The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy

A special book and the main principles it expounds were both referenced and introduced in my fiction novel Journeys Through SpaceTime. I wanted to expose this powerful book to readers because I personally found it to be one of the best resources that I’ve found to explain ancient wisdom concepts and principles that seem to be part of a lot of media and knowledge sources from ancient times to our current day reality. In my opinion, the principles discussed in The Kybalion have withstood the test of time because these important doctrines give us the best explanations for the true nature of reality.

So, who created this important work…and where did these dynamic principles originate from? Based on the introduction in the centenary edition of The Kybalion by Richard Smoley, the book was first written by what has been termed the Three Initiates. While this still seems somewhat cryptic, Smoley goes on to explain that The Kybalion was first introduced by the Yogi Publication Society of Chicago in 1908. The book’s introduction goes on to say that scholar Philip Deslippe argues that the book was most likely written by William Walker Atkinson. It appears Atkinson ran the Yogi Publication Society of Chicago. While research into the matter does seem to indicate William Atkinson was the actual author of The Kybalion, it appears Atkinson wanted to acknowledge contributions of the hermetic philosophies expounded in other works by Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland, and therefore listed authorship as the Three Initiates.

With the mystery of authorship for The Kybalion most likely solved, we should now look back in history to ancient Egypt and Greece to try and determine where the Three Initiates base the principles exposed in this important work. An examination of a very old body of texts from ancient Greece shows similarities between the texts expounded in the Corpus Hermeticum and The Kybalion. All indications seem to suggest that the Corpus Hermeticum texts are based on the teachings of a legendary semidivine entity called Hermes Trismegistus. The name Trismegistus actually means (“Thrice-Greatest Hermes”). Acclaimed as a Master-of-masters, Hermes was reported to have originated from ancient Egypt. Other ancient writings identify Hermes Trismegistus as both the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.

While I apologize for all of this somewhat dry preface material explaining the roots of the information contained within The Kybalion, I thought is was important to realize that the principles contained in this work have a very ancient history and source. For me, that adds value to the doctrines contained within the book, and I hope it does for you as well. Moving forward, I want to go into detail concerning the information talked about in the book. I’m planning some future posts looking into those principles. With all that said, if you have an interest in discovering the true nature of reality and how to perhaps have some control over your own personal reality, I highly recommend you give The Kybalion a look.

Namaste, James