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Reviews for The Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece, by Three Initiates:

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Apr 21, 2008

This is NOT a book on magic (as in the description from goodreads). It explains the "science" of spirit or "All-That-Is". It resonated with me, and from it my interest in hermetic philosophy was ignited.
5

Jul 02, 2011

This stands as one of the most important books I've read about the nature of reality and the supersensible universe. As with any work intending to teach through words something that is larger and exponentially more complex than language will always require careful study. And though this book is not long by page standards, it requires careful, slow study if one is to get the maximum weight of the material.

If you are unable to let go of the question of whether there is more to the universe than This stands as one of the most important books I've read about the nature of reality and the supersensible universe. As with any work intending to teach through words something that is larger and exponentially more complex than language will always require careful study. And though this book is not long by page standards, it requires careful, slow study if one is to get the maximum weight of the material.

If you are unable to let go of the question of whether there is more to the universe than meets the eye, this should be on your reading list. If the idea of supersensible realms of experience do not drive you, or you think the idea of anything that cannot be seen with the objective eye is absurd, save yourself time and don't bother with this.

For me, this may stand as the most important piece of instruction I've received, even though I feel like I understood most of the ideas before. This work neatly organized and illustrated the differences between seemingly similar phenomena like vibration and rhythm, polarity and correspondence, etc. I'd give it 7 stars if I could. ;-) ...more
5

Jul 19, 2007

this book explains everything. Why study quantum physics when it is all here in a few basic principles. This is my bible.
5

Oct 09, 2008

What I learned from this book is that people think I am crazy if I try to talk about this stuff with them hahaha.
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Aug 02, 2012

Kuddos to the people who aim to give away "secrets", hidden from the layman for centuries, without really giving them! This book is a waste of time. It says too much and doesn't really say anything that you cannot find already in pop culture. My guess is that if your approach in reading it is to discover how to develop magical and telekinetic powers, you are only fooling yourself (truth be told, this is one of those books that led me to where i am today: an atheist, though not a bitter one, Kuddos to the people who aim to give away "secrets", hidden from the layman for centuries, without really giving them! This book is a waste of time. It says too much and doesn't really say anything that you cannot find already in pop culture. My guess is that if your approach in reading it is to discover how to develop magical and telekinetic powers, you are only fooling yourself (truth be told, this is one of those books that led me to where i am today: an atheist, though not a bitter one, thank you very much). If your approach is purely scholarly in the occult, then you'll probably end up giving this book two stars instead of one, as I just did. It has nothing of value, and is way too close to the Law of Attraction-The Secret bullshit. In any case, it's all bollocks!

Finally, I'm appalled at how many people gave 5 stars to this piece of codswallop! If this is a micro of a bigger representation of the world, then there are too many people out there who do not really know how to live their lives; and need bogus authors that cannot even dignify to print their real names on a book to teach them how to live them. Ridiculous.

On the other hand, I find it ludicrous that so many people are drawn to this emtpy literature. I mean, Paulo Coehlo is one of the most prolific and best-paids authors! And his books, while crappy, have been read by millions and can be found and the book section of almost any multinational drugstore. One of my professors compared this phenomenon to the advent of light literature, or its American sister, "lite lit". Do the experiment. Ask people if they read. If they say "yes", aske them what they read. If the start with "The Alchemist", "The Secret", "The DaVinci Code", "Kybalion", or for that matter, the Bible, you already know these people are book illiterate sophists that haven't really had a taste or the chance to try true literature.

Serious literature is not meant to give you any answers. It's meant to raise you even more questions. It's meant to make you think. It doesn't offer you solutions. It gives you more problems to solve. It challenges you. ...more
4

Jan 24, 2013

This book was written in the early 20th century and while it argues the validity of its teachings on the basis of a misinterpreted view of the antiquity of Hermes Trismegistus's writings, it is still interesting and applicable philosophically. Hermeticism in general took a hit when it was realized his writings took place a few centuries into the A.D. time period rather than in the early period of the ancient Egyptian kingdom. He was incorrectly viewed as the father of alchemy, mathematics and This book was written in the early 20th century and while it argues the validity of its teachings on the basis of a misinterpreted view of the antiquity of Hermes Trismegistus's writings, it is still interesting and applicable philosophically. Hermeticism in general took a hit when it was realized his writings took place a few centuries into the A.D. time period rather than in the early period of the ancient Egyptian kingdom. He was incorrectly viewed as the father of alchemy, mathematics and other disciplines, and so there was a let down when it was proven his writings took place at a much, much later time.

