The All is mind, the universe is mental.
This means the underlying reality of the universe is mind, and the universe itself is mental and existing in the mind of The All. If the universe is mental in nature, than mental transmutation must be the art of changing the conditions of the universe along the lines of matter, force, and mind…So mental transmutation is really the magic that ancient writers discussed in their mystical works. Too bad they left so few practical instructions…If everything is mental than transmutation can not only change conditions ordinarily thought of as mental, but also material conditions…
The universe, and everything in it, is constantly growing and changing…nothing is permanent but change. The underlining power fueling this constant creation is called The All. It is all there is so it’s infinite and eternal. The all is living mind, consisting of an immortal life force, and divine wisdom. The All is spirit. The All occupies every space in the universe. Spirit permeates your body, office, home, automobile, etc. There is no space that spirit is not. The All is not matter or mere energy because nothing can rise higher than it’s source. What is higher than matter or energy that is known to exist in the universe? Mind and life and the varying degree of in-foldment…The All is infinite living mind, which we call spirit…Unlike the universe, which it powers and infinitely inhabits, The All is unchangeable…Now This paradox is reconciled by the Hermetic teaching that the universe is contained within the mind of The All. Nothing can exist outside of spirit. So the human mind might deduce that the universe isn’t The All, it must be nothing. But this doesn’t seem to be a satisfying answer since we are aware of the universe’s existence.
So if the universe is neither The All or nothing what can it be?. Let us examine this question. For the universe to exist it must be The All’s creation. But something can never come from nothing? What substance did The All use to create the universe?…Some philosophers believe The All created the universe from itself. But The All cannot subtract or divide itself to become an atom or earthy-being?…Some philosophers believe that the universe and The All are identical and they shout “I Am God!”. That’s like a vein saying that it is the human body.
But what is the universe if its not The All separated into fragments?… What else can it be?… and what could it be made of?…
Usually we can gain perspective on the inner workings of higher planes by examining the workings of our own. On the material earthly-plane humans create by using outside materials. But this analogy doesn’t answer any of questions, since there are no materials outside of The All to be used in the creation of the universe.
Humans also procreate our children with a portion of ourselves. But this scenario is also counter to our knowledge that The All can’t transfer or subtract a portion of itself. Nor can anything add to. or multiply
So is there a third way that humans can create? Yes…We create mentally. Mental creation’s use no outside materials and neither reproduce or fragment one’s self. And yet each human spirit pr-evades their mental creations. So in correlation we can deduce that the universe is The All’s mental creation in the same manner humans create mental images. Such was the teaching of Hermes. So we can say that the universe can’t create using outside materials because there isn’t any outside of the all. And we can say that it cant be reproduction because 1x1=1.
Just like you might create a universe in your mind, so does the all creates universes in it’s own mentality. Your universe is the mental creation of a finite mind, where is that of the all is the creation of an infinite mind. Very similar, but infinitely different in degree.The universe and everything it contains is a mental creation of The All.