1  Qualities and abilities of the human spirit

"The power of the spirit is the essence of life."
Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384 - 322 B.C.)

1.1 Spiritual light and spiritual warmth
In order to understand what you are as being a spirit, you must start from the origin of yourself as a spirit. By doing self-reflection as a spiritual exercise, you can be moved up to the spiritual world. That spiritual world is an thin, ethereal world, which, invisible to us, permeates this material world entirely and is at the same time the foundation of it. That spiritual world is your eternal home and in that world you can be reunited with your spiritual origin.
During reunification with it, I experienced that the spirit is essentially a conscious force; the spirit is the force of life, which is conscious. This conscious force of life occurs in this spiritual world as spiritual light and spiritual warmth, where consciousness presents itself as light and power as warmth.
In your origin, that conscious force occurs as an omnipresent, infinite sea of that spiritual light and warmth, which is the eternal and infinite universal spirit; while you experience yourself as being a spirit as a spherical cloud of that same light and that same warmth, originating by densification from the universal spirit, which lives in that sea as a focal point, as a spark of self-lightening 'fire'. I was also allowed to experience that an intimate love of the universal spirit goes out to myself as the human spirit.
Click here for a description of 'cloud' and 'fire' in the Bible books Exodus and Numbers.

As being a spirit, I am lovingly thought of by the spirit of God,
lovingly I am being flooded, with God's force of life.

In this material world there is nothing of all this to be seen and in order to be able to make a representation of it, I can say that the image of the human spirit as that focal point in that sea, corresponds to the image of the slowly breaking sun in the sky of a foggy day.

1.2 Formable and self-forming working
During reunification with the universal spirit you experience that both the spiritual light and the spiritual warmth can be in two opposite states, namely: in a feminine, receptive state and in a masculine, penetrating state.
In the feminine, receptive state of the spirit, the light and warmth are formable from the outside; in the masculine, penetrating state the light and warmth are self-forming active from the inside.
This formability consists of the fact that within yourself, as that shining sphere, currents of light occur. As a result, densifications and dilutions of light can occur inside yourself, so that certain places in the light can be brighter than others. As a result, a light image can be formed in the light that you are yourself as being a spirit; which can happen both from the outside and from the inside.

1.3 Observing, thinking, feeling and wanting
With these formable and self-forming properties of light and warmth, your spiritual abilities are connected: the ability to observe, to think, to feel and to want.
Acting as being a spirit, you are in a mental state that your light - inside yourself as that spherical cloud - can be formed from the outside into an inner experience image;
while thinking you are in a mental state that you form your light from within yourself into an idea, an inner image of light;
while feeling, you are in a state that your warmth is formable from the outside into a feeling;
and if you are willing, you are in a mental state that you form your warmth from within yourself into willpower.
Observing and feeling are the feminine, receptive abilities of the spirit, thinking and wanting the masculine, self-forming abilities; all four abilities are equal and indispensable for inner, spiritual balance.

1.4 Spiritual light images and warmth states
What are the abilities to be recognized of in material existence? A characteristic feature of your abilities is that of formation.
When you observe, you let the events make an impression upon you as being the spirit by watching and listening. As a result of this, a light image, an image of experience, is formed within yourself as a spirit, making you aware of your experiences. Because you take the outside world into yourself, you get to know about it.
If you think, you are able to form self-created light images yourself, which then form your ideas.
When you feel, you also connect your experiences with your spiritual warmth. As a result, your mental state of warmth, which is your state of mind, your mood or emotion, is shaped by the nature of your experiences, so that you can have compassion with your fellow human beings.
If you want, then you form within yourself such a state of warmth, which is then a state of force, that you are able to express the thoughts and feelings that you have thought and felt within yourself, to the outside world and to form them into a certain behavior, in a statement or action.

1.5 Awareness of your own spiritual activity

The Ouroboros (Greek: the 'tail-eater')
perfect movement and perfect rest,
like a calmly flowing river;
symbol of the self-propelling
vitality by the spiritual abilities
source: S. Klossowski de Rola, Alchemie
This happening: observing things, thinking about and feeling about them and then wanting to do something with them, is the controlled spiritual activity. This allows you to process consciously, intelligently and emotionally your experiences; thus allowing you to accept your experiences and then appropriately adapt to the constantly changing circumstances, that come to you in time as the flow of daily events.
The activity of these abilities is the only thing by which you can immediately recognize the spiritual in this material world; and by which you can also get to know yourself as being a spirit, namely, as that conscious force of life that you yourself are and that in itself observes all things in itself, thinks about it and feels it through and then decides to want to do something with it.

"I know it because I feel it."
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher and writer (1712-1778)

Your act of will is the expression of an answer - formed by your thinking and feeling - to an event, for example a certain incident or issue that you have first observed. By processing it by reflection and compassion, and by the subsequent return to the event by your act of will, something is changed: you influenced, changed the situation in the environment.
Your inner activity with your abilities is therefore also related to the changes you have made in the outer events and circumstances by intervening. This change then necessitates a new observation to be able to reassess the effect of your action with thinking and feeling. In this way, in addition to the cycle of your inner, spiritual activity, a second cycle is created in connection with the outside world.

By every expression of will in the form of a statement or action, you make a certain change in the environment, which you want to observe again. You always want to see (to observe) and evaluate (to think and to feel), what you have done (to want). You want to stay there and want to continue to see whether your thinking, feeling and wanting have been meaningful and in accordance with your own intentions and with the demands or needs of the circumstances in your environment.

By this interaction, your perception 'lives' as it were of your expression of purpose and vice versa, because your statements and actions themselves also cause changes in the flow of events. Although observing and wanting are the beginning and the end of the inner processing, in the cycle of your abilities they are connected to each other and keep each other constantly working. Because of the very properties of the abilities they form a cycle which does not end ... by their properties they form the eternal life of the spirit.
It is these abilities that will be discussed constantly in spirituology.

1.6 The personality
These abilities are also the properties of what we call the personality, the personality as: the whole of the person's personal characteristics. That person is the human spirit. The only thing you can do as being a spirit and by which you can be characterized, is that you can perceive, think, feel and want, directed at yourself or at the other person, introverted or extraverted. You can direct the activity of your abilities outwards, to the world around you or inwards, to yourself in your own inner world.
The personality is therefore determined by the characteristic way in which you perceive the events, process them into yourself by thinking and feeling them through and, as a result, want to behave towards the outside world in a certain, characteristic, personal way. In that behavior, in your personal way of doing things, expresses the degree of conscious control of the abilities. The conscious control of your abilities is therefore a measure for the assessment of your personality.

1.7 Development of personality and self-realization
Moreover, these abilities can undergo a certain development, they can be educated. By learning to use them in a conscious and controlled way, they are transformed from a state of unconsciousness and uncontrolledness into a state of consciousness and control, of temperance to enthusiasm, which characterizes your personality. Eventually your abilities are developed into the conscience and the virtues. The balanced development of those abilities is that which is called spiritual development, self-realization, or development of personality.

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