These authors are presenting a concise introduction to the core principles of Hermeticism, and it serves as a nice introduction to Hermetic philosophy. Their writing style can be a bit juevenille at times, with many of broad-sweeping statements on an idea's importance and bursting into emphatic usage of all CAPS and frequently ending sentences with exclamation points! Also, there are a few too many statements made to the tune of "what modern science has failed to understand" or "as modern scientists have come to understand", that are so horribly vague that it makes the book sound a bit unscholarly. In and around such statements they often slip into a tone of arrogance, which seems to be common behavior when a writer/debator needing to prove a point finds their quiver empty of any detailed intellectual examples and have to resort to "it's so obvious" scoffing, intimidating the reader to acquiesce instead of building up their logic respectfully.

I greatly appreciated the concise, accessible manner in which Hermeticism was discussed in this work. I felt I learned a lot that I'll be able to retain for the future and that owes more to their ability to teach than to my interest in the subject. However, they needed to stay off the court where the big boys (ie, scientists) play. They don't belong there, and it makes them sound like charlatans when they try to argue the scientific superiority of Hermeticism with pockets empty of solid examples. Besides, their writing has merit and philosophical value without trying to elevate themselves to a place where they can make broad-sweeping statements that place science in the backseat of a scholar's search for knowledge. ...more
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Jun 29, 2013

This book changed my entire spiritual view of the universe and strengthened my faith in God, but in new ways. It also helped me understand with greater efficacy the teachings of Jesus Christ. Though the Christ is not mentioned in this text, is was a useful tool in improving my understanding about how he worked the miracles, and the universal laws that govern even God. The principals here are open-ended enough that they may help those from virtually any faith gain greater understanding for the This book changed my entire spiritual view of the universe and strengthened my faith in God, but in new ways. It also helped me understand with greater efficacy the teachings of Jesus Christ. Though the Christ is not mentioned in this text, is was a useful tool in improving my understanding about how he worked the miracles, and the universal laws that govern even God. The principals here are open-ended enough that they may help those from virtually any faith gain greater understanding for the workings of the universe and how they apply to creation. ...more
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Aug 23, 2007


The Kybalion is known as "the master key" for a reason. These are the aphorisms set forth my Hermes Trismegistus, known also as Thoth. I have studied this book over and over, and each time, I get it at a deeper level. In all seriousness, if you only read and study one occult text in your entire life, this should be the one.
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Aug 15, 2013

I first read "The Kybalion" in 1998. It changed the way I recognized spirituality, the principles and the universe. I am reading it again and it is even more enlightening than the first time. These seven hermetic laws, the Principle of Mentalism (Mind), Correspondence (Analogy), Vibration (Nothing rests - everything moves - everything vibrates), Polarity (Duality), Rhythm(Everything flows, out and in - everything has its tides - all things rise and fall - the pendulum swing manifests in I first read "The Kybalion" in 1998. It changed the way I recognized spirituality, the principles and the universe. I am reading it again and it is even more enlightening than the first time. These seven hermetic laws, the Principle of Mentalism (Mind), Correspondence (Analogy), Vibration (Nothing rests - everything moves - everything vibrates), Polarity (Duality), Rhythm(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), Cause and Effect (Karma), and Gender (Gender is in everything - everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles - Gender manifests on all planes) are meant to be recognized and applied to our lives.

This is was and is one of my favorite books. ...more
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Mar 22, 2009

More laughable than the religions which it scorns but which pretend to less. It has no respect for the intelligent examination or application of its own tenets; and even as a second-grader I could certainly have traced the path through which its arguments lose their own framework every few pages.

Excerpt p.58: "There are certain truths connected with [THE ALL's:] existence which the human mind finds itself compelled to accept." I found the following "truths" not compelling; the book must take as More laughable than the religions which it scorns but which pretend to less. It has no respect for the intelligent examination or application of its own tenets; and even as a second-grader I could certainly have traced the path through which its arguments lose their own framework every few pages.

