' Back to Origin '...

A double discipline must be applied if human beings in this pass are to be reclaimed, and brought back to their origins, lifted once more towards the Supreme and One and First.

There is the method ... declaring the dishonour of the objects which the Soul holds here in honour; the second teaches or recalls to the Soul its race and worth; this latter is the leading truth, and, clearly brought out, is the evidence of the other.

-- Enneads, V.1.1.

Comment: The second method involves remembrance or recollection; Plotinus' preferred approach to the question: "What am I?"; that is, the introspective process of self-inquiry which presents the prospect of transcending forgetfulness -- forgetfulness synonymous with ignorance.

-david gallagher

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