Jan 4, 2022
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Happy New Year! Welcome to the first episode of 2022, which is also the first episode of a series of episodes on How To Live in 2022. To kick off the year, and the series I've invited Mitch Horowitz back on the show to talk about how to live using the 7 Hermetic Principles found in the occult book The Kybalion. Mitch is a paranormal and occult scholar, and a great writer. He's been on the show before, most recently at the top of 2021 on AEWCH 137 when we talked about why self help matters in the middle of a global crisis.
So: what is the Kybalion? What are the 7 Heremetic Principes? And how do the Principles help us live?
Of course, this is Against Everyone With Conner Habib, so we also get deeply philosophical (so, uh, apologies for my rant on Dune, homeopathy, and water) as we talk about the principles.
Listen, take them in, and comment below. And also, check out the new show notes format below!
TWO FAVORITE MOMENTS
• From Mitch (re: the Heremetic Principle of Vibration): "If you say the word 'please' it can be a cordial request or sarcasm, it all depends on the tone... When we read something on digital media, we are hearing it... This is killing us, this sarcasm... We're writing it so it keeps us at a kind of remove, but the consequences are felt, they are absolutely felt. We are killing ourselves as a human species with the continuous use of attack speech..."
• From me: "A paradox is a polarity that sees itself."
WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
Well, it's pretty obvious: You should read the The Kybalion. It's a great and quick, but profound read.
WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
It's an older episode that's not available on most podcast platforms but you can still listen here AEWCH 34 (or it's still on Stitcher). It's a solo episode called ARE BODIES OUR SELVES or HOW SEX CONFRONTS MATERIALISM.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK INTO FURTHER?
I love that Mitch brought up the profound impact the works of the Russian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff has had on his life. This site has a great review of Gurdjieff's teachings, as well as their practical application.
MORE ON MITCH
Support Mitch's Patreon here. I'm a patron of his patreon so I can say from experience, you get so much from pledging there - lots of writing, musings, and more. For more on Mitch, listen to our episode at the top of 2021, and his discussion with Duncan Trussell. His film with director Ronni Thomas, The Kybalion is out out January 11, and The Kybalion Study Guide by Mitch, which is the film's companion book is available now.
Until next time, friends!