Excerpt p.58: "There are certain truths connected with [THE ALL's:] existence which the human mind finds itself compelled to accept." I found the following "truths" not compelling; the book must take as great liberty with the definition of "human mind" as it does with several even more common terms, such as "philosophy", "theology", "metaphysics", and "universe". ...more
5

Sep 23, 2013

This book is exactly the way the universe works, and not at all the way it works. To those who have travelled far in their search for the truth, it holds the secrets to everything. To the uninitiated, it is a "tough read." Actually, being written in 1908, it is on the tougher side, but honestly I found the Great Gatsby harder to understand. ALL in all, this book holds the answers few people (and scientists) know to be the truth.
5

Aug 17, 2007

This book details a deep and elegant philosophical system which ostensibly dates back to the early Egyptian dynasties, and was first put forth by the legendary Hermes Trismegastus, also known at Thoth. Colorful origins aside, it is a fascinating and internally consistent system for looking at and understanding the universe, both in its material and more numinous manifestations.
5

Jan 19, 2014

One of the cherished keys to unlocking the door of understanding reality.
5

Jun 29, 2013

I've yet to read anything written or collaborated by William Walker Atkinson that I didn't love. Hermetic philosophy lifts the vibration of truth seekers by identifying principals of eternal weight and substance, universal law, and ethereal mystery into palpable language easy for most open minds to understand. This book, as additional study companion to other volumes of sacred text, expands and expounds arcane schools of thought into well-explained discourses. The understanding will come in I've yet to read anything written or collaborated by William Walker Atkinson that I didn't love. Hermetic philosophy lifts the vibration of truth seekers by identifying principals of eternal weight and substance, universal law, and ethereal mystery into palpable language easy for most open minds to understand. This book, as additional study companion to other volumes of sacred text, expands and expounds arcane schools of thought into well-explained discourses. The understanding will come in varying degrees depending on the student and is meant to grow spiritual understanding of divine intelligence precept upon precept. Though the Kybalion is only a simple introduction to Hermetic philosophy, it's a great place to begin understanding the concepts of mental creation, thought vibration and it's effects on the ether etc
Is it possible to control the energies around us? Yes, but not everyone masters it in this plane of existence. Further study and practicing mental craft will be required to gain enough knowledge to become a 'master', but this little book will point you in the right direction to begin your journey to becoming one with THE ALL, thus wielding the power of mental creation... At least, within a finite degree.
A warning goes out to any individual who attempts to use the powers of heaven for unrighteous ends: simple physics apply. What goes around comes around, so create wisely. :) ...more
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Jan 08, 2016

I decided to read this book after talking to a fascinating character at a goth club I frequent who reminded me of Gregor Samsa (post transformation) wearing an ascot. I forwardly asked what books he read, as I knew he must be a wizard with a wonderful reading list. He then told me about the Kybalion. After I realized the Kybalion was an in-depth look at the Seven Hermetic Laws that I learned about in Laurie Cabot’s Power of the Witch, I decided to check it out.

I have mixed feelings about this I decided to read this book after talking to a fascinating character at a goth club I frequent who reminded me of Gregor Samsa (post transformation) wearing an ascot. I forwardly asked what books he read, as I knew he must be a wizard with a wonderful reading list. He then told me about the Kybalion. After I realized the Kybalion was an in-depth look at the Seven Hermetic Laws that I learned about in Laurie Cabot’s Power of the Witch, I decided to check it out.

I have mixed feelings about this book, although I disliked the pretense that it was written by the mysterious ‘Three Initiates’ instead of the more likely author being William Walker Atkinson, an American New Thought author and attorney. Three Initiates indeed! Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of esoteric teachings passed down in secret mystery cults from the dawn of time as much as the next person, I just also like honesty about what’s in the Kool-Aid I’m about to drink. Check this out: “With the aid of the Kybalion, one may go through any occult library anew, the Old Light from Egypt illuminating many dark pages, and many obscure subjects.” That’s a helluva ballsy claim from a book written by an attorney in the early 20th century. I can just see Brendan Fraser as the lead character in a film adaptation--or maybe Tom Hanks?

