The Spirit seemingly resides and is discernable within and beyond all animate and inanimate things, incarnated and embodied, making for itself a permanent home in the flesh, and yet transcending all dichotomies and dualisms. It is not confined to the physical, but extends to the cosmos and beyond. It is simultaneously transcendent and fleshy. It is sensed, if not recognized, by what it’s not and by the vacuous impression it makes upon the contemplative and social world of experience, and yet the Spirit is encountered by way of meeting the other, in the engagement with another, and is reflected and recognizable in all persons and things. The Spirit is discovered to be a companion by way of a deeper sense of one’s self. Spirit is mystery and not able to be fully known epistemologically. Reason and logic, and intellect and thought are its shadows. It is both harmonious with all things and is in tension. The Spirit is mutuality, discerning and recognizing itself within the flesh, as the flesh recognizes itself in the Spirit.
In the most permeable and bone-deep sense of the Incarnation, the Spirit is in permanent physical union with humankind, has experienced, shared and is now sharing our joys, struggles and suffering—that is, the entire and seemingly unlimited spectrum of human emotions and disunion. It follows that the Spirit has experienced and is now experiencing mental illness and addiction, abuse and neglect, the challenges of physical disabilities, joy and ecstasy, disappointment, anger and loss, loneliness and despair, achy bones and acne, the mercurial, hormonal soup of puberty, menstrual cramps and the pain and joy of childbirth. It is the repository of all ecological and human brokenness, where all things are being healed, reconciled and made new and whole through its unbearable light, and a brutal and beautiful alchemic mystery. The Spirit is the still, small voice that allows us to opt consciously for our inherit chosenness and belovedness, reminding us that we are created for joy and freedom.