Universal Laws

What is the origin of the Universal Laws? In science and, in particular, physics Isaac Newton was the first to use the term Universal Laws. These are the natural inescapable laws of the Universe. They have been expanded upon since by scientists like Albert Einstein, who discovered the Law of Relativity.

In Egyptian Greek philosophy, Hermes Trismegistus explains the foundational laws of our reality in his seven hermetic principles. Ho’oponopono was a practice in ancient Hawaii, which now includes a recognition of various Universal Laws and their application in everyday life. Qabalah contains 10 Universal Laws. Hinduism contains 12 Laws of Karma.

So basically, the 12 Universal Laws are pulled together from a variety of both scientific and spiritual sources and are widely accepted today. I prefer to use them as Principles, rather than Laws. Also, the way you apply them is an individual choice. For instance, understanding Law of Divine Oneness often depends on your beliefs and differs between spiritual paths and religions around the world. My desire, as Druid founder of the Order of Celtic Wolves, is to encourage development, and if applying or understanding these laws helps you achieve that, then it is beneficial to you and those you have dealings with.

So let’s look at these Laws one by one: –

1) The Law of Divine Oneness

“I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one…” John 17:23 (KJB) Jesus praying to His heavenly father.

According to the Law of Divine Oneness, the whole universe is interconnected. We are all products of the same energy that created or started the Universe. Whether you call that energy God or spirit or just pure energy, we started off as stardust and energy is in constant flux. It changes, but always exists in one form or another. Some believe that there is an inner spirit within that energy, or a soul.

But here and now, recognising Oneness with everything can benefit us in our lives. If we recognise that we all make mistakes (I hate the word “sin”) and paying more attention to our own mistakes, rather than those of others, stops us judging others harshly.

But it’s more than that. It’s connectivity, empathy and compassion. It’s about supporting those who are attacked because of race, gender, religion, sexuality and disability as an ally. It’s also about caring for our bit of the environment for future offspring, as far as our circumstances allow. It’s also about opposing cruelty to other living creatures. Oneness applies to everything.

When we see a homeless person, or an alcoholic, or someone with a drug addiction, if we think that this could happen to anyone, including ourselves, then we lose judgmentalism.

Being in Oneness is the first of the 12 Universal Laws, but whether you view it as being at Oneness with a personal God, or at Oneness with the Universe, applying it in your own personal life will enrich you.

2. Law of Vibration

From a microscopic level to the entire Cosmos, every thing is moving, even in solid objects, atomic and sub atomic particles are constantly moving. This is physics as Einstein stated.

The Law of Vibration states that everything in the universe is in a constant state of movement. We refer to these movements as vibration, and the speed or rate at which something vibrates is called its frequency. The only difference between one object and another is the rate of its vibration.

The Law of Vibration states that everything in the universe is in a constant state of movement. We refer to these movements as vibration, and the speed or rate at which something vibrates is called its frequency. The only difference between one object and another is the rate of its vibration.

According to existing research, the natural frequency of a human-standing body is about 7.5 Hz, and the frequency of a sitting posture is 4–6 Hz. Vibrations are all around us. We can detect vibrations with sensitive skin mechanoreceptors, but our conscious awareness of the presence of vibrations is often limited.

Human vibrations are composed of everything from physical matter to the way you communicate the thoughts you think. Some molecules vibrate faster and some vibrate slower; there are higher vibrations and lower vibrations.

Spiritually and emotionally, when you are vibrating at a higher level, you feel lighter, happier, and more at ease, whereas lower vibrations feel heavy, dark, and confused.

There are many ways we can increase our vibration level. The first is gratitude. Rather than think about the things you haven’t got, be grateful for the things you have. Have deep seated love for yourself and others. You have to learn to love yourself and spread the love around. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others from the heart. Don’t be self deprecating, but also avoid boastfulness. And don’t unduly criticise others and praise people for the good they do.

Be generous and never be stingy or greedy. Give to charity, whether it’s money or belongings. A simple smile at a stranger improves their vibration too.

Meditation and simply concentrating on your breathing is a great way to rid yourself of low vibrations. This can include prayer too, or talking to those who you have lost in this mortal plane.

