What can a homeopath or other therapists gain from perennial philosophy or esoteric science? – Part 1

This article is in five pieces, depending of what you want to explore, you can jump to the part you like, or read it all.

Part 1
The hierarchy of knowledge based on Auguste Comte. Then expanded both downwards into the unconscious (obfuscated) and upward into the superconscious (spiritual) realms.

Part 2
A short summary of the path through the upper realms.

Part 3
The different levels of knowledge from Blooms revised taxonomy and how it is reflected in different levels of homeopathic practice.

Part 4 ( To be published soon)
My own journey and the role of perennial philosophy and classical esoteric sciences in my own discoveries of archetypes and miasms.

Part 5 ( To be published soon)
When the homeopath transcends homeopathy. A higher holonity or unity of client, remedy and practitioner.

The hierarchy of knowledge (Part 1)

Auguste Comte (1798-1857) was the father of positivism and the first philosopher of science.  He invented the term sociology and was and important contributor to this field of knowledge, which he regarded as the crown of science.

Comte realized there was a hierarchy of science based on historical evolution (Blue & dark green in illustration). Even if his findings can be extended both ways on the timeline, they hold value today.

This hierarchy is not only historical, but repeats itself in the fact that new development in mathematics repeatedly open the door to advancement in the “higher” sciences in the hierarchy.

Comte is focusing on the reality we are conscious about. This is the reality that can be approached with positivism, the world of experiment, science and objectivity (Blue & dark green in illustration).
The realms of experience or the subjective inner worlds are lacking (Purple & pink in illustration).  

Freud, Jung and others explored the unconscious realms (purple) and the esoteric traditions from ancient times and today have described the experience of the spiritual path in the superconscious realms with an unique similarity (pink).

This similarity is the focus of perennial philosophy:

In the first illustration you will notice that the process upwards and downward meet as the circle reaches its maximum and that the higher and lower realms also meets on the level of the individual represented by the science of psychology. The human is a bridge between the higher and lower realms.

In the same realms that Comte investigated we also have Maslows (1908-1970) hierarchy of needs. They describe the foundation needed for self-realization needed for pursuing higher knowledge. You need to have the basic needs, feel safe and secure, experience belongingness and self-esteem before you can actualize your self, or your potential.

In short the lower realms need to be content or at a certain level of harmony to be able to climb upwards. If not you might need to process or supply these realms before you can pursue the development to higher levels.

The founder of Homeopathy, C.F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) describes a similar understanding in his book Organon in § 9 (my underlining).

In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for thehigher purpose of our existence.

Hahnemann adds a higher purpose instead of self-actualization. Showing that he acknowledged the upper realms.

Comment 1
In the first illustration anthropology has been added above Comte´s hierarchy.

Comment 2
The axial age ( 800- 200 BC) is a period when almost at the same time globally great religious, philosophical and intellectual ideas appeared. Greek, Indian, Persian and Chinese philosophers who articulated philosophies and religions that still dominate our culture (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Confucianism, Daoism and Christianity of the old testament).

It was the German psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers, who realized and named this shift towards more transcendence.

It was a time where the Golden rule as an ethic emerged almost universally.

Before this literate age of new ideas there was a time of story telling and epics created in a preliterate oral poetic traditions. The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Indian Mahabharata are the oldest and largest. They are based on a time where the storyteller or historian told the history to be brought from generation to generation.
This is a time were the fairy tail creates almost dream like pictures in the mind and the relations to nature is still dreamy, mythical and magic. Humans were still in a deep contact with the subconscious realms. With the axial age we enter the conscious realm completely.

Holon, unity and wholeness, holonistic knowledge, self-development, spirituality, nature and mysticism as the way to truth

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