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The All(also calledThe One,The Absolute,The Great One,The Creator,The Supreme Mind,The Supreme Good,The Father,andThe All Mother) is theHermeticpantheisticpandeisticorpanentheisticview of God, which is that everything that is, or at least that can be experienced, collectively makes up The All. One Hermeticmaximstates, While All is in The All, it is equally true that The All is in All.The All can also be seen to beandrogynous, possessing both masculine and feminine qualities in equal part.
The universe understood in relation to the All
The All has something to gain by acting
Commentary on the All referred to as The Father
The following is commentary on possibilities about The All but not anything necessarily accepted by Hermeticists in general.
According toThe Kybalion, The All is a bit more complicated than simply being the sum total of theuniverse. Rather than The All being simply the physical universe, it is more correct to say that everything in the universe is within the mind of The All, since the ALL can be looked at as Mind itself.In effect, the universe is partially existent on theMental plane, and we may in fact all be parts of The Alls psychological makeup, representing parts of The All in itsdreamormeditation.
The Three Initiates (seeThe Kybalion) strongly caution that we restrain from simply declaring I am God for oversimplification purposes. Though you are a part of The All, you are but one small piece of that puzzle. You cannot be equated with God any more than your toenail can be equated with you. You have the potential for perfection and to rejoin God, but you are not the totality of God.However stating God is me/I (us) is a more accurate statement.
The Alls mind can be seen as infinitely more powerful and vast than any of us could hope to achieve.Therefore, it may be capable of keeping track of each and everyparticleacross the expanse of the Universe, as well as maintain symbolism that applies to many lesser entities such as that seen inastrologyandnumerology.
Because of this view, some Hermetics also practicetheurgy. If the universe is completely a mental construct, then the mind must be able to mold it and shape it, in an experience that can become closer and closer tolucid dreamingas skills improve.
Questions as to why God acts or doesnt act is an ancient question with many divergent answers. The same has been asked by Hermetics of the All, and many reasons have been put forth.
Some Hermetics believe that The All acts so that it may gain something from the action, for it must have a reason for acting, for having created the universe and our own existence. Critics of this idea argue that there is nothing outside of The All for it to gain, it is All.Meanwhile, proponents argue that the critics fail to recognizeinner growththat allow the All to change by acting upon itself.
Some Hermetics believe that The All acts because it is internally compelled to do so out of creative urge that is innate. Critics claim that The All is absolute and if this urge were to compel The All then it instead would be absolute.
The Kybalionclaims simply that THE ALL ACTS BECAUSE IT ACTS. (cf.Actus purus) There is no reason but The All itself, therefore its action, itself, and its reason for action are all the same thing.
Though sometimes referred to as The Father, The All is not simply male. In this aspect, The All is called The Father for its active, masculine part in the creation of what is, not because of its physical sex. Similarly, that what it was created out of, is represented as The Mother, for its passive, feminine aspect in that same process. For example, we say Mother Earth and Mother Nature.
The story describing The All here is not meant to be taken literally, but rather has symbolic meaning. Hermetics do not ever claim that the creation story used for this information is to be taken literally. The All has three aspects which are known as The Father and the Sons of God, put forth in theCorpus Hermeticum:
Nousbridges the gap between The All and its contents, and is described having taughtHermes Trismegistushis initial knowledge on God and the divine in Book 1 of theCorpus Hermeticum.Manly P. HalltranslatesNousdifferently, instead calling it Thought (Thoth), anEgyptiangod generally seen as synonymous with Hermes. The termsGreat Dragon,andEternal Teacheralso pop up for Nous in his translation.
Nousis claimed also to be the Father of the Word, and only comes to pious and religious men.Nousclaims to beGodwhile the others are sons of GodIt wasNouswho is said to have createdMan, bothmaleandfemale(or hermaphroditic; some translations claiming bisexual used in a way to connote hermaphroditic), 7 of them, which were later broken up into separate men and women after falling in love withNature, its shadow, and actually merging with Nature, or, in other words,incarnating.
Hermes proclaims thatNousis thecause of existenceand God should be worshipped by those two names, for they belong only to God.Nous, or God, is also seen as synonymous with theSupreme Good.
Poimandres had spoken a Word. The Word wasReasonandReasonis given toThe Workman,The Master-Builder, andThe Maker of Things.NousandReasonare truly one, according to the Hermeticum, and their Union is Life.The Word is also known asThe Logos.
The Word is used, by inhabiting the elements, to createdestiny, the seven governors (SunMoonMercuryVenusMarsJupiter, andSaturnofastrology) and was used to organizeChaos. The leaving of Reason from the elements is said to give rise to the lower creatures, who were created withoutReason.See alsoLogos.
Anthropos(called the third son of God, while others see Nousone of these sons of Godas the Father of the other two, and truly being God) is essentially the humansoulwhich comes from God, and is destined to return to God. It is the part of man that is not material, the spiritual part of Man as opposed to the mans body (physical) or nous/mind (mental). It is further said that God is made up of innumerable souls, and if they conduct themselves properly, being true to themselves, they may become Powers of God,which would lend credit to The All has Something to Gain theory for action.
TheKybalionsinterpretation of The ALL is that of a Substantial Reality,and transcends names and termsand in essence is unknowable. It can be said that this corresponds to the ideas of or about theTao, with respect to the interpretation of an all encompassing force above all other. There is little room in this view for a god, for it is stated that the ALL transcends names and terms. For reasons of logic, the Kybalion goes further in stating that there can be nothing existing outside of the ALL, else the ALL would not be The ALL.Anything finite, changeable, fleeting, and conditioned cannot be The All.
Those seeking a deeper understanding of life will ask the question, Where did The All come from? Some Hermeticists, strong adherents ofTheKybalion, go no further than to state THE ALL must be INFINITE, for there is nothing else to define, confine, bound, limit or restrict THE ALL. It must be infinite in Time, or ETERNAL,– it must have always continuously existed, for there is nothing else to have ever created it … if it had ever not been, even for a moment, it would not be now.
In 1975,Summum, anesotericorganization whose philosophy also includes the natural principles described inThe Kybalion,put forth an explanation behind The Alls existence and claims the explanation came from Summa Individuals,beings who appear to be whatThe Kybaliondescribes as Unseen Divinities that intervene and assist with human affairs.Summum rewroteThe Kybalionto include its explanation along with additional information.Summum refers to The All as SUMMUM, a Latin term meaning highest or greatest,and in the context of the Summum philosophy means, the sum total of creation.The explanation Summum offers is based upon what it calls the Grand Principle of Creation, and via this grand principle, The All (SUMMUM) exists.In summary, according to the Summum philosophy, The All is a union between Nothing and All Possibility, the ultimate opposites, and the nature of that union is without beginning or end for these two opposites automatically and simultaneously create each other. The result is a cosmic copulation whose effect is an infinite, living mind.
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