What is a spirit? How can it be defined?
The Spirit is the omnipresent energy possessed by all things. It is throughout the universe. Spirit connects us one with another, but also with the animals, plants, rocks, water, air, the stars and the space between the stars. It is the skein of being beyond the physical that can be accessed for communication, for healing and for understanding.
Imagine a spider’s web, a beautifully dedicate construction designed to catch flies and transmit vibrations. The structure is continuous, so that the whole is affected to some degree wherever an insect is trapped in it. Moreover, the spider can differentiate between the struggling of a trapped fly and the vibrations set up by, say, the wind or an airborne seed. The simile of a web is used in many traditional societies to illustrate the principle of connectedness, and the same analogy is used in the modern world – in the world wide web, the information superhighway, which permits worldwide communication in virtually no time at all. Just think of the energy incorporated here – energy that is an extension of the universal energy, the spirit of creation.
Of course, the universal connection is more complex that the tracery created by a single spider, or even the myriad connections of the internet, because there are webs within webs. The spirit web of the human race is made up of smaller webs of friends and family; the spiritual web of life on Earth is an amalgamation of humans, animals, plants, rocks and water.
The fundamental link in the web is energy.
Energy suffuses all things, but the energy of each part of creation vibrates at its own particular frequency. The energy encompassed by an entity, be it rock, a blade of grass or a human being, is an extension of the web of spirit, and the extent to which you can affect and be affected by communication on the network depends upon how receptive you are.
All of us are aware of energy on an instinctive level. We have all experienced atmospheres; in a room after and argument has occurred so much energy has been emitted that the air is thick with it. On a more subtle level, there is the instinctive feeling that you are liked or disliked by someone. Because humans have closely linked vibrations, the energy is readily sensed by other humans. A Shaman can extend this sensivity to feel the vibrations of other parts of creation.