Answer me this #16

What are your thoughts on ensoulment?

  • When does it happen?
  • Where does it happen?
  • How do we know it has happened?
  • Where does a soul come from?

No need to specifically answer the bulleted questions. They are merely thinking prompts.

16 thoughts on “Answer me this #16”

  1. I love this quote by C.S. Lewis:  “You don’t have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body.”  🙂

  2. What a thought-provoking question! I don’t have an answer, but I’ve always wondered about the souls of people who are permanently comatose.

    I saw a documentary recently about a society (I can’t remember who) that believes it happens at one year of age and they have a special ceremony for it.

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  5. I always seem to go back to the movie, ‘Defending Your Life’ when I think about this stuff. I feel like the soul enters the body at some point after birth. It seems like so much of the body is a reflex in the beginning (& in the end). I also feel like time on earth is not the same as where it is on a soul level. So it could feel like an instant to us but a very calculated amount of time to a soul.

    But what do I know? (Except I love these questions)

  6. I think the soul enters the body at conception, but some of those souls aren’t meant to make it to birth.  Which is sad.  So, I’m going out to drink some wine and make myself feel better.

    Random thoughts from my crazy brain…

  7. Hmmm…I am skeptical that there is even a soul. I see the body, I suppose, as a machine that loses its spark when a critical amount of its working parts cease working. I’m not sure I personally have a psychological “need” for there to be a soul- though i appreciate that I am very much in the minority.

    That said, I treasured that little “spark” that became our son from the very first flickerings of his heart, and continue to do so. Whether or not there is a soul, life certainly remains precious to me.

  8. The coma question is a good one.

    And how fascinating about having an ensoulment ceremony for a child!

  9. I need to watch that movie again.

    I agree with you that time is a construct that may mean nothing to a soul.

  10. I’m not sure I agree that conception = ensoulment, but I do agree that some souls, for whatever reason (choice, even?) don’t stay ensouled through birth.

    A glass of wine can bring clarity! Cheers!

  11. This is deep, as are all of your “Answer Me This” questions.

    I believe souls are individual expressions of Divine energy. As such, the soul comes into our human life to experience life as we know it — learning lessons, connecting with other souls, etc.

    I’m not sure a soul’s existence starts or ends…perhaps it just is…which may also be connected to the concept of “time.” 

    Perhaps this is how and why some people are intuitive and psychic. They can connect into the constant energy of all that is (re-connect to the one Divine soul) and can sense what is coming next — because it all happens at once anyway.

    It’s fun to ponder such questions and to read what others think. Thank you!

  12. I’m of the same school of thought as C.S. Lewis (love him) and “A” on this one. We *are* souls, and have been from the moment we begin to exist, or at conception, if I can combine those two thoughts. Our bodies which formed in utero, are merely shells to house our souls. And even though our bodies die, our soul never does!

  13. I know I’m late to the discussion, but I agree with Sheri and mamabird. If we *are* souls, then as soon as our body/vessel takes shape, that’s when the outside world meets our soul. But we existed before that body and we will continue to exist long after it.

    I love these questions as well!!

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