The word “cosmic” is thrown around all the time, especially in the personal development sphere. (I’m not exempt here—my book is titled Cosmic Health!)
It’s used as an adjective to describe everything from wellness practices to crystals to Oprah’s philosophy on the universe’s inner workings. “Cosmic” in front of just about any word can make it seem grander, more comprehensive, and more critical. (Hello, cosmic brownies.)
But what the hell does it mean?
Cosmic comes from the base word “cosmos” or “kosmos” in ancient Greek. Dating back to Homer, where he used it to describe a certain sort of orderliness that had been consciously arranged. It denotes a whole that “is well-assembled or constructed from its individual parts.”
It wasn’t until much later that famous mathematician Pythagoras used the word “cosmos” to reference the universe. His reference may have been to the connection of the individual parts—the stars, moon, and planets—that create the night sky, but eventually, the word came to take on a broader and deeper meaning.
Today we think of the word “cosmos” and its adjective counterpart, “cosmic,” as encompassing not only the night sky but Earth and everything that makes up life on this crazy planet. We also tend to think of anything labeled “cosmic” with a certain reverence. It’s become synonymous with limitless, infinite, or, in its way, magical. And while I’m all for a little everyday magic, it’s essential to recognize that “cosmic” actually means to put order to the whole.
That makes sense when you think about it, right? If we look at the word “cosmopolitan,” it pertains to organizing people from all over the world in one area—usually a big, bustling city. And then there’s the word “cosmetics.” When we apply cosmetics to our face or body, we’re using specific products to create a harmonious palette and enhance the whole—in this case, our outward appearance. Even the word “cosmology” applies here—an attempt or theory to make order out of our existence. Every religion on the planet has a cosmology.
Back to my book. While the title sounds airy and esoteric, it’s more about arranging all the wellness pieces—mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health—to support your wholeness as a human. Here the word “cosmic” is less about universal magic and more about deep understanding of all your parts so you can arrange them to make you feel limitless.
I think it’s an important distinction here. Being cosmic isn’t about waiting for the universe to bestow health and fortune on you or vibe high enough on your meditation pillow while you listen for guidance. It’s about doing that inner work and then using what you’ve learned to make adjustments and arrangements in your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well being on the path to integrative wholeness. The power of the universe is in your hands, love. Now that’s truly divine.
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