The instructions in the book included; utilizing self-hypnosis, wearing the same type of clothes worn during the desired period, wearing his hair as men did in that period, and also having some physical items from the period. He was to meditate on the image of the woman and the date that he wanted to be with her. He was using self-hypnosis to create, in his mind and awareness, that she exists and he could interact with her. He was also to remove any item from his view that would remind him of his current year. In the movie, he accomplished his task.
Taylor was the first to translate the complete works of Plato into English. It has been said of Taylor, “his translations were within the tradition of Plato with an understanding of its profundities unparalleled in modern times.” Several of Plato’s writings appeared to have some important lines that had been lost, Taylor’s translations seemed to complete the writings as Plato might have originally written them.
His translations were influential on William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Wordsworth, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and G. R. S. Mead.
In the copious notes that are attached to Taylor’s translation of Plato, Taylor shares the deeper meanings of many of Plato’s concepts. Taylor didn’t just translate words, he brought to light the essence of Plato’s thought. This was a major reason that the aforementioned individuals, and people who are involved with the study of ancient philosophy today, take time to study Taylor’s translations. A stream of deeper philosophy runs through the works of Plato that goes beyond mere words.
Thomas Taylor took his interest in the ancient philosophy, one step further than most people. He literally became one with the philosophical current that existed at the time of Plato. Taylor said that philosophy was not just a medley of thoughts, guesses or fancies of an individual. It is a real appetite, or love for the wisdom of First Principles. His emersion in the writings of Plato convinced him that one cannot expect to apprehend the philosophic insights of Plato by some hasty reading or superficial study. You can only apprehend the real essence of anything by becoming one with the object or person you study.
During the times of Plato, and the Neo-Platonists, philosophy was a way of life and not just a collection of ideas that one spoke and debated about. Philosophers walked the talk, lived the principles and it became their way of life.
“Philosophy is not an occasional or incidental pursuit, but is a living reality, permeating and directing the human energies to the extent that its principles are thoroughly grasped and assimilated.”
“In order to apprehend the interior meaning of the recondite writings of Plato and his genuine successors, which are replete with the profoundest insights, one must be emancipated himself from the thralldom of the senses - must use his spiritual eye alone, which, as it is said in the Republic, is better worth saving than ten thousand corporeal eyes.”
“For then, as Plato himself says, a light as from a fire will on a sudden be enkindled in the soul, and will then itself nourish itself.’
Some American Indian tribes believe that in order to understand something you must become it. While watching a bird fly, in order to understand it, you place yourself within the bird. You imagine flying high in the sky, you look from up high for any movement on the ground. You feel the wind against your face and wings. You become for some moments, the object you contemplate, and then allow the feelings of that which you contemplate to rise up within you.
When you awaken that part within yourself that can attune to all things, then you become like a tuning fork that will resonate in kind, with that which you are seeking. All things continue to exist and are accessible throughout time.
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