The Greek philosopher Plotinus was born in 205 in Lycopolis in Egypt. He went to school in Alexandria, where he learned all the important religious and philosophical trends – without finding what he sought.
Only by acquaintance with the living on the street mystic Ammonius Sakkas, he found the inner light. After his death in 242 he accompanied the Roman Emperor Geordianus III on his expedition against the Persians and Indians. After the assassination of the Emperor to Plotinus went to Antioch and Rome, where he worked until his death. Although Plotinus was not a Christian, his mysticism influenced the first church fathers like Gregory, Eusebius and Hironymus decisively, but especially Augustine.
It is reported that Plotinus was caught by divine enthusiasm when speaking of and was sometimes glorified by a bright light around his head.
“He who wants to enter the path of perfection, abandon everything he has taken during the descent into mortality. If it everything is gone, that is not from God, he will find the solitude of his own ego from which everything originates and everything returns tol: the source of light of life and of being.
This is not a journey that can be done on foot, by boat or by car because the path leads to the inside: close the eyes of your body. Open the eyes of the soul instead and look at the you being deeply lost in yourself. If you still don’t find divine beauty in you, do what an artist does when he wants to create a beautiful statue: Chip away everything that is ugly, peel out the outlines of pure and try to be as beautiful and light as possible. Don’t stop to work on yourself, until a healthy and beautiful image has been created that radiates the divine wealth from the innermost of your being. If you have become this perfect work, nothing can stop you from the unification with the divine. ”
Plotinus repeatedly points to the path of contemplation, the silent vision of God. Its goal, enlightenment, could not be enforced. We can only create the conditions for it. But their coming is a gift from above. And yet:
“The truth is that “the Greatest” is always close to, beaming. When we awaken to it we recognize it and are suddenly pulled up onto the crest of the wave lof the spirit.”
Using materials from K.O. Schmidt: “The light is in you”