What is a kindred spirit? Is it something spiritual, a ghostly creature that should be feared, or what? The phrase “kindred spirit” is not commonly used these days. Does that mean that the idea of a kindred spirit has lived it’s time, and is now lost to us in our busy, electronic world?
What is a kindred spirit?
The idea of a kindred spirit did conjure up some thoughts. Yes, that was a pun about conjuring up a few kindred spirits! Seriously, though, my first thought led me to search in google books for references to kindred spirits that date back at least a few generations.
The first reference to the phrase “kindred spirit” was found in a book called, Works, Published by Himself, by Issac Watts in 1753.
“This departed soul appears at once in the pure intellectual or separate world, like a native there; it stands among innumerable millions of spirits, itself a kindred spirit, gains swift acquaintance with them, grows conscious of their ideas and actions in their own way and method, which God has not yet revealed to us in this life.”
So then a kindred spirit is a departed soul? No, not at all – well, not exclusively. The phrase kindred spirit has been used to describe a connection made with another, even if that connection is seen as odd by others.
In the book, Anne of Green Gables, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and published in 1908, this witty little dialog is found, only one of many references to the term, “kindred spirit”.
“I think he’s lovely, said Anne reproachfully.
“He is so very sympathetic. He didn’t mind how much I talked – he seemed to like it. I felt that he was a kindred spirit as soon as ever I saw him.”
“You re both queer enough, if that’s what you mean by kindred spirits”, said Marilla with a sniff.
So there we have it, an everyday reference to an everyday interaction between two “kindred souls”. What simple times those were, back in the earlier day, right?
What about today? Is there such a thing as a kindred spirit? We must have ideas and thoughts that we share with others, common bonds that allow us to connect.
By definition, a kindred spirit means similar in kind, or related. How are they related? It could be by family, community, race, or religion. Related could mean a shared belief, or an affinity, something similar between two people.
A kindred spirit could be found anywhere, at any time. What about the person on the bus who slides over to make room for you, long before they are asked? How about the one in the grocery store who smiles as they make eye contact? Could they be kindred spirits, making a connection no matter how simple and brief the moment is shared?
Seeing Your Own Kindred Spirit
Perhaps the term of “spirit guide” could be seen as a kindred spirit, taking the word “spirit” quite literally.
Kindred spirits walk with us, all of the time, whether they are embodied or not. How much those kindred spirits around us affect us is our choice. What about you, could you be a kindred spirit to others?
We can look around and see the world through the eyes of “dog eat dog” and “every man for himself”, or we can see the world as an invisible network of connectivity between you, me, and anyone else we meet. Finding the intuitive meaning of a kindred spirit is as easy as finding a way you can relate to the many people you encounter every single day.
The Intuitive Meaning of Kindred Spirit © 2013 Dennis Finn. About the author: Dennis Finn writes articles about products in the metaphysical and spiritual consciousness arena.
image credits: artist Asher Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1849.