The mind can be explained without dragging in references to God. Nobody knows what precedes birth or follows after death. All we can study is the mind here and now.
The mind is located in the brain, not with God. There is no evidence of anything inside the brain except a complex of chemical and electrical activity. If you change the brain, the mind changes at the same time.
There is no part of us that is untouchable and unworldly. Higher emotions are nothing but the predominance of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
The body, being the center of all chemical activity, creates the mind. There is nothing else the soul could be, except a physical phenomenon.
The underlying disagreement here is profound. In simplest terms, the religious person believes that God is behind all material creation, while the scientist asserts that material creation can run itself without any need for an outside hand.
The way of peace says that you will never access the power of the soul if you buy into this dichotomy. The soul is a living, dynamic part of each person. It exists as consciousness and therefore must be found in consciousness.
If you want to experience your soul, you must go beyond the more superficial levels of emotion and personality. This journey is a journey of knowledge and power. As you embark on it, everyday actions no longer mask the soul; they express its dynamic creative energy. In other words, touching the soul alters reality.
Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).