Day 25 / The Spiritual Show and Tell: My favorite spiritual quote. “As Above, So Below”. This well known aphorism, originally derives from a passage in the Emerald Tablet, which is one of the most mysterious and cryptic documents, and there are many speculations and legends regarding its origins. Regardless, the Tablet is considered to be the original source of Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Western Alchemy and Science, and is inseparable from the elusive figure of Hermes Trismegistus.
The quote is also found in The Kybalion, as the 2nd Principle of the Universe, which is specifically the Principle of Correspondence. Understanding this Principle gives one the means of solving many dark paradox, and hidden secrets of Nature. Furthermore, it is said to be one of the most important mental instruments by which man was able to pry aside the obstacles which hid from view the Unknown.
I like to think of this aphorism in it’s expanded version: “As above, so below; as within, so without; as the universe, so the soul.” It gives me much to contemplate. In Hermeticism, the expression can be taken to imply that earthly matters reflect the operation of the astral plane, or the heavens. In another context, the phrase can refer to the idea that the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and vice versa. Within each lies the other, and through understanding one the individual may understand the other. Therefore, whatever happens on any level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) also happens on every other level, and the higher planes. You can apply this axiom in practice, by considering the larger or more abstract versions, to whatever you are observing or engaging in, while keeping in mind its implications. For me this quote is a reminder of the order that governs my own life, on multiple levels, and the perceived reality around me.
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Reflecting on how we sometimes neglect our true self to please others and relationships.
While we believe to get a sense of instant gratification when it works, it never lasts.
When we find and desire in others things we don’t have, we are coming from a place of scarcity.
When we look inwards and cherish our own beauty, only beautiful can manifest from it.
There’s so much abundance in this beautiful world and enough everything for everyone. ❤️ 💫✨ #rumi ...
Ma’at is the Ancient Egyptian or Kemetic goddess that represents the conceptions of Divine Order, Balance, Morality, Truth, Reality and Justice. Some myths claim that she came into being when Ra rose from the waters of Nun, thus she is known to be one of his daughters. In this aspect, she is said to have set the world in order after the creation, especially the behavior of the stars, the seasons, the mortals and even the deities. She is the wife and consort of Thoth and bore eight children with him who later became the eight primeval deities of Hermopolis (the most famous of which is Amun). Her name, sometimes also spelled “Mayet”, literally means, “That which is straight”. She is often depicted as a woman, seated or standing, whose crown has a single ostrich feather protruding from it. She may also be seen as a woman with ostrich feathers for a headdress or as a woman with an ostrich feather as her head. She is also occasionally depicted as a winged goddess. She typically holds a specter in one hand and an ankh symbol in another. She is often associated with the symbols of the scales and the primeval mound where the god creator stood at the beginning of time.
Ma’at is revered for bringing an end to chaos and giving structure into a world once ruled by darkness and disarray. This is why pharaohs made sure to uphold her principles lest chaos return and destroy the world. All rulers respected her, however her most fervent followers included the Pharaohs Akhenaten and Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut even built a temple to her honor in Karnak near the precinct of Montu. She even named her throne Ma’atkare, which literally translates into “justice is the soul of Ra / Re”. As the goddess of justice, Ma’at is the patron of judges who wore small pendants of her as a sign of her authority over them.
She is believed to be a key symbol of life in Upper and Lower Egypt. In this aspect, she emphasized her role as the protector of good and the destroyer of evil and the maintainer of balance. ...