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Rhythm: the little drummer of the universe

The old adage "every man walks to the beat of his own drummer" reveals much truth. As I write these words, I can almost hear the steady sharp tapping of the snare drum from my days on my high school ROTC drill team. The military cadence we marched to kept us in line, ordered and moving "like one well-oiled machine with 12 individual parts" as my drill team commander used to say. Every step that every cadet took in unison was measured by the rhythm of the drum. As I reminisce on my days as an Air Force cadet, I recall that everything we did was "by the numbers." This phrase alone really strikes at the crux of the microcosmic relationship to the macrocosm that is our universe through the Law of Rhythm.

Just like the tapping of the drum kept me and my fellow cadets in an ordered rank and file, the principle of rhythm dictates that all action in the universe, no matter how large or small, manifests according to a measured motion. As stated in the Kybalion: Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides. We are all familiar with oceanic tides that we enjoy when visiting the beach but when filtered through the law, just as in the realm of the planets above moving according to the rhythm their orbits dictate, we are given day and night below. Likewise, between the poles of summer and winter, we also experience spring and fall, cold weather and hot weather; all occurring in the measure of seconds, minutes, days, months, years, etc. Materially speaking, in the context of the microcosmic human body, our lives play out according to the greater rhythm of the celestial bodies and our internal microcosmic organs, cells, molecules and atoms subscribe to the same rhythm. For example, when the earth is closest to the sun, we experience hotter weather which causes our bodies to sweat more and we automatically lose more weight. At the other end of the polarity, when the earth is farthest from the sun, we experience cooler weather causing us to wear more clothing and retain more water resulting in weight gain or in scientific terms an increase mass.

With the understanding of the example above, we simultaneously understand the deeper function of rhythm known as compensation. As stated in the Kybalion, 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. Given the micro/macro relationships that correspondence exemplifies throughout the higher and lower planes of being, (mental, physical, spiritual and ethereal) rhythm governs all actions. With the application of the law of Rhythm one must engage new schools of thought, which eventually lead to the understanding of rhythm's dual function in creation. On one side of rhythm you have the drum beat keeping cadence in the earlier example of cadets marching in formation, or the example of tides flowing in and out. On the other side of the law, you have compensation.

Here again we can visualize the example of the sea, which represents more than two-thirds of the composition of our planet, the waves perpetually roll in and roll out, and the tides rise and fall. While, the waves keep a specific rhythm in relation to the movement of the planet in its orbit, if an earthquake were to occur 10 miles off the coast of Miami, the law of rhythm dictates that the rumblings of the sea bed are compensated by the movement of the water surrounding it. Inevitably, like the ripples from a pebble in a pond, those rumblings will create a tsunami which is in equal proportion to the movement of the seabed. Albert Einstein expressed this mathematically with the familiar phrase: "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." As it were, Einstein was referencing the universal law of rhythm. In other words, Einstein was expressing the fact that everything in creation exists within the bounds of its own unique rhythm and when something acts on that rhythm, rhythm will compensate and adjust to maintain the rhythm no matter what action is occurring.

Now that we have taken a closer look at the principle of rhythm, the window into its many iterations throughout our reality can be understood. Through the understanding of this law and the use of it, the student begins to develop the power of his knowing. With the knowledge that every nation that has risen, must also fall and that every action has a reaction, the student well studied in the principle of rhythm and its relation to the other Hermitic laws is at the forefront of ones alchemical transformation from being the observer of life to directing ones path according to their will. The student begins the journey of the master.

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