12 Universal Laws

Last Updated on April 4, 2024

Have you ever heard someone say, ‘What goes around, comes around’? Or maybe, ‘you reap what you sow’?

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These sayings, which are part of popular vocabulary, reflect principles that we all know to be true in a universal sense.

People think that there are 12 universal laws operating in our reality. Learning and embracing these laws is the key to mastery in life.

Some of the laws of the universe have their roots in ancient Egyptian hermetic philosophy. While others can be traced back to ancient Hawaii and the meditative practice of Ho’oponopono.

If you want to achieve a better understanding of how your individual thoughts, energy and actions can impact the world around you, start by learning these 12 universal laws:

The 12 Universal Laws

1. The Law Of Vibration

The law of vibration is also known as the law of energy. This law states that everything in the universe carries with it an energetic vibration. Higher vibrations are positive, whereas lower, slower vibrations are negative.

According to the law of vibration, we must all work towards achieving a state of high vibration. This is by thinking high-vibrational thoughts and feeling high-vibrational emotions.

Since our thoughts are one with the rest of the universe, it follows that cultivating high-vibrational energy will bring more good vibrations into one’s life.

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2. The Law Of Attraction

The law of attraction is one of the most well-known universal laws, and it is tied into the law of vibration.

The law of attraction states, like the law of vibration, that everything (including our thoughts) is energy, and that positive energy will bring more positivity whereas negative energy will breed more negativity.

3. The Law Of Correspondence

One of the universal laws which reinforces the principle of energy attracting similar energy is the law of correspondence.

According to this law, each thought that we have will manifest itself in some way in our external reality.

So, if you’re continually thinking negatively, you will likely experience more difficulty in your life, whereas if you make an effort to think positive thoughts, your outer-world experiences will be more positive as well.

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4. The Law Of Polarity

The law of polarity is a simple concept to understand, but it carries with it great spiritual and emotional significance.

The law of polarity dictates that there is an opposite side to everything. For example, the opposite of sadness is happiness, and the opposite of fatigue is energy.

By knowing the opposite pole to everything we feel and experience, we can understand how to effectively reframe our thinking and appreciate that one cannot exist without the other.

This can help us to cultivate gratitude for difficult experiences as well as positive ones.

5. The Law Of Balance

Similar to the law of polarity, the law of balance (also known as the law of gender) dictates that there is always a balance to be struck. That balance is necessary for mastery to be attained.

This law is perhaps best exemplified by the principle of Yin and Yang, which has traditionally been viewed as the balance between masculine and feminine energy, but can also be conceptualized through the lens of elemental philosophy (fire and water).

6. The Law Of Connection

The law of connection, which you may also hear referred to as the law of Divine Oneness, simply states that we are connected to every other person and thing in the universe.

This connection starts on a subconscious level, with a single thought (remember, thoughts are energy) so the law of connection encourages us to think good things about others and ourselves.

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7. The Law Of Action

The law of action states that our actions are connected to our thoughts, feelings and words, and that each action has the potential to impact us and those around us differently.

The law of action is based on the same principle as the law of attraction, but its focus is specifically on how we must ensure that our actions align with our authentic, highest self. Our actions should also correspond to our goals and dreams.

8. The Law Of Cause And Effect

Leading on from the law of action, the law of cause and effect specifies that our actions will always come with a universal reaction.

Things don’t happen by chance, but rather, they are caused by a preceding action, as established in Newton’s Third Law of physics.

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9. The Law Of Energetic Transmutation

The law of vibration and the law of attraction work because of the law of energetic transmutation.

This law dictates that energy can be changed through vibration, and that we have the power to enact this change.

High vibration is more powerful than low vibration, so by choosing higher vibrations, we can change our lives.

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10. The Law Of Rhythm

According to the law of rhythm, all energetic vibrations have their own cyclical rhythms consisting of positives and negatives.

The negatives should be embraced as a natural stage in the cycle and faced with a positive mindset, rather than resisted and resented.

11. The Law Of Relativity

The law of relativity states that everything is relative to something else and encourages us to challenge our perceptions of our own problems.

Just as someone else probably has it better, someone else will always have it worse. Learning this law is an exercise in perspective and gratitude.

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12. The Law Of Compensation

You’ve probably heard of Karma, and the law of compensation is the same.

What you put into the universe will come back to you, one way or another. Kindness and generosity are rewarded through energetic compensation, whereas cruelty and greed will also be returned.


It is important not to resist the laws of the universe and, instead, honor them in the way you live.

Learning and abiding by the 12 universal laws will help you to meet the successes and challenges in your life with acceptance, positivity, and gratitude.

As a result, you will find yourself operating from a more positive frame of mind and will probably notice more good things presenting themselves to you.


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