Is There a Difference Between Our Spirit and Our Soul?
This post is inspired by a question from Oksana, who observes that in our sessions with The Council there are many references to spirit, but not many references to soul. Oksana asks if The Council can provide information specific to the soul. She’s particularly interested in The Council’s point of view on whether it’s possible to do things that can be detrimental to our soul.
Our Soul is an Aspect or Part of Our Spirit
“The spirit, who we truly are, is the larger part of us. The soul – which some people understand is interchangeable with the word spirit – the soul is the smaller part [of spirit] that chooses to experience this life, and it is what we would consider your personality in each different life. It has the knowledge of what you are looking to experience. And so the soul is part of the spirit and part of the human. Is that understood?”
Before Oksana asked her question, Cynthia and I were among those who thought the words ‘soul’ and ‘spirit’ were more or less interchangeable. Prior to our session on this question, Cynthia was already getting information from The Council on this subject that started us thinking there might be more of a difference than we suspected. Their opening statement above makes it pretty clear they perceive the soul as a distinct aspect of spirit, not the same as spirit, but some of the other things they mentioned weren’t as obvious.
When The Council’s said, “soul is part of the spirit and part of the human,” that got me wondering if they were suggesting that soul is part of the human and spirit is not. It’s been our understanding from The Council and other spirit guides like Abraham that spirit is an intimate aspect of our human experience. When I asked whether spirit is also part of the human, they replied:
“Yes it is, but we define it where the spirit – when it shoots off the little part of itself that comes here into the human physical existence – was given the name ‘soul’.”
In our sessions with The Council they’ve frequently mentioned that spirit extends a small part of itself to be born into a physical body, but this is the first time we can recall that this smaller part of spirit is known by The Council as our soul.
When The Council said, “…it [the soul] is what we would consider your personality in each different life,” I incorrectly assumed they were suggesting there is a single soul for all of our lifetimes. This seemed to contradict their recent guidance that our many lifetimes are individual realities created by spirit and they are all exist simultaneously, not one after the other.
When I asked The Council for clarification on this, they cleared up the apparent contradiction by explaining that spirit creates a separate soul for each lifetime/reality that our spirit chooses to create. This concept of multiple realities is relatively new to Cynthia and me and we recently had a session with The Council to try and understand it better. We expect to publish posts on this fascinating topic as soon as we can.
Is it Possible to Do Things That Might Be Detrimental to Our Soul?
As I started to write this post, I reread Oksana’s question and realized I completely forgot to ask The Council the part of her question about whether we can do things detrimental to our soul. Perhaps I wasn’t prepared to address this question, but once I realized the oversight, Cynthia and I did another session with The Council specifically to try and answer this part of Oksana’s question.
“The soul is always connected to spirit and always knows the purpose that you’ve chosen for this life, and what one wishes to experience. Perhaps another way of understanding what the soul is, is what you term the higher self. And it is always trying to give you clues and keep you on your path. So it is always connected.
“The choices you make and what you experience through free will, will have you experiencing what you chose for yourself, or going in another direction. There is nothing you can do to hurt the soul, but the soul will experience and feel what you experience and feel in this lifetime. So perhaps it would feel feelings of joy or sadness with the choices you make, but you can never harm the soul.”
“Soul is closer to the experience of being physical. There is spirit in the non-physical, and soul, which comes forth, is also in the non-physical, but perhaps a level closer to the physical.”
The Council seems confident our actions as human beings cannot harm our soul. They also provide some additional distinctions between soul and spirit that weren’t presented in our first session on Oksana’s question. They say that our soul is like our spirit in that both are non-physical aspects of our higher self, but our soul exists at a closer level to physical existence than the larger non-physical part of us that they refer to as spirit.
The Soul is Like a Spiritual GPS
If you’re familiar with the teachings of Abraham, you may be familiar with their use of the GPS (global positioning system) found in many new cars, as a metaphor for spiritual guidance. This metaphor seems to fit nicely into The Council’s explanation of the function of our soul. Our soul is always connected to our spirit and knows our spirit’s purpose for us as a human being. Our soul is also intimately aware of our human experience, including the entire range of human emotion.
Our soul knows exactly where we are mentally, emotionally, perceptually, and physically in every moment. And our soul also has intimate knowledge of our larger spirit. Like a GPS, our soul continually offers us guidance in the form of feelings, intuitions, thoughts, etc. on how to get from wherever we are to where spirit is. And like the GPS, if we exercise our free will and take a turn in life that appears to lead us away from the love of our spirit, our soul effortlessly recalculates a new course to love/spirit based on our new location, and offers immediate and continuous feedback in the form of feelings, etc. on how to find our way. Whether we’re paying attention to this guidance or not, The Council assures us it’s always with us, ready for us to use. And no matter how far from spirit we may get as a human being, The Council assures us our GPS (soul) will be recycled back into the unconditional love of spirit when we’re ready to let our body go.
Additional Information from The Council
During our two sessions with The Council on Oksana’s question we received quite a bit of additional interesting information. The highlights of this information is included in the following bullet points. It’s our intention to elaborate on these ideas in upcoming posts.
- Spirit, not soul, is the part of our higher self that chooses and plans what we experience in each lifetime.
- When our spirit chooses to have a physical experience, it slows part of its energetic vibration, and spirit’s thoughts begin to take on a non-physical form that resembles physical existence. This is how spirit imagines/creates a physical reality into existence.
- Guidance from our higher self comes in thoughts and feelings.
- Spirit can choose to create and experience many different realities, each with their own individual soul that understands spirit’s purpose in creating its reality, and each soul’s experience of its reality contributes to spirit’s continual expansion.
- Lynn Grabhorn, the controversial author of the inspiring law of attraction book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings, was spiritually inspired to pursue her controversial path, which helped many people.
- Spirit is a unitary consciousness, a oneness, that is made up of unique individual spirit consciousnesses that we experience as our spirit and the spirit of others.
- There’s a common human perception that we are primarily how we experience ourselves physically and that a tiny part of our self is spirit, but from a broader spiritual perspective our human experience is really the tiny part of who we really are.
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