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What’s the difference between a ‘soul’ and ‘consciousness’?

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  • A soul is produced by the coming together of a body and a spirit to form a sentient being – in the book of Genesis it is written that “God breathed [the word for breath is also the word spirit] into Adam, and Adam became a living soul.”
    The soul is the complete person – consciousness is the person’s awareness of their own soul and all it interacts with. It’s a very discrete difference, but it exists nonetheless. You are still “a living soul” when you are unconscious during a surgery, but obviously you are not conscious of that fact during that time. If you are frozen and held in suspended animation either by accident or by cryogenics, there may still be “life” in your body, thus meaning you are still “a living soul” but you are not conscious of the passage of time. (The word for soul in greek is psyche, which also means “life” depending on the context.)

    I believe at the point of death that your consciousness separates from your body, retaining some characteristics that it had while in your body – I believe therefore that you are then a conscious soul that no longer is dependent on the body-spirit connection to exist either as conscious or as a soul -but the spirit now compensates and becomes a “spirit-body” in which the soul can take up permanent consciousness without physical properties. But this part is conjecture, and could be wrong. Perhaps we’ll talk about it when it happens for both of us :)

  • Completely separate ideology’s of concept one being the spirit that lingers after death and the other is for the living. Well that is what I reckon anyway like.

  • Consciousness is part of your soul . Actually “Soul” (psuche), MEANS….physical life and its consciousness. So, there is no difference in that respect.

  • There is no difference. “Soul” is a word created to attempt to put a label on that which breathes through Physical form.

    It is really much, much bigger than what is understood by Human Beings. Much like there is no point where the air in your living room ends and your dining room begins—there is no point in which one “soul” ends and the next begins.

    This is tricky to explain in terms understandable (or available) from a Human perspective, but it has much to do with that which we call Time and Space, which are both (helpful) illusions.

    We hear over and over how “we are all one” and “one love”, etc. And that is the reality—there is no true separation between you and that tree and that rock and your neighbor. However, the gift of the Time-Space illusion allows us to experience the expansion of the universe in a more enjoyable way than watching a blinding and indescribably enormous explosion.

    Which is somewhat what it would look like through Human perspective (which could not live through it anyway).

  • There’s a big difference; consciousness is real and soul is a made-up concept.

    In this particular case I’m using the term consciousness to mean a state of awareness or state of brain function. Even self-consciousness can be observed and quantified.

    Soul is a fabricated concept, like “justice” or “fairness”. Actually, that’s not even a good example because justice and fairness can exist, they simply exist according to what we SAY they are. They don’t exist outside our perception of them; they are not “real.” Likewise, the concept of a soul is not real.

  • Everyone who is awake and not brain injured is conscious. But most people don’t have soul. And of the people who do have soul, some have a lot more soul than others. Like James Brown.

  • Soul is mere imagination of men.
    Consciousness is illusion of reality from thread of discrete states of human mind (over spatial-temporal dimension).

    I wonder, if they are exist,
    what happened on both, if a person going insane?

  • consciousness has to do with your own identity…being aware of yourself and your response to input from our world.
    Soul doesn’t exist. Unless you are talking about James Brown or Pfunk.

  • I guess one example is soul is like your being itself. Who and what you are, while as consciousness is basically felling alive, being alive, or having a sense of being in general… Sorry I’m no expert but that’s kind of what i think lol…

  • They’re two completely different things. A soul is the moral or emotional nature of a human being, and consciousness is the state of awareness of one’s own feelings, what is happening around one, etc.

  • We have consciousness when we are alive
    when we die our soul live,s on in Hell or Heaven
    which ever we choose.but the dead no nothing

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