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What Is A Soul (Psyche) And Can It Ever Truly Be Lost?

Apr 29, 2006 09:42 AM
by Vincent


Here is my own rendition of a 'seven-fold ecomomy', although I'm not 
completely familiarized with Blavatsky's as of yet.

Firstly, here are the three states of ENERGY BEINGS, each one more 
material than the other, after the fashion of steam, water and ice,
in the context of evolutionary malleability (as per my weak
illustration, at least):

1. Spiritual Body (inherently divine and pure, but only percievable
in the context of a spiritually enlightened psyche)

2. Mystical Body (a darkened and fallen ghost form which veils the
spiritual body, being exuded on lesser astral frequencies, when an
entity's psyche is not otherwise spiritually enlightened)

3. Physical Body (our outermost physical shell which acts as a
vehicle to percieve and interact with the mortal reality around us
composed of lower frequency matter)

Secondly, the four primary components of the PSYCHE (Soul) which 
permeate the first three, either unconsciously, subconsciously or 

1. Mind (our thoughts; where we think)
2. Heart (our emotions; where we feel)
3. Will (our volition; where we choose)
4. Conscience (where we assess morality)



I believe that the soul (or 'psyche', greek New Testament
word 'psykekos', as opposed to 'pneuma' for spirit) consists of four
primary components:


1. Mind (our thoughts)
2. Heart (our emotions)
3. Will (our choice capacity)
4. Conscience (our moral compass)

These four components of the psyche also correlate to the four
primary components of 'psychological consciousness', by which we may
determine if a creature (an animal, a tree or a crazy person) is
psychologically conscious (or has a soul).


1. Capacity of Reason (can solve basic math problems, or strategize
through work obstacles; 1+1=2)

2. Capacity of Love and Affection (has a potential for kindness,
compassion, empathy for those who have had similar sufferings;
although retaliatory vengeance may at times exist, love is still in
there somewhere)

3. Capacity of Free Will (can choose what color clothes to wear, or
what direction to turn a car steering wheel; choices, in and of
themselves, are inherently non-moralistic)

4. Capacity of Conscience (likely a component physically located
within the brain, which only processes the literal event
consequences of a choice previously made; new choices only
become 'good' or 'evil' when experientially compared against the
consequences of past choices made, as firstly filtered through
limited subjective perception; 'did this choice hurt me last time,
thereby rendering the formerly chosen option evil?'; a conscience
can become hardened or hyper-sensitive, and even physically brain


Now do the following have souls?:

1. Humans - Human beings are considered psychologically sane when
these four components of consciousness are simultaneously
functional, but can be declared insane by a law court or doctor, if
all four components become simultaneously functionally impaired.

2. Dogs - Dogs likely possess all four of these components (they
have souls), albeit not as developed as humans, insofar as dogs can
do basic math (1+1=2), show affection by licking, choose what
dogtoys to play with, and feel bad afterward if they bite their

3. Computers - Computers, although possessing a capacity to 'reason'
through difficult math problems much quicker than people do,
nonetheless lack the affection of a dog.

4. Trees - Trees lack all four of these psychological capacities,
even though they can feel the warmth of sunlight and the wetness of
water, thereby rendering them capable of repositioning their
branches and roots in appropriate directions, insofar as trees
possess physical, but not psychological consciousness.



Personally, I would never ever declare a human being to
be 'soulless'.  I view such as a critical error.  It is every war
soldier or mass murderer who must first declare their victims to
be 'soulless', before such a one will have the hardenedness to kill
their victims. Declaring someone to be 'soulless' simply seems like
a self-desensitization tactic that someone engages in, before
hardening their heart towards that person.

For example, if I can declare someone to be a 'soulless thing', as
opposed to a human being of spiritual essence, I am then free to
perform any atrocity that I wish upon them.  For they are no longer
people to me, if they are 'soulless'.  I can kill them at war
without remorse, or likewise in a backalley somewhere.  Declaring
someone to be 'soulless' is the first step to dehumanizing them,
which eventually leads to harming them torturously in some way,
either physically or psychologically.



I believe that all people need to be held directly accountable for
thier actions, especially if they commit violent crimes against
humanity.  But I also believe that society shares a responsibility
in dehumanizing criminals.  It is government's and/or society's
unspoken declaration that a person is 'soulless' or 'inhuman' before
any criminal or enemy of the state is murdered and killed, either
via capital punishment or in war.  The allocation of 'inhumanness'
is merely a societal self-desensitization tactic, which is used for
the purpose of appeasing one's own retaliatory sense of conscience,
when punishing violent criminals or killing foreign war soldiers.

I don't believe that anyone is 'soulless' or 'non-human'.  Not even
the worst criminal.  Rather, a violent criminal may not be conscious
of the reality of their own humanness which originates on the
spiritual level in all people.  Hence, if society repeatedly tells
a person that they are 'soulless' or 'inhuman', then that person is
more likely to subsequently commit 'inhuman' acts, if the potential
criminal takes it to heart.

For example, if I tell a smart child that they are 'dumb' throughout
their youth, they may then begin to act 'dumb' in their adult life. 
If I tell a child that they are 'ugly', they may dress poorly or
engage in poor hygiene in their adult life.  If I tell a child that
they are 'evil' throughout their youth, then they are likely to
perform crimes as they age.

Hence, they are merely decieved into believing existential illusions
about themselves.  Yet in believing these illusions, they turn them
into existential realities, despite the existence of illusory
foundations.  These are self-fulfilling prophecies of doom.
Psychological lies made existentially true.  We have the power to
create and destroy, and we can do this both to our own lives and the
lives of others.



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