From the Youtube description: One of the main relatives of Gnosticism is Neoplatonism. Unlike the Gnostics, Neoplatonic thought was embraced by Judaism and Christianity, even influenced early Islam and modern Occultism. We deeply mine the theology, philosophy, and rituals of Neoplatonism, finding that although not as edgy as Gnosticism it still demands much from the soul to reach the heart of divinity and overcome sensible reality. And how both Gnosticism and Neoplatonism perhaps offer the best spiritual solutions to a world lost in the darkness of material being.
Astral Guest– Jeffrey S. Kupperman, author of Living Theurgy.
Title: Neoplatonism: Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio (YT link) Uploaded by Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio.
Jeffrey Kupperman: Neoplatonism And Living Theurgy – (2014) 3 stars
Run time: 1 hour, 10 minutes. I listened to this program twice, as the first time I was a bit distracted and didn’t get the full gist of the material. In this interview Kupperman gives a brief explanation of the origins of Neoplatonism under Roman Gnostic Platinus. The importance of the imagination is stressed, which is the creative process within the human mind that can contemplate abstract ideas such as god and good and evil. One of the biggest differences between typical Gnosticism and Neoplatonism is that the Demiurge is seen as the good guy. An interesting detail is that Plato abhorred Homer’s version of the gods. Neoplatonists had a problem with realistic art, preferring the abstract instead. We have the idea that a daemon exists between man and his soul, or man and his god, which Kupperman equates with the metaphysical Higher Self. The daemon can help or hurt the physical man in order to lead him to wiser illumination. Towards the latter part of the interview, Kupperman begins to define the different categories of souls that in incarnating on Earth. The top tier are those who become people while retaining their hold on the divine. The second level includes souls who know ‘who they are’ but who still need to undergo further purification. That’s the level I think I’m on. The lowest souls are those who are being pushed around and even bullied by their daemons, because they’re self-absorbed or too caught up in the material world.