Making a distinction between soul and spirit can be difficult. Most people use the words interchangeably, yet the “spirit” and “soul” refer to two different things.
The physical body is but a vehichle for the soul. Although the physical body is born, grows and is subject to death upon the physical plane, the Soul itself does not die. The soul continue beyond the death experience. Right now, your soul is your true self.
The "Soul" itself is but a vehicle for consciousness and expression. Like the physical body, the soul has a purpose. It is in a state of growing and learning, and becoming. The soul is not yet permanent. This means that while the soul is mortal, and since it was born, it is also subject to death.
The Soul is not the same as 'Spirit'. The origin of the word Spirit is from Latin spiritus which means "breath". The Hebrew word for spirit is 'ruach'. Spirit is incorporeal / non-physical substance or energy. It is God's Divine power or essence. It is life-force. The spirit is the source of power and control for both your body and soul; it is either evil or good, darkness or light. It is wisdom. It is the Holy Spirit. It is often referred to as God's feminine presence--the representation of the feminine principle on earth.
The spirit of any living thing can be understood as its pure consciousness. The spirit is eternal and exists prior to ones physical body. It is beyond 'thinking and feeling'. Spirit is the absolute perfection of that being. The spirit, in other words, is that little spark of God within us that keeps us alive: Namasté.
On the other hand, the Soul is in the process of becoming perfected. It develops and grows as an integral aspect of a living being. The Soul itself has an origin. It has a beginning. Prior to incarnation on any physical plane, the Soul itself was born and created from Spirit. The soul is who you are as an individual. It is your "I AM" (made in God’s image). It is your "heart." Soul is also considered to be the intellectual and emotional aspect of one's self. -
The Hebrew word for soul is ne′phesh. In Greek the word is psy·khe′ (psyche) from which the term psychology was derived.
The human mind comprises the brain and all its workings — memory, perception, reason, the stew of hormones that results in our emotions. It is, in other words, the “hardware” of human existence. The human soul is what governs the human hardware — the “software” of human existence, our very own “operating system,” unique to each of us. The human spirit is the “electricity” that animates us.
"Makes of two fractional lives a whole;
It gives to two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each to perform it. It gives to two questioning natures a reason for living, ... ~Erich Fromm"
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