Next intention word says a great deal. Let’s look at the etymology of that word:
- spirit (n.) mid-13c., “animating or vital principle in man and animals,” from O.Fr. espirit, from L. spiritus “soul, courage, vigor, breath,” related to spirare “to breathe,” from PIE *(s)peis- “to blow” (cf. O.C.S. pisto “to play on the flute”). Original usage in English mainly from passages in Vulgate, where the Latin word translates Gk. pneuma and Heb. ruah. Distinction between “soul” and “spirit” (as “seat of emotions”) became current in Christian terminology (e.g. Gk. psykhe vs. pneuma, L. anima vs. spiritus) but “is without significance for earlier periods” [Buck]. L. spiritus, usually in classical L. “breath,” replaces animus in the sense “spirit” in the imperial period and appears in Christian writings as the usual equivalent of Gk. pneuma. Meaning “supernatural being” is attested from c.1300; that of “essential principle of something” (in a non-theological sense, e.g. Spirit of St. Louis) is attested from 1690, common after 1800.
We’ll have to spend sometime sorting this out, but for now it speaks of how I see myself “being” in the world. Alive, full of breath, vital, soulful (full of feeling), courageous and a super natural be-ing.
Not supernatural, but a super, natural be-ing … not just “doing” but being present in my body, mind and deep in my soul.
As a tip of the hat to this word, I have begun to create figurative art once again…dolls, if you will…but much more than dolls…”spirit dolls”.
The first one is now in her cosy home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Her name is Mandala Woman and she is companion to the real-life Mandala Woman, Kathryn Tisdale.
I hope I have captured her spirit here. Admittedly, I am out of practice … and all art is practice. I have been “buried in books” for quite some time. Both literally, as in, I have been busy making books, altering books, journaling in books. And figuratively, as in, I have had my nose buried in a book since September studying at Huron.
But this is a new beginning…not because the calendar says so, but my heart says so. My heart calls me in a different direction and by saying I need to pay attention to that I mean that I need to listen to my spirit. That will allow me to be spirited in 2012.
I have a feeling I’ll be dancing a lot more!