The enigmatic nature of the soul has fascinated humanity throughout history. Prompting us to question its appearance and essence. In this article, we embark on an exploration of what does a soul look like. Including insights from my recent research. Firstly, let us delve into the concept of the soul itself.
Meaning the Soul
The soul, the essence of our being, transcends the physical and cannot be seen by the naked eye. It encompasses our emotions, knowledge, and uniqueness. Secondly, it is believed that the soul represents the spiritual aspect of our existence, guiding our desires, aspirations, and connections.
However, attempting to define the visual appearance of a soul remains a complex endeavor. However, my recent research has shed light on different perspectives regarding the subject. Moreover, studies suggest that the essence of a soul can be perceived through various means, transcending physical attributes.
The Soul’s Expression
Therefore, it is essential to understand that. The appearance of a soul manifests through our actions, emotions, and interactions. Even though we may not see it directly. The soul reveals itself through the way we treat others, the kindness we show, and the empathy we display. For instance, the love and care we express towards our family members exemplify the beauty that resides within our souls.
Philosophic Perspectives on the Soul
- A. Plato’s Theory of Forms
- According to Plato, the soul exists in a realm of perfect forms before entering the physical world. Thus emphasizing its non-physical nature.
- Plato’s allegory of the cave searingly exposes. Moreover, how the soul’s true nature is the dazzling illusions of the physical world.
- B. Descartes’ Dualism
- René Descartes proposed a dualistic view, asserting that the soul and the body are separate entities.
- However, Descartes believed that the soul interacts with the body through the pineal gland, acting as the seat of knowledge.
Religious Perspectives on the Soul
- A. Eastern Religions
- Hinduism and Buddhism perceive the soul as an eternal and linked-together entity that undergoes cycles of rebirth.
- These traditions depict the soul as a radiant energy. Moreover, a divine spark within each person.
- B. Abrahamic Religions
- Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all hold the belief that a higher power imbues individuals with a soul.
- This divine creation, however, remains undefined. These religions maintain that the soul’s true nature transcends humans.
Five levels of soul and how they relate to man and creation
1. Inertia in a created universe
When someone asks me, “Do you expect that tree to be there tomorrow?” when I’m standing in my front yard viewing a tree. Yes, that’s how I’ll answer. Because the tree is powerful, it possesses inertia. The tree will stay where it is only because it is there, lacking extreme force.
This perception proves to be an illusion upon review. However, the Divine breathes life into the tree, weaving it from pure energy, not the mundane matter of this created cosmos. The tree I see in my backyard exists only because God wanted it to. That means that for the tree to stay where it is, He has to keep wanting it to.
Why is accepting this aspect of reality an essential first step toward developing an extensive kindly of the soul? To clarify even more the issue, allow us to ask a few additional queries. Doesn’t this mean that we are all Gods if Divine Energy truly covers the entire universe? Furthermore, given that everything is composed of the same material, how come things are so complex and different? Lastly, how can a portion of reality be physical when Divine energy is spiritual?
Kabbalistic sources supply the solution. Two things account for variations in reality. Moreover, distance from the ultimate source and blinds that conceal the Divine beginnings of being. Because the soul is a part of reality, it is affected by these factors along with the rest of creation.
“The universe is made of pure Divine energy”
2. The level of Azilut
The first level of reality that becomes accessible to us. When we start to move away from the Source is what Kabbalists refer to as Azilut. The English meaning of the word is “release”. Kabbalah calls this first level of accessible reality a “release,” highlighting the impossible of any description. Even, using Kabbalistic terms, to capture the essence of God. In addition to, the highest degree of life, known as Azilut, is merely an emanation. In terms of God as He is to Himself; Kabbala has some insight into this.
“To the artist, the painting is a separate reality”
In Azilut, creation, and God are one, but God has, in a sense. Arrange the Divine energy that He will use to invest in creation inside Himself. A fire ignites in the soul of a renowned painter, fueled by an unusual vision. Driven by a burning desire to capture this audacious concept on canvas. However, they embark on a journey to create their magnum opus. That’s how we can imagine this stage of reality. The painting in the artist’s head is not yet real as far as the outside world. Nobody has access to it or can see it. It is a component of the inner reality of the artist.
