"Spirit" actually seems to have a few different meanings depending on the context.
I find that it's helpful to be aware of this because not only does it increase your understanding and knowledge, but it can help you have better control of your own spirit!
One example that I will cover 1st to get it out of the way, saying someone has a "happy spirit" can mean they are in a happy mood and have a happy atmosphere about them, happiness in their heart.
Like a happiness energy in them, influencing them to express and have happiness.
I would also like to mention, these sort of "spirits" within us can be "contagious" to other people around us.
Most people would agree that being in a good mood influences others to be in a good mood, and being in a sour mood influences those around them to be in a poor mood.
In the Bible when spirit(ruach) is used in this context, sometimes translators do not translate it to spirit, but to something such as "mind", sometimes they don't translate it at all and paraphrase.
There is more to it to realize than just that though.
Your spirit like this, in your heart, you can actually feel it, and things can greatly influence your spirit and then take control of you and influence you.
People are allowing and putting bad spirits in themselves constantly, for just 1 example of this, they're doing it through things like music.
I will use this just 1 example to expand on this and share the idea.
Music is very powerful in accomplishing this, and some people have gotten to where they are not normal unless they're playing music constantly, which means they're being influenced constantly and putting themselves in a state of lesser control, and lesser rational thinking, and in this modern world this opens the door wide for poor human behavior to follow.
Evil ones who are fully aware of this can manipulate you without giving themselves away.
Experiment with this for yourself to feel it, so you know this is true, and that you actually are able to regain control of yourself better when you realize such a thing is in the power of your hand to do such.
If you listen to happy music, you can be pressed on by a happy spirit and quickly influenced to be happy, express happiness, and spread happiness.
If you listen to sad music, you can be influenced in an instant to be sad, express sadness, and spread sadness.
If you listen to aggressive music, you can be influenced in an instant to be aggressive, express aggression, and influence others to take part in aggressive behavior.
If you listen to sinister music, what do you think will try to press it's way into your heart, and try to take root?
Just like the others mentioned, if you listen to music full of sin, you can be influenced in an instant to behave sinfully without care, willingly running to sin, and in the process being a stumbling block to others, and a bad example for the growing minds around us.
There is also a righteous/holy spirit like the one mentioned above that may not exactly be THE holy spirit, and if you clothe yourself in it, you're going to be full of love and expressing righteous things, and speaking to the heart of others to influence them to be more righteous.
You may have to fight with your inner spirit to take on this right spirit, but work at doing it, and once you learn how to do it, you can take it on any time that you are willing.
Also the more you carry it, the easier it is to have it again.
The less you carry it, the harder it is to ever see it again.
A key to gaining that spirit is letting go of the flesh, the world, your selfish desires.
You must learn to let go of what should not be in your heart for this transformation to take place fully.
Other spirits that you can take on seem to have a mind of their own, and resist a righteous spirit, and they resist being removed from your heart and cling on, not wanting a righteous spirit to replace it.
This is you battling with your flesh.
You are also able to use righteous music to get in this righteous mood.
Guard what spirits you allow to come onto you, and, be aware that others around you such as your children are also being influenced and suggested to through powerful manipulative tools such as television and music.
Choose wisely what you're going to subject yourself to, because it shapes who you will become.
Genesis 41:8 "And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof"
Genesis 45:27 "And they told him all the words of Yosef, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons which Yosef had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived"
Exodus 6:9 "And Moses spoke so to the children of Yisrael, but they listened not to Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage"
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