Holding onto grudges and blame does far more damage to you, than the one you believe you are punishing. Be forgiving of others, or you will find you are constantly at a lower vibration.

Look after your body as much as you can, including the things you eat and drink. Toxins affect not only our vibrations, but our liver, kidney, heart and other organs.

Think positive thoughts, visit areas of natural beauty, plant beautiful flowers and become at one with nature. Petting animals such as a cat or dog also does much to improve your vibrations.

As you become aware of your vibrations, you will notice the vibrations of others and places you visit. Whatever vibrations surround you can affect your own vibrations, good or bad. So keep the Law of Vibration in mind and you will raise the vibrations of others and of places you visit.

3. Law of Correspondence

“Quod est superius est sicut quod inferius, et quod inferius est sicut quod est superius.”

“That which is above is like to that which is below, and that which is below is like to that which is above.” The second verse from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus

This phrase has been used or paraphrased or added too for 3000 years and used in ritual too. It is not limited to esoteric and occult practices though because Jesus in Matthew 18:18 (ESV) says “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” The principle is also found in the Qabalah and other ancient religious writings.

So what does it mean? The Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. We achieve our greatest success when we recognise the connection and work in harmony and connect with the higher planes of Manifestation, Life and Being. All that is included in the Universe emanates from the same source, and the same laws, principles, and characteristics apply to each plane.

In my own rituals then I include the extended paraphrase it to focus my mind, body and spirit on the higher planes as follows: –

“As above, so below. As within, so without.”

This recognises not only the connection between ourselves and the higher planes but also the connection between the body and inner soul.

4. Law of Attraction

This is probably the most well known of the 12 Universal Laws and also known as the Golden Rule.

It ties in with the Law of Vibration, in that whatever we give out, we get back in return. The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as one wants to be treated. Various expressions of this rule can be found in the creeds of most religions and paths throughout history. It is an ethic of reciprocity in some religions, although different religions treat it differently.

  • Treat others as you would like others to treat you (positive or directive form)
  • Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form)
  • What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathetic or responsive form)

The idea dates at least to the early Confucian times (551–479 BCE). It is a prominent principle in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and the rest of the world’s major religions. As part of the 1993 “Declaration Toward a Global Ethic”, 143 leaders of the world’s major faiths endorsed the Golden Rule, but belief in God is not necessary to endorse it.

There is a caveat to this rule. Although it works on a one to one basis, it assumes that people are on the same level as vibration as you. If the recipient is on a low and dark vibration (see earlier post on the Law of Vibration) you are not on an equal footing. So you do not always get an equal return and should not expect such. However, DO NOT let this deter you from applying the Golden Rule. Although you will not get an equal return, you will still lift people to a higher level of Vibration.

If, however, you respond according to the recipients level of return, this will bring down your level of Vibration.

In practice, this could work well in a customer service job. If a customer complains about poor customer service by thinking about how “you” would like to be treated if you experienced poor customer service helps you apply the Golden Rule. When making a complaint a person may be feeling angry, annoyed and upset. If we respond with aggression we will fuel that anger. However, if we lower our tone of voice, the customer will lower theirs and by calmly dealing with the complaint and, hopefully, resolving it if possible (or explaining it, if not) then by the end of the conversation the customer will have had their level of Vibration raised and may even thank you for your support.

The point is, with The Golden Rule, is to apply it whatever the return. The majority of time you will see a return, but if not, at least you have the knowledge that you did what you could. And then, sometimes, it is best to walk away, realising that continued interaction with some people will bring your level of Vibration down.

5. Law of Inspired Action

Some believe that a prayer or meditation and reliance on divine beings or spirit is all that is needed to achieve your goals. That is credulity, or blind faith.

The Law of Inspired Action states that you must take real, actionable, inspired steps in order to achieve your goals and allow your dreams to manifest in your life.

The real and actionable steps seem straightforward, whereas inspired takes a little more effort. Inspiration comes from 2 sources; within you and from outside. You have to listen to your inner self and pay attention to your own instincts. You will also see things in the outside world that inspire you.

