Word Nerd: Pneuma

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsypneuma-definition-word-nerd-via-lawhimsyPneuma is a Greek based word meaning breath, spirit, or wind (and it’s pronounced noo-muh). Philosophically, pneuma means a person’s soul, their living essence. As an example from A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire‘Psyche’ was in the breast;pneumawas spread throughout the body;and ‘Nous’ was in the head.”  Pneuma could also be used to describe a ghost, since a ghost is usually thought of as the spirit of the deceased and they do usually present themselves as a breath or wind ~ eerie, no? 

pneuma the vital breath that is the soul digital collage via LaWhimsyThis is my idea, presented in digital collage form, of what a Pneuma could look like. It’s like an inner aura or is it that an aura is just a more visible part of the pneuma?

Pneuma is a very fascinating term, don’t you think so?

Namaste ~ Ella

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