so.. the discussion has come up on several occassions regarding souls and all of this sort of thing, but i've not really heard what this soul is actually supposed to be.
as we have a few different traditions which have a teaching of souls, i would be interested in seeing any and all views which believe that there is a soul. i have a few questions in regards to this subject, which i'll pose now and see how it goes.
1. What is a soul?
2. If it is not consiousness, how is it different from consciousness?
3. Do i have one?
4. How can i test to see if i have one?
5. What does the idea of a soul do for you? i.e. in what manner does your religious tradition affirm the existence of a soul and what it's purpose (if any) is?
it's a bit of a sticky one, so i'll thank you in advance for your time and answers