The Gnostics saw reality flowing from the One or Invisible Spirit. Plotinus digs this, even as it flows out in self-understanding.

In essence, the mind of God is knowing itself. In the myth Plotinus is discussing, Allogenes (Stranger) is the demiurge. But is he bad?

Not really, and Plotinus agrees with the Gnostic supreme trinity: The Invisible Spirit, Barbelo and Allogenes.

These are all functions of a supreme mind understanding itself, flowing back and forth, contemplating existence.

Known and unknown become one.

This is all in the Nag Hammadi library’s Allogenes.

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