“Things here are but signs that show to the wise how the Supreme God is known; the enlightened sage reading the sign may enter the holy place and make the vision real.
“This Term, attained only by those that have over-passed all, is the All-Transcending.
“There is thus a converse in virtue of which the essential man outgrows Being, becomes identical with the Transcendent of Being.
“He that knows himself to be one with This, has in himself the likeness of the Supreme; if from that heightened self he can pass higher still—image to archetype— he has won the term of all his journeying.”
– Plotinus, “The Enneads” in the Chapter entitled: “The Flight of the Alone”