Spirit

A Quote by dani on be, present, spirit, love, friendship, service, and character

Be.
Virtuous.
Full of character.
Present at all times.
Visible, to those who know.
Whole, Living in Spirit, Loving, and In Service.
Friendships based only in expansion and deepening of Spirit.
For Love that has any other purpose ends, absent of anything real.

~Danielle Marie Crume

Danielle Marie Crume

Source: http://www.ahamprema.com

Contributed by: dani

A Quote by Thomas Berry on religion, spirit, and art

If the religious experience were simply some naive impression of the uninformed it would not have resulted in such intellectual insight, such spiritual exaltation, such spectacular religious ritual, or in the immense volume of song and poetry and literature and dance that humans have produced.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 78

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Thomas Berry on spiritual, science, material, matter, mind, soul, consciousness, and spirit

There is a spiritual capacity in carbon as there is a carbon component functioning in our highest spiritual experience. If some scientists consider that all this is merely a material process, then what they call matter, I call mind, soul, spirit, or consciousness. Possibly it is a question of terminology, since scientists too on occasion use terms that express awe and mystery. Most often, perhaps, they use the expression that some of the natural forms they encounter seem to be "telling them something".

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 25

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Fred Kofman on happiness and spirit

Every person who has tasted the bittersweet emptiness of fulfilling his petty desires, knows that there is a deeper thirst that transcends them, a happiness that cannot be achieved with any object. That is the true happiness, of which ordinary pleasure is but a pale reflection. That happiness requires transcending and including the small preoccupations of the ego in the ultimate ambition Spirit.

Fred Kofman

Source: Business-sattva: The Business Bodhisattva: http://www.axialent.com/eng/white_papers_details.asp?codigo=15

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Tim Ong on spirit, stillness, meditation, life, love, mind, heart, body, relationships, and thoughtfulness

Daily Nourishment

Nourish your Spirit with Stillness
Nourish your Mind with Knowledge
Nourish your Heart with Unconditional Love
Nourish your Body with Living Food
Nourish your Relationships with Thoughtfulness
  -- Tim Ong

Tim Ong

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, hegel, spirit, ego, immediacy, and culture

One of the most remarkable fruits of Hegel's work is his insight into the primal types of powers definitive of the different strata and modes of human subjectivity:  (1) the self-cohesion of immediacy in its basal and passive ineptitude to objectify, define, conceptualize, or criticize anything (Ansichsein or being-in-itself); (2) the objectifying and alienative powers of conscious ego (Fursichsein or being-for-itself); and (3) the extraordinary powers of spirit to reconcile or synthesize modes (1) and (2) into a higher-order union (An-und-Fursichsein).  You can readily see that this is a schema I make repeated use of, for its illuminating division of powers; but it implies of course also that, in circumstances where spirit is not feasible or active to mediate the lower-order modes, then immediacy and alienative consciousness are going to be repeatedly cycling through forms of warfare with one another.  Personalities and cultures in the absence of mediational spirit are wracked by the abysmal and nearly ineffable violent intolerance that immediacy (naivete, faith, the differenceless resolution of all things into a lukewarm bath of unthinking subjective plasm) has for conscious ego (articulation, logic, formulated theories/concepts/ideologies), and vice versa:  this Kulturkampf makes the whole society like a patient suffering from autoimmune conditions, one system in him having reacted biochemically with another (antigens generating antibodies). But all immediacy or soulish psyche is laced with the predisposition to develop into conscious ego regardless of also being liable to react against its fully formed character.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, spirit, and ego

Spirit's fundamental "activity" or "masculinity" is profoundly different from the activity or masculinity of merely finite individuals, because this activity must be infinite, overreaching and incorporating what is other than it:  spirit from its side is not an "other" to ego, regardless of how ego may see or react to it.  Spirit's activity has to be understood as always-absorptive, always-open to what is less active (unlike the masculinity and activity of mere conscious ego, which is finite or finitizing and thus bound to repel what is other than itself).  Self-enclosing or self-hardening spirit is finitizing "spirit," i.e. ego somehow masked or mistaken for spirit.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, love, yin yang, interdependence, and spirit

The Feminine element achieves "domination" dialectically by means of submission (the very opposite of domination i.e.), thus becoming the vital factor by permitting the union or yoking of the two to take place, and the Masculine element likewise achieves its self-assertion only by grace of submitting to what the Feminine alone can do:  they ascend to a new kind of life or activity "as a whole" through their passivization or subordination as subcomponents.  They are "members one of another," wholes through their interactive (con-crete or grown-together) differences.  Two forms of self-supersession take place, two dialectical ways of qualifying the one-sidedness of each principle:  for each strives to be or become "the whole" and can only do so under the terms of the other's specific identity.  Any relation in which one finite personality is merely subdued or absorbed by or reduced to another finite personality is not spiritual and is not love:  it may be infatuation, it may be cult of personality or charisma, it may be domination (for the sake of or not for the sake of exploitation), but it lacks the full dialectical dynamics of spirit.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, soul, faith, consciousness, and spirit

Most world-religions are far more soulish than spiritual; all that are spiritual (devoted to self-transcendence, to extraordinary insight and self-transfiguring forms of self-understanding and self-responsibility) are so to the extent they strive to raise worldly and "objective" consciousness up into the realm of spiritual significance and activity, not just repel or dissolve it as soul generally does.  But what can spirit do for soul itself, in its myopia and pathos and subhistorical sloth?  Buddhism is to some a questionable "religion," lacking any cult of divinity, but it is unquestionably a spiritual "faith" (in terms of all that ego or soul can comprehend about faith, Zen is really a faithless or contentless faith):  Zen is entirely about trying to cure consciousness of its attitudinal and presuppositional entanglements with the thingly and habituated world, and to elevate consciousness into a more infinitized spirituality that is conscious of its own self-activity from a more comprehensive and less self-prepossessed point of view.  Soul one might say is more imperfectly infinite than spirit, because soul tends to abolish the ego-consciousness that it absorbs or overwhelms, reducing its particularizing structure to pure sublime feeling (immediacy); but spirit is more successfully infinite than soul, even though also more difficult and abstruse, because it digests the functions of consciousness into itself and thus preserves and deploys the senses and intelligence of conscious ego to higher ends.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Tsoknyi Rinpoche on fearless, simplicity, freedom, bodhisattva, spirit, two accumulations, compassion, expands, unity, care for others, know within yourself, and how to be free

    "The true bodhisattva spirit grows out of this personal sense of freedom.  You discover that you don't feel so needy anymore.  You don't crave another refueling - with shamatha or with other people's love and attention - because you know within yourself how to be free, how to be confident.  With this sense of security and freedom, you begin to direct your attention to the needs of others.  The compassion expands.  This is my point about inner simplicity as the basis for living fearlessly in a complex world.
    This principle of fearless simplicity involves training in the two accumulations as a unity and experiencing the fruition of such training.  We have found a true, effective remedy for ego-clinging, negative emotions, the twofold ignorance, and adversity.  We have persevered in the two accumulations, and we have grown confident in liberation.  We are now open and spacious, and from within that sense of fearless simplicity, we can accomadate all phenomena.  We can naturally care for others unpretentiously; no one is a threat any longer."

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Source: Fearless Simplicty

Contributed by: Sacred Elements

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