The Seven Aphorisms of Summum

Washington Post/February 26, 2009

The guiding principles that the religious group Summum wanted to place in a Pleasant Grove, Utah, park where the Ten Commandments are also displayed:

The Seven Aphorisms of Summum

  1. The Principle of Psychokinesis: Summum is mind, thought; the universe is a mental creation.

  2. The Principle of Correspondence: As above, so below; as below, so above.

  3. The Principle of Vibration: Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.

  4. The Principle of Opposition: Everything is dual; everything has an opposing point; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes bond; all truths are but partial truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.

  5. The Principle of Rhythm: Everything flows out and in; everything has its season; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing expresses itself in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.

  6. The Principle of Cause and Effect: Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is just a name for Law not recognized; there are many fields of causation, but nothing escapes the Law of Destiny.

  7. The Principle of Gender: Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; Gender manifests on all levels.

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