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Hermetic dictionary


  • Automatic, uncontrolled reactions individuals have when faced with a specific or repeated circumstances.
  • It describes the behavior that has been conditioned on the person, either emotionally or physically.
  • It is a mental mechanism, which activates without the participation of the conscious will.

To Awaken:

  • To awaken from the somnambulistic sleep that has been created through sensorial stimuli.
  • To be more alert, conscious of yourself and your surroundings.
  • The awakened state is a state of higher vigilance that permits one to see the world in a more objective and real manner.
  • To be in the present moment.

Cause and Effect:

  • For every cause there is an effect, for every effect there is a cause.
  • Everything you do, internally or externally will have repercussions.

To Comprehend:

  • The moment when the “essence” of what is being understood is obtained.
  • To comprehend oneself means to understand ones place in the universe (not as phantasmagoria)
  • Having the true significance of something.
  • Understanding the live aspects of that knowledge; how it relates to other things.
  • It is the highest form of knowledge.

To Be Conscious:

  • Is to be the owner of your mind.
  • To control oneʼs attention and direct it at will.
  • To not be above the mass hypnotism created by the environment in which one lives.
  • To have the body and the mind together in the present moment.


  • It is the capacity to see reality as it is.
  • Comprehending essential truth.
  • Mental clarity.


  • A personal internal challenge.
  • Defects are a source of energy if placed under control.
  • They raw material needed to work on yourself.
  • A defect is a quality if left uncontrolled could damage.


  • Has to do with dismantling and restructuring the mechanisms that cause the individual to always do the same thing without conscious intention.


  • Disorder.
  • Chaos, inoperativeness.
  • A natural phenomenon that guarantees that the most probable event will place.
  • A law that manifests on the physical plane and represents the degree of disorder of things.


  • Gender is manifested in everything.
  • Masculine refers to that which is procreative.
  • Feminine refers to that which is nurturing, or fertile

Hermes Trismegistus:

  • Philosopher from ancient Egypt and the founder of Hermetic Philosophy.


  • An Operative Philosophy (A philosophy about doing, not just thinking) and practice founded in ancient Egypt by Hermes Trismegistus.
  • It operates within a personʼs life; it is an attitude; it is a way of life.
  • The Seven Hermetic Principals or Laws of Nature are the basis of it.


  • The phenomena of losing self-awareness.
  • A temporary loss of the “I” when one projects oneʼs attention and thus loses control over it.
  • When one becomes “identified” with a situation, becomes part of the action, and does not have the power to separate himself from it.ç
  • To loose your individuality and become one with the object being observed.
  • Inability to observe something objectively without attachment.

Internal Dialogue:

  • Automatic internal voice that never stops talking.
  • Thoughts that repeat themselves as fixed ideas.

Internal World:

  • What the individual feels and thinks – oneʼs impulses, goals, yearnings, fears, anguish and anxieties, and everything that drives or represses a person. It is what permits a person to do things or to stop doing them.

Level of Vigilance:

  • The level of attention given to what one does, thinks, or feels.
  • The capacity to see oneself while carrying out an action.
  • Awareness.


  • Emotional aspects or beliefs that stop someone from aspiring to a higher goal.
  • Cognitive hurdles that hinder spiritual development.
  • Unconscious internal boundaries.


  • Everything is Mind.
  • For humans, accessing the volitive I.

Mental Digestion:

  • Mental activity that permits one to extract the “significance” of every experience, situation, and circumstance of our life.
  • To assimilate, comprehend and capture the essential nutrients of intellectual data.


  • To act in accordance with the Laws of Nature. Laws which are no relative, but absolute.


  • Universal intelligence; Nature is the feminine side of God.
  • The material manifestation of God.


  • Order.
  • Doing that which is not probable.


  • Everything is dual, everything has two poles, positive and negative.
  • There is no absolute positive or absolute negative.
  • All poles are simply opposing views of the same thing.
    • Heat and cold are opposite manifestations of temperatures.


  • The information that is engraved within a person; the program is something one cannot get away from unless one makes a super-effort.
  • Conditioned behavior.
  • A series of unconscious mandates that govern our lives.


  • To obtain the essence of knowledge through a process of profound comprehension.
  • To extract experience and lessons from oneʼs daily life and use them for oneʼs spiritual development.


  • In all things there is a measured like motion of equivalence. Like a pendulum.
  • All actions have an equal and opposite reaction.


  • True meaning.
  • The essence of a concept or action.


  • A deficient state of vigilance or awareness; the ordinary state of everyday existence of human beings.
  • The state when one is hypnotized by environmental stimuli.
  • Stupor and dulled attention that hinder the objective and impartial observance of oneʼs reality.


  • A low level of consciousness.
  • Being governed by the hypnotic external stimuli and having no self awareness.
  • A state of deficient vigilance.
  • Somnambulism.


  • Sleepwalking while thinking we are awake.
  • Being controlled by forces that govern ones direction without awareness.


  • What one really is.
  • Oneʼs essence.
  • What we are trying to grow.
  • The only things that comes with us when we die.
  • The reason one was born.


  • A great effort that is willfully carried out, with a high level of awareness; an effort that the individual is not obliged to do, but still does.
  • It is an effort that is dedicated to a specific goal; it involves non-mechanical and conscious actions.


  • It is the level of attention that an individual has about his or her actions, emotions or thoughts.
  • It is the capacity that permits one to foresee the effects oneʼs actions will have.
  • The moment where an individualʼs senses are at maximum alertness.

Volitive "I":

  • It is that part of oneself that permits one to go beyond oneʼs limits, oneʼs laziness, comfort, fears, or habits.
  • It has to do with volition or willpower, which permits one to advance beyond difficulties and obstacles.
  • The unified director of oneʼs own internal world.
  • The sole General of the emotional, sexual and intellectual intelligences.


  • Energy, strength, decision, commitment.
  • An internal force permitting one to do the things one wants to do.
  • A conscious force directed at overcoming inertia and disorder.


  • Nothing rests, everything moves and vibrates.
  • Ones energetic density.
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