Occasionally I get asked, “What do you believe?” It’s a natural question seeing as how the majority of people are not familiar with Hermeticism or the Hermetic lore.
I sometimes answer very generally. That we believe in the innate goodness of humanity, the practice of meditation, and the power of the individual. But sometimes folks want to go deeper. That is when I refer them to The Kybalion.
The Kybalion was written way back in 1908 presumably by William Walker Atkinson. Mr Atkinson was a successful attorney in the late 1800’s who became seriously ill and then devoted himself to a study of mysticism and the esoteric. Upon his recovery he is believed to have penned The Kybalion; a collection of the ancient wisdom he discovered during his time of study and convalescence.
The Kybalion is an interpretation and explanation of the Hermetic wisdom of centuries past. It is written in a way that is easier to understand than The Corpus Hermeticum, having been composed in 20th century English rather than ancient Greek. And, as much as I love The Corpus Hermeticum, I generally consider The Kybalion a much easier introduction to Hermeticism for the neophyte seeker. Plus, The Kybalion is so densely packed with wisdom, I consider it my primary text for study.
If you would like to listen to a reading of The Kybalion, click on the video above. It may be a little dry, but once this book is properly understood, “the doors of the Temple open wide.” Let not the flame die out!