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    Q&A — Body and Soul Relationships, 09/21/2011

    [From time to time I receive questions through email or blog comments about spiritual and soul therapy issues. I know in my heart that these delightful inquiries from a few kind people actually respond to similar questions by many participants in The Soul Channel. So I have decided to share portions of the questions and responses without identifying the source of the inquiry.]


    If the soul is eternal and the physical body is finite, then it seems that the soul joins a body and goes along for the ride during a physical life. In this respect, the soul could be seen as a parasite on, or within, the physical body. If this is remotely correct, then it leads to a troubling question: Can a physical body exist without a soul and, if so, how would it behave or live differently than a body with a soul?

    Edited Response:

    There are two components to this inquiry, which was received as a comment from a participant to The Soul Channel. The first is the concept of a ‘parasitic relationship’ between the soul and the physical body; or do they have a synergistic symbiotic relationship? The second component is the integrated question of the ability of the body to exist without a soul.

    A parasite can be defined something which receives support, advantage, or the like, from another without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others. What elevates modern humans beyond their less intellectually evolved ancestors? The answer is the soul, which provides several defining aspects to modern humans, including but not limited to:

    • A more advanced level of intelligence, including technological insights;
    • Meaning and purpose to physical life — an instinctive need to evolve; and
    • Life sustaining energy.

    Meaning and Purpose are Instinctive to Human Life

    The intelligence concept receives regular injections of discourse through the various media and literature, so it will not be debated further herein. Meaning and purpose bears further examination, as it is a true separator of mankind from other animal species. The book entitled The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince states the following about this instinctive need for societies and for individuals to achieve and to evolve:

    “There has never been a culture — from rain forest tribes to the greatest civilizations such as Rome, Ancient Egypt or even the modern West — which did not begin with an understanding of the world based on a belief that is both purposeful and meaningful, arising from a supernatural order of things. It, and everything in it, are here for a reason. This way of looking at the world is not learned, but instinctive — it comes naturally to the individual.”

    In contrast, other animal species are not concerned with evolutionary achievements, and they do not bother themselves with the meaning and purpose of life. These concepts stem from a source which is distinctively separate from animal nature; so from where do humans acquire these instinctive qualities? I believe they are a critical contribution of the soul as it seeks to fulfill its physical and continuing spiritual life plans.

    Life Sustaining Energy from the Soul

    Some religions and spiritualists document the concept of the “silver cord”, which is the constant energetic connection between the soul and the body. When a soul is assigned to a physical body, its silver cord of life-sustaining energy is connected during pregnancy; this connection remains throughout the physical life; when disconnected, the body dies shortly thereafter. Disconnecting the silver cord is the last action of the soul with the physical body.

    The following is a visual representation of the silver cord and its continuous connection to the physical body during an out-of-body experience. This image was duplicated from Kevin William’s website on “The NDE and the Silver Cord” (where NDE refers to ‘near death experience’).

    Out of Body Experience and the Silver Cord

    Silver Cord and Out of Body Experience

    The concept of the silver cord is even addressed in the Bible:

    “Remember him – before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:6 – 7) (Note the concept ‘from dust to dust’.)

    There is also physical life evidence of this life sustaining relationship. Volume 2 of the two-volume book set, Regression Therapy: A Handbook For Professionals (Two Volume Set), includes a wonderful chapter by Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., who is also known as the Mother of Holistic Medicine, is the founder of In The Womb Project, and is one of the most respected physicians in the world. Her contribution to the Regression Therapy Handbook appears in Chapter V of Volume II and is entitled New Light on Abortion.”

    As one of the early regression therapists, Dr. McGarey recognized the critical energy connection between the baby in the womb and its assigned soul (referred to herein for clarity as the ‘baby soul’). This also lead to the realization that, if the baby soul disconnected the silver cord — essentially withdrawing its life-sustaining energy — the fetus would abort automatically. Applying a carefully developed and spiritually sensitive protocol with clients and family members of women who were struggling with an unwanted or untimely pregnancy and who did not want a medical abortion, Dr. McGarey communicated with the baby soul to explain the situation and the client’s desire to postpone birth to a later pregnancy. If the baby soul agreed to withdraw its life-sustaining energy, thereby postponing birth to a future time and different pregnancy circumstances, the physical fetus would typically abort without medical intervention and within 24 hours. This could reasonably be considered either as an act of ‘divine intervention’ or as a soul exercising its freedom of choice provided by the Creator.

    As a side note, the article in the Regression Therapy Handbook by Dr. McGarey had a profound impact on my understanding of interactions between baby and soul within the womb, leading to other types of protocols and communications with baby souls. Thank you, Gladys!

    As to the question of the ability of the body to exist without a soul, the previous paragraphs provide a sound response.

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