What is a Soul?

A “SOULFUL EXPLORATION”© – with Mary Jane Houge

January 18, 2016 –

What is a soul? This is one of humanities big questions. There are many different viewpoints. Every answer has significance, especially to the person which whom that viewpoint resonates with. No one really KNOWS and can prove without doubt that their view point is the ONE and ONLY FACTUAL ONE.

This discussion is for the purpose to share and learn other viewpoints. To understand the common thread that weaves its way through humanity. Peace, love and respect for all starts with each and every one of us. This discussion gives us an opportunity to cultivate these virtues. Let’s take a look at some various viewpoints.

The soul by some is regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

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Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine, each major organ connects with the emotional body and is reflected in the 5 Element System of Correspondence. The following are the Souls/Spirits associated with each organ system. This is the basis of Acu-Na’s 5 Element Tao of Wellbeing.

Shen is the spirit associated with the Fire Element (heart/small intestine). It represents our all-encompassing spirit/soul, and therefore reflects our vitality and connection to a higher self. Shen incorporates consciousness, compassion and intuition. It is based in the Heart, rather than the brain. Bright and shiny eyes indicate strong Shen. In contrast, loss of spirit and enthusiasm for life (associated with illness) is accompanied by dull eyes. When the other spirits of the other organs go against the desires of the heart there is an internal battle/imbalance.

Hun (Ethereal Soul-yang) is the soul that enters the body at conception and leaves the body to join the spirits and qi of nature. During sleep, the Hun spirit travels to contact your higher self. Hun is fundamental to your life plan and provides introspection and intuition that are accessed through dreaming and meditation. If the Hun is not nourished, you may lack direction and cannot act on your decisions.

Po (Corporal Soul-yin) is the spirit associated with the Metal Element (lung/large intestine). The Po deals with vitality, literally the breath and rhythm of life. Past regrets, grief, memories of abuse and trauma and self-worth are all associated with Po. It returns to earth — dissolving into gross elements — at time of the time of the death.

Zhi is the spirit associated with the Water Element (kidney/bladder). It encompasses fertility, birth, and maturation. Long-term grudges, jealousy and fear are associated with Zhi.

Yi is the spirit associated with the Earth Element (spleen/stomach). Imbalances can manifest in obsessional thinking and compulsions, and inappropriate emotional connection with others.
The Heart is the King and is to be served by the other organ spirits. In the process of Taoist cultivation, the practitioner seeks to harmonize the Hun and Po, in a way which gradually allows the Po (the more denser) aspects to more and more fully support the Hun (the more subtle) aspects. The outcome of this kind of refinement process is the manifestation of a way-of-being and way-of-perceiving known by Taoist practitioners as “Heaven on Earth.”

Dr. Zhi Gang Sha – “The Power of Soul
The soul is a golden light inside of us. Your soul can reside in seven areas of the body. Where your soul sits is extremely significant for your spiritual journey. The location represents your spiritual standing in Heaven. The higher your soul sits, the higher your spiritual standing. The Akashic Records (ethereal library) decide where your soul sits inside your body according to your spiritual standing. Our lives are recorded. If you have cultivated purity love, care, compassion, kindness, generosity this good service is recorded. A soul carries a copy of this record. Enlightenment requires a soul residing in the heart center or higher. Souls have their own likes and dislikes, emotions, wisdom and memory. Your soul has profound wisdom, knowledge and experience from hundreds of lifetimes. Souls have incomprehensible powers.

Souls can protect your life. Your own soul can protect you. Other souls, including angels, dakinis, saints, spiritual guides, enlightened teachers, and the Divine can protect your life. They can help you prevent sickness, change a serious accident into a minor one, or help you avoid an accident completely.

Souls are eternal. Many souls yearn to be enlightened. They want to offer good service in the form of love, care, compassion, sincerity, generosity, and kindness. This is why more and more people are searching for soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge and practices. Soul, mind and body are separated but united as they work with each other.

Bible
According to Genesis 2:7, God did not make a body and put a soul into it like a letter into an envelope of dust; rather he formed man’s body from the dust, then, by breathing divine breath into it, he made the body of dust live, i.e. the dust did not embody a soul, but it became a soul—a whole creature (Wikipedia.org). This “soul” has one life before it stands before God on judgement day where it is decided where the place this soul will live for eternity.

I would love to continue this discussion with you. I invite you to my next event!

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