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Encyclopedia > Spiritual being

spirit is a word which means not of the physical universe or non-corporeal. Something which is spiritual can not be weighed, measured or observed by normal means. A spiritual being would be of that nature but would have some awareness. An example would be a dog like creature which had no physical body, if you can imagine such a thing. Usually religions use the term "spiritual being" to speak of awarenesses beyond dog-like, awarness more like people manifest. For example, if an individual (Bob, Jim, Sam) had no physical body then they would be a spiritual being. Its the idea of individuality existing without a physically viewable body.

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Connections to other concepts

The word has many connections to the concept of the soul, with the difference that a spirit is not necessarily linked to a human or other corporeal being. The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the ethereal substance — spirit (Hebrew:rooah or nefesh) — particular to a unique living being. ... [[{{{diversity_link}}}|Diversity]] {{{diversity}}} Binomial name Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Trinomial name {{{trinomial}}} Type Species {{{type_species}}} Subspecies Homo sapiens idaltu (extinct) Homo sapiens sapiens [[Image:{{{range_map}}}|{{{range_map_width}}}|]] Synonyms {{{synonyms}}} Homo (genus). ...


Traits of a spiritual being

At the lowest level the only quality necessary of a spirit is that it is some kind of active force that is either invisible, or visible but immaterial, like the wind. In this sense a spirit does not necessarily have traits of personality, as do more specific kinds of spirit: soul or ghost or djinn. Hence words in English (spirit), Latin (spiritus), and Greek (pneumon) are all synonyms for 'air.' The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the ethereal substance — spirit (Hebrew:rooah or nefesh) — particular to a unique living being. ... Reputed ghost of a monk. ... The Seal of Solomon is said to have given Sulayman power over the jinn. ...


Gods as spirits

In many belief systems, spirits are on the same plane of existence as "gods", though of much lesser magnitude. For example, Zeus was a god, and any given dryad was likewise accounted as a spirit in Greek mythology. God is the term used to denote the Supreme Being ascribed by monotheistic religions to be the creator, ruler and/or the sum total of, existence. ... Statue of Zeus Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th-century engraving. ... The Dryad by Evelyn De Morgan Dryads are tree spirits in Greek mythology. ... Greek mythology comprises the collected narratives of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ...


Spirits in Nature

Many nature religions, such as animism, believe that everything found in nature has a personality, a spirit. These spirits may be prayed to, or in other ways coerced, in order to gain more favourable conditions. In such religions, magic is an integral part of reality, in effect the ability to communicate with the spirits. In religion, the term Animism is used in a number of ways. ... The ancient symbol of the pentagram is often used as a symbol for magic. ...


Supposed extensiveness of spiritual beings

Historically, spirits have been ascribed any number of powers, both over nature and over humans. Often a spirit's power is said to be linked with its purpose in creation.


Spiritual possession

In some parts of the world, spirits are believed to be able to possess humans and control their behaviour. Possession is having some degree of control over something else. ...


See also

The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear Jesus (El Greco, 1575) An angel is an ethereal being found in many religions, whose duties are to assist and serve God or the gods. ... The Seal of Solomon is said to have given Sulayman power over the jinn. ... In Egyptian mythology, the human soul is made up of five parts: the Ka, the Ba, the Akh, the Sheut, and the Ren. ... A genius is a person with distinguished mental prowess. ... Reputed ghost of a monk. ... The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the ethereal substance — spirit (Hebrew:rooah or nefesh) — particular to a unique living being. ... The term sprite is a general term referring to a number of legendary creatures. ...

External links

  • The Spiritual: Journal of Natural Spirituality' - A useful resource of information on mind-brain duality, egoless-ness, I-less-ness and natural meditation
  • Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained

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Spirituality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1048 words)
Spirituality is, in a narrow sense, a concern with matters of the spirit, however that may be defined; but it is also a wide term with many available readings.
One aspect of 'Being spiritual' is goal-directed, with aims such as: simultaneously improve one's wisdom and willpower, achieve a closer connection to Deity/the universe, and remove illusions or false ideas at the sensory, feeling and thinking aspects of a person.
Spirituality, according to most adherants, is an essential part of an individual's holistic health and well-being, by developing an awareness of a "transcendent dimension" to life.
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