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Dictionary of Spiritual Terms – E

spiritual dictionary Dictionary of Spiritual Terms - E Dictionary of Spiritual Terms - E pic1Ecumenical: Relating to the unity of the Christian Church, initiated by the non Catholic Churches in 1910 and embodied since 1937 in the World Council of Churches.

Elemental: A spirit formed of one of the elements. The 5 elementals are salamanders (fire), sylphs (air), undines (water), gnomes (earth), and spirit (akasha).

Alternate definition.They are the essences of plants. they are evolving entities and are not restricted to their physical form like humans and animals are. They can sometimes be seen as fairies and elves and similar creatures.

Elements: The 5 major elements in nature and magic. Earth, water, fire, air, and akasha (or spirit) which encompasses all of the other elements and is not visible.

Energy: The capacity of a body or system to do work. The intensity or vitality of action or expression, a measure of this capacity.

Enlightenment: In Buddhism it is the awakening to the ultimate truth and therefore liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. In Hinduism it is a state of divine experience which is represented by Vishnu. regarded as the goal of all religion.

Eschatology: The study of matters relating to the end times. This would include talk and ideas about resurrection, heaven and hell, what the Kingdom of God is like in its fullness, and what is meant by eternal life or death. The Christian knows next to nothing about it. Even Jesus Himself claimed no special knowledge of when or how, even though He described some things about it. With so little data from God, the only kind of language that can even begin to take on the task is that of imagination, the making of vigorous images to catch the feel and pulse and fuzzy shape of it. That’s what led to apocalyptic writings like Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. People speak of it with terms such as the Rapture, the Millennium, the Reapers, Armageddon, the Bowls of Wrath, the Bottomless Pit, the Horsemen, the Final Trumpets, the Remnant, the Great Getting-Up Morning, the Judgment Day, the Lake of Fire, the Death of Time, and the New Jerusalem.

ESP: Extrasensory perception means that you can acquire facts without the use of your own usual 5 senses.

Esoteric: Restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority.

Dreamtime: The Shamanic concept of a world which parallels this one.

The mythology of the Australian Aboriginal people, a mythical golden age of the past.

Duality / Dualism: In philosophy and theology it is a system that explains all phenomena in terms of two distinct and irreducible principles, e.g., ideas and matter (as in Plato, Aristotle, and modern metaphysics) or mind and matter (as in psychology). In theology the term refers to a concept of opposing principles, e.g., good and evil.