“On his own plane of being, how does Man create? Well, first, he may create by making something out of outside materials. … Secondly, Man procreates or reproduces his kind in the process of begetting, … transferring a portion of his substance to his offspring. But this will not do, because THE ALL cannot transfer or subtract a portion of itself, nor can it reproduce or multiply itself. … Is there no third way in which Man creates? Yes, there is—He CREATES MENTALLY! And in so doing, he used no outside materials, nor does he reproduce himself, and yet his spirit pervades the Mental Creation.
“Following the Principle of Correspondence, we are justified in considering that THE ALL creates the universe MENTALLY, in a manner akin to the process whereby Man creates mental images.” ~The Kybalion by Three Initiates
While much of this quote makes senses, not all of it does if you take the time to think about it. First we need to understand that the purpose of the section is to provide evidence that God (THE ALL) creates mentally, that is to say, he creates something merely by imagining it, and it then exists.
The Initiates tell us that we create in three ways, but only one is real creation. They say that when man creates using outside material, it isn’t really creation, it’s just modification. So when an artist carves a statue from a rock, he didn’t truly create the statue, he just changed the rock. In that, the initiates make a valid point. They then go on to say that procreation is also not true creation, although they don’t really explain it well.
I think that what they are saying is that when we procreate, we are only initiating a process and that the final product, the baby, is made from external materials that have not been created by man, therefore it is also not true creation. Again, they may have a point, but not as strong a one as in the first type of creation.
Finally, the Initiates say that man creates mentally and that this is the only true creation we are capable of because we are creating from nothing, we use, in their words, “no outside materials,” when we create mentally. First, it is not true that we use no outside “materials” unless you limit the definition of “materials” to matter. It is true that we consume no matter when we create mentally, but we do use energy that comes from outside of us. Whats more, some would argue that many of the ideas that pop into our minds are not our creations at all, but thoughts sent to us from external sources, from the minds of other people, from the collective mind of the planet sometimes called Gaia, from the minds of higher beings such as the Angels, or God Himself.
Finally, the idea they express as the Principle of Correspondence make no sense to me. It implies that God operates as we do and therefore we can learn how God functions by simply studying ourselves. That makes about as much sense as saying that because I swam in the ocean, I can learn all about the ocean by studying myself. If God were not very different from us, He wouldn’t be God and we need to get away from man’s foolish and egotistical idea of creating God in our images. God is not the creator of our physical bodies and minds, He is not the creator of anything made of matter. God is the creator of our spirit and soul, and only our spirit and soul. If we want to know how God functions, what He is like, what motivates Him, and what His plans are, there is only one way to do that. If we want to know God, we must first awaken and develop out spirits and souls. Only the spirit and soul can know God, only the soul, not the mind, can understand God. And when Michelangelo carved The Pieta from a lump of rock, he did create because he had to form an image in his mind first before he could carve it into the rock.
Featured image: Chromy sculpting Cloak of Conscience Jan 2011