3. Man is present at the highest level
In Azilut, the creative force splits. One portion shapes humanity by transforming it into divine energy. While the other molds the rest of the universe. This statement marks a crucial step forward in our sense of the soul. What leads us to believe that, even at this early stage of creation, man appears as a distinct entity? Isn’t it written in the Torah that man is the last creature in God’s creation structure?
Looks are often incorrect. According to the Torah, the universe’s ultimate goal is to give man a place to live and work. Divine energy reserved for man alone, with great care prepared before any other creation. There is a working conception of what humanity will look like. It is impossible to plan to provide for man’s needs.
However, he existed before the world itself, as he alone would have determined what to create it. The Jewish Community of Israel, or Knesset Yisroel, is the term used to describe Azilut man on this level. He is a composite person who embodies the spiritual potential of all humanity. Up until the end of time in one bundle, existing in God’s thoughts similarly to a choir
4. The Level of Briah
In the next stage of the developing world. As the first concealing curtain falls, the Divine energy cleaves itself from God. Behind this curtain lies Briah’s world, known as ‘creation’ in English. Hebrew is quite exact when it comes to spiritual concerns. The word “Briah” refers to the creation of something out of nothing, or “creation ex nihilo” in religious terms. Genesis depicts God dividing Briah through speech. Ten times, God proclaimed, “Let there be…” to actualize the world of Briah.
“Briah signifies the creation of
Something out of nothing”
5. Man and the world of Briah
Speech is defined as the Divine force being separated from its source. Briah is the curtain that creates this initial layer of separation. Moreover, Man is referred to as a Neshama, or Soul, in the Briah universe. In fact, he is both male and female. However, at this level of Briah, man is both male and female as one person. Because his male and female components have not yet combined to form different components. He has already formed the composite man of Knesset Yisrael into an individual form. God therefore created both males and females in His likeness, hence the term “Vayivrah,” which comes from the word “bariah.” (Genesis 1:17)
Connection and Unity
In addition, the soul serves as a unifying force. Forging connections between people and fostering a sense of unity. Similarly, research indicates that the soul’s appearance intertwines with the collective knowledge of a community, reflecting the shared values, beliefs, and aspirations of its members.
In conclusion, the visual depiction of a soul eludes concrete definition. As it surpasses the confines of physical appearance. Instead, the soul manifests through our actions, emotions, and connections with others. It is an intangible force that radiates love, kindness, and compassion. Therefore, let us embrace the mystery of the soul and focus on nurturing its essence within ourselves. And fostering connections that celebrate our shared humanity.
1. What is a soul?
People consider the soul to be the non-physical essence or spiritual aspect of a person. It encompasses their knowledge, emotions, and uniqueness.
2. Can the soul be seen?
You can’t see a soul with your naked eye – it’s not part of the physical world. Instead, you experience it through the things we do, how we feel, and the bonds we forge. Our actions, emotions, and connections act as windows, revealing the essence of who we are – our soul.
3. Does everyone have a soul?
The concept of the soul varies across different belief systems and philosophies. However, in many traditions, it is believed that all living beings possess a soul.
4. What is the purpose of the soul?
The purpose of the soul is a matter of philosophic and spiritual reading. Personal growth, self-discovery, and the pursuit of higher knowledge. Satori are frequent companions on the journey of the sense of the soul.
5. Can a soul change or evolve?
Many belief systems suggest that. The soul can undergo change and growth through experiences and spiritual practices. Some religious and spiritual traditions hold that the soul evolves over multiple lifetimes.
6. Can souls connect with each other?
Souls, some believe, can reach out and forge profound bonds with each other. These connections often blossom from love, empathy, and shared experiences, like blossoming flowers reaching for the sun.