The concept of man from a spirituological perspective


The etymology of the word 'man'
The threefold man: spirit, soul and body
The spiritual abilities
The spiritual radiance: soul and spirit form
The earth as spiritual learning school
The spiritual development
The reunification
Jesus' example

The etymology of the word 'man'
The word 'man' is related to the Gothic word 'mannisks' (in contemporary Swedish: människa; Dutch: mens; German: Mensch), a word which in turn is derived from the Gothic 'manna' with the meaning: man, and of 'munan': to mean, thinking (Dutch: 'menen'; German: 'meinen'; English: 'to mind').
Gothic also knew the word 'geist', which is associated with the word stem 'ghei-', with the meaning: to drive, to set in motion.
In addition, the Sanskrit word 'manas(a)' means: spirit; and 'mana': thoughts, thinking; and also the meaning of the Latin word 'mens' is: spirit (from Latin 'mens' is derived: 'mental').
The original meaning of the word 'man' will therefore have been: a being endowed with spirit, which is the driving force behind thinking, by which man is characterized.

Judging from the fact in the esoteric literature that in the time that languages arose people still had a certain clairvoyance, this means that their choice of words was related to a spiritual reality that was still visible to them; in this case that of the human spirit in the spiritual world and of man on earth. For them, the word 'spirit' (or Latin 'mens') meant: the thinking independence in the human being. This is in line with that which can be experienced nowadays with a clairvoyant vision - in the spiritual world as well as in mankind - of the human spirit.
If our ancestors used the word 'man' in their time, they meant: the thinking spirit. However, by reducing clairvoyance over the centuries, this original understanding of the word 'man' has been lost; in the present era, (Latin) 'human' is mainly thought of as the externally visible appearance, the body, while thinking is now reduced to nothing but a 'neuronal activity' in the brain.
As a result, to the ignorant man - especially to those who nevertheless strive to spiritual insight - must now be explained what the essence of man is ... a human concept must be described: a representation of the essence of man and of its meaning.

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The threefold human being: spirit, soul and body
From a spirituologycal point of view, man is an 'essence', that is to say literally a 'being', which in this material world consists of three units: spirit, soul and body; the spirit as the core has a spiritual radiance around it: the soul; some of the seven parts of the originally egg-shaped soul have got a human figure: they form the spirit form. This spirit form is the mold that gives shape to a fysical figure: the human body, visible on earth.
The body is the temporary vehicle and tool that the spirit uses by means of the brain to move and act on the earth and to express itself to others by statements and gestures; the spirit form itself is the vehicle by which the spirit, free from the body, can move in the spiritual world.
In spirituology all phenomena are described with the spirit as a starting point and they are also named from the spirit.

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The spiritual abilities
As an independency, the human spirit itself appears in the spiritual world as a spherical cloud of spiritual light and warmth, which has emerged by densification from the light and warmth of the divine universal spirit (in the unformed original state). This sphere of light and warmth is located in the forehead of the spirit form (and therefore also in that of the body).
That light and warmth can be in two states, which are opposites: a formable and self-forming state. With this, the four spiritual abilities are related: the ability to perceive, to think, to feel and to want:
perceiving - if the spirit brings its light (within itself as that sphere) into a formable state, then the outside world can print itself in the spirit in the form of light images, experience images, whereby the spirit becomes aware, becoming aware of what is happening out there, because those events become inner experiences by perception;
thinking - if the spirit brings its light into a self-forming state, then it is able to form in itself images of light, which are thoughts; these can be expressed outwardly in words;
feeling - if the spirit brings its inner warmth into a formable state, then the warmth state, which is the spiritual state of mood, comes in line with the previously observed experiences, by which the spirit can sympathize, feel with what happens especially to other living beings in the outside world;
willing - if the spirit brings its warmth into a self-forming state, then it is able to empowering the thoughts, the feelings and will decisions - which have been formed by thinking and feeling - and to print them on the cerebral cortex in the form of statements and actions, and to express them in the outside world by speaking and gesturing.

