The Laws of Reality: The Principle of Rhythm

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The Principle of Rhythm

Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” – The Kybalion


All of life shifts from one pole to another, all situations shift from one kind to another. This may also seem to be a fairly obvious observation when you think about your daily human experience. We all experience highs and lows and swings from one extreme to another.

In the daily experience of our life, we can easily see that we swing from feeling great to not so great, from happy to sad, to excited to nearly indifferent. These movements don’t always happen in an instant, or by extremes, but by degrees and every movement in one direction is matched by movement in the other.

Newton’s third law of motion states that “for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction,” showing, simultaneously, that there is always rhythm and a redress of all actions, as well as being a mean level, or state, exerted throughout the Universe. While I am disinclined to call this entropy, I do think there is a balance that nature is always seeking, thus, for every moment in one direction it must be balanced by moment in the opposite direction. While I understand that this law is directly observed from the motion of objects, I think it is just as applicable to larger systems of energy and movement.

The Laws of Reality: The Principle of RhythmThus, using the Principle of Correspondence, we can apply Newton’s third law of motion in order to better understand the Principle of Rhythm. There is always an opposite and equal reaction in our lives, the Principle of Rhythm exerting its influence and balances out every moment. Applying this in larger contexts, such as in a larger spiritual understanding, we can see how karma, as understood in eastern philosophy, actually is the application of the Principle of Rhythm, just over the course of lifetimes.

This principle is impersonal and is merely a force to be aware of as we move through life. If we can apply it to the larger context our own lives, then the periods of highs and lows would make much more sense. It could also be used in order to predict how things may unfold, in one context or another, since all movement has an opposite action.

While this law may appear to mean we are forever stuck in a dance of highs and lows, if we apply some of the other laws we can see that we have some control of what poles the pendulum swings between. If we apply the Principle of Vibration and the Principle of Mentalism, then we can begin to understand that we can raise the vibration of the states that the pendulum must swing between.

As we grow in consciousness and self-awareness, we can begin to shift the pendulum swing from the lessor poles of “anguish and joy” to a swing between the greater poles of “joy and ecstasy.” Once this is achieved, then the lows shift from “anguish” to “joy” and the highs shift from “joy” to “ecstasy.” In this way we are shown, by the Principle of Rhythm, that the pendulum will always swing and, by the Principle of Vibration, we can raise or lower what the pendulum swings between. While this is one example, we can actually do this for any and all states of being.

We can rise up from the most base, trapped by separation and limitation, into the realm of the most sublime, in Union with unconditional love, compassion, ecstasy, and unlimited freedom. As we move up through these states of being in our lives, so to the Principle of Rhythm rises and begins to shift between higher states of being.

Understanding the principle allows us to embrace that all grief and pain is transitory, “this too shall pass.” And, even though it also means that all joy and happiness is transitory, understanding that allows us to enjoy it more, recognizing that we are unable to hold on to it. Be in the state you are in, but be prepared to move into its opposite in the future.


Written by: Iam Bloom

Newton’s Third Law of Motion

2 Responses to "The Laws of Reality: The Principle of Rhythm"

  1. S.Nobble   May 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you, I very much appreciate your insight here.

  2. Jayke   October 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    The Art of Neutralization allows one to not be affected by it’s swing.. You Polarize yourself by “refusing”


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