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The Roots of Platonic Thought

Providing a little background to better understand our western roots in Platonism [Spirituality] and our soul’s longing to know its true self through the ground of being. THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND (Understanding the ideas that have shaped our … Continue reading

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Plotinus – God is the Goal

For Plotinus – God is the Goal – that ultimate telos that so many have pondered throughout the ages is still a hot topic to this day. Many of us comprehend God by asserted attributes: God is love, God is … Continue reading

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What is Neoplatonism

Platonic thought has flowed into many directions over the centuries and many have experienced it in different ways. Its flavour has been altered through the dramatic unfolding of the western mind and yet continues to inspire those who absorb its rays. Click … Continue reading

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Platonic Reflections – On our emergence into Life

My stillness in depth of infinite mind, That which allows for the all to align. Through the fire of imagination, transposed manifestation, we, no longer three, but I. Temperance and her kind my golden mean, Justice as scales to keep … Continue reading

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BEING IN TIMELESSNESS – An Eternal Present

WELL-BEING AND THE EXTENSION OF TIME We discover in this tractate that Well-Being resides in an actual present state and not in memory or anticipation, the past or the future. For Plotinus, well-being is rooted in the upper soul, therefore … Continue reading

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ON WELL BEING – Rooted in the Good Itself

In this tractate Plotinus presents how we are to live well and reach our true good. Despite the present & more popular notion of living well, which has come to be associated with power & wealth, he takes the higher … Continue reading

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EUDAIMONIA – THE ART OF LETTING GO

Eudaimonia is often translated as happiness or well-being. The name itself suggests a spiritual component or orientation. My new year’s resolution for 2016 is to ask as many people as possible what they believe to be the common element of … Continue reading

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Dialectic – The Most Precious Part of Philosophy

  According to Plotinus the dialectic aids the philosopher in raising their soul to the Intellectual Realm (the Divine or Noetic Mind). Let’s compare a passage (which partly defines the dialectic) from 4 different translations so as to locate in particular what they … Continue reading

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ON VIRTUE – True liberty is about ascending our corrupted state

The Enneads of Plotinus – Commentary on Ennead I – Tractate 2 – On Virtue ‘Being so caught up in the Particular, we are prevented from recognising that which is Universal.  To understand the problem in modern terms: we each … Continue reading

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Enneads of Plotinus – The Animate and the Human Being

(Click on the image above to watch video) Know thyself: these were the two words inscribed on the entrance to the Oracle of Delphi. Philosophia begins with this injunction—and so Plotinus begins where we all must necessarily begin: with oneself. To … Continue reading

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