Is there a difference between "soul" and "spirit."?
Hello, Anon! So, I think it depends on who you ask, but if you want my opinion (and I’ll try to keep this short, ‘cause I could go on forever), then yes, I think there is a difference and here’s the breakdown of how I define those two things…
Soul: the massive energetic core of who we are. In my belief, this is kinda like a “powerhouse” connected to potentially multiple facets, be it “you” in multiple lifetimes and/or be it “you” living on different planes with severed consciousness, but a shared soul (I may talk about this theory in depth one day, but today is not that day).
Let’s just say that I consider the soul to be something that is… not entirely within us the way that religions like Christianity conceptualize it. For me, it’s more like I’m “plugged into” my soul, but not that it’s wholly manifested within this present form.
Spirit: the far more variable term between the two, in my opinion. It could refer to (1) the facet of the soul that remains after death in the event of trauma, etc preventing that facet from reconnecting with the “source” (the soul entire); (2) the “etheric consciousness,” if you will, of the present facet/life energy, which is what I theorize we “project” into the astral; OR (3) a simple poetic reference to the energy and “vibes” of a person.
And that, in short, is what I feel the difference is. I don’t claim to be any expert on soul theory, so yes, I could be wrong, but so could anyone else with an opinion since it’s hardly something we can prove objectively. -shrug- I hope this gives you something to consider though! Maybe something to build your own theory off of. I’d suggest asking other people’s opinion to see if you notice any common threads of belief (do it for science, haha). <3