Exploring Your Soul

If you explore the true nature of reality, all pain will eventually come to an end. In some form or other, religious teachings state this truth over and over. There is no way around the fact that it sounds abstract, yet this is the reality of how the soul operates.

Your soul deals in abstractions like eternity and infinity so that you won’t have to. It converts an inconceivable world into one that we can grasp and understand. Like a car’s transmission, which takes the whirling motion of the engine and transforms it into the forward velocity that gets you where you want to go, the soul makes it possible for your life to move forward.

Eternity doesn’t need to breathe; infinity doesn’t need to find a job. But you need those things and more – you need to eat, work, love, and raise children – and these are made possible through the soul. Without it, there would only be quantum soup, a formless swirl of energy and particles.

Even though we are accustomed to using religious language about the soul, its duties are useful, not poetic. This fact has been hard to realize because the word soul has been used loosely to mean a person’s deepest emotions, his heart, his highest aspirations, as well as more arcane things like the Holy Ghost.

One senses that the soul travels through life undergoing every anxiety felt by the person. It isn’t aloof or apart but very much down here in the mud of battle. The paradox is that throughout this highly emotional involvement, no biblical writer ever defines what the soul is.

As a result, the word remains as diffuse in the end as it was at the outset. If I say to you, “My soul was touched” or “I mean this from the bottom of my soul” or “That person has a lot of soul,” nothing specific is being conveyed.

Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Jamie B.
Marijo B5 years ago

While I am a big fan of Dr. Chopra, my school (Heart of Yoga) would differ re: pain. It's kind of a nit-picky point, but soul realization does not mean "the end of pain." Rather, our human existence remains the same but we don't take it personally, and everything flows. The soul is Free in the midst of all the joys and sorrows of life; pain is still felt but without attachment or fear.

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

We've got to know ourselves well before we can enjoy tranquility in life

Heather M
Heather Marvin5 years ago

The soul, the personality, the will of the person, who they really are.

Dot A.
Dot A5 years ago

seeking truth is complex, and thus, we have constant questions, -and these questions are also an abstract function of our being,... yet, as this article attempts a concrete explanation of an illusive idea to our physical experience,
-we have a flicker of understanding,

and for some the flicker is so soft as to be unfelt on the conscious level,

-only a minor experience to some,

-and for some; a definite brush with the mysterious cosmos and all the marvels of our beingness and its wholeness, or holiness


we are met on the level of our openness and understanding, and journey on accordingly

The heart of the truth pulses throughout the cosmos, lovingly -ever more, and always to our benefit and healing --- ultimately.

Beverly Coffmon
Beverly C5 years ago

I also trust and believe what the Bible says because this IS God's Word! Although I will not argue interpretations, I feel compelled to give MY interpretation of the scripture Phillip mentioned(Gen. 2:7); when God "...breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.", I believe that to be our bodies (I know many will probably disagree, and that's okay; everyone has their own opinions and views and I respect that). We worship God in spirit because He IS a Spirit. It's our spirit that leaves our bodies (souls) at the point of death to be with He who created us. In His timing, we will be judged, not necessarily by our works alone; but also by our motives and our obedience to His Word. None of us are perfect, nor will we ever be, but when we try to do good things and be a blessing to others, we must be sure our motives are not just "for show" but are for the Glory of God...not caring what the "world" may think or see. We must worship Him in spirit and in truth. God sees all; He knows all. He gave His only begotten Son to bear our sin and die in our place so that we could live again for eternity in His Kingdom! He is truly awesome and He loves each of us so very much. Thanks be to God!

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

This is the space of tranquility

Emma Rose
Emma Rose5 years ago

soul is your inner core....you either have dark soul or peaceful soul.....when you die your soul energy will leave your body and enter the DEAD ZONE and you will be judge accordingly...YOU ARE EITHER THE ANGEL OR THE DEVIL take your pick..they are the same!!

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda5 years ago

Continued: Yet all the time, it is a pure, colorless crystal and the colors it "takes on" are not its true nature. The crystal can take on many such colors without any change in its self.
To overcome the pain of living, one has to realize this. The aim is to always be aware of one's true nature. As in the Lord's prayer it says :"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven".
Earth is our functioning in our daily life soul and heaven is that pure soul that we experience in meditation. As we continue to meditate and contemplate we realize that there is no substantive difference between our pure soul and God. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God". This is a common enough experience among contemplative monastics. One cannot discern any difference between God and one's own awareness of being. Then one begins to see the same pure being in everyone and everything. Once that happens, one is always in heaven and there is no fear or pain anymore.
I hope that makes it a bit clearer, but perhaps I just managed to befuddle things more. If so, please forgive me.

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda5 years ago

Dear Joan F. I think this extract from a book is what is known as a "cliff hanger" - something to mystify people and whet their appetite for more knowledge that will resolve the mystery. It' s obviously the season for cliffs and cliff hangers!
Dianne D. There are ways to explore the nature of reality. Einstein's scientific and mathematical work was motivated by a desire to understand how the soul and God operate and what they are.
The traditional way is meditation and contemplation. This is more effective after a period of "purification of the heart", which is achieved by leading a virtuous life and serving a spiritual master with devotion.
The first answers to the questions "Who am I and how should I live?" that one finds in one's meditation and contemplation is that one is a dynamic flow of ever changing and evolving emotions and struggles as well as peaceful and happy interludes.
If one persists, then things calm down and one begins to discern that one is all those abstract things that Deepak mentions. There is no pain, no turmoil there, only peace, bliss and an expansion of consciousness.
So which is the soul? the peaceful bliss or the painful turmoil? The answer is that it is both.
It is pure and blissful like a pure colorless crystal, but when it is put against any color, it appears to be that color itself: an angry red, a joyful pink, etc Yet all the time, it is a pure, colorless crystal and the colors it "takes on" are not its true nature. The crystal can ta