To adequately accomplish our goal of understanding the full Cosmic Manifestation of Energies, it will be necessary to explore both ancient and modern concepts of the visible and invisible manifestations of energy. We will be drawing upon the revealed knowledge of the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, Sumer and the Indus Valley, as well as experimental knowledge derived from classical and quantum dynamics, special and general relativity theory, and classical and non-equilibrium thermodynamics. Rather than restricting our analysis to only simple deductive and inductive reasoning, we will utilize analogy and association, that is, the Hermetic Law of Correspondence. This ancient mystical law can be formulated by the aphorism, “as Above, so below; as below, so Above.”(1)
This ancient formula states that all laws of Cosmic Creation and Maintenance are contained within each complete level or octave of expression (an octave is defined as the frequency range over which a phenomenon is fully expressed, e.g., the interval containing the eight notes of the diatonic musical scale, the highest note having twice the frequency of the lowest). For example, the laws governing the subatomic world of the quark, lepton and boson of today’s universe are no different in principle than the laws reigning 16 billion years ago at the time of the ‘big bang’ or the laws from under which men struggle to gain freedom each day. (2,3) The only difference between the individual expressions of these various octaves of Cosmic Creation within each sphere of activity are their rates of vibration. This is the rationale underlying the truism expressed by the Elohim, “All the Laws of Creation and World Maintenance are contained equally within Man the microcosm and within the Universe the macrocosm; for Man is created in Our Image”.
In order to arrive at a correct, reciprocal relationship between the lower and the higher, one needs to be very familiar with the proper methods and situations under which to apply the law of correspondence. This law cannot be applied with reckless abandonment, cannot be applied without careful contemplation and analysis of the situation at hand, cannot be applied without an understanding of the rules of logic. Carelessness and sloppiness of thought leads only to the generation of false conclusions.
The potential for error is especially high when one is using inductive reasoning to derive or infer a general law or principle from the observation of a particular instance or occurrence, that is, proceeding from the lower to the higher. The strength of inductive reasoning is that it requires a ‘leap of faith’ into new, uncharted areas. All great scientific advances have been made using induction. However, this process is dangerous since these leaps are as likely to be incorrect as accurate. The accuracy of one’s intuition can only be checked by the secondary application of deductive reasoning to insure that the postulated general law actually reduces to the particulars used as the ‘springboard’ to make the leap. Unfortunately, most people apply induction without verification of their new, pet theory via deduction.