Friday, February 15, 2008

What is the Meaning of Spirit? By Isidro Sid Martinez

What is the Meaning of Spirit?

What does it mean to you? What does the spiritual path mean to you?

Please post your definition or your comments for everyone to see. It would be greatly appreciated to begin a dialog as to the meaning of spirit and the spiritual path.

I have included a dictionary definition below:
How did the meaning become what it is today when originally it meant breathe or breath?

Main Entry:
1spir·it Listen to the pronunciation of 1spirit
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, espirit, spirit, from Latin spiritus, literally, breath, from spirare to blow, breathe
Date: 13th Century

1: an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

2: a supernatural being or essence: as acapitalized : holy spirit
2b: soul
2c: an often malevolent being that is bodiless but can become visible; specifically : ghost
2 d: a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being

3: temper or disposition of mind or outlook especially when vigorous or animated

4: the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a person

5 a: the activating or essential principle influencing a person
5 b: an inclination, impulse, or tendency of a specified kind : mood

6 a: a special attitude or frame of mind
6 b: the feeling, quality, or disposition characterizing something

7: a lively or brisk quality in a person or a person's actions8: a person having a character or disposition of a specified nature9: a mental disposition characterized by firmness or assertiveness


At February 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It means religion. There is no other way. You have to believe in Christ to be spiritual. This new age stuff is garbage and evil.

At February 15, 2008, Blogger Hannah Lee said...

How did the meaning become what it is today when originally it meant breathe or breath?

Hi Sid,

I think the origins of the word,spirit is highly indicative of its true meaning which is breathe or breath, as in the "breath of life". I have heard that when we breathe (and there are Masters who dedicate their lives and themselves to the art of breathing) we are inspiring, if you will the "vitality" of the Creator, thus spirit is the vital life force of the Creator. It is in Him and of Him as we are and is the Life that flows between us.

At February 22, 2008, Blogger Hannah Lee said...

What is the spiritual path?

I believe we are all on a spiritual path, know it or not because there is no other way. Some of us choose to acknowledge that responsibility and others do not, but truthfully, it's all OK either way. We are all learning, growing, evolving to become more refined in who we are.

To consciously choose the spiritual path though, is a a bit different in that it is a great responsibility, and not one that should be entered into lightly because there is no turning back once you are on it, ( ...although I do believe it's OK to rest every now and then.) : )

It is a calling, if you will, one that no one has to tell you that you have because you consciously know it as soon as you are old enough to reason or think for yourself. ~ * I've spoken with many "spiritual" people who are "on the path" so to speak, and every single last one of them has told me that they understood that concept back when they were just 3, or 4 or 5 years old. They knew it. They understood their connection to God and no one had to sit down and explain the doctrines of any religion or tell them a thing. They simply knew their place within the grand scheme of life and they were committed to work from there.

But back to the spiritual path, it also requires other than merely knowing it, constant self-evaluation, and communication with the God of our hearts; however, we understand that connection to be.

And most importantly, it involves service; that is, a vow to help humanity in any way that you find in your power to do, even if it is only to pick up a can of soup for the little old lady at the grocery store. -

And it is being in service with joy! Committing to tasks that we can complete with joy! : )

At February 22, 2008, Blogger Sid Martinez said...

Hi Hannah,
Thank you for your post. It is very interesting and very sensitive. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I hope many others get to read your comments.

At February 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You new age types are forgetting something. God only means what the Bible says. It is not the God of your heart. God demands obedience and faith and worship. Christ gave his life for our sins, yet you continue in a course of blasphemy in this stupid blog. Get a life, get God and forget all this stuff.

At March 05, 2012, Anonymous spiritual guidance said...

Spirit is a soul, which connects to the spirituality path with a medium. It is a way to connect with god and make you self dependent to lice a spirituality life.


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