Recently Iíve been pondering the idea of souls, the afterlife, and humans as a spiritual construct. Iíve decided to share my thoughts with you all in order to start a dialogue involving this rather illusive subject.
After much self-reflection, I have come to the conclusion that every living being in the universe has soul, or an essence of one. The essence is neither created nor destroyed, but is merely dispersed or reformed as necessary. When something dies, its energy is transferred to other newly forming beings. In a spiral of destruction and reformation soul ďenergyĒ (if we may be so bold) is recycled between the birthed and the dying.
So what of the soulsí purpose; what is its role? Although Iíve yet to theorize about non-humans, I have concluded that humans are comprised of three major parts: body, mind, and soul. The body or our physical being is the most familiar thing to us, because it is always the most used part. Every action requires the body, which in its frailty must consume other beings in order maintain its form. The mind has nothing to do with the functions of the brain those are controlled by the body. The mind is the accumulation of the bodyís memories, will and logic. Our mind stores what we have experienced and controls our inhibitions. The last link in the human system is the soul, what we commonly refer to as our heart and our personality. This is the center where everything we ďfeelĒ stems from.
Mind, Body, and Soul all work together to maintain the being. The body gives stimuli to the mind which records it for later use. The mind keeps the soul in check, keeping our emotions from getting out of control. The soul regulates the body, making it react in certain ways based on memories relayed from the mind. If one part is weakenedÖ it affects the whole system. If the mind is damaged it can effectively communicate with body or soul and problems occur. If the body gets damaged the mindís and soulís commands are rendered useless. If the soul is damaged or filled with negative energy, both body and mind begin to suffer and breakdown.
But the soul is a peculiar thing. Although when beings are born, they lack full control of their bodies, and their minds are without prior knowledge. Yet, somehow they still react instinctually in similar ways to stimuli; beings are born with something that vaguely resembles personality. This is where my theory about souls seems to stem from. If people exhibit a kind personality upon birth, then perhaps the mind and body are fresh; but the soul is, although new and different, comprised of other souls which would account for instinctual behavior.
So now for some major questions: Is there an afterlife?
No, unfortunately once youíre dead, youíre gone: your mind and body lost forever. However your soul merges and gives birth to new lives, which may or may not exhibit any of your traits (hell you might just give birth to a tree and a human, and some sort of fish thingÖ).
If weíre comprised of other souls, why canít we recall past lives, and why donít we exhibit random or conflicting personality traits?
Simple, the mind has control over memory, which the soul uses in order to develop personality, and how you respond to reoccurring stimuli. Since the mind is non-transferable, no past lives to recall, and since the soul is new and has no memories to work with, a unique personality develops, and thus has no conflicting traits.
Is there a god?
Okay this has nothing to do with the subject, but I thought Iíd touch on this anyways. My answer: doesnít matter. Whether one is created or whether we spawned randomly from some abyss is not important. My advice to people is just to live their lives, that best they can, in the end we all return to the universe; so have fun, we literally only live once.
Thank you for your time and patience. Once again this is the product of just me and my thought, and Iím in no way imposing them upon others. Feel free to critique, comment, add, and share your own personal theories. I hope this will stimulate our growth spiritually and as a people. May our reflections bring us closer to the hardest to find answers, and may we all shine like gold upon the sea of chaos that is life. *bows*