Spirit

: the force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power
: the inner quality or nature of a person
: a person

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Spirit (n.): mid-13th century, “animating or vital principle in man and animals,” from Anglo-French spirit, Old French spiritspirit, soul” (12th century, Modern French esprit) and directly from Latin spiritusa breathing (respiration, and of the wind), breath; breath of a god,” hence “inspiration; breath of life,” hence “life;” also “disposition, character; high spirit, vigor, courage; pride, arrogance,” related to spirareto breathe,” perhaps Proto-Indo-European peisto blow.”

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

Black Elk (1863-1950, warrior and medicine man of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribe; second cousin of Chief Crazy Horse; witnessed the Battle of Little Bighorn, in which Sioux forces led by Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeated a battalion of U.S. soldiers led by Lieutenant Colonel Custer)

Bio Source:

www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/black-elk

“Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever newborn; you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955, French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and who took part in the discovery of the Peking Man.)

Bio Source:

www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-voices/20th-century-ignatian-voices/pierre-teilhard-de-chardin-sj

“Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.”

Bruce Lee (1940-1973 Hong Kong American martial artist, actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and found of Jeet Kune Do, which translates to: the “Way of the Intercepting Fist.”)

Bio Source:

www.brucelee.com/about

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.”

Amit Ray (b. 1960, Indian author and spiritual teacher; known for his Om meditation and integrated yoga and vipassana meditation techniques)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amit_Ray

“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”

Richard Attenborough (1923-2014, Baron Attenborough, English actor, film director, film producer, entrepreneur, and politician; known best for directing and winner an Academy Award for historical epic, Gandhi, 1982)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000277/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”

Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014, Colombian novelist and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century; awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, for his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude; also masterful short-story writer and accomplished journalist)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Gabriel-Garcia-Marquez

“Humans are amphibians...half spirit and half animal...as spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imaginations are in continual change, for to be in time, means to change. Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation--the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks.”

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963, born Clive Staples Lewis, prolific Irish writer and scholar; best known for his “Chronicles of Narnia” fantasy series and pro-Christian texts)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/cs-lewis-9380969

Meditation

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

— Black Elk

Whatever platform, spiritual path, religious doctrine, or philosophical belief, what matters most is our unique connection with Spirit and Life itself.  What’s vital is the passion we feel when we love at every possible level and available opportunity.

We are intimately connected, linked to each other by the threads weaved in The Cosmic Web of ever-expanding creation.  When one of us advances we all evolve, and when a few of us are affected by injustices we all suffer.

Spirit vibrates through every living thing and object, from advance luminous beings to animals, to mountains and trees, to small rocks and crystals, and mysteriously to inanimate man-man objects like computers, cars, or phones.  Everything vibrates and responds to how we take care of it.  That’s why it’s extremely important to care for ourselves and each others, as well as Mama Gaia, Herself.

We must not only learn to nurture our inner and outer selves.  But, if we refuse and resist, we will suffer needlessly and cut our journeys short.   If, on the other hand, we are able to learn to love ourselves unconditionally and to speak truth collectively, we will add continuous Love, Light, and Peace to our world community, exponentially.

Presently, there’s a lot of noise causing static in our world.  Let’s not be disturbed or dismayed by the ignorance we hear or see.  Instead, let us witness these temporal fluxes from a place of neutral love so we can do our part to be of service in small and large ways everyday.

Keep the faith, my dear friends.  Stay the course.

Miraculously Yours,

Tonya

 

 

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