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Your soul is that aspect of yourself that is eternal. This does not mean it lives for a very long time.
Eternity is not within time. It is outside of time. Your soul is not born and thus does not die. It expresses through the form of the body. This is the meaning of the Biblical phrase:-
I am in the world but not of the world—John 17:16
I like to use the analogy of the sun and sunbeam to describe the Soul.
Imagine there is a sun that shines forever. This is what we refer to as Spirit or God. The soul is as a sunbeam shining forth from this eternal source of Light and Love.
This shining forth from the Source of Light and Love is what it means when the Bible says you are made in the image of God.
The experience of spiritual awakening allows you to KNOW this as REAL. This is not more information. It is not an intellectual concept or belief. You might intellectually appreciate the idea, but the experience will blow your personal mind into the Infinite.
Your soul is the nearest NO-THING to God or Love. If you have not awakened to this KNOWING of your magnificence, then you are but a guest on this dark earth (Poem—The Holy Longing—Goethe)
Anyone who has had a genuine spiritual awakening only desires one thing. The poet Hafiz says it this way.
I wish that when you are lonely and in darkness that I could show you the magnificent light of your own being—Hafiz.