In Phenomenon of Man, Teilhard de Chardin writes about substance of the universe as spirit-matter He talks about life evolving as consciousness. The more complex the organism becomes the greater their awareness.
What distinguishes the artist poet mystic from the run-of-the-mill human being? It is that each of us share a common bond when we recognize humanity in everything and everywhere. Whether it is a stone, tree, etc. each has some type of a spirit which is silent more often that it speaks. Indigenous people have always observed this collective spirit shared by all objects whether they are humans animals plants, stones or whatever.
Teilhard like other great thinkers offered cautious optimism. He points to the cosmos synthesizing in a new paradigm of evolution where there's enlightening wariness coming not by choosing sides between religion and science but embracing wholeheartedly their complementary aspects science and religion fail not because either is wrong but because each is incomplete human beings. These two realities: the material world and the spiritual are one.