Seven Laws of Life
According to Manly P. Hall, Questions & Answers, Fundamentals
of the Esoteric Sciences, © 1965.
- All things are unfolding is the first law of life. Evolution,
or more correctly ideation, is a gradual release from within of
the divine potency behind form. The growth of bodies and the development
of form bear witness to the emergence of inward spiritual forces.
Among the axioms of the ancient alchemists is one that says: "There
is a sun in every grain of sand. All is in all. One is in all. And
all is in one." Evolution is the constant coming outward of
the within of things. It is not life growing from one state to another,
but life gradually emerging and assuming new appearances at each
degree of its emergence.
(Cause and Effect) - Next only to evolution in significance.
The law of cause and effect decrees that every action in the universe
must be followed by an appropriate reaction, and to this there is
no exception of any kind. Buddah said, "Effect follows cause
as the wheel of the cart follows the foot of the oxen." In
human affairs, karma decrees that every individual is individually
responsible for his own actions, and that every action will produce
a reaction equivalent in every way to the integrity of the action.
If karma seems more bad than good, more retribution than reward,
it is because their own code of action has been more selfish than
intelligent. Do not wait for good karma - make it now.
- This is the law of evolution applied to the experience of individualized
living things. The law of reincarnation teaches that all the kingdoms
of nature are waves of life moving through form, or rather moving
through levels of forms. Man, learning the experiences of the physical
world, lives here not once, but many times, his life being really
measured by the whole span of human evolution. In the search for
experience, the human spirit returns to the physical world many
times to work out its karma and perfect itself in the consciousness
of the life wave.
- This law is the basis of all the differentiation in the universe.
Spirit is a rate of vibration; thought is a rate of vibration; the
universe is a complex of vibratory rates. Vibration is the first
manifestation of life, and is the nearest thing to God that man
can conceive. By discipline and effort, man can raise the vibration
of the cells of his own body. This is called refinement. Thoughts
are vibrations, and therefore are capable of influencing those to
whom they are directed. Music is vibration; color is vibration.
If man can completely understand vibration, he will be master of
most of the secrets of the world.
- All things in nature are dominated by the universal law of polarity
and the correlative fact that poles are constantly alternating.
The law of polarity in the universe is manifested in the relationship
between suns and their plants, and also throughout nature in the
principle of male and female. The spiritual principle in all things
is androgynous, but in manifestation, it is always polarized. In
reincarnation, the sex of the body alternates. Even the earth reverses
and Rhythm - This law shows that all motions in the cosmos
are dominated by a certain flowing order. The universe does everything
beautifully. Man, living beautifully, comes into harmony with life
and moves with the rhythm of the world. By cultivating harmony and
rhythm in himself, man becomes conscious of the universal motion
- the "Tao" or ever-flowing Reality. All the Universe
sings, and every atom is dancing to the rhythm of the suns.
- In the world of form, all things must increase by the law of generation.
By this law, only wholeness or completeness can produce. The law
of polarity has resulted in a division of forms in order that part
of the creative power could be devoted to the building of intellect.
The law of generation therefore decrees, everywhere in nature, that
the reproduction of any kind of form, emotion, or thought must arise
from the union of two polar opposites. We see evidence in the human
brain as the two hemispheres that must combine their forces before
even a thought can be born.