Hello Beautiful Humans!
An interesting topic! To be honest, although I have done a fair amount of research, I have not been able to discover a satisfactory (at least in my opinion) definition for what a Universal Law is other than a rule or law that is universal or wide spread fact or belief. Hmmm? Not quite the definitive answer I was looking for? So what are these Laws of the Universe exactly?
Universal Laws are the rules that presumably dictate some of the behaviors in our universe. (My own definition based on my research. Still leaves a lot to the imagination.) There are believed to be 12 of these laws.
The 12 Universal Laws
The Law of Divine Oneness - Everything is connected
The Law of Vibration - Everything has a unique vibration/frequency
The Law of Attraction - What is like unto itself is drawn
The Law of Correspondence - Your inner world manifests your outer world
The Law of Action - You must take action to get results
The Law of Cause and Effect - Every action has a reaction
The Law of Compensation - You will receive based on what you give
The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy - Energy is always changing
The Law of Relativity - Everything can be perceived in multiple ways
The Law of Polarity - Everything has a necessary opposite
The Law of Rhythm - Nothing is permanent
The Law of Gender - Creation requires both masculine and feminine
They were derived from the 7 Hermetic Principles of Hermes Trismegistus.
Hermes was a fictional, historic figure, being the combination of Thoth, the God of wisdom in Ancient Egypt, and the Greek messenger of the Gods, Hermes. He was credited as being the founder of science, philosophy, mathematics and several other subjects. For more on the Hermetic Principles and their origins, check out Sarah Regan's article on Mind Body Green (cited below). What we need to know here is that Hermeticism is a bit of a binder and combination of Science, philosophy and spiritual beliefs that goes back to the first century A.D. as described by the Spaced Out Scientist (cited below). Another interesting and suggested read.
With the history lesson out of the way, let's move on. I'm sure you've heard of some of these before, like the Law of Attraction or Relativity, but what I don't think most people understand (I know that I didn't) is that when these Laws are understood they enable you to just let go of what is beyond your control. All those stresses and worries that build up over time causing a laundry list of issues start to become irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. I'm not going to lie... it is not easy to grasp some of this. It's a process and with process there is progress.
Let's break things down. We are going to look at the scientific side of a couple of the Universal Laws. Everything in the universe (as we know it) consists of matter and energy. The overwhelming consensus is that neither mass nor energy can be created or destroyed, it merely changes form by rearranging the components of atoms, (credited to Albert Einstein). If you believe this to be true, which most scientists seem to, then the Law of Divine Oneness is true. Everything is connected because everything is made of the same energy and matter that has always existed or will ever exist in the universe.
Now consider your thoughts. As explained in an article by Ralph Lewis, MD in Psychology Today (cited below) "...thoughts are energy signals, the energy transmitting a thought therefore has mass." Joy has a high vibration frequency while guilt has a low vibration frequency. If we, as beings of matter, are able to 'feel' these vibrations, it is possible that this can be the definitive explanation of our intuition, although this has not been proven to my knowledge. If this is true, then the Law of Vibration is also true.
Science can be applied to all of the Universal Laws. I will most likely be doing a series including the Science, Philosophy and Spiritual side of each at a later date. If you're interested in learning more about that, please let me know in the comments.
How would you know that you feel good if you never felt bad? How would we know a positive if there were no negative? Love without hate? Light without dark? Up without down? Everything in the universe has what we think of as an opposite. In all actuality, it is different extremes of the same thing. The simplest and most common examples are Hot/Cold and Dark/Light. If a room is dark it is an absence of light. We cannot remove darkness, we simply add more light. The same principle applies to our emotions. So if we are feeling stressed, we simply need define the opposite emotion, in this case would be peace, and simply add more peaceful things to our life to remove the stress. This is the application for the Law of Polarity.
The Law of Correspondence is an interesting one. Once I understood it, I started recognizing it in my own life and I was astonished at how often my thoughts were perpetuating negativity. This is how it was explained to me:
"Would you rather go to an antiwar rally or a peace rally? If our brain thinks in
pictures and there is no picture for 'anti' then your brain pictures war. If your
brain is thinking war then your mood will most likely be one of anger,
dissension and discord. Tempers flare, fights and arguments break out and
everyone wonders why the antiwar rally ended so violently and they almost
always do. Instead, when we think of a peace rally, our brain identifies this
with calm and tranquility. Peace rallies rarely end in violence. Our brain is
corresponding our emotions with the images associated with our thoughts.
This is reflected back to us from the outer world. So be careful what you think."
I don't want to delve too far into this aspect of the Laws because for every spiritual belief system I address there would be many more that I am unable to. Instead, just take a look at your own beliefs and/or religious teachings and compare the Universal Laws. You will be hard pressed to find one or the other that you cannot connect in some way.
The Wrap Up
I know this was not as in depth as the topic rightfully deserves and I hope to be able to focus more on the series in the coming weeks. For now, really take a look at each of the Laws. Once you start to understand how they apply to you, your world and your life, you can start using them.
Don't try to start applying everything 100% to your life and expect measurable results tomorrow. We all know that change doesn't truly work that way, but by really making an effort to understand what they mean. When that understanding is clear, we can start to use the Universal Laws to mold and shape the life that we want for ourselves.
Morals of the Story:
Universal Laws presumably dictate the behaviors of our universe.
Derived from the 7 Hermetic Principles of Hermes Trismegistus.
The Laws are a combination of Science, Philosophy and Spirituality.
By understanding what the Universal Laws are we can use them to shape our future selves.
Mind Body Green - https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/7-hermetic-principles/
The Spaced Out Scientist - https://spacedoutscientist.com/2015/06/01/hermeticism-the-nexus-between-science-philosophy-and-spirit/
Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-purpose/201902/what-actually-is-thought-and-how-is-information-physical#:~:text=Since%20thoughts%20are%20energy%20signals,energetic%20signal%20have%20mass%20too.