“Where is this word coming from?”


  • In Proto-Germanic language (spoken about 2000-2500 years ago), “saljana” meant “to offer”, “to give”
  • In Gothic language (spoken starting around year 400), “saljan” meant “to offer a sacrifice” or “to cause to take”
  • In Old English, or Anglo-Saxon (spoken starting around year 500), “sellan” meant “to give”, “to grant”, “to hand over”, “to deliver”
  • In Latin, “consilium” meant “to give advice”


  • In Latin, “influere” meant “in flow”, “to flow”


  • In Greek, “enthousiazein” means “be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy”;
  • from Greek “entheos = the God within, divinely inspired, possessed by a god; it’s a compound word, from: “en-“, meaning “in” and “theos“, meaning “god”
  • from Greek enthousiasmos = “divine inspiration”
  • the happiest, most interesting people are those who have found the secret of maintaining their enthusiasm, that God within