The Soul: What Is It?

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The soul is one of the most, if not, the most important aspect of the human body. Although it is important, there have not been a lot of research done to help us understand the soul. Conventional science has shied away from studying this spiritual energy because they do not know how to prove its existence.

Conventional science likes to test and experiment its findings. If it cannot prove its findings through experiments, it does not consider them to be true. This is one of the reasons why conventional science have such a hard time accepting quantum physics and consciousness science. Just because science cannot prove that something exist, does not mean that it does not exist.

The soul is one of those things that is hard to prove that it exists, but everyone consciously or subconsciously knows that it exists. If we want to understand who we truly are and why we are here, we need to understand our souls. Until we can understand our souls, living in a world of truth, peace and prosperity will be impossible.

What is the soul?

Most people believe that the soul is the non-physical part of the human body. They believe it is the spiritual energy that leaves the body after death. Defining the soul may be easy but what about the purpose of the soul and why do we need it? Below is a paragraph extracted from my book Staradigm about why we need the soul.

The soul is what gives us identity and personality. It is the divine source of energy that connects our mind, body and intellect. This divine being is unique in its own ways, which is why each of us has a unique personality. If the soul leaves the body for a certain amount of time, the body may get sick. If the soul leaves the body for good, the body will start to decompose and will eventually die.

There are many people who believed that there is no such thing as the soul because it cannot be proven with concrete evidence that it exists. Although this is true to a certain point, the soul cannot be proven that it does not exist either.

Does the soul exists?

To find the answer to the existence of the soul we need to dig deeper into how the brain works. Through many years of studies, scientist have finally concluded that the human brain works more like a computer chip and have very little consciousness, just enough to exist. They came to this conclusion through experiments that showed that the human brain cannot tell the difference between what it sees and what it remembers.

In other words, the human brain does not have the ability to discern from what is real and what is not. It just see things as it is or as electrical signals. So, if the human brain works like a computer chip, then who or what is doing the observing and experiencing the emotions? The answer has to be a higher being which is the soul.

The soul and spirit are two entities that people get confuse a lot about. Their relationship is similar to that of electricity and magnetism; one depends on the other to function. The simplest definition of a soul is a projection of thought that thinks; therefore, it is self-aware. The soul is the energetic anatomy that can become finite. It acts like a vehicle to house the spirit so that the spirit can enter the body to begin a new incarnation. For this reason, it is the spirit that gives the body life.

The relationship between the soul and the physical realm

One of the reasons why the soul needs to go into the physical world is to acquire experience for soul enrichment. It is a way for it to grow and evolve. Once it has achieved its purpose in the physical world, it will to return back to the spiritual world. When this happens the physical body will die; therefore, death is currently a normal part of life and should not be feared.

The soul/spirit is our true identity, it is who we truly are. It has all the memories of our past life and present life. It is the eternal part of ourselves and will live on forever. Our bodies are not our true identities, they are the vehicles for our souls to live in while in the physical world.

People who become too obsessed with their bodies do not understand their true selves, which is why they cannot seem to find their sense of purpose in life. This obsession causes their egos to control their lives, causing them pain and preventing them from achieving their tasks in the physical world.

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  1. Vanessa says:

    Very nice read. I remembered at first I got confused with the difference between spirit and soul. I do know now and how you explain it makes it simple for someone such as me back then, lol, to understand. I see the soul as where the emotions and memories are kept. I can give two examples.
    The first one would be someone with an amazing singing voice. People will say this person “got soul”. And, how about evil not having a soul? How we hear about vampires not having a soul or demons? They are devoid of love, compassion and empathy. If they are born/created that way, I don’t know. Or if a soul can really be “taken”. Or if someone has a soul and life breaks them down, does the vibration cease? Now, I’ve heard of a person or animal’s spirit being broken from cruelty and to me that sounds more like “soul” then spirit. To me, Spirit is a component that has free will and harnesses the spirit. Like you said in the article. Your thoughts on broken spirit please?

    • PL Chang says:

      You are correct in many ways. The soul and spirit are intertwined so if the soul is broken, then it affects the function of the spirit. It is similar to the relationship of the body and the soul. If there is no body, then the soul cannot experience a lot of things in the material realm. My current understanding of the relationship between the soul and spirit is that the soul acts like the body to house the spirit. It is similar to how the body house the soul.

  2. Hello Pao,
    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your website and your many enlightening articles. I’ve been slowly waking up for the last ten years and apart from learning about the ways of the world, it is good to know that this physical reality is not the be all and end all but a staging area for experiences and ideas to enrich the soul (which is not some flimsy whispy entity). No matter what happens, or doesn’t happen, these things will play themselves out but they are not permanent.
    I love your eloquence, commitment and passion. You are an inspiration to those of us today and those of us tomorrow.
    the best for you always,

  3. gerry says:

    So PL, scientists cannot prove or disprove the presence of the “soul” only you can. Puts you in the “god” league, right? Go join them.

    • PL Chang says:

      I have dealt with many of these types of comment, so your comment isn’t going to affect me the way you want. When trying to make your point, at least back it up with some convincing information. By just writing what you wrote in your comment, it makes you sound like an unintelligent child who has some serious ego issues.