Many ancient cultures embraced the concept of the mind consisting of conscious awareness (and unconscious) coexisting with the soul or super-conscious.

“Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Even though the Age of Reason in the 1700s largely cultivated a belief that human consciousness is merely a living body and a brain, the idea of consciousness beyond the physical seems to be gaining popularity in modern times.

“What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.”
Ray Charles

The soul has many synonyms, including, for example, super-conscious, higher-self, God-self, divine essence, sixth sense, and spirit. According to the tenets of reincarnation and karma, the soul is eternal and incarnates time and time again to learn specific lessons. Our findings show that the soul often has a different agenda than your earthly personality.

“You have to go through those mountains and valleys - because that's what life is: soul growth.”
Wayne Newton

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.”
Daniel Defoe

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
Helen Keller

Your higher-self is the mysterious side of yourself that you may temporarily access while in deep meditation and, or when you have piercing prophetic insight about the future.

A case could be made for what people believe to be the soul instead being the unconscious part of the mind, the subconscious. You may sometimes have dreams that dredge up unconscious notions.

However, it’s difficult to justify prophetic dreams being a mere function of your unconscious mind, particularly with vivid details of life circumstances that come to fruition. The idea that your soul, the direct connection to the all-knowing God-force, sometimes relays facets of actual future events to you via a dream state is much more logical than the source being your subconscious mind, which doesn’t possess a crystal ball.

Our findings show that those rare, conscious connections to your soul, divinatory flashes of insight, tend to increase due to two things: making a consistent effort to be centered such as though regular meditation, and your collective astrological and numerological timing being conducive to consciously accessing your higher-self’s knowledge.

While you are connecting with your soul and having psychic impressions, you’re tapping into the other side, the higher-dimensions or Akashic Records, where all information about the past, present and future is stored.

If you were able to consciously peruse these records at your leisure, we suspect you would get the distinct impression that karma (which works in conjunction with reincarnation) is a valid concept, it must be balanced directly through experience, and it is one of the most important universal laws linked to your soul.

“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.”
King Solomon

“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
Oscar Wilde

“The only thing you can take with you is that which you have given away.”
Frank Capra

Your subconscious mind is where all past and present life memories, fears, defenses, and inner talents are stored. We believe it’s separate from your super-conscious or soul, your direct connection to all that is in the unseen dimensions and the universe. Consciously acknowledging this part of your being is a big step toward ultimately taking full responsibility for your life, which helps you more easily make the most of it.

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