The Esoteric Etiology of the Philtrum
As a primate, your philtrum survives as a vestigial medial depression between your nose and upper lip. That is the natural explanation of the indentation, plain and simple. The thing is that there are also several supernatural explanations for that particular facial feature as well. For instance, Judaism offers a rather intriguing Talmudic tale. It accounts for the aforementioned oddity of human anatomy by asserting that the spirit world played an important part in putting it there.
As the story goes, God sent an angel to your mother’s womb before you were born in order to teach you all of the wisdom that you would ever need to know. Then, the “Book of Books” tells us that right before you were finally born, the angel returned to place a celestial finger upon your face, at which time all was forgotten. Thus, according to an ancient Jewish legend, your philtrum is an indentation that was formed by the hand of a supernatural being, shortly before you took your first breath. With all of your knowledge gone, the rabbis explain that your destiny is the process of relearning what you already knew.
In yet another classical tradition, the doctrine of recollection is a concept handed down from ancient Greece which states that you were conceived possessing all the knowledge in existence and that your realization of that insight is contingent upon your rediscovery of that lost understanding. Again, the notion is that there was once a time that you knew everything but somehow forgot it. So, the goal of recollection is to return to the initial state of true knowledge. The only catch is that there are limits on what you can know. That is to say, God has set specific boundaries on the extent to which human knowledge can grow, preventing you from understanding too much since the conscious recognition of every truth could undo all that has ever been done.
Nonetheless, any process of learning which you undertake is, therefore, a necessary quest, presumably decreed by a higher power, through which you are meant to return to a greater level of wisdom. According to this belief, such is the nature of the destiny that God has intended for you, whether you choose to accept the challenge or not. Ultimately, the lesson of all of this is that authentic learning consists of a lifetime of inquiry, whereby you arrive at truths about yourself and the world in which you live. Furthermore, this is meant to happen in such a way that there is an overall sense within you that those truths have always been there waiting to be uncovered.