Plotinus – Light of Light

The passages used in this video help to convey a vivid representation of a spiritual realm not known through the senses. Such heights require a certain kind of intellect or theoretical wisdom by which to grasp such eternal principles. Some speak of this heavenly kingdom with simplicity, while others like Plotinus use a more abstract language to describe the source of existence. Like mathematics you can’t ascend the ladder of knowing without mastering the elementary. Just as arithmetic is prior to algebra & calculus, so is civic virtue prior to purifying & intellectual virtue. Not all are endowed with the same capacity for comprehension and neither can that which resides unperturbed be comprehended by its lesser. Yet we are led to believe – quite literally and figuratively – that the beginning and end of all causes is an image of that supernal Light.

Love & light,



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2 Responses to Plotinus – Light of Light

  1. I love this passages!
    Often thinking of the sun as a 3D hole where the light from the “sea of light” shines through into our limited 3D world.
    You know in the bible the term for Heaven Shamayim, can be translated as Sea of Fire.

    From the great Medieval Jewish interpreter Rashi:
    And God called the expanse heaven: Heb. שָׁמַיִם [This is a combination of the words מַיִם שָׂא, bear water (Gen. Rabbah 4:7); שָׁם מַיִם, there is water; אֵשׁ וּמַיִם, fire and water. He mingled them with one another and made the heavens from them (Chag. 12a).

    • Indeed, it appears that our understanding of the sun is constantly evolving. Like a spider with 9 eyes we see many from the one. Perhaps there is only one sun, one fire and one source but through our fall into enmity we perceive multiplicity rather than unity.

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