Category: Hermetic Philosophy
The Law of Vibration states that nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates. Without vibration, there can be no movement; without movement, there can be no life and no Universe. The differences in the manifestations of matter, energy, mind and spirit are largely the result of the varying rates of vibration. This means that beings vibrate at a much higher rate as they move up in their position in the scale of existence. The mind, for example, vibrates at a higher frequency than the physical body. Likewise, the spirit vibrates at a higher frequency than the mind.
The Kybalion, a book that discusses the secret laws in Hermetic Philosophy, states:
"By a knowledge of the Principle of Vibration, as applied to Mental Phenomena, one may polarize his mind at any degree he wishes, thus gaining a perfect control over his mental states, moods, etc. In the same way he may affect the minds of others, producing the desired mental states in them. In short, he may be able to produce on the Mental Plane that which science produces on the Physical Plane–namely, “Vibrations at Will.” This power of course may be acquired only by the proper instruction, exercises, practice, etc., the science being that of Mental Transmutation, one of the branches of the Hermetic Art."
So how does one achieve this process of Mental Transmutation mentioned in the Kybalion?
Well actually, the book talks more about Hermetic philosophy than it does about the actual application of principles, but Hermeticists are generally known to achieve higher states of consciousness through the practice of three major disciplines: alchemy, astrology, and theurgy (spiritual magic). Since my familiarity with these practices is not as good as my understanding of Hermetic principles, I decided to use the Eastern approach in the application of the law of vibration.
Here is an example of how this principle is applied in the practice of Yoga.
The Throat Chakra
The Throat chakra is the power center of communication. The physical counterparts of the Throat Chakra are the thyroid gland and the larynx. The thyroid gland produces thyroxin to convert oxygen and food into usable energy for the body. The larynx or voice box makes it possible for verbal human communication.
In both Eastern and Western esoteric traditions, the throat chakra is believed to be the center responsible for receiving the thoughts of other people and vice versa. It acts somewhat like an antenna allowing you to tune into the thoughts and feelings of people both near and far away. Applying the visualization technique on the throat chakra will enable you to develop the psychic ability called clairaudience, but it can also be directly awakened through any or all of following practices:
Jalandhara Bandha or "chin lock" consists in pressing the chin close to the chest and dropping the head to help in maintaining immobility of muscle and air movements.
Vipareeta Karani Asana
Viparita Karani is an intermediate yoga asana (posture), in which the practitioner lies down on a mat and lifts his/her legs perpendicular to the ground.
Ujjayi Pranayama is sometimes called the ocean sounding breath. Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose. The air is taken into the back of the throat with a constriction of the muscles, resulting in a hissing sound - an ocean sound.
The above mentioned exercises are known to be essential components in various systems of Yoga. If strict adherence and discipline are applied in the practices of Western esoteric disciplines like Hermeticism, the same is true for their Eastern counterparts. Nevertheless, despite having their own unique techniques, the goal remains more or less the same: To gain perfect control over one's mental states, moods, etc. to achieve one's spiritual goal.
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