Origin of Soul and Spirit in English
In our English, the sawol (from saiwalō; Proto-Germanic origins), or soul, meant: life; animate existence; living being; the spiritual and emotional part of a being. Circa, 971, the term also referred to the “spirit” of a deceased person. The terms “soul” and “spirit,” became in the English, confusedly synonymous, and passed down to us today.
When the Scandinavians adopted Indo-European language, they used saiwaz to replace the vacancy of a term for ocean, which became the Old English term for sæ (“sheet of water”; sea). The sound and tones of saiwaz and saiwalo evoke a sense of the surface of a sea, pool or lake; and saiwalo is the quality of something both full and empty.
Likewise, this comes to the doctrinal positions of Theosophy, or the Wisdom Tradition, where some have sought its teachings in Tibetan Buddhism, although Theosophy does not claim to originate in Tibetan Buddhism. This concerns the teaching of emptiness (śūnyatā), or the nature of the ultimate reality, as emptiness or fullness. Usually, these terms are confused, and few care of the difference between soul and spirit, or that the soul exists, or want to know what it is. Yet, the origin of the term reveals the mode of thinking of ancient peoples like the Scandinavians; and the connection between the sacred and language, “lost in translation.” Saiwolo is the quality of the Spirit, or PROTEAN SUBSTANCE, with us.
Spirit-matter, LIFE, or the “Spirit of the Universe” (Purusha-Prakriti); the ONE REALITY; or it’s dual aspects in the conditioned Universe is represented by a sea, ocean, i.e., water. The word’s tone is meant to remind you of being on the surface of a sea, or lake, and of Spirit.
These terms once invoked remembrance of the Gods and ELEMENTS.