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The spiritual radiance: soul and spirit form
If the human spirit works within itself as that spherical cloud with its abilities, the spirit radiates an aura of formable light around itself: the soul (Latin the 'aura': radiance). Into this radiance, the soul, the spirit can preserve the products of its spiritual abilities in the form of images: observing forms experiential images and knowledge; thinking forms ideas; feeling forms feelings and wanting decisions. They are stored there in the spiritual, permanent part of memory (the temporary, physical part of it is located in the cerebral cortex, which is necessary in order to be able to use the spiritual memory on earth as well).

the spirit form in which
the properties of the
abilities are expressed:
the human figure
In the course of the age-old, spiritual development that every spirit has gone through by consciously and intelligently learning to make a controlled use its abilities, the properties of its abilities have also influenced on that aura; thus, over the course of millions of years of evolution, the radiance has therefore taken the form of the spirit form, the human figure.
The properties of perception have given shape to the head (with its many receptive senses); the properties of thinking of the organs in the abdomen (with their decomposing and combining activity) below the diaphragm; those of the feeling of the heart (with the lungs) as the cause of the blood circulation (that takes care of all body cells, feeding them and removing their waste), above the diaphragm; and those of wanting to the limbs, by which the spirit in the body is able to move and act with that body, and to express thoughts, feelings and will dicisions.
This spirit form is expressed from the spiritual world into the figure and workings of the body on earth.

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Earth as a spiritual school
When the human spirit comes back to live in a body in the material world by the next birth from the spiritual world, man again and again gets into a state of unconsciousness. This is caused by the fact that the spirit - the eternally living being - is connected to the material - the non-living - whereby the spirit can no longer be itself here, thereby losing the awareness of its own independence and activity and becoming unconscious of itself as the spherical cloud of light and warmth.
As a result, attention and dedication flow completely out of the spirit, so that it seems to be an emptiness for itself ("... that spirit, that's just a thought."). By the transfer of attention and dedication from itself to body and environment, the state of unconscious identification arises, whereby the human spirit here - by that transfer of itself - lives in the firm conviction 'to be the body'(!) and that this physical world 'is all there is' and as a result of which 'you live only once'(!).

In the picture: from his own world every spirit enters into the learning school of the physical world when awakening between the scenes. On the stage the play 'The daily life' is played. Everyone's role in this is determined by man himself at all times - but imperceptibly guided by supervisors behind the scenes. Its purpose is to learn to love each other lovingly and to use the spiritual abilities in a controlled manner.
The teaching method of this school is the free choice, by which the human being as a student develops the spiritual abilities himself. Some have become self-conscious by their spiritual growth and can now view the piece as a spectator from a distance in the light of eternity.
At the end of the day the spirit goes out and goes back home through the scenes for processing experiences and lessons - which have been acquired in the piece - during the night.
(The earth belongs to the twilight world. The description of these relationships is based on my own personal experiences with these spiritual and earthly events.)

"The world is in truth a holy place."
Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit, theologian, paleontologist (1881-1955)

By unconsciousness of his spiritual origin, man comes here into circumstances in which he is seemingly left entirely to himself; but as a result of this situation man is free to make a choice on his or her own initiative between the possibilities that present themselves here in time; the time that is, as it were, a stream of events which comes from the future towards man, flows through him or her spiritualy and than fades away in the past.
By making his own choices, man has to use the spiritual abilities and that transforms him or her into spiritual independence: the purpose and meaning of his and her presence in this world.
Nothing in this world points to the existence of oneself as being a spirit, nor to one's spiritual significance. The earth is therefore a 'school' in the literal sense of the word - the word comes from the Egyptian 'she oul a': the self-surrendered man who is thirsty for knowledge (Greek: 'skola', Latin: 'schola').

