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Essence Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

es·​sence ˈe-sᵊn(t)s 



: the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of being


: the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing especially as opposed to its existence

a painting that captures the essence of the land


: the properties or attributes by means of which something can be placed in its proper class or identified as being what it is


: the most significant element, quality, or aspect of a thing or person

the essence of the issue


: one that possesses or exhibits a quality in abundance as if in concentrated form

she was the essence of punctuality



: a constituent or derivative possessing the special qualities (as of a plant or drug) in concentrated form

also : a preparation of such an essence or a synthetic substitute


: a volatile substance or constituent (as of perfume)


: odor, perfume


: something that exists : entity


in essence

: in or by its very nature : essentially, basically

was in essence an honest person

of the essence

: of the utmost importance

time is of the essence


  • being
  • essentiality
  • nature
  • quiddity
  • quintessence
  • soul
  • stuff
  • substance

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Example Sentences

The perennial debate about nature and nurture—which is the more potent shaper of the human essence?—is perennially rekindled. —Matt Ridley, Time, 2 June 2003 In essence, the positivists were the first sociologists, rejecting both superstition and metaphysics and studying behavior as a natural phenomenon that could be perfected. —Stephan Talty, Mulatto America, 2003 I had come to Orange Cove on a statewide tour, looking for the essence of Latino life in a changing California and a good bowl of the Mexican stew … —Joe Rodriguez, San Jose Mercury News, 20 May 2003

The essence of love is unselfishness. The book's illustrations capture the essence of the story.

Recent Examples on the Web What are the 101 restaurants that best embody excellence and convey the essence of our food culture? —Ryan Fonsecastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 The Nobel Prize-winning musician’s essays explore the essence of popular music. —Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2022 As Gomez, John Astin brought a sophisticated, playboy essence to the family patriarch, adding a lusty undertone between him and Carolyn Jones' Morticia unseen on television at that time. —Lee Escobedo,, 7 Dec. 2022 Reminder, you are tuned into shop essence live holiday specials sponsored by Walmart. —Essence, 7 Dec. 2022 The very essence of authoritarian power involves a constant increase in bets, an increase in aggression, and the search for new enemies. —Dasha Navalnaya, Time, 6 Dec. 2022 Classic cotton will always look good in a jogger sweatpant, and the Good American Boyfriend Sweatpant does a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of classic '90s joggers with a more elevated feel. —Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2022 The round continues until everyone in the room has asked an essence question. —Merrell Hambleton, New York Times, 5 Dec. 2022 For the interior decorator who's nostalgic for a bygone era, this immersive photography book captures the essence of the West Coast's skate culture in the late 1970s. —Meg Donohue, Town & Country, 5 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English essencia, from Latin essentia, from esse to be — more at is

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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es·​sence ˈes-ən(t)s 


: the basic nature of a thing : the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is

the essence of love is unselfishness


: a substance physically or chemically separated from another substance (as a plant or drug) and having the special qualities (as odor) of the original substance

essence of peppermint


: perfume entry 1 sense 1, scent

Medical Definition



es·​sence ˈes-ᵊn(t)s 


: a substance considered to possess in high degree the predominant qualities of a natural product (as a plant or drug) from which it is extracted (as by distillation or infusion)



: essential oil


: an alcoholic solution especially of an essential oil

essence of peppermint


: an artificial preparation (as an alcoholic solution of one or more esters) used especially in flavoring


: elixir

Legal Definition



es·​sence ˈes-ᵊns 


: the real or ultimate nature of a thing : the properties that make a thing what it is

his award is legitimate only so long as it draws its essence from the collective bargaining agreement—United Steel Workers v. Enterprise Wheel and Car Corp., 363 U.S. 593 (1960)

see also essence test


: the predominant purpose of a thing

the essence of the contract

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The Meaning of Essence - Reveal Your Core Nature & Resolve Challenges

Revealing Essence

One of the most powerful teachings is to show a person their essence. Shamanic practices work and revolve around essence. One of the earlier steps in our teaching a student is to help them find and then see their essence. Once you know your essence, it explains many of your mysterious actions and desires.

Watch our 2-hour video to learn more about your essence.

We will go over

  • The nature of our essence.
  • Walk through two examples of revealing a person’s essence
  • Explore how essence impacts our relationships
  • Explore our essence impacts how we move through our life’s stories.

Let’s start with a general overview of the nature of essence!

What is My Core Essence?

Core essence is what makes you uniquely “you”, and is what separates each person in their individuality.

I should tell you what core essence isn’t.

It isn’t your story. People will search for their essence over decades due to the mistake of thinking their essence is a story to complete. This will keep a person chasing an entire lifetime after ever-shifting stories.

Here is a starter answer:

Core Essence is your style. It’s how you express your stories.

Core Essence is your spark that continues to burn after each story you fill out in life. Look at two twins, identical down to the genes, yet each one is a very separate person with a unique style of expressing themselves in life.

Essence is a profound word: the engine that drives our souls. Essence transcends each of our stories and follows us no matter which forms we may take. To see and accept the essence of another is to have power in how you work and flow with another. To embrace your style is to never work against yourself. Essence can have other meanings, but for a human being, this definition of style will take you far.

