The idea of spirit contains several meanings. One definition of spirit points to an invisible incorporeal being, as compared to a ghost which allegedly is seen by a living person. But spirits, in this sense, can also been seen if they choose to manifest or if the seer is on the right wavelength, so to speak.
Spirit has several other meanings, such as an animating or vital force within life, the soul or some some kind of invisible force or presence that permeates the created universe (to include inanimate objects).
Spirit arguably becomes an ambiguous concept if viewed from a purely conceptual level. Many New Age thinkers, for instance, equate the notion of spirit with that of matter/energy. This is a dubious analog when we consider Rudolf Otto and C. G. Jung‘s treatment of the term numinosity and, moreover, the Christian understanding…
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