The soul

2 years, 9 months ago

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.

02.22.2012 at 5:35 am

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Profile photo of Nikola Atanasovski Nikola Atanasovski (@nikola) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Casey Casey (@charisma) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

The sense of being that you can feel within yourself.

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Profile photo of Morgan Morgan (@m17lee) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis

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Profile photo of Kaysea Kaysea (@kedukc) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@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?

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Profile photo of Grand Kahlib Grand Kahlib (@kahlib) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of CosmicLemonade CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Martijn Schirp Martijn Schirp (@martijn) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Gabriel Rymberg Gabriel Rymberg (@grymberg) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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….
Point your browser to:

http://www.urantia.org/urantia-book-standardized/paper-111-adjuster-and-soul

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Profile photo of Grand Kahlib Grand Kahlib (@kahlib) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Daniel Daniel (@qwuakeup) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Jason Jason (@thinknowlivenow) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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”.

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Profile photo of Martijn Schirp Martijn Schirp (@martijn) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Jason Jason (@thinknowlivenow) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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

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Profile photo of Kaysea Kaysea (@kedukc) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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 am still wondering why this guy takes himself so seriously. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY39fkmqKBM
Isn’t it completely hilarious? Or just mental. Gingers have souls! You don’t know me! THUG LIFE!

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Profile photo of Danny Danny (@danny) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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’.

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Profile photo of Nikola Atanasovski Nikola Atanasovski (@nikola) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@Martijn

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.

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Profile photo of Martijn Schirp Martijn Schirp (@martijn) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@Nikola

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.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@ Sasho. I agree. I think people who like music and find beauty in it are more contemplative and less analytical and rigid

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

“The soul is a circle” -Plato
The soul is the circle which contains our entire consciousness and how far it can stretch. Most of this is hidden from us on a daily basis because we focus too much on our senses.

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Profile photo of Eric Eric (@blankey) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

I think of it as an energy or consciousnesses. I’m not sold on the idea though.

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 6 months ago ago

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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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 2 years, 6 months ago ago

It’s what you know things with, even when you don’t understand it.

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