Word-Soul

Word Soul (Greek: ψυχή κόσμου, Latin: Anima mundi) is an ontological position that suggests a spiritual or animating force that is present in all things and the source of causation, order, and life in the universe. The idea is first found in Hinduism’s Brahman-Atman concept. In the west, the idea was championed by Plato , Ovid, and prevalent in stoic teachings. Similar concepts are also found in Mahayana Buddhism, Yin-Yang philosophy, Taoism, Neo-Confucianism, and Hermetic philosophy like that of Paracelsus. Word Soul concepts are also found in the later philosophies of Baruch Spinoza, Gottfried Leibniz, Friedrich Schelling, Hegel’s Geist (“Spirit”/”Mind”),  Gaia theorists such as James Lovelock, and in more recent scientific theories such as David Bohm’s “Implicate Order” or Robert Lanza’s “Theory of Biocentrism.”