“As above, so below; as below, so above.” This well-known sit can be loosely translated to “What is above is also below; what is below is also above.” This is the Principle of Correspondence according to the Kybalion , a movement within Hermeticism.
This 1908 document claims that it is the essence of the school of Hermes Trismegistus, a central figure in Hermeticism. According to legend, he was the teacher of Abraham, an important figure within the Jewish faith. The lessons Hermes shared apparently can be traced back to Ancient Egypt.
Each chapter of the Kybalion is dedicated to each of its seven principles or axioms. These are seen as universal laws. This school of thought is thousands of years old.
However, we can also apply his principles quite well in modern situations. All you have to do is read it with an open mind and the necessary basic knowledge to understand the texts and thus the central essence of the axioms.
The principle of correspondence is the second of the seven hermetic principles from the Kybalion. This principle emphasizes that there is always a certain correspondence between the phenomenal laws – the laws of things that we can observe – of the different dimensions of being and life.
The Principle of Correspondence
What is above is also below; what is below is also above . This proverb establishes that there is a certain harmony between the physical dimension, the mental dimension and the spiritual dimension.
It actually means that everything, all planes of our existence, are connected and correspond to each other. The macrocosm is in the microcosm and the same is true the other way around. In other words, solar systems, societies and life on Earth are, in fact, all the same.
The principle of correspondence according to the Kybalion establishes that everything we do on a small scale, we actually do on a large scale. Therefore, even the smallest actions affect the large framework of our behavior.
By doing anything, we end up doing everything. So, for example, if you neglect one specific area of your life, you will most likely disrupt all other areas of your life as well. This eventually results in a kind of ripple effect.
Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world
We can take the principle of correspondence according to the Kybalion one step further. By referring back to what we discussed above, we can confirm that the outer world, or the outer world, tends to reflect our inner world.
The thoughts and images that we have in our consciousness, therefore, in many cases unconsciously resemble our external world. The mind takes everything as it is.
In other words, it is difficult to distinguish between illusion, belief and reality. It mixes up our interpretations with facts and begins to mimic exactly what we are most focused on.
The outer world is a reflection of your inner landscape. Think about everything that is going on in your life and everything that is good for you. Look at the beauty around you. Think of the pleasure, the love, the light, the life – all these things that surround you. All of this is a reflection of what is happening within you.
We can also say the same about anything that you consider negative. Therefore, you will continue to see these things in others unless you face your own pitfalls. After all, the outer world is only a reflection of the world within yourself.
The inner world is the cause, the outer world is the effect. In order to adjust the effect, you will therefore have to tackle the cause. That is, therefore, if your outer world is chaotic, chaos exists in your inner world.
Thus, it can also be said that if there is little love in your outer world, you probably do not experience much love in your inner world.
To control your inner world, you must not try to control your outer world. Instead , you must control your inner world if you want to control your outer world. So it works exactly the other way around.
Just think about how your inner world is the place where you are, in fact, almost an autocrat. You have absolute power there. In the outer world, that power is still influential, but not so dominant or all-important.
The Principle of Correspondence allows us to stop looking for unique reasons to explain what happens to us in the outer world. Instead, it helps us realize that we can find the real answers by turning our gaze inward.