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What is the soul

Soul = Heart.
Maybe we make this equation in a vague sense but when you look at it simply, as above, it hits home.

When we refer to the love we feel in our heart for someone, while there is a physical sensation within the region of our chest where our physical heart dwells, we speak not only of this sensation or the endearing thoughts we have for them: “It is an expression then of a mystical nature, yet very much in the way of the perfect understanding- if it is interpreted aright and not attempted to be seen just literal, but physical, mental and spiritual.” This is a line from someone’s reading by American Edgar Cayce, ‘the sleeping prophet’, who is definitely an interesting man, and while everything read should be taken with a grain of salt, this line struck me as an answer to a universal question that is so simple and can be translated into most if not every language. In fact, there are many languages that have at least one word that can mean heart or soul. Unfortunately when we don’t have the words for something, it’s harder to define exactly what that something is- whether a flavor, an emotion, a notion, or when trying to express to someone just how much you love them.

Indonesian has ‘sanubari’, meaning: heart, soul, bosom. Dutch has ‘ziel’, meaning: soul, mind, heart, psyche as well as gemoed meaning both mind and soul. Lithuanian has ‘dvasia’, meaning: spirit, soul, mind, breath, heart, ghost. Japanese has ‘seishin’, meaning: spirit, mind, soul, heart, intention.

It would behoove us to learn as many languages as we can for each offer a different way to express ourselves as well as definitions for feelings and ideas that English tends to ignore. For now we’ll have to do with heart and soul and know that we are speaking of them interchangeably, as that just makes sense.

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