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The Seventh Insight

Sunday, December 09, 2007

The seventh insight states that every event has infinite causes that lead to an infinity of efects. The so-called "cause/effect/relationship" is not linear. This is the phenomenon that allows us to see underlying patterns behind every event. It has also been documented scientifically as "The Butterfly Effect."

Here is a more indepth explanation as found in The Kybalion (one of the books of the Hermetica):

Just as a man has two parents, and four grandparents, and eight great-grandparents, and sixteen great-great-grandparents, and so on until when, say, forty generations are calculated the numbers of ancestors run into many millions--so it is with the number of causes behind even the most trifling event or phenomena, such as the passage of a tiny speck of soot before your eye.

It is not an easy matter to trace the bit of soot hack to the early period of the world's history when it formed a part of a massive tree-trunk, which was afterward converted into coal, and so on, until as the speck of soot it now passes before your vision on its way to other adventures. And a mighty chain of events, causes and effects, brought it to its present condition, and the later is but one of the chain of events which will go to produce other events hundreds of years from now.

One of the series of events arising from the tiny bit of soot was the writing of these lines, which caused the typesetter to perform certain work; the proofreader to do likewise; and which will arouse certain thoughts in your mind, and that of others, which in turn will affect others, and so on, and on, and on, beyond the ability of man to think further-and all from the passage of a tiny bit of soot, all of which shows the relativity and association of things, and the further fact that "there is no great; there is no small, in the mind that causeth all."


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Here are links to the Principle and Sutra Exercise for today (Sunday).
Also, here is a direct link to Hermetic Axioms that I have uploaded to Way Cool Quotes.

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