If we don’t follow through things that inspire us with action, then we will find something is missing from our lives.

Realistically, we may not achieve all our goals, but sometimes the fulfilment is not in the achievement, but in the quest. However, if we don’t apply Law of Inspired Action we will not achieve any of our goals and dreams.

So don’t sit back, but keep moving forward, and some of your goals and dreams will become a reality.

6. Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy

Everything around us and in the Universe is constantly evolving or fluctuating. That includes us.

Every action we take is preceded by our brain, including our immediate reactions. The brains impulses trigger our nervous system into action through complex electro chemical impulses. Our brain is in itself the centre of our Universe and the way we view things.

Discussing vibrations we looked at how high and low vibrations worked in lifting or lowering the vibrations of others, but it all starts with the brain.

Have you ever noticed how a baby looks intently at you or others. It is taking in its surroundings, learning reactions and language. How we develop depends on 2 things; our environment and our inner self.

If it was purely environment, we would be exactly the same as other family members, but there is something inherently individual about each of us. No one knows our inner self apart from us.

DNA research has shown in recent years that many of our traits are inherited, but even so, no two persons are exactly the same. We may find similarities, but we are all completely different.

If we are not careful, though, our environment can gradually remove what makes us individual and replace our brain processes and reactions, so they change us into a hive brain of the masses.

Make no mistake about it, there are powerful people in politics, religion and commerce who influence the masses and turn people into sheep. Some religions even call their followers sheep and the followers blindly accept that. The masses are easily influenced and manipulated. They allow their individuality to be taken over by empty promises, judgmentalism and buying things that they think they need.

Don’t let someone do that to you. No matter how much you may make enemies (just for being your true self) you can become a powerful being by allowing your own reasoning and thought processes to guide you, transmuting the energy inside you and outside you into a thing of beauty.

And you are not alone. We live in a time where both enlightenment and ignorance abound in equal measure. There are many finding enlightenment right now, and recognising and living in accordance with the 12 Universal Laws will help you achieve that.

7. Law of Cause and Effect (also known as Casuality)

In modern physics, the notion of causality is clarified as “the cause must precede the effect”. And depending on the cause, the effect might not happen straight away.

Cause and effect is where one event, process, state, or object (a cause) contributes to the production of another event, process, state, or object (an effect).

An example could be cleaning your teeth. If you don’t clean your teeth regularly (cause) you may not see an immediate effect, but after a while, you may experience tooth decay or gum disease (effect). On the other hand, if you do clean your teeth every day (cause), you are likely to have healthy gums and teeth (effect).

But let’s take it to a level of improving your own life. I won’t tell you the effect, but see if you can work out for yourself what the effect will be from the causes below: –

  1. Shouting and screaming at someone.
  2. Speaking in a calm, relaxing manner.
  3. Giving a compliment.
  4. Being aggressive.
  5. Overindulgence.
  6. Regular exercise.
  7. Studying.

Effects are not the same with everyone. For instance, as in example 1 (above), the effect could be several things depending on the invidual. Possible outcomes are shouting back, being reduced to tears, and storming out. A more positive effect would be the recipient reacting in a calm way and finding out why we are so angry.

So, although every action has a reaction, it may not be immediate and could have several outcomes. Sometimes, we need to think of how we personally react to things to get a full perspective. Some situations need confronting, but sometimes it might be better to just walk away.

Effects also last for different periods depending on the cause. Some can be permanent. Some causes and effect we have absolutely no control of. But we can control how we cope with them.

But don’t see it as a negative thing. Even if something has a negative reaction, we can still react in a positive way, thus reducing the outcome. However, if we keep doing positive things in our lives, we will reap the blessings.

8. Law of Compensation

Similar to the Law of Cause and Effect (Causation), the Law of Compensation is simply harvesting the fruit of your labour. Whereas a small act causes a return, in the Law of Compensation it is more about how you devote your time.

If you want something to happen, you work on that area in your life. It applies to all aspects of your life, too. If you want to be an electrician, for instance, you may need an apprenticeship or college training or a mixture of both. You need to make a commitment and student diligently. You also need supervision whilst you practice and eventually become a qualified electrician.

