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Anima Mundi/World's Soul
Anima Mundi/World's Soul
oil and pencil on acrylic on canvas
60 x 48"
2018

Anima Mundi, Latin for world's soul, is an ancient concept that describes intrinsic microcosmic and macrocosmic connections between all living things. Presented by Plato in ancient Greece, adopted by most Neoplatonic philosophers, and by the Hellenistic stoic Zeno, the Anima Mundi was viewed as the universe's sole vital force.
Similar concepts exist in eastern philosophies; the Brahman-Atman of Hinduism, the Buddha-nature in Mahayana Buddhism, yin-yang of Taoism, and Qi of Neo-Confucianism. The idea is expounded upon via modern hermetic philosophers like Paracelsus, Spinoza, Leibniz, and Schelling...in Hegel's geist or "spirit"/"mind", and in Lovelock's Gaia theories.