The 7 Universal Laws of the Universe and How to Use Them to Create a Better Life
Life isn’t just happening. The way life is happening for us is because of us.
That can be a hard pill to swallow for those who believe they always draw the short straw; that the world is against them and that life is just so damn hard.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not once you understand that there are laws at play in the Universe that are always working with us – we just need to first become fully aware of them, so we know how to work in harmony with them, too.
Let me explain.
In the same way that there are natural laws such as gravity that keep the universe in order, there are also 7 Universal Laws or Principles which govern this entire universe, that have been written about and taught for over 5,000 years in many mystical teachings – from those in Ancient Egypt through to Ancient Greece and Ancient India. In this article, I’ll mainly be referring to definitions from The Kybalion which was first published in 1908 but is based on Ancient Hermetic teachings.
What all of these teachings convey is that everything that exists in this Universe comes down to energy, frequencies and vibration and that through these laws, everything exists in perfect harmony.
Immutable and Mutable Laws
Before we get into the Laws themselves, it is important to note that the first three Laws are immutable and the next four Laws are mutable.
The immutable Laws are eternal, absolute laws that can’t be changed or transcended. The mutable Laws, however, are transitory which means that they can be transcended or used in such a way to better create our own realities.
All the Laws are continuously governing our existence whether we are aware of them or not, but our aim as conscious creators is to master the knowledge of all 7 Universal Laws and learn to transcend the mutable Laws in order to consciously use them to create the life that we desire.
The 7 Universal Laws
Law of Mentalism (Immutable)
This is the first of the immutable Laws and tells us that the Universe has been created through the Divine Mind and the will of God.
This Law tells us that the universe is mental in nature and is the one absolute Mind of the All which has always existed. However within that Mind of the All exist infinite universes, and that each of us is an infinite universe within ourselves and therefore the power of our own mind is immeasurable.
Mentalism tells us that the All, or God, creates mentally, and as co-creators, we are also doing the same all of the time, whether we are aware of it or not.
How to use it
To use the Law of Mentalism effectively, you must understand that your thoughts become your reality.
Therefore, to master this Law is to use the willful application of the power of thought and focus only on the things you wish to attract into your life. Love, joy, friendship, financial abundance, success, status – whatever it is you may desire – focus your thoughts only on that and it will have no choice but to turn up in your physical reality.
“You live inside this omnipresent mind of all… the entire universe (including yourself and your life) is composed of an all-encompassing Divine mind, its thoughts, and thought form…. Your true mind (your Higher Self) is an extension and a creation of the Divine Mind.” – Doreen Virtue, Divine Magic.
Law of Correspondence (Immutable)
This second immutable Law, the Law of Correspondence, tells us there is harmony, agreement and correspondence between the physical, mental and spiritual realms: “As above, so below; as below, so above.”–The Kybalion.
This basically means that our outer world is a reflection of our inner world and shows us that our current reality mirrors what is going on inside of us. If we are facing inner turmoil and troubles, that will also manifest in our outer world. However, if we are balanced, happy and at peace within ourselves, then that is also what will be experiencing in our outer world.
How to use it
One of my favourite spiritual teachers and guides, Wayne Dyer, once said,
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
If you are able to do the inner work and focus on finding inner peace, joy and happiness without the need for external fulfillment, you will find yourself seeing the world in a whole new, beautiful light. When you are aligned within, the world around you will align perfectly, too.
Law of Vibration (Immutable)
The final immutable Universal Law states that the whole universe is a vibration; that everything within this universe is constantly moving, or vibrating – that everything is energy.
The Law of Attraction, which I’m sure you’ve heard of, has its foundations in this Law – the idea that like energy attracts like energy. This means that whatever you put out into the universe through your thoughts, your actions and your being, is exactly what will come back to you.
How to use it
All you have do is type ‘Law of Attraction’ into a search engine for a million and one articles or videos to pop up telling you how to use this Law to live your best life.
But I think Albert Einstein put it most succinctly when he said,
“Everything is energy. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
Match the energy of what you desire and it is already yours.