On a personal level you will get back what you give out. If you spend your life sharing love, love will be returned to you. If you give out judgment and hate, it will also be returned to you.

Spiritually, though, it is a balance between spiritual and material things. We need material things and, depending on our means, it is nice to have some luxuries in our life. However, the danger is that material things can become so important to us that we leave little or no room for spiritual things. Whether you believe in a next life or not, you can’t take material things with you. Materialism can also affect your relationship with others because you will need to concentrate more on secular work and less time with family and friends. It is the Law of Compensation.

9. Law of Relativity

Human nature and competitiveness makes us compare our situation and material possessions with those of others. In reality, though, everything is neutral. The meaning we get is purely due to our perspective and perception.

Applying the law of relativity can help us understand the tougher parts of our lives with greater compassion. Comparing ourselves to others and being ungrateful because they appear to be doing better than ourselves will affect our positivity and level of vibration.

There is the old adage of “keeping up with the Joneses.” However, this is totally at odds with the Law of Relativity. A more positive approach is being grateful for the things you have that others don’t. Be charitable to those in need, and don’t be too proud to accept help yourself too.

Sometimes, though, avoiding or limiting company with the kind of people who brag about their possessions or expensive holidays actually benefits you. People who place so much importance on such things generally lack in other areas, including spirituality.

There will always be people in a seemingly better position than us, just as there are people in a worse situation than us. Every one of us is both unique and connected. Everything is relative, and that’s good.

10. Law of Polarity

Yin and Yang

In life everything has it’s opposite; love/hate, male/female, cold/hot, light/dark. In Eastern philosophy there is the commonly known teaching of Yin-Yang. In Kemetism you have the contrast between Set and Horus in the graphic Contendings of Set and Horus, which even includes different same sex relationship roles.

When it comes to the Law of Polarity , there are 2 sides of the same coin. One can not exist without the other. Love and hate are extreme but opposite emotions. Both tend to be overused today and cause friction. A less intense emotion would be like/dislike. Dark and light need to exist together because they create shade.

What about good and evil? Did you know that the Hebrew G_d is said to create both in Isaiah 45:7; “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I יהוה‎ do all these things.” This is in line with the Law of Divine Oneness. Whether you believe in a deity or not, the energy that was there at the beginning of the Universe created all matter, and we are a product of that ancient energy. We ALL have the capacity for good and evil.

How, then, do we work with the Law of Polarity to our benefit? Just because we have the capacity for evil doesn’t mean we have to do evil. Remember the Law of Cause and Effect and the Law of Compensation. Every action we take will cause a reaction, and evil acts will return on us.

When someone shouts at us (action), the tendency is to shout back (reaction). However, applying the Law of Polarity, if we reply in a soft, gentle manner, we can often neutralise a negative with a positive, and this can diffuse a situation.

Same with hot and cold. If you aim for 20 degrees Celsius (which many consider ideal room temperature), you are then in a neutral area of comfort. Living in the middle zone, rather than extremes, is an area of comfort.

However, there is a danger in staying in the middle zone and becoming too comfortable. If you turn a blind eye to bigotry or evil acts, then you may be seen as apathetic or indifferent. There are situations in life where you have to make a stand. That includes protecting and defending others, including your own family. That will lead to other opposites; you will have enemies, but you will also gain friends.

However, protesting against bigotry (whether it be homophobia, or racism or ableism, or some other form) does eventually lead to neutral ground. It brings these issues to the attention of the public and elected officials. Eventually, things change.

For example, although racism still exists, things like segregation, apartheid and racist hoteliers are slowly disappearing. The polar opposites between a racist/ ally through education and protests will eventually lead to a neutral zone and acceptance.

How you apply the Law of Polarity in your life is entirely your decision, but by consciously applying the 12 Universal Laws in your life can benefit you.

11. Law of Rhythm

The Milky Way

Everything around us is in a cycle and change is constant. The year, the seasons, the human lifespan. These are things we can measure. You may know that the Earth and planets orbit the Sun. But did you know that the Sun is on a spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy and that spiral of stars along with the rest of the Galaxy is also moving in a circular direction? Not only that but under the force of gravity, groups of galaxies revolve around each other and perform a dance on a galactic scale, that takes billions of years.

