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.
@m17lee, I agree with the statement you are a soul inhabiting the body.
Your soul resides within the nervous system and any emotion you experience is felt through the nervous system. I think the idea that we are just a mind and a body is rediculous. People aren’t robots, they have souls. There would be no such thing as spirituality without a soul, how can you experience oneness without one?
@blankey; I’d say that is correct. The human body is a complex “machine” for the “ghost” to reside in. It is our interface to the physical reality around us; the body is just the instrument, however, as it doesn’t truly experience anything on its own; spirit is what experiences everything THROUGH the body. This discussion is fantastic you guys : )
@v1kingfan: I 100% agree with what you just said above. I can’t relate to people who insist that consciousness and spirit are merely epiphenomenon of the mind; materialistic science has the human race by the balls.
I think of the soul as our subjective experience. Some people here have said that the soul is the “awareness” or the “witness” of what we experience with our thoughts/senses/perceptions. I think the deeper we go into this awareness the more we realize there isn’t any seperate entity from the experiences witnessed. There is merely the sum total of what we experience, and beyond that nothing. In this way, you are your body and mind (or what I like to think of as the “filtering system” that reality is put through), but you are also all that is put through this “filter” as well as everything that has ever had any effect on what has been put through your system. And because every piece of matter (or non-matter!) on this earth has some bearing on every other piece (even in the smallest of ways of co-existence), you are everything, because everything has contributed to the subjective experience you are having! This is the first time I’ve tried to put this into words, so hopefully it comes across as I mean it. I’ve also only typed a paragraph, when on a subject like this libraries can be written.
So it seems that people generally view the soul as an all-encompassing, intangible, spiritual being, if I may, that is the foundation for our bodies energy and the energy within and around us.
Now, do you think a soul could inhabit multiple tangible beings at once? Have you ever looked at someone and felt, damn, I totally see myself in that person? As if you have an innate connection with that person, just that they have traveled a different path than you? Have you ever met someone and had the thought, holy shit, you are just like my friend _____?
Could this just be souls inhabiting multiple beings at once?
A thought I like to contemplate is the illusion of self. I am not my body, I am not my actions, words or thoughts. So what I am?
An answer that arrives pretty naturally is well I am a soul, I am manifestation of a spirit or consciousness that is woven into the fabric of the universe itself. I am a special piece of that grand spirit and I borrow many bodies from life to life to learn different lessons.
But then I look out into the night sky and and wonder with amazement at the vast size and scope of the universe and I think, how in the hell could I matter? Would there be a soul that follows some set of rules and travels from body to body to learn a lesson. We are less than a bacteria to the universe so why do we think we are important enough to have some piece of divine energy that belongs to us alone?
So from that line of thinking I began to think the soul is just another trap into the illusion of self. That’s what I think souls are, just another way for us to grasp for a self.
@jules150, I think I understand what you mean. The thing is we are aware of our existence, which means we are some sort of “self,” and I’m not sure that anything at all in the Universe is unimportant, I think everything was created from an original source with a purpose. So just being a form of that original source inherantly gives divine energy, purpose, and importance.
@sumtinprophetic, I really didn’t mean to come off as hostile at all. I barely recollect a time in my life when I felt I was being hostile to someone. You can’t read body language on the internet.
Anyway, if you know the title and you want to learn more about what science has to say about all this, then you wouldn’t have trouble finding it on your own.
Google is very easy to use ;)
@irievibes I feel ya man, that’s what I strongly dislike about internet communication. But just to clear the air, imo, caps lock expresses anger/a raising of one’s internet voice and often times quotation marks indicates mockery… as if what we’re talking about aren’t actual theories.
haha but back to the matter at hand… I can’t seem to find the video anywhere and I usually don’t have any trouble finding videos online. Who’s theories in this post were you referring to regarding the connection in the documentary?
The Soul is the subconscious. It is all of our experiences, beliefs, and desires. What we consciously are thinking about in the Now is comparative to the food the soul feasts upon. I highly recommend The Science of Mind from Ernest Holmes, it will answer every question about man, soul, spirit, free will, and God you could ever imagine.