SUICIDE – On going out of the body – Ennead 1.9

Ennead 1.9 - Pic 1

“When he was on the point of death… he said, ‘Try to bring back the god in us to the divine in the All!’ and, as a snake crept under the bed on which he was lying and disappeared into a hole in the wall, he breathed his last.”

– The Life of Plotinus by Porphyry

The idea of a snake creeping under our bed during our moment of death may not strike us as something particularly attractive, but on the contrary, it is a beautiful omen. It symbolizes the shedding of one’s exterior self -as in removing the snake’s skin- so as to participate more fully in the inner, spiritual domain.

Click on the image above for a video commentary on the final tractate of the first Ennead of Plotinus.






About Jason Youngman

An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night's sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.
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