Woul like to express it in a very simle way. At the time of conception some departed soul enters the mother;s womb and new life starts. We call that life soul or consciosness, depending our belief systems. After birth body , mind starts growing. Here consciousness plays double role, those who want to achieve at materialistic level they start expanding their consciosness out wordly, and a selected few prefer expansion inwardly. After many years of birth decay of the body starts , and charging of the mind with cosmic energy deteriorates on cognitive plane. At one stage mind stops receiving cosmic energy and body dies. In other words body remains alive so far it has a capacity to receive cosmic energy to remain conscious. Hence we can safely conclude that soul is the name given to consciousness which functions purely on cosmic energy.
Consciousness cannot be reduced to simply bodily functions. I can love someone with all my heart, but I might leave them because I know that if I stay I will cause them more harm than good. This 'knowing' is my ability to override my 'body's chemical' or hormone that induces love, and if this can be achieved, then it cannot be the bodily function that overrides itself. There has to be another element that allows me to do this, and that is my 'knowing', 'being', or simply, my consciousness.
If consciousness is not the soul, what is?
I believe it is simple, throughout all of time all of man has had only two paths to choose from - Walk AWAY from ones self or walk TOWARDS oneself. Which begs the question what is ones self and what exactly is walking towards this 'self'?. To walk away is to utilize our animal like instincts s of survival - pleasure, violence, power- what ever it takes to not face our pain. On the other hand - overcoming those tendencies means to apply self awareness to realize what we are doing and the direction we are going and turn the ship around. - This is in my opinion is a clear example of our soul overcoming our ego or animalistic self. Consciousness and self-awareness are the power of our soul - the more we have the truer and more fulfilling our life will be.
At death only the physical body ceases to exist but the consciousness or soul/spirit remains. Our brains do not produce consciousness, it is just a receptor for it, and consciousness exist completely independent from the brain which is only the medium for the consciousness to manifest at a physical level.
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If true, consciousness exist thought the universe on a quantum level & we tune into it via micro tubules in the brain. Existence at the quantum level makes any notion of consciousness mortality trivial, the quantum information is preserved, as far as we know quantum info even survives black holes....
This is a consciousness extending a means to communicate to another consciousness(s) while adhering to its physical and non-physical condition. It is evident to me that the body and soul are polar manners of existence that at some juncture has to have a point or platform of interaction, thus a nexus such as consciousness is manifested. You could further make the distinction of brain and mind as one tends to the collection of data and the other utilizes of that data, every self is a collection of data reviewed,recycled retooled for the self to utilize. The very nature of the soul is non-material, devoid of physical (collective). The soul initiates utilization, what is utilized depends on the impact of the data when received through the senses. By physical terms the soul can only be observed as an afterlife aware the term is misleading. The physical is finite bond to eventually dematerialize, therefore the memories(data) dies but the impact the data makes on the soul perpetuates indefinitely. Consciousness is the point of contact between the finite and the infinite.
I am neither a physicist nor I theologian. It is proven that everything in the universe is connected. And based on my studies, it appears as if God is no more or no less and energy. Based on the scientific facts that are available today, there is a direct link between metaphysics and spirituality. With quantum physics being the glue that holds everything together from a scientific stand point.
Reason why I say this, and in fact I could go so far as to say even God is consciousness, is because of all the statements you see in nearly every scripture that talk of an energy form or something within whether you call it God or Allah or Brahman or whatever else. Taoism states of a life force and energy within the Universe and every living and non-living being. Buddhism states that the "Mind is everything". Islam has a quote from Mohammed that states, "Man is my mystery and I am his mystery, for I am he himself and he is also myself". Jesus Christ is considered to be God, but I also think he meant We all are God too, as he said in John 10:34, "Is it not written in your Laws, "I have said 'you are gods'"?". In Hinduism, Krishna tells Arjuna that he resides in every being and even the non-living, including Arjuna, and also Krishna himself. Judaism believes that God can see through the eyes of everyone and everything, hence the name "All-seeing", plus there's the quote "I AM THAT I AM", or an even better translation from Hebrew, "I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE."
In my opinion, all these are all a same Truth, just a different interpretation and culture added to it. The Soul is the Consciousness because the Soul and Consciousness are also what God, Allah, Brahman, Tao, Kami, the Source, and whatever other name you have for It, and Us. So yes, I believe the Consciousness is the Soul, and the Soul is the branch of what we actually are deep inside, and that is God itself - We just are still behind the veil of the Ego to see what the Purest and most Awe-Inspiring Truth of it is... We're all correct, and We're all God, We just don't want to face it. And what God is, what the Soul is - which the Soul is just a single branch of what all of God is - is what the Consciousness is, especially at Its purest form.
