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I don't have a Soul. I am Soul !
My reply to a question posed by another hubber M'Lady Grimm
What exactly is Soul?, Is it part of our consciousness? Do animals have Souls?
I got a better understanding of what Soul is when a friend declared:
"I DO NOT HAVE A SOUL !!! I AM SOUL !"
It just totally confirmed my contention since I was in grade school, and reversed the teachings in religion class where we were made to think that "we have a Soul. And Soul lives forever."
Yet for many years, I kept asking myself, "What am I? The body or the Soul? If I am the body that possesses the Soul, what happens when the body dies?"
However, I often mused: If I am Soul that possesses the body, then I will live forever, just like my religion says. I soon concluded: I AM SOUL. And my friend confirmed it.
Once I started to think in terms of I AM SOUL, instead of I HAVE A SOUL, everything started to make sense to me.
I started to realize that I, as Soul, was dreaming every night. My other persistent question in 2nd grade -- "If I (body) am asleep, who is dreaming?" -- was practically answered. Obviously, now I know the answer.
Soul, the real me, my real essense, is traveling while MY body rests and sleeps, to different dimensions, perhaps even the various planes of God.
Now I understand that each SOUL, you and I, IS A UNIQUE CONSCIOUSNESS, not a part of it, that experiences various situations, and learning the ways of love, of God.
SOUL is the divine essense of each and every living thing, evolving as we grow as consciousness from our experiences and interaction with other Souls -- minerals, ameoba, plants, animals, and man (the ultimate physical form of Soul).
So, I do believe that animals do not have Souls. ANIMALS ARE SOUL too, just like you and I.