The soul and its mysteries, who is it? Why can’t anyone agree on its origin? Does the soul exist? Is it spiritual or natural? It is a subject where even scientists remain perplexed, that is why the comparison between different religions and cultures can already give an insight into the reality and complexity of the soul.
Wikipedia thus gives the definition of the soul which is the vital and spiritual principle, immanent or transcendent, which would animate the body of a living being (animal, human or vegetable.
In this way, the soul would be alive but under an inexplicable force. Besides, the Latin “soul” means breath, so the soul would be our vital breath. The term immanent thus explains its creation, under its entire aspect, an existential soul life and transcendence reminds us that the soul and its strength are inexplicable, neither measurable nor even quantifiable.
It is there, right there, present, and directly represents the breath of life. The human physical body as animal cannot live according to the theory without the breath of the soul.
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At least, the soul will need a body to evolve spiritually. But it can survive beyond material life. Plato and even the Bible mention it in their writings, always on the principle of spiritual life through the habituation of a physical life.
The soul is asexual, in fact, during its incarnation the soul will have a sex according to the need of the evolution of the soul and our life mission, but disembodied and no longer being influenced by the earth plane where residual spheres, the soul would then become asexual again. This theory is nevertheless confirmed by the poet Virgil but also by other mediums who received the same information during their canalizations.
In religious cultures, the soul leaves the body and then the body becomes inert. Depending on what he has good or bad, his soul could then go to heaven or hell, but also to stay stuck on this earth if he refuses his condition. It is then the confirmation that the soul is a source of life, since without the body, the soul becomes free and immortal and its possibilities of action are then so extraordinary that nobody can quantify it.
The soul is then assimilated to animism : The soul could then incarnate in objects, living beings or elements (air, water, fire ..). According to this theory, the soul could then incarnate where it feels it should or can go. Moreover on the objects, many speak of residuals, it is true that the purchase of an object in occasion is also the purchase of its former owner, at least, a tiny vibratory part of it.
But then an object can be haunted or inhabited? Again, a theory where no one agrees. If we take into account the residual aspect, it is probable that a spirit clings to matter or leaves its vibrations behind, whether it is a ring or a piece of furniture, nevertheless, for what can be habitable, it can be a defensible theory: dolls.
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In fact the dolls are often “inhabited” by spirits clinginging to them, perhaps the reflection can make it possible to think that the hooked spirit lives in the doll, an illusory vision of what it will have lived in another life. it could also be the work of spirits wandering between the two worlds or those of purgatory. Since they are often responsible for the misdeeds of haunted types or possessions, possession can also be of a material nature. For the case of the Hope diamond or James Dean’s car, it could then be residual vibrations repeating themselves in the era of time, reliving drama after drama, as a trauma misunderstood and unreadable by Cartesian humanism.
As to the evolution and spiritual understanding of the soul, different cultures are on the background agreeing on the spiritual foundation of the soul, the soul must evolve in the body and form one with its body incarnate :
The soul must then go through different phases, 9 more exactly:
The physical incarnation is a reflection of the vision of the soul
The soul is God’s conception.
The soul is the conception of God. God and his vibrations to be in symbiosis with the body and mind of it, the soul is a tiny part of the creator.
It is necessary to cross its shadow to reach the light, that is to understand the sufferings and the negative reflection of the ego to be in elevation with the divine.
The soul is contained in the seat of consciousness, i.e. the heart.
The soul is a spirit full of light, it crosses darkness to reach the eternal light of qualities and defects, it then defines visible light.
Listening to the divine in oneself and the soul, it is then possible to achieve what we want and desire provided once again to follow the path of light and overcome doubts and fears.
Man must live and leave an imprint on this world, in order to belong again to this world and to show that his ideas last beyond the mower.
The spiritualized body is an alignment of being and soul, that is also of body and mind (soul is consciousness while mind is mind and unconscious).
