By: Mary McCandless
If we look back in history, I mean really far back to the ancient philosophers many of what we believe and have developed came from them. Here were a bunch of guys with no cell phones, computers or TVs to influence their thoughts or day to day existence. Can you imagine looking up at the night sky and wondering how this all came to be? That is what they did and with it came influential philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Hermes, just to name a few.
Many of their works were quite interesting and at times hard to follow. I thought that many times the logic was not there or for me at least went around in circles. However, as I grew older, I could see how it all fits into life.
From Ethics, Mathematics, Physics and more, they were the forefront of who we are today. One bit of philosophy really drew me in, is the Hermetic principles.
Hermes was a philosopher of sorts and came from ancient Egypt. He was also considered somewhat of an occultist. A book published in the early 1900s called The Kybalion is based on Hermetic philosophy – physical, mental and spiritual planes of Hermes’s teachings. The book also covers his seven principles; Mentalism, Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, Cause and Effect and Gender. (The Hermetic Philosophy)
For this story, I am going to touch on the Principal of Polarity. Which in short states that “everything is Dual; everything has its pair of opposites; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree.”
So where is all this going? It is going to words that we use and feelings that we have. We take our words for granted at times and use them loosely, which ends up changing how we really feel. Hate is one of those words. There is so much of it in the world today that I thought this was a great time to talk about it.
To Hermes’s love and hate are opposites but are identical in nature. A person can love and do it in different degrees. For instance, I love the way this dress looks on me, and I love my children. Here the word “love” is the same, but it has two different meanings. Now, when we hate, we can hate the way a dress looks, and we can hate someone for what they did. These expressions also use the same word and do, in fact, have a different meaning. The only difference between Love and Hate is what it can do to you.
The word hate in itself is such a terrible word because we associate it with disdain, and immense anger that it actually changes us. Have you ever thought about how you felt when you have used the word? It is something that churns on the inside and can lead you to hate everything and everyone around you. It can make you feel ill, and disrupt your life, with everyone around you sensing that feeling. Sure there are things we dislike, but do we really need to hate? Do we want to live our lives feeling awful because that word is eating us from the inside out?
If we take those things that make us feel hate and look hard at it, should we really hate? I don’t think so. We should start by using different words, such as “ I do not like this.” Additionally, if we show love where there is hate, I believe that it will give inner peace and help us to resolve the feelings that make us hate.
Who wants to feel bad everyday? I don’t. Smile and enjoy life. Let the little things go, resolve those issues that cause you to feel hate and focus on the good! Finally, use the five-minute rule: if it is not going to affect you in five years, give yourself five minutes and then “Let it Go.”