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1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not material; supernatural: spiritual power.
2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul: spiritual guidance; spiritual growth.
3. Not concerned with material or worldly things: led a spiritual life.
4. Of or belonging to a religion; sacred: spiritual practices; spiritual music.
a. A religious folk song of African-American origin.
b. A work composed in imitation of such a song.
2. often spirituals Religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters.

[Middle English, from Old French spirituel, from Latin spīrituālis, of breathing, spiritual, from spīritus, breath; see spirit.]

spir′i·tu·al·ly adv.
spir′i·tu·al·ness n.
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Spiritualness cannot be consumed, it's supposed to consume us.
We shall even go ahead and restrict the word to this purely formal sense that does not include spiritualness, and we shall call what is self-sufficient, insofar as it is something spiritual, a "person." We would therefore have to identify "spiritual subject" and "person." The person is what is spiritual originally ...
The artist's intention is to capture each person's essence as it is that 'spiritualness' that allows us to connect with one another--through the language of spirituality.