Philo - Out of time
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Philo – On the Change of Names
The mind moves at the same moment on many things material and immaterial with indescribable rapidity and reaches at once the boundaries of land and sea, covering and dividing distances of infinite magnitude. At the same time it leaps so high from the earth that it passes through the lower to the upper air and scarcely comes to a stop even when it reaches the furthermost sphere of the fixed stars. For its fiery fervent nature forbids it to rest and its onward journey carries it across wide spaces outside the limits of all this world of sense to the world framed from the ideas to which it feels itself akin. So then in the case of the virtuous man the swerving was short, instantaneous and infinitesimal, not belonging to sense but only to mind and so to speak timeless.