Solving The Mystery Of The Human Soul
By James Donahue
Theologians and philosophers
have debated for hundreds, if not thousands of years the existence and identification of the human soul.
That there is an argument
that this issue can perhaps be blamed on the old Hebrew text in the Book of Genesis where we read: “the Lord God made
man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life: and man became a living soul.”
New Testament writers
later warned that it is possible for us to lose the soul.
The questions then are:
what is a soul? Is there a difference between a soul and the human spirit? Is there something that makes us uniquely different
from the other animals that share this planet? How can we lose the soul?
Because of yet another
verse in Genesis, humans have assumed that there is something superior about us. This verse says God proclaimed we shall “have
dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
Because of our ability
to build, plan, organize and kill for no other reason than just the thrill of the hunt, we have not only taken dominion over
the other living creatures, we have literally brought many species into extinction and made house pets of others.
We have fished the seas,
ravaged the wildlife and brought the birds down out of the skies with our weapons.
But were we given the
right to do this? And who dared to put these words into an ancient book that Christians and Jews regard as sacred true text?
Does having dominion mean that we have the right to shoot and kill these creatures just for the sport of it?
Just because the
Hebrews believe a so-called author named Moses was inspired by a supreme power to write these words does not make them
something holy and unchallengeable. There is no proof that Moses even existed. We may well be victims of an elaborate hoax.
If we go back into the
original Hebrew text in Genesis, we discover something that might shock a few thinking religious zealots . . . if they dare
During the creation story,
on the fifth day, the elohim (gods) created “nephesh hayyah” or living souls. This appears to be a reference
to all living creatures.
When the Yahveh (God)
created the “ha-adam,” the text says he give him “nishmath hayyim (living breaths) and ha-adam became “nephesh
hayyah,” or a living soul.
Is there a difference?
Over the years, the Christian
and Hebrew scribes, while translating these verses, chose to make animals mere creatures and give man superiority over them.
They also changed the elohim into a monotheistic god. Thus they altered the translation to have us believe that a God-breathed
soul is unique, and puts a spark of our creator in each of us.
And from this slight
twist of hand has been constructed the belief that some humans, who live according to God’s standards, are chosen for
an eternal life in a place called Heaven, while others are condemned to an eternity in Hell. This is a fear-based form of
mind-control designed to enslave the masses.
And that, in a nutshell,
is a description of religion.
Now back to the soul.
We still have not answered the age-old question of just what it is, or even if it exists.
Surely there is something
unique about humans that animals don’t seem to possess. But what is it? We have an awareness of death, but there is
no proof that animals don’t share this. We can have empathy for others, but tests with animals have shown they too can
empathize. We have emotions and it is obvious, especially among pet owners, that animals share these traits as well.
We have intelligence.
Yet tests with dolphins and even the mysterious octopus have proven that these lovely creatures of the sea may be even
more advanced intellectually than humans. Other creatures, like the grey African parrot, also have shown remarkable intellectual
skills when put to the test.
But the haunting question
remains. Once we die and our bones turn to dust with the bones of the animals, does our spirit live on? There is no proof
that it does. And is the spirit the same thing as the soul?
So what can we claim
that is unique to man? We have bodies that allow us to construct, and we have used them to build monuments and empires. Animals
can’t physically do this. And most importantly, we have an advanced ability to communicate and keep records.
Humans collectively comprise the most advanced communication system that ever existed, certainly on this planet. It is said
that everything we think, write down, or dream goes into a database referred to as a collective unconsciousness.
It is possible that through
us, the living universe is made aware of itself? Was this the purpose of our creation?
Returning to those old
Hebrew words describing our creation, notice that we were all created from the dust of the earth.
This States then that
our bodies sprang from the Mother Earth. This is the animal part of what we are. The soul appears to be something
spiritual. The Hindu mystics perceive it as a brilliant ball of light or energy hanging directly over our heads.
who maintains the Crystalinks web site, says the Hindus believe this light over our heads also is called the Soul Star. It
is our personal link to Kether, or the creator. It is the personal link with the great light of the universe that makes us
truly something beyond mere mortals.
