divine spark

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Synonyms for divine spark

the vital principle or animating force within living beings

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The creative imagination in the Christian tradition is an intellectual power, not a super-human emanation from "spirit" or from the uncreated divine spark in the human soul.
Roman Stoicism in the first two centuries of the Christian era affirmed the brotherhood of man, kindness and humane treatment of everyone, civilized or barbarian, slave or free, all of whom were regarded as possessing a divine spark.
Devoid of the divine spark, s/he was now a social construction whose inner life, or "interiority," amounted to little more than a hill of beans and whose existence, when it was not totally insignificant, was either all about social struggle or about a quasionanistic (or maybe orgiastic) "pleasuring the body.
Jan says once people have passed over, they can stay in the spirit world and do nothing, or choose to progress through reincarnation with the ultimate aim of attaining perfection - the point at which we have completely fulfilled our destiny and are ready to go back to God, or the Divine Spark.
It begins in childhood, in dreams, in memories, in the feeling that a divine spark animates the world and the cosmos.
That whole scene comes from something someone said to me when I was 19 playing at a New York club called Dangerfields and there was a thug bartender, and I came off stage one night and he said to me: `kid you've got a divine spark, you've got to protect it.
There's a line towards the end of Bruce Almighty when God (played by Morgan Freeman of course) tells Bruce that he has the divine spark of being able to make people laugh, and not to forget it.
When I was 19 years old I played at a club called Dangerfield's in New York and after I'd done my set one night this thug of a bouncer said: 'Your comedy has a divine spark - don't ever lose it.
Ibn Tufayl and the Divine Spark," in The World of Ibn Tufayl: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Hayy ibn Yaqzan, ed.
Whether the 'philosopher's stone is a divine spark within us all which can become a candle to illuminate our whole self' is up to individual readers to decide.
He takes his reader through analyses of the righteousness of the religious life, the divine spark within the individual (a theme usually associated with Kabbalah and not Talmud), the importance of attending to the needs of the poor, the experiences of suffering and repentance, and mourning the loss of the Temple.
According to Boyle, Michelangelo's God neither injects a divine spark into Adam, nor does he animate him to life with some kind of electrical charge.
A few decades ago people joked that the human body, once its divine spark was extinguished, was worth about $2.
The usual tension between parents who refused to quench the divine spark of individuality within their children and those who opted for a more socially compatible glow threatened the desired harmony until tribal boundaries were drawn.
True Catholicism will never give up what is fundamental to it: 1) God is our Father and Mother, our divine creator and parent; 2) in his fatherly aspect, he loves us enough to expect great things of us, but in her motherly aspect, she is patient with us, never giving up on us even though we fail; 3) we please God by freely choosing to control and eventually subdue our animal passions and grow our spirits, doing our best to love and serve each other; 4) God longs for us to cultivate the divine spark within us and eventually enter the divine realm, where joys, but also further challenges, await us that we cannot begin to imagine.