The All (also called The One, The Absolute, The Great One, The Creator, The Supreme Mind, The Supreme Good, The Father, and The Universal Mother) is the Hermetic or panentheistic view of God, which is that everything that is, or at least that can be experienced, collectively makes up The All. One Hermetic maxim states, "While All is in The All, it is equally true that The All is in All." The All can also seen to be androgynous, possessing both masculine and feminine qualities in equal part .
The Three Initiates (see The Kybalion) strongly caution that we restrain from simply declaring "I am God" for oversimplification purposes. Though you are a part of The All, you are but one small piece of that puzzle. You cannot be equated with God anymore than your toenail can be equated with you. You have the potential for perfection and to rejoin God, but you are not the totality of God.
The All's mind can be seen as infinitely more powerful and vast than any of us could hope to achieve. Therefore, it may be capable of keeping track of each and every particle across the expanse of the Universe, as well as maintain symbolism that applies to many lesser entities such as that seen in astrology and numerology.
Because of this view, some Hermetics also believe in the reality of magic, though magic much less visible than seen in fairy tales and television shows. If the universe is completely a mental construct, then the mind must be able to mold it and shape it, in an experience that can become closer and closer to lucid dreaming as skills improve.
The following is commentary on possibilities about The All but not anything necessarily accepted by Hermetics in general.
It may also be possible that The All has a main incarnation, which may be closer to visions of God as a physical being, just as one has a distinct self when dreaming, though everything in the dream may indeed be us.
However, even with everything in the universe being part of The All, it is possible that other things exist outside of The All. For example, The All may be just like us on its own level of existence, with its own The All above it. Other beings would be part of that greater All having the same difficulty interacting with us as anyone else has entering the dreams of others.
In Nuwaubianism,THE ALL (Ba Kuluwm) is the concept of the infinite, formlessness that exist, before physical manifestation. All things in creation exist inside THE ALL and nothing, not even THE MOST HIGH can exist outside of it. So if we could remove all of the dividing lines from creation, all that remains is THE ALL. No human being can perceive of anything bigger than THE ALL. It is the will of THE ALL that gave birth to The Most High. THE ALL is represented by the number "0" and the letter "O"- which is a circle, which is boundless and infinite.
Nous is claimed also to be the Father of the Word, and only comes to pious and religious men. Nous claims to be God while the others are "sons of God" It was Nous who is said to have created Man, both male and female (or hermaphroditic; some translations claiming "bisexual" used in a way to connote hermaphroditic), 7 of them, which were later broken up into separate men and women after falling in love with Nature, its shadow, and actually merging with Nature, or, in other words, incarnating.
Hermes proclaims that Nous is the cause of existence and God should be worshipped by those two names, for they belong only to God. Nous, or God, is also seen as synonymous with the Supreme Good.
The Word is used, by inhabiting the elements, to create destiny, the "seven governors" (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter of astrology) and was used to organize Chaos. The leaving of Reason from the elements is said to give rise to the lower creatures, who were created without Reason. See also Logos.
In 1975, Summum, an esoteric organization whose philosophy also includes the natural principles described in The Kybalion , put forth an explanation behind The All's existence and claims the explanation came from "Summa Individuals" , beings who appear to be what The Kybalion describes as "Unseen Divinities" that intervene and assist with human affairs . Summum rewrote The Kybalion to include its explanation along with additional information . Summum refers to The All as "SUMMUM," a Latin term meaning "highest" or "greatest" , and in the context of the Summum philosophy means, "the sum total of creation" . The explanation Summum offers is based upon what it calls the "Grand Principle of Creation," and via this grand principle, The All (SUMMUM) exists . In summary, according to the Summum philosophy, The All is a union between Nothing and All Possibility, the ultimate opposites, and the nature of that union is without beginning or end for these two opposites automatically and simultaneously create each other. The result is a "cosmic copulation" whose effect is an infinite, living mind .
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