Soul – An essence that exists within a living thing regardless of the matter it is made of and that gives life to creatures. There are three known methods to approach this topic: scientific, religious, and philosophical. Psycheology is the branch of science that deals with the study of the soul. From the discovery of inscribed slabs and stones, archeologists have confirmed that ancient people had been aware of the idea of the soul. The concept was first discovered in the eighth century. Pythagoras claimed that the soul comprised of three parts: intelligence, reason, and passion.
Some believe that body and soul end at death while others adopted the belief that the soul was immortal and was instilled in bodies on their creation. More often than not, the soul is associated with religion. Almost all religions on the earth have a similar view regarding the soul – that it survives death and lives on. Today, we know this concept through death – the departure of the soul from the body. But is there a deeper, more scientific meaning to this essence that everyone acknowledges, but none has proven? With rigorous research in every field of science, scientists are no close to uncovering the meaning behind the soul. Neuroscientists argue that self-consciousness, free will, and mind are associated with the soul.
The notion of the soul originates from our belief in the continuance of our existence after death. Through this essence, we think and feel. However, the modern paradigm of science does not acknowledge the spiritual facet of life and therefore has not provided any concrete explanation on this topic. Notable physicist and engineer, Nikola Tesla once quoted, “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” In light of recent events, researches have been launched on the life of the universe. It is not possible that a creation so vast and complex could simply be made of atoms. A new study called Biocentrism has been introduced in the twenty-first century that explains life in living creatures and deals with how the earth works. Biocentrism will give answers to mysterious questions about life and consciousness. The research is still in progress as scientists are hunting for evidence of how human consciousness could be defined and proof for the existence of the soul.
We bear time and space within our physical bodies and once these bodies are decayed, the time and space transport back to the Universe. Humans never really depart from the universe. Their body decays and becomes a new creature or the atoms just wander about in the atmosphere. Likewise, the soul remains in this world. The essence that makes a human being conscious of its actions and emotions does not die but becomes a part of this universe in a different manner. Where does our sixth sense come from - the gut feeling, the intuition? Our consciousness, which is an important part of our soul, is what shapes reality. Our ability to make decisions, to choose between right and wrong, is all the puppetry of the soul. Why do you think a table can’t decide where to put itself? Because it does not have a soul, thus it is not alive. Without the soul, humans are just a pile of carbon and proteins.
When we use the word “lively”, we mean that that person or thing seems to be full of life, that they have a soul that makes them look alive. And when someone suffers through grief and is depressed, a phrase is often used for them, “a dead person walking”, because their soul is hurt so their entire existence has been affected by that. Instead of science, these little happenings in our daily routines provide us more than enough evidence to believe in the notion of soul.
As Pythagoras said, passion and reason are integral characteristics of a soul. When we say that something or someone has touched our heart, it is not the heart, but in reality, it is the soul. We feel when we are passionate about something and we think when something dawns on us suddenly or when we provide a reason for something. While some might say that this is the outcome of some chemical reactions in the brain, it is actually the soul. The soul gives life to our body and provides an explanation for things science does not has an answer for.
Science might not have advanced enough to physically prove the existence of the soul, but it is there within us and we are aware of it. As Einstein said, “Without religion, there is no science and without science, there is no religion”, likewise, it is not imperative to demand scientific proof of every belief and belief is also a part of the soul. With the prosperity of humankind, those looking for desperate answers will find them within themselves as the soul will guide them.