Spirit at Work
Spirit, as a synonym of God
is a hard one to wrap your head around.
It is not at all ghostly or phantasmagorical
but actually more like a basketball cheerleader.
I am beginning to think of Spirit
as conscious divine energy.
Both types are expressed in me:
potential and kinetic, in equal tenacity…
Spirit is the motive power by which we do anything.
And as a physicist, I’ll tell you what energy is about:
the ability to do work; it is motion in a direction.
Indeed, we are animated by Life itself
(which is also a synonym of God)
but it is Spirit that gives that total vibrancy the volition
and propensity to proceed and progress and produce:
we are impelled to joyfully accomplish.
Soul is another synonym worthy of a poem,
but it is Spirit that mediates
between the body and Soul, making it all possible
as creative awareness propagates realization and resolution
and as sometimes we can be present “in spirit” while absent in body.
(That is in our thoughts, not in some supernatural way…)
Here’s where the synonym
of ever-present all-acting Mind comes in
which Spirit engenders and emboldens
with vivacity and attitude
and in an insistently whispered bugle call,
nudges us, encourages us, invites us:
to get up and go,
But Spirit indicates not only a readiness and capacity
but the positive trajectory as well:
pointing out the way
of empirical Truth, almighty Principle, and transcendent Love.
It is the force behind everything we can do;
steering us rightly, it owns the glory too.
So in metaphysics,
it is to this ageless Spirit I am learning to pray:
the infinite cause that tirelessly engages me,
determines what I am to complete,
motivates me out of merely pondering
(in that ivory tower of being)
and inspires me to move courageously forward
with hope, invigoration and effect:
Use me and infuse me; please
help me make my potential kinetic, today.