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The spiritual development
By birth into the body, the human spirit has come to live on earth in time as a stream of events. Here the spirit must learn to use its spiritual abilities independently in order not to be overwhelmed by those events, but to remain standing in that stream. By processing those events with the help of the abilities, events are transformed into experiences in the spirit, to the life experience from which man learns to deal with new events in a meaningful way.
Because of the necessity to process events - which can only be done with the help of the four mental abilities - the human being increases in the conscious and controlled use of them. The only thing man constantly does, is: observing events, thinking about them and to feel them through in order to understand their meaning, and then to decide to do something with them. This happens all day long, mostly unconsciously.
The human being learns by its own experience. By processing and incorporating one's own experiences, one learns to use one's abilities better and better; and since the abilities are the characteristics of the spirit, this means: a self-processed spiritual development.
By being absorbed into itself, the human spirit at a given moment can begin to experience the activity of its own abilities in itself and thereby become aware of itself: "I am the self-active spirit, I know that I exist by experiencing the activity of my own abilities within myself."

Plato: "The thinking spirit speaks in itself."
René Descartes: "I think, so I do exist!"

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The reunification
By learning to use one's own abilities consciously and in a controlled manner in the school of learning of the earth, the human spirit increases in knowledge, wisdom, love and strength: the four qualities of the developed abilities. As a result, his abilities are finally characterized by the conscience and the virtues: the abilities in their developed form.
As a result, the spirit itself radiates more and more light and warmth, bringing them into line with the light and warmth of the spirits, who guide the human being unnoticeable from the spiritual world on his or her path across the earth. In this way they are always better able to keep people on the right track - the path of life - which ultimately leads to reunification with God ... the source that man once went from and will return to again - but now by himself, seemingly without help or reward, matured by having developed his or her own divine disposition.

In order to make this return possible for every human being, the divine spirit, the eternal and infinite origin of all, once in a personal form (by the same densification as in man) as God's holy spirit has come to the earth to aproach mankind; God's holy spirit was born as being a spirit in the human being Jesus on earth and thus visited mankind - even those who by their freedom of choice have had the aim to argue by selfishly choosing for themselves and thus threatened to shut up themselves solely in their dark worlds. By this divine aproach to mankind, every person is now raised in the divine sphere, even those who had become unwilling because of their self-centeredness and who therefore should remain in the dark worlds.

As the human being Jesus, the holy spirit has allowed himself to be mocked and condemned by the opposing man on earth, and he had himself executed by undergoing the most humiliating death, the death on the cross; but thus the deepest humility, which has shown God's holy spirit as a man in history to mankind, rebalanced the greatest pride of his human counterparts - in himself in the form of the universal spirit, in which all this has happened - and thus eliminated from the universal spirit. By doing so, Jezus saved the opposing man.
By this self-sacrifice, this act of love for all, the holy spirit has paved the way for every man to become God's god-child if he wants to, and when he himself realizes his or her own independence by spiritual development and thus makes possible the reunification with God - the ultimate goal of every human being. God can only form a balanced, personal bond with equal ones.

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Jesus' example
In addition, Jesus has shown the milestones of his own spiritual growth by his birth, death on the cross, burial, resurrection and ascension. For mankind on earth Jesus' life is an example, an 'original image of spiritual development': the spiritual purpose of this physical existence.
- By the birth a human spirit descends from the spiritual world to this non-spiritual earth and comes to live here in circumstances that do not correspond to its spiritual nature ... as it were in a stable, which is after all intended for animals.
- Thereby the spirit becomes unconscious of itself and gets here into a state where it identifies itself with the body - as it were, nailed to it as to a cross.
- In that state the spirit is no longer itself and is here as dead, the body has become for the spirit as a grave - in which the spirit is, as it were, laid down.
- After having learned from the experiences gained here, the spirit can develop spiritually, become aware of itself again by distinguishing itself from the material - and thus, as it were, emerge from the grave.
- After having realized its spiritual independence here, the spirit can finally return home to reunite with its origin, with God who is our spiritual Father and Mother - as it were the 'Ascension', the homecoming at the end of a long, long path of life.

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