In religio-mythology, spirit (TR:266) (LH:12) (TL:278), from the Greek anima, from the Egyptian “ka”, refers to a supernatural, ghost-like or wind-like entity, similar in nature to the soul, believed to that guide people in their existence and or give them vitality, among other mixed beliefs.
In the 16th century, the term “spirit”, in chemistry, began to be employed in reference to gases produced in chemical reactions. In the 18th century, particularly in Germany, the term tended to be used in a secular sense, e.g. a “highly spirited person”. In the late 19th century, the term began to be employed, in new age circles, in the sense of “spirituality”. Many modern people say presently, when asked about there religious beliefs, that they are “spiritual”, which seems to have fundamental definition, other than what each person feels.
The following are quotes:
- “For a long time, I have, although from a considerable distance, watched the course of your spirit, and with ever increasing admiration I have observed the path you have marked out for yourself. You are seeking the necessary in nature, but you are seeking it along the most difficult road, which any spirit weaker than yours would be most careful to avoid. You take hold of nature as a whole in order to obtain light in a particular point; in the totality of nature's various types of phenomena, you seek the explanation for the individual. Had you been born a Greek, or even an Italian, and from the cradle been surrounded by an exquisite nature and an idealizing art, your path would have been infinitely shortened; perhaps it would have been made entirely unnecessary. With the first perception of things you would have caught the form of the necessary, and from your first experiences the grand style would have developed in you. But now, having been born a German, your Greek spirit having thus been cast into a northern world, you had no choice but that of becoming a northern artist yourself, or of supplying your imagination with what it is refused by reality through the help of your power of thought and thus, to produce a ‘second Greece’, as it were, from within and by means of reason.”
- Steiner, Rudolf. (c.1910). The Riddles of Philosophy (§6: the Age of Kant and Goethe, pg. #). Steiner Books, 2009.
- Spirit – Hmolpedia 2020.