What is a soul?
Simple question… endless possibility of answers. I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, and I just wanted to see what other HEthens thought about it.
I don’t think we have a soul, but that rather the soul is interpreted as the mind which is the intelligent, self aware aspect of our brain. Like as how the brain is the physical aspect and the mind is our thoughts, psyche, all that stuff. But even with that I know that it is merely electrical impulses and chemical changes within our brain.
Answer is definitely subjective to a person’s experience and I think also largely faith.
The sense of being that you can feel within yourself.
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis
@Morgan, i share your viewpoint. Yes, there is something animating this bag of cells and our bodies are kinda like the gloves a scientist would use in a nuclear test chamber.
I imagine every one of us is the same soul/nuclear scientist, inhabiting different bodies/gloves…crazy?
Some people think it’s the underlying mechanism by which our bodies function. Others may see it as something which transcends physical matter. Maybe it’s just the sum of our perceptions, or maybe it operates outside of space/time.
Kaeysa- No, I don’t think that’s crazy. I’ve played with the idea that maybe our bodies are puppets, which at times can be controlled by higher beings when we are receptive.
The soul is a subject most philosophers fail at proving and the poets succeed. I look at the two as different mediums for the expresion of the same feelings of wonder or astonishment.
I guess it’s just a term for awareness/consciousness. Btw, I don’t think we have a body, I think we are a body. But then again, I doubt we have a soul, because I believe in the monism of body/mind.
There are new avenues of pursuit for the answer to this agelong questions. Inquisitive minds shall love what the Urantia Book has to say about this. May I add, inquisitive and open, minds….
Gabriel Rymberg- Not trying to be a hater, but you don’t actually buy into that do you?
Before you ask, yes, I read the Urantia book a long time ago. It was interesting, and maybe even had truths… in the same way Greek mythology and the Bible does.
We are all souls having an experience of the body. It is the origin. Where everything comes from. It is pure consciousness. Our souls are fragments of larger souls, different aspects of one larger soul, which eventually leads to one consciousness in which we all were, are and ever will be.
Soul, spirit, etc; I just keep it all under the umbrella of consciousness. I like David Icke’s analogy, where incarnating into a physical body is like “looking through a telescope”, and upon death, our consciousness simply “stops observing through this lens”.
I like the analogy, but I doubt there is something that is ‘our consciousness’, because it posits something behind or above that is the owner of it. There is just consciousness.
I agree Martijn, I think he was referring to the physical body as the “telescope” or “lens” that consciousness uses to “observe” physical reality. After all, we are all observers : )
I’m sure most of you already know all this, but it’s still a great clip with Icke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3QUayzh2uA
Maybe Earth is alive and animates every living thing. We can communicate wirelessly over the internet… Who’s to say that we aren’t plugged into some kind of Earthbrain/Consciousness.
Maybe that is responsible for sleep cycles. One part of the planet going to sleep while the other resumes for work everyday, pure rhythm.
Maybe we are the visible growth on Earth the organism…but again, i get crazy sometimes.
Soul… isn’t that the way you express your feelings ? For example the term Soul-mate – If someone rejects you, you think it’s your soul-mate and you cry in a corner of your room. Ah, bullshit.
I watched a vid on youtube the other day (I’m pretty sure it was a link on another thread). It explained that one cannot describe ‘I’, one can only describe the things that make up ‘I’.
E.g. You are a human being, you follow a certain faith, you have a certain career, you are interested in a sport or an art. These things contribute to your personality. But what are you? What do you speak of when you refer to ‘I’.
There are videos that probably explain it better. My point is, could that be the answer to the soul? Something that we cannot comprehend, that part of us that it ‘I’.
I also share the belief that we don’t have a soul and the monoism of body and mind but what makes me wonder that position sometimes is the oneness that is sometimes experienced through meditation or psychadelics.
In what way exactly? Is it not so that you ingest a ‘material’ thing and that manifests as consciousness? Where does the one begin and the other end?
In my opinion, they are just two sides of the same coin. And the coin is so thin, it doesn’t exist.
I think it’s the awareness the perceives your thoughts/feelings/actions. I don’t know if I’d call it a soul I hate defining it as spirituality it makes it sound like just another thing to believe in
It seems to me that people who are not really into music don’t bother with the existence of the soul. Not that it’s really important. It may be the same thing with different words.
@ Sasho. I agree. I think people who like music and find beauty in it are more contemplative and less analytical and rigid
“The soul is a circle” -Plato
I think of it as an energy or consciousnesses. I’m not sold on the idea though.
Here’s what soul is. The most common reaction to this is “What a big soul in such a little body.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXJPld9lUjI
If someone was barely interested in Gandhi, and how many people he changed for their own good, you should probably know that “Mahatma is an Indian word meaning Great Soul. This is the title of respect.”
What it means to me specifically is a complete expression of the heart, for an idea of the present which excludes me.
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