The Loftiest Order

“Many times it has happened:  lifted out of the body into myself; becoming external to all other things and self-encentered; beholding a marvelous beauty; then, more than ever, assured of the community with the loftiest order…”

-Plotinus

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~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on November 30, 2008.

3 Responses to “The Loftiest Order”

  1. This is pointing to those rare moments I seek while traveling, trekking, running, reading, or thinking. Once this place is achieved, one always wishes to return.

  2. Wondering if the avid seeker of this state is any more or less likely to encounter/achieve it than is the occasionally gobsmacked metaphysical stumblebum.

    Or does the mere awareness of the potential for “community with the loftiest order” render one an avid seeker?

  3. It certainly seems this state descends unpredictably. Yes, I would say that awareness or openness to such states does make one a seeker, and that being a seeker perhaps increases the chances of having the experience of being [for does this term itself not describe the loftiest order experience?], as you put it so well, a “gobsmacked metaphysical stumblebum.” Mindfulness does not come easily in any environment, though I personally find it easier to embrace in a natural, undisturbed [solitary], physically active, necessities on your back sort of environment. That is my bias. I hope to expand it, Whitman style. As an example, I came close to such a state recently on the top observation level of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. I gazed out on a yellow tinted expanse of mid-western cold, the water over the dam winking its perpetual fall. A novel perspective in this city I’ve always visited and never lived in. [I added a couple photos to Flickr to the right, look for Gold Medal Flour]

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