The Spirit !
By “the spirit”, we mean first of all simply the individuality of each human being ; what is called the human ego : that unique part in each of us which we refer to when we say “I”
This might seem a rather humble description of “the spirit” – wouldn’t we expect something more lofty, more esoteric and mysterious from that word ? Well, let’s not sell ourselves short
We understand this ego to be the eternal part in the human being ; whose path, though perhaps not clearly understood in our culture, continues beyond death ; which in perspectives that include the concept of reincarnation, evolves through a series of earthly lives
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This ego of ours, this I, lives within our body and soul constitution ; but can also become independent of them, and its surrounding environment – of its upbringing, education, social setting and past experiences. By effort, it can gradually develop genuinely free choice, and responsibly direct our lives
Yet our human spirit, our ego and individuality, lives amidst many distractions : our personal history and "baggage", the desires and dislikes of our soul ; fluctuations of our health, the heaviness and solidness of our body. It is in many ways a child - the newest, most promising part of our human makeup - and the most vulnerable
By “the spirit”, we also mean the activities and culture this “I”, this ego of the human being creates and builds up around itself : the realm of human ideas and thinking ; of art and education ; of religion and spiritual development ; ethics, morality, law ; the healing arts ; technical and practical innovation. ”The domain of the spirit ” includes inventive and creative human activity of all kinds.
Lastly with “the spirit “, we can include the greater spiritual context in which we live :
- The relationship and interactions of our earthly world to the spiritual world from
which we come
- The creation and history of our earth, as described in virtually every human
culture and religion
- Our evolution as humanity, in the unfolding of the great successive human
- Not least, the mystery of our relationship with God, and
- Our inevitable confrontation with evil
Have we begun to touch the realm of lofty ? As elsewhere, LWW The Spirit ! seeks to identify what is most alive, what promotes life, in this realm of human endeavor. Nevertheless, we won't lose sight of the essential : the importance, value, dignity of every human being – our starting point and special focus, to which we’ll ever and again return
Jeff Smith RN
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