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Summary

He was the father of the occult, the founder of astrology, the discoverer of alchemy. He was Hermes Trismegistus, and as the scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt, he possessed all divine knowledge... which he passed on to humanity, though only those who have been tutored in its wonders can fully understand it.In this extraordinary 1912 book, three secret initiates to his teachings - who remain anonymous to this day - share their insight with all who seek to understand the mysterious underpinnings of the universe and our relationship with it.

An appreciation of Hermeticism, as the basis of all paranormal philosophies still studied today, is an absolute must for anyone fascinated by magic, the supernatural, and the wisdom of the ancients.

©2013 Gildan Media LLC (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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Interesting stuff

If you're interested in occult or mystical teachings then you should find this audiobook really interesting without being as dense and inaccessible to the layman as something by the likes of Crowley which requires a lot of prior study and understanding before you even begin to have an idea of what's being said.
This is, on the surface, simple enough, but will reward deeper study. I bought the Kindle version on a whim, because it was only 46p and I was enjoying it so added the Audible narration. Listened to it over a couple of days driving around at work and really enjoyed it. Some of the ideas might be dated, but since we're talking about apparent source material that comes from Ancient Egypt I don't think 'dated' is that much of a problem.
If you fancy a change from audio stories you might enjoy this. I certainly did.

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A bit like reading The book of Revalation

To compare this to Revelation is because of its complexity not the content. This is a hard book to read and I have gone though it three times now and will go back to it. Fortunately it's not long. However the information within is priceless and requires much contemplation.
I marked it down because of the complexity. That's no ones fault it's just big stuff to get your head round. The narrator did well with the material.
The truth isn't out there it's in this little book.
If you have spiritual questions try this.

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Epic book one you get your head around it

I’ve had this book for a while now and attempted to listen to it without ever really committing but recently I decided to sit down with it and now I get it. It’s clearly a gateway to a massive body of work and even this book alone provides a staggering amount of mental growth to master. I’ve listened to this three times over and I’m currently on my forth cycle but it’s something you’ll have to listen to constantly and conduct independent research if you want to understand at a much deeper level. Next on my list is the Emerald Tablets but I won’t purchase that for at least another 6 months until I have time to digest this in more detail. Overall it can be a little wordy and the concepts can be a little confusing but if you listen to it enough it gradually falls in to place. Epic piece of work, the mind will never be the same again. One last point, I’ve started keeping a diary to track my progress through the teachings because it does tend to pull you in different directions as you attempt to understand all the various references and methodologies that arise along the way.

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Enlightening

I was left with a much deeper and thorough understanding of the laws and operations life. Through the use of the mental transmutation as explained so clearly in this book, you can alter your environment by raising your vibration and mastering this mental art.

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A book for the true seeker

An essential read for anyone on the path to understanding both themselves and the universe.

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Invaluable

Thanks I learned so much , It’s all pretty intense, dense in terms of content. But interesting and in valuable nonetheless. I’m just going to listen to it the second time, I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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Brilliant !

Knowledge from the lips of the Master how much gratitude would be needed to repay is down to the level of individual understanding .

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great start

great explanation of the hermetic principles.. often very deep. would have liked links or perhaps guidance to apply this wonderful knowledge..

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intellectual reading

this a book that can be listened to many times, and each review will open a new discovery.

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interesting read

very insightful, thought provoking helped with my meditation, insight into misunderstanding some religious history or reactions

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  • Diana
  • 24-07-14

Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on

This book covers a lot of territory - consciousness, dimensions, physics, science, nature, natural law (Universe, Earth, Human), behavior, mental abilities, responsibility, integrity, and much more.

For someone interested in spiritual development, there's food for thought here. Strangely, I wasn't expecting so much that is relevant today in physics and science to be part of ancient teachings. Interesting.

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  • R. Reese
  • 26-08-15

The Oldest Skeleton Key

Roots. The source for so many teachings. You will recognize many, if you have ears to hear.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-15

Great book about my ancestors wisdom (Egyptians)

Loved it a great reference of the greatness of the Ancient Melanated Egyptians and their great contribution of civilizing humanity.

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  • Joel
  • 25-04-15

When The Ears Of Knowledge Are Ready...

Listen to this book. Then, Live.
Come back after awhile and listen to it again.
Then Live. Repeat until time goes by and you begin to GAIN some Understanding. :)

Welcome. :)

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  • Jemal
  • 13-03-15

enlightening

this was very informative and boiled things down to its essance love it definatly starting down the right path

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  • Augi Reyes
  • 12-02-15

Hermetic laws explained

The most concise explanation of the 7 Hermetic principles . The recitation leaves nothing to wanting; well read. Overall good job.

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  • J. Root
  • 29-04-17

Game changer for the true seeker of knowledge

Many of the concepts of the hermetic teachings given in this book are those that instinctually we all know already. Though over the course of our lives we are but mere manifestations of our environment on every level... Biologically, philosophically, psychologically and most importantly.... Mentally. What this book will give you is the key to understanding the different aspects of all these things in your life and the other lives around you. You will see the unconscious made manifest in every being and its environment. You will see then, the incredible power you wield once you not only grasp this concept but also implement the transmutation of the underlying laws that drive these outward manifestations within yourself.

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  • Alex
  • 23-09-15

Best book I heard in Audible

it is worth listening too. Do not know if this is true or not but it is worth pondering on the teachings of the book

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  • Barry V. Lester
  • 25-07-15

The Original Secret

Where does The Kybalion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Number one, the beginning, the preeminent

Which character – as performed by Mitch Horowitz – was your favorite?

Hermes , of course

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, and I did

Any additional comments?

With so much interest in New Age directives to address contemporary maladies, this beautifully presented ancient wisdom simply cuts through the rhetoric heavy, fairly recent yet popular watered down versions of this venerable classic.

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  • erik
  • 04-10-14

Useful but a bit misleading to neophytes

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This echoes the ancient realizations of the sages from around the globe. To me it feels like a blend of Taoism and Buddhism and I often found myself thinking that one would be better to take up the Buddhist practice instead because it's a much more fleshed out system but I must admit to being partial on this matter. This could serve as a good nudge in a right direction as far as awareness of what the mind is and how it functions and how it is malleable. However, as in much of spirituality, there runs the risk of the new comer being confused and stuck in "seeking" mode, and some naive ones may very well misinterpret what is meant by "all is mind", I assure you, you won't be levitating or bending spoons but you might stumble onto a new perspective which opens the gate that leads to a gateless gate.

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