The Laws are these:
The Law of Mentalism (The All is Mind, the Universe is Mental)
The Law of Correspondance (As Above, So Below)
The Principle of Vibration (Nothing Rests, Everything is in Motion)
The Principle of Polarity (Everything is Dual)
The Principle of Rhythm (Everything Flows Out and In; Everything has Tides)
The Principle of Cause and Effect –self explanatory, I think
The Principle of Gender- Gender is in everything, everything has Masculine and Feminine Principles

I can see where much of New Age philosophy can be traced to the ideas in these laws, especially around the ‘Law of Vibration’ in terms of people ‘raising their vibration’ as another term for enlightenment. The Law of Mentalism also reminds me of the idea in Hinduism that Brahma dreamed the Universe into existence and that all the cycles of life, death, and rebirth are part of his dream. The fact that the author also espouses reincarnation is another indicator that these ‘Laws’ are a lot of mishmashed ideas from various world religions. This is not to say that I disagree with the Laws, in fact quite the opposite, but more in how the Kybalion presents them in all manner of high-falutin’, overly woo-woo language that makes me roll my eyes.
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5

Mar 01, 2014

Hermetic philosophy has been an interest of mine since I was about 16. I, much like everyone else out there, equated it to the new age definitions of magical thought. Oh was I wrong... This book is so much more. A crash course on how to change your perception without truly giving away any ancient teachings. What really struck me is what you learn from reading this book about yourself. Whether this book is BS or real doesn't matter. What matters is how you look at the world when you finish Hermetic philosophy has been an interest of mine since I was about 16. I, much like everyone else out there, equated it to the new age definitions of magical thought. Oh was I wrong... This book is so much more. A crash course on how to change your perception without truly giving away any ancient teachings. What really struck me is what you learn from reading this book about yourself. Whether this book is BS or real doesn't matter. What matters is how you look at the world when you finish reading it. It's that simple. ...more
5

Mar 03, 2013

This book clarifies the principles behind all religions and philosophies in a most elegant way.
Without too many attempts to convince readers, the Kybalion lays out seven principles that can be easily applied to any area of life;health wealth relationships, any area of life. If applied to a religion or a science, it will clarify the meaning of a written passage or an experiment.
While the book does offer explanations, it is really meant to be experimented with and applied to life. For example, the This book clarifies the principles behind all religions and philosophies in a most elegant way.
Without too many attempts to convince readers, the Kybalion lays out seven principles that can be easily applied to any area of life;health wealth relationships, any area of life. If applied to a religion or a science, it will clarify the meaning of a written passage or an experiment.
While the book does offer explanations, it is really meant to be experimented with and applied to life. For example, the Principle of Vibration states "Nothing rests; everything moves" and then the authors explain how things that may not have been considered motion before actually are forms of motion.
Although the Kybalion tends to lean on scientific examples, I found the book to be very spiritual in nature. Without question one of my favorite books. ...more
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Mar 30, 2018

I read most of the book and I won't waste another goddamn second on this sorry excuse of wasted ink. If Hermes Trismegistus reincarnates now and reads this "work" he would stab himself to death.

To whoever is reading this, please do yourself a favor and look up a short summary of this book. You'll be saving yourself a lot of precious time and energy. What the writer did here is try to invoke mystery through exaggerations and over-elaborations on points that could be summed up in a pamphlet. This I read most of the book and I won't waste another goddamn second on this sorry excuse of wasted ink. If Hermes Trismegistus reincarnates now and reads this "work" he would stab himself to death.

To whoever is reading this, please do yourself a favor and look up a short summary of this book. You'll be saving yourself a lot of precious time and energy. What the writer did here is try to invoke mystery through exaggerations and over-elaborations on points that could be summed up in a pamphlet. This reads like an Alice Bailey wannabe rolled a spliff and read the Wikipedia article on Hermeticism. Don't get me started on how many goddamn times the author just jams THE ALL, THE ALL, THE ALL in your eyes, repeats the same ideas and keeps mentioning a truckload of times what he wrote in the first few sections.

I won't type more than what I have. If you've never read anything in this genre before, this is basically The Secret but on acid. Look up genuine books on Hermeticism and dabble into authors with a proper history on occult and esoteric studies. ...more
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May 24, 2018

I remember when I first read the Kybalion, I thought that esoteric wisdom would change my life ...

