Abstract Principle

Abstract principles are rooted in an Emanation (Wisdom, Love or the Logos) or other absolute principle, lowered one or more grades in the rate of vibration. For example, Love becomes Substance when the Godhead exerts it, and relative love or faith when we express it.

To say that something is abstract means that it exists in thought or as an idea, but has no physical or concrete existence. Thus, abstract principles are not discernable by the senses. One principle hinges on another and using one without involving others is virtually impossible.

Abstract Principles

Action is how you permit (let) God, as the Light, to operate through you. Action is an abstract principle, and a Via Christa Degree. Action is the most obvious law of doing.
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Action and Reaction is an abstract principle, a law of doing, and an initiation. The law of action and reaction is also known as the law of cause and effect, and is rooted in the principles of correspondence and reciprocity.
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Beauty is an abstract principle: While you cannot see beauty itself, you can see what is beautiful. God is beauty. Beauty is a law of being; a person or thing that is in syzygy (alignment) with its source is beautiful because it partakes of the beauty of its source. Beauty is a soul virtue.
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Color is the first abstract expression of the absolute trinity of Light, which reveals the primary rays of yellow, blue and red, which become the full spectrum of Light. Color is a law of being, rooted in the principle of substance. Color is a law of doing: whatever we choose to do colors our reality.
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Name is a primary law of expression, an abstract laws of doing. Name is the principle governing the use of the spoken Word, LET, without which there can be no creation; every creation must be numbered, named and declared good and very good.
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Number: Light, color and tone combine as one to produce the principle of number that brings the basic units of divine substance, the life sparks, together for countless combinations, ready to be acted upon by Mind exercising Power.
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Order is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a virtue related to the principles of harmony and balance. The Mind of God orders all things. Every blade of grass, every flower is part of the universal plan, and takes its place correctly in divine order. To "order" your thinking, start with logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment.
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Peace is the child of Poise and Power. Peace is an absolute and abstract principle: God is peace. Peace is a law of being, a soul virtue and a spiritual faculty.
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Poise is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a virtue. You must be poised to act in a poised manner. While poise is highly valued as a social grace, emotional and mental poise are invaluable in protecting you from inner conflict.
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Time is the principle of form under which we relate events. The form of an antecedence, sequence makes possible all outer experience. The idea of time is born in the interval between happenings. Time governs the law of mental synthesis, and binds all things together.
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Tone: The Logos, which is the third Emanation, is the source of tone and of the spoken Word. The principle of tone predominates in the Supreme Trinity. It is the source of our musical chromatic scale (a scale that proceeds by semitones, notes that do not appear in the diatonic scale). Tone is an abstract principle and a law of being and of doing.
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Etymology of abstract: Latin abstractus "drawn away," pp. of abstrahere "to drag away; detach divert," from ab(s)- "away" (see ab-) + trahere "draw."

Etymology of principle: Latin principium, from princeps, princip, "leader, emperor."


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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