Law of Polarity (Mutable)
The first of the mutable Laws explains that everything that exists in this universe has an opposite:
“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.” – The Kybalion
In this idea of duality, it could be argued that things that appear as opposites are actually two extremes of the same thing. Light and dark, hot and cold, fear and love, positive and negative, yes and no…etc.
How to use it
Many of us are living in this dual consciousness reality, where we’re swinging between extremes causing a state of unrest in our lives. However this duality only exists in the physical and mental realms – it doesn’t exist in the spiritual realm where everything is One.
We can transform our realities from hate to love, from dark to light and so on, by consciously raising our vibrations – which is known in the Ancient Hermetic teachings as the Art of Polarisation.
By focussing always on the One all-powerful God or Great Spirit (whatever you like to call it!) and putting that behind every thought, statement and action, and always finding the good in life even when things appear to be not-so-good, you will be able to rise above the Law of Polarity and find the middle path of balance and peace.
Law of Rhythm (Mutable)
The fifth natural Universal Law and the second mutable Law tells us that everything has a rhythm and that the pendulum swings in everything:
“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”- The Kybalion
We see this everywhere. In the cycles of the moon, the waves of the ocean, in our business ventures, in our relationships, in our own thoughts and lives… the pendulum is always swinging, the universe is never without its rhythms.
How to use it
Whether you’re working on your health, finances, relationships or any other goals you might have, it is hugely important to be aware of the Law of Rhythm but to not allow it to bring you down.
As soon as you feel the backward swing of the pendulum in your life, do not allow fear to take over. Rather, understand that this is how the universe works and that just as the pendulum swings backwards, it must swing forwards again. Remain positive and keep going and you’ll find that over time, the backward swings will be weaker than what they once were because you will be stronger than what you once were.
Law of Cause and Effect (Mutable)
The Law of Cause and Effect states that every cause has an effect, and every effect has a cause. So meaning that every thought, intention and action that transmits out from us sets into action an effect, whether that effect is desired or undesired.
Again this comes back to the power of thought: every thought, word or action sets a specific effect in motion which will come to materialise over time.
This Law applies on all three planes of existence: on the physical, mental and spiritual. In the spiritual plane however, cause and effect is instantaneous. In the physical and mental planes, our concepts of time and space create a time lag which means that the effects of our thoughts and actions will materialise at different points in time.
How to use it
You can learn to rise above this Law by understanding that all your thoughts have an effect on your reality. The more and the longer that you focus on something, the more likely it is to show up quicker in your life.
Focus on your chosen goals with intention and pay no mind to the negative thoughts that crop up. Use creative visualisation regularly to add to the energy of your desired intention.
Remember, what you desire already exists in the spiritual plane – the more focus you give it in the physical and mental planes, the quicker it will show up in this physical reality. This is the same for any negative thoughts or feelings you may be experiencing – the more you focus on those, the more likely they will be to show up.
Choose where you place your focus.
Law of Gender (Mutable)
The final Universal Law states:
Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.” — The Kybalion.
This Law is evident throughout the whole of creation in the opposite sexes: in humans, in plants, in animals, in electrons and even magnetic poles. It states that on all three planes, it is impossible for creation to take place without this Law.
On the physical plane, every person has a male or female physical body but psychologically, every person is androgenous with both female and male qualities.
How to use it
To use this Law effectively in order to create a better life for ourselves, we must learnt to acknowledge the yin and the yang within us. That’s to say, the male and female elements that exist within each and every one us, as well as the earthly and heavenly aspects, too.
The outward expressions of female qualities include love, patience and gentleness. Male qualities include things such as self-reliance, logic and intellect. Improper balance of the two can result in chaos in different ways. The path to success lies in embodying both the masculine and feminine and finding the subtle balance between the two. This is when we become complete and are able to live consciously and fully.
I think the main thing to take away from this article is that we as human beings are co-creators with the universe and that we are constantly creating our own reality.
To achieve self-mastery it is crucial to become aware of our thoughts, intentions, actions and ultimately, our inner state.
The Kybalion states:
“The Principles of the Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.”
The first step is knowing that they exist. And now that you know that, where will you go from here?