By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus
Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was once the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited via his disciple Porphyry, who released them a long time after his master's demise in six units of 9 treatises each one (the Enneads).
Plotinus looked Plato as his grasp, and his personal philosophy is a profoundly unique improvement of the Platonism of the 1st centuries of the Christian period and the heavily similar considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few affects from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used severely. he's a distinct blend of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His proposal ruled later Greek philosophy and stimulated either Christians and Moslems, and continues to be alive at the present time as a result of its union of rationality and severe spiritual adventure.
In his acclaimed variation of Plotinus, Armstrong presents first-class introductions to every treatise. His helpful notes clarify vague passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.
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53 • Performing indirect techniques for an extremely long period of time (2 minutes or more). This is a complete waste of time in most cases. • Switching from techniques that have begun to work when practice should be followed through to the end. • Passively performing techniques instead of being determined and aggressive. • Performing each technique separately for too long a period of time, even if the technique does not work, instead of switching to another technique within several seconds. • Excessive thinking and analysis while performing indirect techniques, which require mental tranquility and inner stillness.
THE BEST TIME TO PRACTICE The issue of time is not important with indirect techniques since the major prerequisite is that they are performed immediately after awakening occurs. In the case of direct techniques, the issue of timing is much more critical. Naturally, the best method for finding the right time to perform direct techniques is the same as indirect techniques – the deferred method. However, there are some serious differences here. First of all, one may interrupt one’s sleep at practically anytime of the night 59 or early morning.
Quite often, attempts at indirect techniques are made leisurely, without desire or real effort, to “check them off the list”. Results more easily realized if the practitioner possesses an aggressive desire to enter the phase. More often than not, practitioners lack aggressive desire, instead of having too much of it. Thus, each effort requires a distinct want to succeed. 51 STRATEGY FOR ACTION Some mistakenly believe that indirect techniques will produce quick, easy results, like a pill. Despite the fact that the techniques described in this guidebook are the best means to entering the phase, strong effort still needs to be exerted.
Ennead VI.6-9 (Loeb Classical Library, Volume 468) by A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus