P R O P H E C Y 35 extra in relation to the essence, although not as an extra element in the individual existent, so here, since not all human beings receive the creative prophetic faculty but some rare exceptions do, it is regarded as something extra to humanity as such although not extra to the individual prophet. It follows that the Active Intellect, although being a supernal reality to humanity, is a part and parcel of the prophet qua prophet: phenomenally speaking, the prophet as human being, is not the Active Intellect but since in his case the barrier between the phenomenal and the ideal (real) has broken down, he is identical with the Active Intellect.