Thoughts on: “The Kybalion” by Three Initiates

I read this years ago and thought to myself: “There is something important here, but I’m not able to grasp it fullly yet.

3 YEARS LATER: Reading it again. Maybe the fault wasn’t with me after all? The 7 principles are solid and worthwhile, but the writing is piss poor and the pretense of being written by the mystical “Three initiates”, while in fact it’s very likely written by attorney and New Thought author W. Atkinson, doesn’t really fly for me.

It’s sparked an interest for Hermetism, but the book could have been a pamphlet. The repetition is awful and all the interesting angles are left unexplained with reasoning that it’s beyond the scope of the book or available only “to the ears of understanding.”


Here are some neat notes though 😊:

📝 The “I” observes the “me” that generates thoughts, ideas and images.

📝 The books touches the subject of creativity and how the “I” can WILL the “me” to work on a problem in a certain direction. I personally use this “trick” to delegate creative problems to my subconscious minds. I.e. coming up with a title for a speech, ideas for a posts or find solutions in areas I get stuck. Works like a charm (most of the time).

📝 The higher we rise in the vibrational scale the more obvious the illusionary nature of finite things become.

📝“The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like hoarding of precious metals—a vain and foolish thing.” We should keep this in mind as we learn. 👩‍🎓 👨‍🎓


⚖️ VERDICT:

Great and timeless concepts are shrouded in what feels like a forced veil of magic and secrecy with the intention to heighten the reading experience—the result is making confused writing even more confused.


💭 THOUGHTS:

I’m weird with New Age/wo wo-books. I dislike the Kybalion; I can’t muster up the energy to finish Power vs. Force—but still praise Dodsons “Level of Energy” and was blown away by learning about Spiral Dynamics. I don’t know what this says about me.


2/5

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Threats to our Creativity and Women Who Run with the Wolves

One of my favorite parts of this book revolve around the topic of self-sabotaging our own creativity:

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📝 “Some of the malevolent complexes’ favorite thieveries and punishments of women’s creativity revolve around promising the soul-self “time to create” somewhere of in the foggy future. Or promising that when one has several days in a row free, then the rumpus will begin at last. It’s hogwash.”

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This is just a way to suffocate the creative impulse further.

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Another great way of suffocating creativity is Only-iffing; Only if I had a such and such degree then my work would be decent. Only if I receive such and such thing…

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Many put their talents in the back burner:

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📝 “I’ve seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write…. and you know it’s a funny thing about house cleaning… it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman.” 🧹

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How do you nourish and protect your creative life? And if you don’t; How do you procrastinate? 🤔

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Thoughts on: “Tao te Ching” by Lao Tsu

I can see a possible scenario in the future, where I’m a greying old man, and I praise this book as profound and monumental. But let’s face it, It did not do much for me right now.

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I enjoyed it quite a bit and something tells me this book is special, but I don’t feel I have access to all its layers yet. It feel pointless to put a number on a book like this and therefore I won’t.

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The book is lightweight with it’s 81 aphorisms of Chinese wisdom – most of which doesn’t even cover half a page in the book. But it demands reflection. ——

📝 The oldest version excavated was dated back to 400 years BC.

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📝 “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”

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📝”A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

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📝 ”To understand the limitation of things, desire them.”

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⭐️ Takeaway:

Non-Attachment, non-Judgment and non-Resistance. We have heard it all before. These principles are easy to understand intellectually but so hard to master.

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My current plan is to get more editions (with different annotations) of Tao te Ching and keep going back to it every other year or so.

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What’s your relationship to this book?

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Thoughts on: “Wherever You Go There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn

What does the expression “Wherever you go, there you are” point towards?

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Wherever you travel you always bring yourself with you. It’s easy to think that with a new job at a new company will finally make you happy. A few months later, after scoring that new job, you start to think: “if only I could escape this small town and move to a big city, then I will be happy.

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Believing that external circumstances will bring inner peace is a trap. You will re-live the same pattern over and over again til you die. OR you start to appreciate where you are right now, come to terms with yourself, and surrender to the present moment. When we are fully present, the world in which we live becomes extraordinary.

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I’m have definitely not mastered this myself, but I think I have caught glimpses of it, and I believe these yogi people might be on to something!

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📝 “So at the beginning, you might want to stay with your breath, or use it as an anchor to bring you back when you are carried away. Try it for a few years and see what happens”

Quite a different timeline from the “10-min abs” and “get rich quick”-schemes you see everywhere! 😎

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📝 In ancient times, when it got dark people gathered by the fires. There was not enough light to continue doing stuff and we got a natural break for stillness. Today we don’t have to be limited by daylight and we can be kept busy 24-7.

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📝 “The joy of non-doing is that nothing else needs to happen for this moment to be complete”

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⭐️ TAKEAWAY:

“Going to 10 day meditation retreats might not be a big deal for some, but when you decide to start a family it gets harder.”

See the children as your practice and teachers! They will test your mindfulness and selflessness and push all your limits. It’s like a 18 year retreat!

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This is a great book for inspiring the already initiated, but there are better alternatives for people not yet familiar with the topic of mindfulness and meditation . Eckhart Tolles “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth” will teach you the same concepts, but in a more powerful way in my opinion.

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3/5

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