The vinjnaman braham, the soul, is a tiny part of the divine energy, belonging to the jiva (body) and the purusha (sex). The soul is then contained in the heart which is the seat of consciousness. The soul is rarely equal to the consciousness, in spite of the spiritual elevation of this one but especially that being a primal and mystical energy, the soul could then have a good or bad nature, according to the principle of Māyā, that is, according to the illusory reality of the soul.
The soul has its own consciousness and intellect. The karma of the soul makes it unstable and marginal, this one being subjected to the idea of cause and effect, the soul will thus have to relive its crimes and its errors by being incarnated again. The bardo Thödol (book of the Tibetan dead) also indicates that the soul goes through different phases after the end of its earthly incarnation (see the complete article on this subject https://www.hellystar.com/en/the-tibetan-book-of-the-dead-bardo-thodol/)
The soul will have the choice between two lights. That of truth where the luminous spirits qualified as Buddhas await him, which is the brightest light and that of illusion, paler, in which the spirit will be in an illusion as long as he has not understood his errors. It is also likely that he will be attacked by the yama, the dog of hell, who will illusively devour the soul until it passes beyond illusion and wishes to repair its mistakes.
The soul is called the Nephesh (equivalent to the Greek psyche) meaning the breath, man is considered one with his soul, man can thus live without soul. The soul at the time of its disincarnation goes away into the hell, the nothingness, while waiting for its new incarnation. The soul being pure at birth, man will have to choose his balance between good and evil thanks to his free will. Man would then possess 5 souls:
The mind (néfesh)
The anima, the breath (ru’ha)
The neshamah (soul)
The Hayyah (life)
The Yehidah (union)
For Christianity the soul is detached from the body, having its own life. The soul possesses the original sin, the principle of good and evil, it is then appropriate to purify the soul through baptism or through the passion of Christ. Each soul is God’s creation, it cannot die and survives beyond the human body, also being able to reincarnate life after life. The soul will nevertheless be judged before reaching heaven where the darkness on her life and sins during her incarnation, she can also go to purgatory. The soul splits into 3 lives nevertheless:
Earth life (incarnation)
Bliss (God’s vision)
Resurrection of the body (when Jesus is reborn, souls will return to their first body being judged for eternal life)
In Sunni Islam The soul is the knowledge of the Lord, and man has only a tiny notion of it. The soul is in sleep after its incarnation.
While Shi’a Islam the soul inhabits a material body and will be judged after its disembodiment to the afterlife. The soul is always purified and charged according to the psychic capacities of each man.
In the mind, it results from logic and changes according to the intellect of its body and its learning. God is one and judges the worlds.
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Robert Fludd believes that the soul itself consists of three distinct souls, the intellectual soul connected to the head, the vital soul in the chest and the sensitive soul connected to the belly.
Rudolf Steiner estimates that the entire soul is the astral body, thus consisting of three subtle bodies:
The feeling soul being closest to the physical body.
The soul of heart and reason.
The soul of consciousness being closest to the astral soul.
In detail, this gives: the physical body, the etheric body, the astral body, the self (mental and emotional), the spiritual self, the spirit of life and the spirit man.
Helena Blavatsky estimates that the soul consists of 7 subtle bodies
The physical body
The etheric body
The astral body
The mental body
The causal body
The Buddhist body
The âtmique body.
Mikhäel Ivanoff believes that the soul allows man to discover himself, and that the work on himself allows the soul since through the different subtle bodies our life can only be improved, so the bodies are transformed like this
The physical body is unconsciousness
Will is subconsciousness
The heart is consciousness
The intellect is self-consciousness
The soul the super-consciousness
The spirit is divine consciousness.
It also brings together emotion and mind in the physical body.
In this way, the whole soul is called an aura, and the information about it would be read in the different subtle bodies, indeed the emotions, the characters are read in the aura as in an open book, according to the theory of mediums. This is also how clairvoyance is formed, the clairvoyant thus making a reading of the soul to make divination.
As for the mind detached from the body, its type of spectral emanation will therefore depend on its aura and the state of its spiritual consciousness. The mind being neutral by nature, it is its earthly life which will then depend on this same consciousness.