Plotinus wrote, “the soul cannot see beauty unless it first becomes beautiful itself, and everyone must make themselves beautiful and divine in order to attain the sight of beauty and divinity.”


About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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2 Responses to Plotinus

  1. Rosemerry says:

    I don’t know … not to argue with Plotinus, but isn’t it a process? Ongoing? Are we ever done with our becoming beautiful? Is there an endpoint that we move on from? Perhaps it’s more considering that our own beauty is a possibility that opens the door to finding beauty all around.

    • Ciletti says:

      Rosemerry, i think you are right on. Totally ongoing, like breathing, and spoken in the many beautiful post you make on your blog. I can understand it best when I hear the phrase, “We don’t see the world the way it is, but the way we are.” And as you so clerarly state, the daily ongoing renewal of the affirmation of beauty in ourselves, makes it possible to see the beauty in the world.

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