American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. In New England transcendentalism, a spiritual essence or vital force in the universe in which all souls participate and that therefore transcends individual consciousness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The divine spiritual unity of things; God as the spiritual unity of all being and the source of spiritual illumination: used by Emerson, without precise definition, as a philosophical conception.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare The all-containing soul.
“On Harmony a computer "oversoul" was left orbiting the planet, keeping the people from destroying themselves on a massive scale.”
“The oversoul is a guiding presence within each individual of a species, yet it’s greater than the individuals as separate entities.”
“Thus, the "newness of life", of which St. Paul speaks, was conceived by some as a superadded entity, a kind of oversoul sublimating the "natural man" into a higher species.”
“Athenian ideal inspired the citizens so that they gave their bodies for the commonwealth, it seems to have been conceived of as a kind of oversoul, a being made up of immortal deeds and heroic spirits, influencing the living, a life within their life, molding their spirits to its likeness.”
“The true self is a principle in you superior to both these natural characters, a kind of oversoul, as Emerson puts it.”
“There was no pretense, no "oversoul" in her emotion now.”
“While driving around town upon his arrival in Chicago in 1985, Obama found himself sharing magically in the black oversoul, as he recounts in Dreams:”
“There is a ‘bardo’ world where our souls go between here and the oversoul home.”
“A time when so much was on the line for so many yet amidst all the turmoil the culture reawakened (green again) to promises of another better, perhaps “older” way to live: the ancient message of sanity and sanctity re-connected by the Transcendentalist transformers of our time (Kerouac, Ginsburg Snyder, et. al) to the greater oversoul humming and glowing in the works of Emerson and Thoreau.”
“Cosmic Seeking does not deprive us of anything good though indeed it feeds those attributes and beliefs: our relation to God, intuition, meditation, auras, ESP, life after death, the oversoul, and multitudes of other mystical spiritual studies.”
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