Too many people lose their essence by letting the story take over their style. Letting a story overwhelm your style is to lose touch with yourself. Losing oneself to a story is the classic trap where work becomes more important than living your own life, where a relationship overshadows your individual needs, where expectations are a whip, and you are no longer in control of your life.

Now surprisingly, while our core essence is beyond words (words are stories after all), it’s often possible to summarize our core essence into a simple statement that is highly accurate to capture a snapshot of our unique nature in play.

Here is a small sampling of some core essences I have had the fortune to come to life.

  • Teaching Kindness
  • Building Clarity
  • Striving for Success
  • Three Steps Ahead
  • Creative Play
  • Freedom to Explore

These statements are not the core essence itself, but instead, they capture the style of how a person’s essence plays in life itself.

If your essence is “playful freedom” you won’t be delighted trapped in a life story where another is abusing you. If your essence is “Outstanding Dark Horse,” you won’t be happy in a tale of a life where you are ahead all the time. Discovering your essence will unravel the mysteries of your actions and explain the mistakes you make.

Understanding your essence will help you flow with more grace in life.

If you want to arrange a session with us, Julie and I can help you find your essence. It’s a special service we provide to help people live more gracefully.

This process we teach will help you expand spiritually. Revealing your style will open up options and clarify which choices move your life more gracefully. With working in essence, you will then begin to see how life flows around you. It will clarify why people do what they do, and it will connect you to the world more deeply.

Shamanic practice is one that teaches you to see the essence of everything around you. In seeing the essence of something, you can then move and work with it with grace; you can relate to each living being rather than working against life. If you want to work in a soulful manner in life, then the truth of the practice is to flow and work with the essence of everything that intersects your own life.

One of the deepest parts of a Shamanic practice is learning to connect, see and work with essence.

Layers of Essence

We have layers of essence that entwine and merge to complete us as a person.

So our core essence is what makes you uniquely you. However, the strands of other parts of our nature are entwined around the core essence.

Some words are fractal; they mean seemingly different things depending on how you examine the word. These are words based on a pattern rather than a result. Essence is one of these fractal words.

The inner definition of essence is the fundamental / core nature of something. The larger definition of essence also represents the layers that also add up to make a person who they are in life.

Look at yourself as a human, and the essence of a human is in holding a story. If you look at yourself in terms of biology, then your essence is a collection of cells & DNA and how the cells reproduce. If you look at yourself as the universe, then you quickly might see your essence as god.

Then there is the problem of labels. Labels are premade of simplified stories. We slap labels on top of everything to muddle the damn definitions, to change them with that label. If you label yourself as Christian, then seemingly, you see your essence as relative to “Christian” written ideals compared to a Hindu who would hold their essence as “Hindu” traditions. Labels seemingly change everything. So much so that we fight wars over trying to common-“ize” these dang labels. Yet labels don’t make a difference since labels are merely a story. Remember, true essence transcends a story.

In Taoism, we talk about True Essence, it is a statement of your fundamental nature and, likewise, your essence at a deeper core level. And then original essence hints at the core to the core. However, if you think about essence, it’s still fractal and all the same. So essence becomes an exploration of the levels of perception now and how it plays out relative to how you ask the question: “what is your essence…”.

So many different ways of seeing the same thing. But it all changes radically depending on how you view it, hold it, or play with it.

For example:

We are an animal, Homo Sapiens. We have our instincts, which drive us to act in a particular manner. Our instincts can be summarized as the essence of being Homo Sapiens.

We are a Human Being, which means we have stories that extend us to go beyond the limitations of our Homo Sapien’s instincts. Each story we hold has an essence within it that tries to define us further. Being a Mother, a Worker, a Teacher, a Sister, etc. all will influence you in the motions through life.

We are part of the universe; we have the essence of the earth in our bones, oceans in our blood, and stars in our mind’s desire to reach out and be more.

We are a mixture of all these essences combined. The core essence is in the driver’s seat to give more significant direction as we move in life. When Julie and I work with a person, we consider this all as we help you improve and expand your life.

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Maxim Leonidov revealed the true meaning of the song "My love is on the fifth floor"

As part of a new TikTok trend, users are making videos about deceased loved ones under Secret's My Love on the Fifth Floor. The author and performer of the composition Maxim Leonidov explained to Gazeta. Ru that this song is about love and has nothing to do with death.

TikTok recommendations filled with videos in which people talk about the death of their relatives, friends and pets. Over the past week, tens of thousands of videos have been published as part of the trend for the song "My Love is on the Fifth Floor" by the beat quartet "Secret". nine0003

@mary.srg original sound - Sonya

Against the background of frames with dead people, users write about their last meetings with loved ones and reveal the causes of their death:

“Don't worry, COVID will be cured, and your dad will be discharged home”, “I ignore suicidal tendencies of a friend - and she commits suicide. I still can’t forgive myself for this”; “It's just a cold. She never got sick. Don't worry like that"; “17 years is such a long time for a dog. 17 years have gone by so fast. ” nine0003

The videos end with the line “My love is probably already sleeping — good sleep”, which implies that the characters in the video are no longer alive. The authors often talk about the death of loved ones from the coronavirus.