Today this little book came back into my hands, and in truth, the seven principles of the "Hermetic" philosophy are evident to me, I do not know what you think:

1. The principle of mentalism: everything comes from the mind, the universe that exists and everything that is in it by the mind. Maybe others call it spirit, others the being.
2.- As it is above it is below. It indicates that in many states I remember when I first read the Kybalion, I thought that esoteric wisdom would change my life ...

Today this little book came back into my hands, and in truth, the seven principles of the "Hermetic" philosophy are evident to me, I do not know what you think:

1. The principle of mentalism: everything comes from the mind, the universe that exists and everything that is in it by the mind. Maybe others call it spirit, others the being.
2.- As it is above it is below. It indicates that in many states of nature learning how matter and people behave in a situation, so it can be in other levels.
3.- The principle of vibration. Everything vibrates, nothing is static.
4.- The principle of polarity: and the opposites touch, and change from one opposite to another is easy if you know how.
5.- The principle of rhythm: evident its usefulness in many situations.
6. The principle of cause and effect, known in many places as karma.
7.- The generation principle, the masculine and feminine principles that exist in nature.

Interesting to read the book, although complicated if you have no previous idea of ​​these topics. ...more
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Jan 18, 2014

I understand the concept of this book, and it is true that most of philosophy and religion is based on this philosophy, but to attempt to say at the outset that all religion is based on alchemy is a little absurd. The 7 Principles are generally accepted. I understand that. But all I could envision in attempting to recreate what they were trying to teach is Mickey Mouse in a wizard's costume. I was rewriting the Principles in my head in a more logical way to the point that - at times - I was very I understand the concept of this book, and it is true that most of philosophy and religion is based on this philosophy, but to attempt to say at the outset that all religion is based on alchemy is a little absurd. The 7 Principles are generally accepted. I understand that. But all I could envision in attempting to recreate what they were trying to teach is Mickey Mouse in a wizard's costume. I was rewriting the Principles in my head in a more logical way to the point that - at times - I was very willing to throw out the "studies" and replace them with something more understandable and less "magical/mystical" than the author seemed to be pushing. Just as with some of my religious views, there are some I accept at face value and others I do not. The same would be said about this book. This book gets 2 stars for the fact it is grammatically and structurally sound. Other than that, I couldn't reasonably follow its train of thought. ...more
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Jul 06, 2013

I really liked the simplicity and tone of this basic outlining of the Seven Hermetic Principles. I have to admit to questioning some of the logic, but had to laugh, when reading the chapter on Polarity I realized that the author/s (or indeed the Kybalion (if such a thing existed)), had covered that eventuality with the sliding scale of truth/falsehood (all truths being not wholly true and all lies containing some iota of truth. Ha...!

On the whole a perspective-widening read.



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Mar 10, 2012

I love "The Kybalion". I find myself thinking about it often. This is the second time I have read it, and I got even more out of it this time.

The second half of "The Definitive Edition" is the book "The Seven Cosmic Laws". I thought that this one was boring. It repeats a lot of the concepts of "The Kybalion" but less eloquently and less developed. I wouldn't really recommend it. Just stick with "The Kybalion".
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Dec 14, 2016

Profound. Of course there are some ideas that I don't agree with. I took what was beneficial and if there was anything that was not, I did not take it. The book makes a bold statement that it is meant to reach you at the right time. I felt that this was true of my experience. Overall, definitely worth reading and contemplating. There are supremely beautiful passages and thus a 5 star rating.
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Feb 22, 2012

This is an amazing look into the origins of some of the main philosophical and spiritual teachings and thought found throughout the worlds religions and spiritual systems. It also gives excellent insight into the nature of the human mind and how we may transmute ourselves from a mental slave state into complete self mastery. Excellent book! I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Hermeticism, personal growth, self mastery and meditation.
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Aug 25, 2011

This is a good overview of the Hermetic teaching, ... introduction and general principles. The second part has more quotes from other philosophers like Herbert Spencer. Actually, I found his other practical writings such as Thought Vibration, Mind Power, etc. more interesting and revealing of his "charisma" with regard to specific examples of application.

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