ON BEAUTY – To see with the soul’s sight

Ennead 1.6 - Pic 1

“Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, the other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labour to make one glow of beauty, and never cease chiseling your statue, until there shine out on you from it the godlike splendour of virtue, until you shall see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine.” Plotinus, Ennead I.6.9

Commentary on Ennead I – Tractate 6 – On Beauty. Click on the image above to watch intro video. Full written commentary will be posted next week.

JY

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