"It is the Hermetic Method of coming from above below, the method of analogy and correspondence. The Hermetic Method is the archetypal dialectic." — The Aquarian Almanac

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January 30, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: The Hermetic Method

” Dialectic and dialectic alone, goes directly to the first principle and is the only science which does away with hypotheses in order to make her ground secure; the eye of the soul, which is literally buried in an outlandish slough, is by her gentle aid lifted upwards; and she uses as handmaids and helpers in the work of conversation, the sciences.”

– Plato

Could more be said about Plato's concept of the dialectic?

I believe he is referring to what we talk about in the Secret Doctrine when we discuss Analogy and Correspondence.  Many people mistake the idea for mere dialog but I think Plato is talking about moving from plane to plane, hierarchy to hierarchy.  Metaphysics is the foundation of physics.  Each plane is a model of the next and bare similarities and correspondences.  This is our guide to reaching deeper into the sources of things and of life's processes.

Analogy is thus the surest guide to the comprehension of the Occult teachings. . . .
Everything in the Universe follows analogy. “As above, so below”; Man is the microcosm of the Universe. That which takes place on the spiritual plane repeats itself on the Cosmic plane. Concretion follows the lines of abstraction; corresponding to the highest must be the lowest; the material to the spiritual. — The Secret Doctrine, Vol. I, p. 173, 177

February 7, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Hermetic Method

“There is a wisdom of the head, and …. a wisdom of the heart.“

— Charles Dickens

“The Law of Analogy is the first key to the world-problem.”

— H.P. Blavatsky

How are the Law of Analogy and the dialectic connected?

See comments above.  Great question.  Also there is a section the UT site on this topic.

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February 8, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Hermetic Method

“Hermes awakens us as it were from our slumber, through our searching turns us back upon ourselves, through our birthpangs perfects us.”

— Proclus

“To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.”

— John Ruskin

February 9, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Hermetic Method

“To see a World in a grain of sand,

And a Heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And Eternity in an hour.”

— William Blake

February 10, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Hermetic Method

“What is true of the macrocosm (brahmanda) is also ture of the microcosm (pindanda).”

—Bhavani Shankar

“The whole of life is symbolic because the whole of it has meaning.”

—Boris Pasternak

February 11, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Hermetic Method

” Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

— Henry David Thoreau

” Love is a divine messenger, who carries Light from Heaven down to Earth and returns again to Heaen loaded with sacrificial gifts.”

— H.P. Blavatsky

What a poetic description of the dialectic by HPB!  Is that not the role man plays in the scheme of things?  And the Thoreau quote has always been a favorite for many.

February 12, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Hermetic Method

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”

— Abraham Lincoln

“Man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is.”

— Charles Darwin