This is just my thoughts on it, you all are always free to believe what you believe and follow your paths as well. May Peace and Universal Truth be found within every one of Us.
A soul is an eternal being. Your soul consciousness is your life force. It is the motivating force. When the body dies, the soul continues to exist. Your mind consciousness or brain is a part of your body. Your soul consciouness does not die. Your soul is your true consciousness. For example, I had an out-of-body experience. In this out-of-body experience, my soul separated from my body. Looking at my body, this was my soul consciousness "I" viewing my body which later re-entered my body and "I" woke up. While out of my body, I feel "I" had a choice to make, to follow voices in the light or come back home. "I" was not ready to leave so, I returned to my body.
I had this thought last night while i was going to sleep and thought why not...I believe our consiousness is what is left after our physical body dies and i believe that we are eternal beings. This is an interesting idea. I have been taking nootropics for the last couple weeks and it is boosting my imagination for anyone interested i recommend alpha brain.
I said no to the question only because I think this is a religious type topic which is always a touchy subject to people. Consciousness is an actual word of an action our bodies preform. When you are Conscious your body is in a state of awareness. Your soul on the other hand is what most religious people think is ones life source. The one thing that keeps us alive whether that is in a conscious or unconscious body state. So the two in a spiritual cannot be one in the same.
Consciousness is nothing more than a complex set of chemical signals in our brains. Our thoughts about a god are chemical signals. Our minds created and sustain a belief in a higher power because of our of death. That is a chemical signal. We created God. How is this disputable?
Consciousness and subconsciousness are bodily functions of the brain keeping the physical body connected to the physical world. And when the body dies, that connection of one's former body-self to the physical world dissolves.
The soul is the connection of one's consciousness/subconsciousness to the non physical world [universe] When consciousness/subconsciousness dissolves with bodily death, the soul's connection with the physical world dissolves too. Once the link between consciousness/subconsciousness and the soul is dissolved, the soul returns to the non-physical world/universe.
1) Current astrophysics theory estimates that the visible [physical] universe contains just >5% of the mass of the universe while dark energy and dark matter [so far, non-physical] is >95% of the universe's mass.
2) Sir Roger Penrose, among other significant theorists, proposes that there is a quantum connection between consciousness and the soul. That is, in quantum mechanics, particles can and are, essentially, in two places at the same time. Penrose with Prof. Stuart Hameroff have hypothesized that under quantum biology, there is an alternating connection of quantum particles that link consciousness with the universe [Penrose does not infer that that link is one's soul while Hameroff does infer that the link connects consciousness with the soul].
The soul is the inner self. It is aware, perceiving, attentive, thinking and analytical. Consciousness is a state of the soul. A baby apprehends. He/she knows intuitively based on experience from the senses. The brain creates representations: appearances, tastes, sounds, smells and feels. The soul experiences the senses that the brain portrays and learns what the representations mean.
Without a soul a person would be an automaton reacting to reality without knowing. The source, physical features and location of the soul is not known. But the existence soul is obvious to people who have one.
Souls resides in living human beings, that you are conscious of it or not.
Consciousness is like a multidimensional awareness of the, All That is/The Big Picture, that is contained in all forms of existence, in all creations on Earth and beyond.
Maybe Consciousness and existence have a special affinity.
I do not think consciousness is your sould because I don't believe there is an extra thing inside us like the soul. I think consciousness is just what it is, consciousness. There is no soul inside you that escapes when you die. Your alive because every part of your body is functioning properly.
I believe that when we die, our souls die with us. However, I do believe that we all have one universal consciousness that has lived since the beginning of time. I think that our souls are nothing more than neurological manifestations of our genetic programming and past experiences. I think that it is very hard for the consciousness to die because the consciousness IS THE UNIVERSE. I think that even things that don't have minds (including plants and inanimate objects) have consciousness. I believe that we might truly die when the theoretical day comes that the universe collapses upon itself and is destroyed. If I can truly believe believe this, then I have no reason to fear death. However, I don't want to die because I like living.
Consciousness is a symptom of a soul. Just simillar to heat nnd light are the symptom of a soul. Fire may present in one place, but heat nd light spread to all over d area, llarly soul is situated in d heart but consciouness is spread over d body. This knowledge self one can properly understand by studing authorised scriptures not by speculation.
Our conscious is something we cannot live without. It is the brain's memories of things taught and lived in a modified state. The soul, on the other hand, is something that we are born with and that grows with us. You see, one is a bank of things done and the other is what fills that bank.
Consciousness and the soul are two opposite things. You can have one without the other. You can have your soul while not being conscious. Therefore concluding that consciousness cannot possibly be the soul because you would not be able to have a soul if you are not conscious. Those who are in a coma could have a soul, but meanwhile they do not have a conscious because they are in a comatose state.