An independent, incorporeal entity that lives within each of us, entering at our conception and leaving at our death to return to the Spirit World*. As Diamond uses the term, spirit is in contrast to Soul*, which he defines as the deepest part of the self and which dies with us. The Spirit is not part of the self – it dwells within us but is not actually part of us – and having rejoined the spirit world after our death, either remains there, perhaps acting as a spirit guide, or reincarnates as another life in our reality. Spirits can reincarnate multiple times in different lives over great periods of time and do so for their own evolution. Once fully evolved, they pass beyond the Great Barrier, about which nothing is known, never to return to this existence.

Commentary: The conception of a spirit that lives on after death is, of course, central to many religions and spiritual beliefs throughout the world, as is the idea of that spirit living multiple lives through reincarnation. Diamond’s conception of spirit aligns most closely perhaps to that of spiritualism, but with the crucial difference that in spiritualism the spirit is seen as part of the self, whereas in Diamond’s formulation it is an independent entity. In his approach to the concept, as in his approach to other related ideas (such as  Guidance*, Spirit Guides*, and the Spirit World*), he was influenced by his intensive study with the English psychic medium Owen Potts.

Timeline: Diamond first articulated the notion of the spirit as an independent entity, distinct from soul, in the early 2000s, and it was central to his approach thereafter. Earlier Diamond used spirit in a more conventional way, much as it would be in mainstream spiritual and religious traditions.