What if there were seven spiritual principles that shaped our lives? What if these principles encompassed all religions, were available without the need of a spiritual leader, had ancient origins and could be used to develop a personal spiritual answer with a practical application to daily life? Might they provide some guidance to our youth struggling to find meaning in a difficult world?
Years ago I read about these Seven Cosmic Principles in The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians and wrote about them in my book Do It Yourself Guide to Spirituality: Seven Simple Steps. I present a modified version of that information here in order to explain to our youth that there is an organization to our universe and rules to follow that apply to everything.
The Seven Cosmic, or Universal, Principles:
1. Everything and Everyone is Connected
We are all interrelated. The smallest atom and the largest galactic unit are connected and governed by the same rules. We are part of everything around us, and everything is part of us. This shows us that we are not alone.
2. Everything Happens for a Reason
”What goes around, comes around.” There is order to our seemingly chaotic world, even if that order is not always apparent. There is a cause and effect, a reaction to every action. Life is governed by law and order.
3. We Change
Science teaches us that the world vibrates, and we vibrate. This applies to everything in the universe. Since vibration is not static, this causes change. Transition is a normal part of life, not something to be feared.
4. We Move in a Pattern
There is a moving rhythm to life: Seasons change, tides rise and fall, day turns to night. Patterns affect all of life. We move within a defined and recurring pattern.
5. We Progress
Our pattern, however, is not static. Just as vibrations change, the pattern governing our lives moves in a circle. This is not a closed cycle but one that spirals upward so that we can and do progress.
6. We Strive for Balance
Everything has its opposite. There is polarity, or two extremes, in the world and the universe. Our challenge is to find the middle ground, the median point, and avoid the extremes. We should search for moderation in every emotion, every decision, every activity.
7. We Create
Sex attraction governs our lives and the universe. Life is creation. But this is not just the “sex” of a limited male/female physical encounter. Sex attraction unites the masculine and feminine characteristics within us. As an extension of the previous principle of opposites, we strive for a balance of the masculine and feminine within. This allows us to create new ideas, as well as life.
Each of the Seven Cosmic Principles can be traced back to the beginning of known time, to the earliest philosophies and beliefs, reflecting ideas from Plato, the Gnostics, ancient Greeks, ancient Egyptians and Sumerians, among others. Records place the origin of these Cosmic Principles at least as far back as 3000 BCE, and perhaps further.
Again, might these Cosmic, or universal, principles help anyone searching for answers in life and provide some direction to our youth who are struggling to find some sense and purpose in their lives? Knowing there are rules that govern and guide our lives can be a comforting concept.