disembodied spirit

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He evaded a sentinel, passed the out-guard and support, and by devious ways came again to Colonel Capell's headquarters, where he appeared before the officers gathered there as a disembodied spirit materializing out of thin air.
He sat in the same place as the day died, looking at the dull houses opposite, and thinking, if the disembodied spirits of former inhabitants were ever conscious of them, how they must pity themselves for their old places of imprisonment.
But I've got no use for disembodied spirits when I'm dealing with facts.
The book tackles such profound subjects as creation, the Creator and the cosmic mind, through the eyes of a guy who falls asleep, wakes up in space and explores the universe as a disembodied spirit.
The captain calls Burns "a disembodied spirit" and (alluding to the seafaring albatross) compares him to a "scarecrow set up on the poop of a death-stricken ship, to keep the seabirds from the corpses" (269).
Consciousness can not collapse waves of possibilities of a spirit in the absence of a physical body, but if the disembodied spirit is related to a medium, the collapse of the wave function may occur (7).
and in none of them are there any overtones of a 'disembodied spirit'" (465-66).
Hitodama is a Japanese word meaning "disembodied spirit" or "will o wisp.” The works in this series are an evolution of imagery from the complacency or confinement of our fragile mortal shells, to the freedom and fears associated with liberation from them.
"That we can't do much anymore about our lives, or the lives of other people, except gaze at the sky and pray to a disembodied spirit ...
ACCORDING to Hindu tradition the reasons for preferring cremation to burial is to induce a feeling of detachment into the freshly disembodied spirit, which will be helpful to encourage its passing to "the other world" (the ultimate destination of the dead).
This technique channels ki energy from a disembodied spirit of spirits.
Obviously not content with driving me to the point of insanity by switching my internet connection on and off at random all day (does it honestly imagine I find that funny?), it's now also been possessed, Exorcist-style, by the disembodied spirit of that fruit-based company who so recently manufactured my iPod.