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The Seven Creative Principles

The Seven Creative Principles

James Allen reviewed this book, saying:
Mr. Butler is pre-eminently a mystic, but his mysticism is sane and wholesome, for he is nothing if not practical. In this work of nine chapters, or "Lectures," he deals first with "The Idea of God" as contained in, or expressed by, the various names throughout the world which signify God: this constitutes the first chapter. The seven succeeding chapters are devoted to the expounding of the "Seven Creative Principles" which are the basis and cause of visible nature, and the last chapter explains "The Esoteric Significance of Colors." The Seven Principles laid down are:—1. Force; 2. Discrimination; 3. Order; 4. Cohesion; 5. Fermentation; 6. Transmutation; and 7. Sensation. The combined working of these Principles in physical, or what are called "created" things, is clearly and elaborately described; but the principal object of the book (and herein lies its great value) is to show the reader the necessity of guiding, controlling, and utilizing these Principles within himself, and so attain to a pure and perfect manhood or womanhood, to wisdom and the mastery of self. According to the author, all men in their natural state are subject to these Seven Principles, and that the way to wisdom, power, and conscious immortality is to cease to be their passive subject or slave, and to become their master. This being done, the Seven Principles, in their order already named, are converted, in the consciousness and life of their master, to the following seven spiritual realities:—1. Power; 2. Riches; 3. Wisdom; 4. Strength; 5. Honor; 6. Glory; and 7. Blessing. Thus the work takes the form of a textbook on self-mastery, but one which is so original in the presentation of its subject, so comprehensive and profound in its range of ideas, and so systematic and scientific in its manner of classification as to render it unique. In the chapter on "Discrimination" (the best in the book) the author says,—"We have reasons now to believe that there are a great many people who have become so unfolded in their interior or higher nature that they are ready and anxious to let go of this lower nature—this lower condition of life—and step upon a higher plane of being." This well expresses the tone of the book; it is a work for the thoughtful and intelligent student of all that is highest, purest, and best in life, and to such it will prove almost invaluable. Prefixed to each chapter is a colored plate illustrative of the "Creative Principles." The book also contains a full-page portrait of the author. It is well printed in bold type on good paper, and is a book which every deep student of the higher life should possess.

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Preface

These Lectures are published at the particular request of the members of the Society for Esoteric Culture, before which body they were delivered during the spring of 1887; an earnest desire having been unanimously expressed to possess the same in permanent form.They will be found highly suggestive and valuable to thinking people, on account of…
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First Lecture: The Idea of God

The subject selected for the lecture of this evening is the Idea of God. All religions and all systems of occult science, from the earliest history of the world to the present time, have been characterized entirely by that ideal of God which has been held by the people with whom these systems originated.The word…
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Fourth Lecture: Order — The Third of the Creative Principles

These thoughts on order, the third principle of creation, lead us to consider its first manifestation in nature. Having laid down a foundation-principle in the first lecture, on "The Idea of God," we are now ready to present a more complete understanding of this third principle in its unity with the other two. Now, this…
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Eighth Lecture: Sensation — The Seventh of the Creative Principles

We are this evening brought to the consideration of the seventh of the seven principles, being the one denominated on the diagram as “Sensation." To enforce the subject more fully I would say, that, beginning with Force, we traced around, considering each of the seven principles in their order. Each is united to the other,…
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Ninth Lecture: Colors

We will accept that there are but three primary colors, and that from these three all colors may be made. It is also accepted that there are but three primary principles in Nature.This primary condition or manifest principle in man is represented by the triangle. Red is the base of the material flesh. It is…
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