm in pictorial form. Sometimes we're at the top and sometimes at the bottom. We never know when we may be on our way up or on our way back down. Therefore, relish in and appreciate wherever you may find yourself in life and remember it's only temporary, bad or good. Yes, we all want good times to remain forever. However, the Kybalion reminds us that "the very instant a thing reaches its height, it begins to decline. So, enjoy everything while you can, as everything is only temporary.

It's all from God. Rhythm also reminds us that everything flows out from Source and then back in. Nothing is ever separate from Supreme Consciousness, meaning no matter how life swings, Spirit is in the midst of it. Pretty self-explanatory but extremely powerful. We are never alone. It's all orchestrated by God, and Spirit is always in the midst.

The ultimate balancer. Rhythm is the ultimate balancer. Don't ever try to push too fiercely or for too long on one particular side of the pendulum, as rhythm will eventually compensate with an equal measure. Ever work, work, work too hard without rest? Eventually, your body will sit you down with a force equal to or greater than what you were expending. Rhythm is the ultimate balancer.

A natural teacher. As any good parent knows, children learn best in a safe environment of controlled chaos. You have to allow children the freedom to roam and explore while providing them a safe and supportive space to make mistakes. Rhythm is a natural teacher in that it enables you to push the limits and pulls you back in when you've gone too far. Asb Mozart said, "The best way to learn is through the powerful force of rhythm."

"The best way to learn is through the powerful force of rhythm." ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ways to apply this principle are endless. However, these are just a few examples of how you can harness this principle and apply it to real life. We hope you've enjoyed this discussion as much as we have so far. There are only two more parts left in this series! If you've made it this far, you may as well come back for part six, The Principle of Cause and Effect.


As always, thank you for placing your eyeballs on our content!

The Rebellious Gem


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