Thursday, February 17, 2011

Does The Soul Truly Exist?

Does the soul exist or is it just a faith-based hope enabling those who believe to hold on to the premise that there is a life beyond the one we all share at this very moment as we dwell in this transient state of mortality?

The question itself afforded me an opportunity to tap into that which I believe without a doubt or any hesitation is my soul.

For it is during periods of solitude, we find time for reflection and an opportunity to analyze self.

Often during these periods of uninterrupted downtime, we establish a connection with our essence (the intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify who we really are).

Does your faith in God act as a comforter when depression and despair give rise to the chaos in our lives? Or are you like some who predicate their disbelief in the soul on the fact that anything that isn't evidence based or can not be proven doesn't exist?
Most opponents of the concept of the human soul argue that it is a figment of our imagination based on the fallacy born from our longing and expectations of an immortal existence in the afterlife.

I believe the soul is a part of who we are.

Don't confuse the soul with your identity. Your identity is what the world sees and uses to separate you from me. How can one know what's truly beneath? One cannot. Only you are privileged to that information.

Some might even argue that believers of the soul's existence have the concept confused with personality.

Personality is the love child of three components - genetics, environment and free will.

It's what's beyond our identity and personality that encompasses the soul - our energy; our life force.

Even the logical and analytical minded scientist must admit that energy cannot be destroyed. It can only be changed from one form to another.

And since energy can not be destroyed only transformed, then the soul does not die.

There are simply some things that logic and science cannot grasp. Certain things are and perhaps always will be a mystery.

Is it a mystery to you?

- Roschelle


FishHawk said...

Simply outstanding, my dear Roschelle!!! I have struggled with the differences between the soul, the spirit and consciousness, and I am still not sure. I am fairly comfortable with the soul being our spiritual body as opposed to our physical one, but it gets muddled in my mind past that. Nonetheless, I am very confident of the fact that there is much more to us than what naturally comes to meet our physical sight.

Being a RN, you might find what I was told by an old girlfriend interesting (if not familiar). For she was a nurse, who had been by the side of several when they physically died, and she said that the look in their eyes told where they were headed. For some looked excited while others had a look of pure terror, and none had what could be described as looking at nothingness.

Roschelle said...

Interesting and insightful addition to the post. I so agree with you in that there is much more to us than what meets our physical sight.

I've not been with many patients as they've died. I've been with many that have come in (for lack of a better term) dead. It's really hard to say that I've ever differentiated the look that's present in their eyes at the time. It's usually just a blank stare.

What let's me know that our resources are limited are the outcomes.

The same life saving measures, as in medications, ventilations and chest compressions, shocking the heart, etc. can be applied the exact same way to two people with the same medical history and around the same age.

One may be resuscitated after several minutes. And the other may not respond at all. At the point the code is called and the patient is pronounced.

We like to think that we "snatch" those that make it back from the brink of death. When in actuality it just wasn't their appointed time.

When that day comes there's nothing that can keep us here.

FishHawk said...

Whoa, you really aren't just another pretty face! Be assured that I greatly admire your humility. I wish more in the medical profession had your attitude towards lifesaving measures.

I know that it is really hard to take in certain situations, such as your young son having to go on if you would die sometime soon, but one of things that our Heavenly Father has allowed and enabled me to understand is that physical death is not a curse upon those who truly are one of His children by faith. In fact, it is actually a blessing. For their time of suffering is over.