- The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual
Word Origin & History
New Latin libidin-,
libido, from Latin, desire, lust, from libēre to please —
more at love
"psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct,".... ;
from L. libido "desire, lust," from libere "to be pleasing, to please,"
ultimately cognate with O.E. lufu (see
- of or pertaining to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to
- Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
- outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
- of or pertaining to some apparently nonphysical force or agency:
psychic research; psychic phenomena.
- sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural
Since, by definition, mystical knowledge cannot be directly written down or
spoken of (but must be experienced), numerous literary forms that allude to such
knowledge - often with contradictions or even jokes - have developed, for
- Aphorisms and poetry include artistic efforts to crystallize some particular
description or aspect of the mystical experience in words.
- Zen koans, riddles, and metaphysical contradictions are intentionally
irresolvable tasks or lines of thought, designed to direct one away from
intellectualism and effort towards direct experience.
- Parables and metaphor include stories that have a deeper meaning to them