– Jósean Figueroa
The Spirit has been understood as an extra-corporeal entity which gives vital-emotional-transcendent functionality to the Human Being, transcending its ‘’inert’’ material structuring. An “atheistic” view at this concept would conceive the Spirit as an inherent vital-emotional functionality of the human organic system, an organizing energy. Matter in this model is not ‘’inert’’ but the manifest of this ‘’spiritus’’: the perceivable aspect of existence; thus, when we feel/think, we call the feeling and the thought ‘material’, meaning it has been codified into a memory form. “Form” denoting that it has a permanent recurring pattern ingrained within human memory. Thus Spirit can only be perceived as matter; body denotes the feeling of existing.
Matter is thus the manifestation of the Spirit; as the only aspect of Spirit knowable to us, matter needs to be accorded the dignity of ‘’Spiritual”, that is, as belonging to the category of subjects deemed ‘’sacred’’. The psychological construction which constitutes human consciousness-action.
Historically, these ideas have an ample development: They are seen in various forms and variying levels of development and clarity in Alchemical Lore, the Mystics, in Bruno and Bacon, in Calderón; Descartes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Schopenhauer, Emerson… It’s technical philosophical basis can be describe as Epistemological Experiential Monism, the equivalence between awareness and knowable existence; associated with Epistemological Solipsism and the negation of ontology. In this sense, the material ‘’Natural” World is an aspect of the mind, and all the Universe is an aspect of the psychology of the individual.
Materialistic Spirituality searches for the feeling of sacredness in every action, understanding sacredness as a feeling of Exalted Life-Joy. It sees matter as the concrete manifestation of the divine, that is, as the ambit of manifestation of knowable wholeness. Materialistic Spirituality thus searches for a perpetual state of emotional stability, bliss, to be achieved through the manipulation of the environment towards pleasant perpetuation of the body and the need of entertainment; aesthetics.