Then we have the micro universe. As long ago as c.400 BC., the Greek philosopher Democritus introduced the idea of the atom as the basic building block matter. Atom particles in all states of matter are in constant motion, which increases with heat and slows at low temperatures. A moving vehicle has atoms moving in the same direction, including the driver and passengers.

How can we improve our own life by recognising the Law of Rhythm?

Biological rhythm (often referred to as bio rhythms) refers to a series of bodily functions regulated by your internal clock. They control cycles like sleep and wakefulness, body temperature, hormone secretion, and more.

Your body maintains its biological rhythms through a variety of chemicals at the molecular level in response to your environment. Your light exposure, eating habits, and other environmental events can maintain or disrupt your biological rhythms. Disrupting your biological rhythms can eventually lead to serious health problems. A balanced life leads to a longer, fulfilled life. Overworking will wear your body out. Likewise, too much rest could turn you into an unhealthy couch potato.

On a spiritual level, our ancient ancestors recognised the importance of circles and rhythm. Stone circles are found in many countries around the world, and spirals are engraved on stones and many caves. Many nature based faith groups meet in a circle, and this is a great leveller. All are equal in a circle but uniquely different, just as the seasons are different. By recognising the cycle of annual rites, we tune ourselves in with the rhythm of the year. Anniversaries, such as marriage and birthdays, help us mark rites of passage.

There is also the cycle of human life – birth, maturity, old age, and death. Some also believe in rebirth of some kind, that the spirit either inhabits a new body, or goes to a different realm, or both. But whatever you believe, living in accordance with the Law of Rhythm will give you an accomplished, healthier life.

12. Law of Gender

Reproductive System of a Plant

In society today there is generally a strict line between masculine and feminine. In some languages, like French, there are different pronouns and everything is one or the other. Is this what the Law of Gender is about?

Absolutely not. To a large extent, the world is still controlled by masculinity. But the Law of Gender shows that everything has the potential to express both masculine and feminine qualities. In order to master this law in our life we have to find a balance between the two.

Of course, in sexual reproduction is an act involving both masculine and feminine roles and what results is fertilisation and new life between the two. In plants, this happens when the masculine pollen at the tip of the plant fuses with the ovum (yes, plants have an ovary), usually located at the bulbous area above the stems. But without male and female parts working in balance, there would be no reproduction.

This entire Universe was brought about by the sudden release of energy known as the Big Bang. But scientists now realise that prior to the Big Bang, the universe underwent a breathtaking cosmic expansion, doubling in size at least 80 times in a fraction of a second. This rapid inflation, fueled by a mysterious form of energy that permeated empty space itself, left the universe desolate and cold. The release and conversion of energy into matter could only happen once the empty space was there to fill.

So, in the Law of Gender, the energy release was like a masculine act, but the empty space created prior was like a feminine womb waiting to be filled. In this empty space, what formed was the result of this masculine/ feminine partnership. All matter created was the result of this combination. Hence, all of us are the result of both masculine and feminine energy.

We are in our own micro universe. What happens within our universe is largely down to us. We all have individual accountability, and by striving to balance masculine and feminine, our lives will be enriched. This is about breaking down internal barriers and conditioning. It does not matter how masculine or feminine you are, but how balanced you are is important.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t okay to be masculine or feminine or identify as such. Neither should we attack or stigmatise those who feel they are genetically different to how they identify (the trans community). It is, however, about appreciation and balance. It is not masculine to treat females as inferior or vice versa.

We are all different, and we should not be ashamed of who we are. Neither should we be ashamed of embracing both the masculine and feminine sides of our own individuality. Let’s not polarise Gender, but embrace it as 2 sides of the same coin and realise we are all products of masculine and feminine energies.


I do hope you find this discussion of the 12 Universal Laws interesting. But please feel free to bookmark it, or save it to your favourites and maybe spend a day or two, or a week, or even a month thinking about each of the Laws and how you can apply them to your life.

Blessings to all x


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