Mindy Mandell has been a mystic in the Platonic tradition since 1998. She became a student of Dr. Pierre Grimes a year or two later. She has spoken at conferences on living as a Platonist and is now working on a book to introduce this tradition to a wider audience. Plato unfolded a spiritual system to our Western culture every bit as profound as the giants of the East, and it was expanded upon by such thinkers as Proclus and Damascius. However, we must leave our academic approaches aside if we dare to move beyond intellectual insights into true vision.