##covid ##mom ##goodsleep

original sound - Sonya

As part of the trend, users also send messages "Which floor do you live on?" to the surviving numbers of recently deceased relatives and publish screenshots. The heroes of some videos are the late stars, characters of films, TV shows and video games: actor Andrey Mironov, musicians Vladimir Vysotsky and Mikhail Gorshenev, rapper Lil Peep, K-pop artist Kim Jonghyun, Angelina Strechina's character from the TV series Mir! Friendship! Gum!" and many others. Over the course of a week, the number of search queries for the song "My Love is on the Fifth Floor" on YouTube and Google has grown significantly. nine0003

Maxim Leonidov, one of the founders of the Secret group, explained to Gazeta.Ru that the essence of the song "My Love on the Fifth Floor" is directly reflected in the words of the composition. It sings about a man who is in love with a girl who lives on the fifth floor. To the question "What is this song about, is it necessary to read its meaning between the lines?" the artist replied: "No need." He added that the composition is "certainly not about the funeral of a dog."


Forever in my heart, my baby!

original sound - Sonechka

Leonidov also spoke about the history of the creation of the viral composition.

“The song was written in 1985. Its authors are Maxim Leonidov and Nikolai Fomenko. The poet Viktor Gin took part in writing the text. It was the time of the first triumphal performances of the beat quartet "Secret" in Leningrad. We played concerts several times a month, the army of "secretomaniacs" grew from day to day. About a hundred fans were waiting for us at the service entrance, with whom we sometimes went to the tram or trolleybus to get home, ”the musician shared. nine0003

The artist refused to discuss the trend on TikTok. In turn, the concert director of the group, Yuri Guryev, admitted to Gazeta.Ru that he had heard about the trend for the first time.

Meanwhile, in the comments to the videos, The Secret fans are actively criticizing the TikTokers for giving the hit of the 80s a tragic sense.

“Yeah, interesting, does Maxim Leonidov know what trends are being filmed to his songs?”; “Who thought of turning a wonderful song into a memorial motif?”; “Positive song of my youth, how can you connect the incongruous?”; "I adored this song, who would have thought to use it for the dead?" users are confused. nine0003

Many also consider the trend creepy and accuse the authors of the videos of hype on the death of loved ones.

"Death of parents - a trend?"; “Everything will be sold for likes. Even the soul"; "Cynicism rolls over"; “Where are we heading... People post videos like this to attract attention”; "World has gone mad"; “Is it fashionable to show dead relatives in your videos?”; “In order to be in trend, the death of a loved one is turned into a show with cheerful music. What's wrong with you people?" users write.

Nevertheless, most of the commentators sympathize with the authors of the video, share their stories - and receive support. Some tiktokers complain that they take heavy stories to heart and become depressed: “This trend breaks my heart”; “I can’t watch, it hurts”; "Ban this sound, I'm roaring." In addition, users admit that the trend arouses great anxiety in them due to the inevitable loss of elderly and sick relatives.

The essence of black cumin oil in the film «kensshi» • TNT MUSIC — Here is your music

The Kazakhstani musician, whose outstanding handwriting won over the rapper Husky and tens of thousands of listeners throughout the CIS, continues to reveal the facets of his personality. This time, the artist was supported by the notorious Aisultan Seitov, who shot videos for Tyler, The Creator, 21 Savage, Ivan Dorn and Jah Khalib. Today, the director presented the short film “kensshi”, dedicated to the work of Black Seed Oil.

Black cumin oil
​Photo: frame from video

Despite the title, the film is not a complete visualization of the debut LP "kensshi" black cumin oil. The songs "clip" and "magic" from this album, as well as the track "imperceptibly" , released last year and fragments of other compositions, got into the tape.

The introductory part of the short film is already preparing us for something exotic in the spirit of David Lynch. Black cumin oil appears in the company of a raven, and a distorted version of the ballad “Sagyndym senі” (from Kazakh “I miss you”) by the Kazakh group “Dos-Mukasan” sounds in the background. nine0003

Throughout the seven-minute clip, the musician appears in different images, but, as a rule, he is an observer of what is happening in the multi-level reality of the picture. Locations in the video also change several times. Perhaps we understood this before, but now we see with our own eyes that the tracks by Aydin Zakaria are really in tune with the balconies and roofs of high-rise buildings, the shabby walls of empty rooms and basements in which people smeared with black paint rage.

Warning: the video contains profanity, as well as scenes of smoking and the use of illegal substances. Not recommended for viewing by persons under 18 years of age. nine0052

The general public learned about Black Seed Oil last year when Husky recommended it in his public. This summer, Aydin released the first full-length album "kensshi" , and a week ago he presented a new single "83.55" .

Read also: Black seed oil dropped the track "83.55" and announced the film "kensshi"

Warning: some tracks contain profanity. Not recommended for listening to persons under 18 years of age. nine0052

Black Seed Oil

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