Spirit is the invisible-to-the-eye animating agent that brings vitality to otherwise lifeless matter.
A soul is an individual unit of sentient life. It is the spiritual being.
Souls, so far as we can tell, are of the same quality as spirit. Souls seem to be distinguishable from spirit by carrying the notion of individuality or demonstrating it through operation of, and identifying with, an organism and exercising some measure of sentience.
Thoughts are those considerations, ideas, intentions, and similar units of mental creation of other descriptions that are produced by souls.
Mind is the combination of, or repository of, thoughts generated by souls, including mental mechanisms and systems devised by individual souls to satisfy interest, curiosity, and convenience.
Physical matter reality consists of the observable, measurable components and combinations of energy and matter in space and time.
The body is the physical human organism that is distinguishable from soul or spirit, but which is animated and operated by spirit or soul. When imbued with soul or spirit the body is alive.
Spirit, soul and thought can only be measured indirectly. That is because they do not apparently consist of energy and matter located in space and time. However, they can be observed to create effects in physical matter reality. They can only be objectively evaluated against those effects that they create in the physical matter reality universe. Because soul and spirit cannot be observed directly through the five senses nor measured by physical matter reality instruments, they have largely been ignored or denied by many sciences. That ignorance is more recently being challenged by modern thinkers conversant in both advances in science and traditions of spirit.
Whether souls are actually separate units or individual manifestations of a greater, all-encompassing body of spirit is a philosophical question that has been argued through the ages. Since neither can be measured and directly scientifically evaluated nor described precisely by words, ultimately that question is answered by each individual in accordance with his or her own perceptions, awareness, experiences, knowledge, beliefs, and conscience.
This work is designed to assist an individual become more acquainted with soul and spirit. It is based upon the idea that increasing such familiarity can lead to more spiritually fulfilling states of awareness or consciousness and more meaningful lives.
A soul is capable of the creation of effects on other souls and physical matter reality. It does so through animation, the as yet scientifically inexplicable process of bestowing life. It also apparently does so through thought. A being’s considerations are so effective that they seem to dictate how others and the world itself appear and how they affect the individual. Wayne Dyer has said, ‘when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’ That would serve as a fine exercise to test for yourself to determine whether the ideas conveyed here have any validity or appeal for you. Before you continue reading try it for yourself. Alter your own viewpoint in any fashion you choose, then go out and take a walk or a ride or a drive and see how the world appears from that new viewpoint. If you are undecided on how to change your viewpoint, try to assume a more optimistic, positive outlook; then take your walk or your ride with that attitude. From this new point of view talk to people you have talked to before from an earlier viewpoint or outlook. See whether your change of viewpoint and outlook creates an effect upon others and whether it changes the way things look to you; even if only ever so slightly.
If and when you see that your considerations can change the world and even the people in it, you may wish to continue reading.