“The field of the finite is all that we can
see, hear, touch, remember, and
describe. This field is basically that which
is manifest, or tangible.
The essential quality of the infinite, by
contrast, is its subtlety, its intangibility.
This quality is conveyed in the word ‘spirit’,
whose root meaning is ‘wind or breath.’
This suggests an invisible but pervasive
energy, to which the manifest world of
the finite responds.
This energy, or spirit, infuses all living
things, and without it any organism must
fall apart into its constituent elements.
That which is truly alive in living systems is
this energy of spirit, and this is never born
and never dies.”