The Nature of Your Soul

We each have a soul, but because we are each observing from a different place and a different set of experiences, we do not observe the same things in exactly the same ways. The variations in what we observe are based on our minds’ interpretations. Our minds interpret the observation differently.

Interpretation happens at the level of the mind, but it is our individual souls that are conditioned by experience, and through that memory of past experience the soul influences our choices and interpretations in life.

These tiny kernels or seeds of memory build up in the individual soul over a lifetime, and this combination of memory and imagination based on experience is called karma.

Karma accumulates in the personal part of the soul, the wave at the core of our being, and colors it. This personal soul governs the conscience and provides a template for the kind of person each of us will turn out to be. In addition, the actions we take can affect this personal soul, and change our karma, for better or worse.

The universal, nonlocal part of the soul is not touched by our actions, but is connected to a spirit that is pure and unchanging. In fact, the definition of enlightenment is “the recognition that I am an infinite being seeing and seen from, observing and observed from, a particular and localized point of view.”

Whatever else we are, no matter how much of a mess we may have made of our lives, it is always possible to tap into the part of the soul that is universal, the infinite field of pure potential, and change the course of our destiny.

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

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78 comments

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

thanks

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks

Setare Ahmadi
Setare Ahmadi3 years ago

thanks....

I believe that every person has its own Energy.....Think positive you will get the best in your life....


Repeat and emphasises good things you will achieve it.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton3 years ago

The universal, nonlocal part of the soul is not touched by our actions, but is connected to a spirit that is pure and unchanging. In fact, the definition of enlightenment is “the recognition that I am an infinite being seeing and seen from, observing and observed from, a particular and localized point of view.”

Whose definition of "enlightenment" is this? We are NOT infinite beings. We are FINITE beings, individuals. We are born, we grow up and we die and that's the end of us as individuals. The only way we can "live on" is to pass our DNA on to our children or record some music and that can be played for living people after we are dead. Those are facts. There is no afterlife and there are no fairy gods. When we're dead, we're dead and we can't
take our "soul" with us.

Kenneth L.
Kenneth L.3 years ago

No Deepak, we each ARE a soul. We don't 'have' one. Big difference. While I respect you for what you attempt to do, your ideas seem to be a smattering of Hinduism, new age beliefs, mysticism, modern psychology, philosophy, spirituality, each of which use terms that have indistinct and many definitions and meanings. You stir them into a pot and of course each person simply tastes it differently.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you.

Terri Morrison
Mary Morrison4 years ago

thx!

Debra Dowdell
Debra Dowdell4 years ago

Thank you! Very interesting, and easy to understand! :)

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

The way you explain the local vs the universal makes everything fall into place ...... more understandable for the lay person..
Thank you, as always - Deepak