Contemplation is to continually bring one’s attention back to a subject to disclose its reality.

Contemplation is the purpose of the mind: every second of every day our attention continually returns to a subject, from making a plan to reviewing a memory to considering the nature of reality. 

However, our contemplation cannot reach fruition without a considered participation on our part, or a way of knowing. This means a formal contemplation practice, of which we have a rich and diverse historical heritage.

Fountainhead presents a complete formal contemplation practice comprised of two essential and complementary parts: dialectic contemplation and esoteric contemplation.

Dialectic Contemplation

If we wish to contemplate an appearance or something that has happened, we can use a series of questions to continually return our attention to the particular details of the appearance. This series of questions is called a dialectic, and to contemplate an appearance is called a dialectic contemplation.

Dialectic contemplation is how we resolve our personal problems.

Esoteric Contemplation

If we wish to contemplate reality or that which is personally meaningful but hasn’t been realised yet, we can use an analogy to continually return our attention to the universal nature of reality. The use of a universal analogy in contemplation is called esoteric, because the analogy is an undisclosed but complete description of reality that reveals itself through practicing the esoteric contemplation.

Esoteric contemplation is how we realise what is personally meaningful.

The Nucleus & Growth

Esoteric and dialectic contemplation form the nucleus of Fountainhead wisdom practice.

Growth in wisdom occurs as a result of binding oneself to the nucleus, and the analogy of the nucleus can be used as a means to understand how to appropriately relate to the practice in order to participate in success.

The Critical Path

If we wish to achieve mastery of contemplation - both dialectic and esoteric - a critical path of development can be outlined, with requirements necessary to become a professional wisdom practitioner.