We were meant to be far
better than we are, but we forgot how to bring in that light and turn ourselves into the lighted beings we were designed to
Her Holiness Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi once said that if we sit quietly and
listen, we can hear our soul. It is a constant white noise, a relatively high-pitched "swishing" that we have become so accustomed
to hearing, most people rarely notice it. Sai Maa says that when we are on the correct path the soul lets us know because
the sound becomes more intense.
The soul is always with us, but rarely in us. It requires intense spiritual
effort to bring the soul into the body, and some people, if they are careless during their journey through life, may
lose their soul alltogether. They can lose their connection to the soul by failing to love one another, love the earth or
creation. Instead they devote their energy toward self-gratification through drugs or seeking wealth and fame.
How can we bring the soul into the body? According to the spiritual masters,
there must be a transformation; a trading of places between the human spirit and the soul. This is a form of mental and spiritual
evolution that has been blocked for thousands of years because of organized religious belief systems that have prevented us
from taking this final magnificent step.
Sai Maa writes in her book, Petals of Grace, that we all possess a divine blueprint,
an embodiment of light that is just waiting to be activated. “Encoded in your DNA is the eternal truth, the ‘one
breath’ of perfect union, the breath of Oneness. Through awareness and all together, we can love all and uplift the
planetary consciousness of being peace itself, by bringing the light of the I AM Presence, the Paramatman, here for all.”
Sai Maa teaches that even after being shocked into consciousness, if we expect to reach fulfillment
we must do the work. We must strive to be pure and to think pure thoughts. We cannot sit and do nothing and expect rewards.
Rather, we must learn, practice, and teach the knowledge given to us by the great masters.
To help us follow through, Sai Maa has created something called “Brain Illumination Meditation,”
a technique that helps us connect to the light to regularly purify the brain as well as the physical and subtle bodies.
The Abba Father said: “Humans contain so much light they are capable of becoming gods.
But the light is dimming from not knowing who they are and being told they mean nothing.” Indeed, the Christian church
teaches that all humans are born in a sinful condition and remain sinners throughout their lives. This is incorrect.
So how do we find and switch on this god-like power within?
The Abba Father says our “resonance needs to be turned up, not off. Turn on this light.
Go within, open every cell, look at all the light there.” (My wife, Doris, has worked for years as a medical technologist.
She has used high-powered electronic microscopes to look at human cells and says she has noticed that they glow. She says
what the Abba Father says is true. Our cells are filled with light.)
Abba Father continues: “Feel every cell communicating together. Raise the light now like
a flame, (with) sparks glowing. Keep this resonance in your head, using sparks glowing evermore. Do this quickly. Turn on.
Turn on. Lights glowing forever. Keep this momentum, feeling the glow.”
He says this power isn’t reserved for only a few select people, but it is available for
everyone. We are all capable of reaching “the ultimate fire. Use your cells. Use your brain. Use your open ideas about
yourself. Glow. No other is needed.
“Continue to turn on the light until you feel the warmth within. Now feel the sparks
at your fingertips. They are felt there, tingling. You are now turned on to your light source, never to be turned off. Keep
this flowing every day. Raise the light. Raise the frequency. You have begun!”
There is a sense by people all over the world that we are racing quickly
toward the end of the world as we know it. Some believe human extinction looms. In truth, we believe the world is preparing
to enter a new dimension and that humans need to be prepared for the transformation that is about to happen.
It makes sense that turning on this wonderful cellular light and getting
in tune with the soul is exactly what we need to be doing. Imagine that the transformation involves the trading of our spirit
for the soul. Once this happens, we all evolve at the same time and that old Genesis prophetic utterance of the elohim will
come true. He said: "Behold, the man is become as one of us."