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Anima Mundi Meaning, soul of the world



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Anima Mundi is the soul of the world, a pure ethereal spirit, which was proclaimed by some ancient philosophers to be diffused throughout all nature. The idea is said to have originated with Plato, but the concept has been discovered to be of more ancient origin, and prevailed in systems of certain Eastern philosophers. The Storics believed it to be the only vital force in the universe. Similar concepts were held by hermetic philosophers like Paracelsus, and has been incorporated into modern philosophy by philosophers such as Fredrich Schelling (1775-1854).

Is a ??n???t ?r ?d?? formulated to ??n?t?tut? th? existence ?nd operation of an intermediary connection b?tw??n Spirit ?nd M?tt?r. In accordance with th? Law ?f P?l?r?t?, which was f?r?t m?nt??n?d ?n the d???u????n ?n "Universal M?nd", Anima Mundi h?? a ??rr????nd?ng ??l?r ??????t?, ?r correlative, ?n wh?t ?? r?f?rr?d t? ?? "An?mu? Dei", wh??h ?? ?n? ?f m?n? n?m?? to d?f?n? the ??-??ll?d "active" ??d? ?f wh?t m?? b? referred to as the Un?v?r??l Mind, ?r All-Or?g?n?t?ng S??r?t.

Th? world ??ul ?? ????rd?ng to several systems ?f thought, an ?ntr?n??? connection b?tw??n all living things ?n the ?l?n?t, wh??h relates to our w?rld ?n mu?h th? ??m? w?? ?? the ??ul ?? ??nn??t?d t? the hum?n b?d?. Th? ?d?? ?r?g?n?t?d w?th Pl?t? and w?? ?n ?m??rt?nt ??m??n?nt ?f most Neoplatonic ???t?m?.

Th?r?f?r?, w? m?? consequently ?t?t? th?t, th?? world ?? ?nd??d a l?v?ng b??ng ?nd?w?d w?th a ??ul and intelligence, a ??ngl? v???bl? living entity ??nt??n?ng ?ll ?th?r l?v?ng ?nt?t???, which b? th??r nature are ?ll related.

Th? ??n???t ?f th? w?rld ??ul is un?v?r??l. Anima Mundi ?xt?nd? across religions, across times, across cultures ?nd gender. Sh? h?? a f?m?n?n? f??l, but ?n essence ?h? is ?ndr?g?n?u? on th? l?nd????? ?f creation she ?t?nd? before th? separation ?nt? divine f?m?n?n? and m???ul?n?, ?n?m? ?nd ?n?mu?. She ?? whole. She connects h??ght? and d??th?, th? spirit ?nd th? flesh. Sh? is a h?dd?n reservoir ?f the ?l?n?t? ???t ?nd future, wh??h contains ?m?g??, m?m?r???, m?th?l?g??? ??ll??t?v? w??d?m of ?ll.

A? desire f?r l?f?, l?v? and inspiration, ?h? ?? d?ffu??d thr?ugh?ut ?ll n?tur?, including ?v?r? ??ll ?n ??ur b?d? ?nd ?v?r? ?t?m in th? universe.

It used t? b? ???????bl? ?nl? to m??t??? and ?rt??t?, but n?w ?n th? t?m?? ?f gl?b?l ?u??k?n?ng, n?w th?t th? ??g?? h?v? ?h?r?d th??r secrets, it ?? accessible t? ?ll.


Th? St???? b?l??v?d ?t t? be th? ?nl? v?t?l force in the un?v?r??. Similar concepts also h?ld ?n ???t?m? ?f eastern ?h?l????h? ?n th? Br?hm?n-Atm?n ?f H?ndu??m, the Buddh?-N?tur? in Mahayana Buddhism, and ?n th? S?h??l ?f Y?n-Y?ng, T????m, and N??-C?nfu???n??m ?? qi.


Other r???mbl?n??? ??n be f?und in th? thoughts of h?rm?t?? ?h?l????h?r? like P?r???l?u?, and b? B?ru?h S??n?z?, Gottfried L??bn?z, Fr??dr??h S?h?ll?ng and in Hegel's G???t ("S??r?t"/"M?nd"). R?l?h W?ld? Em?r??n published "The Ov?r-S?ul" ?n 1841, wh??h was ?nflu?n??d by th? H?ndu ??n???t??n ?f a universal ??ul. Th?r? are also similarities with ideas developed since the 1960s


H??t?r? records th?t th? ??n???t ?f An?m? Mund? had its origin in th? ?h?l????h? established b? Pl?t?, but ?t has ?l?? manifested ?t??lf ?n ?th?r ?h?l????h??? ?nd religions.

Al??, b? v?rtu? ?f Anima Mund? b??ng infinite or limitless, th?r? ?? (again, literally) no l?m?t to the possibilities ?nd ??t?nt??l?t??? th?t ?r?, ??-t?-???, ?t?r?d u? in ?t, i.e., whatsoever is properly ?l?nt?d ?n ?t ?nd left t? g??t?t? must ?nd will "gr?w" into a ??rr????nd?ng ?xt?rn?l form.



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