The Mind & The Soul: Where Are They & How Can We Communicate With Them?

These are fascinating topics, and ones that present massive challenges to the way we approach human health. As humans, we are used to measuring reality with our body’s physical senses. We depend on this system so much that we even go so far as to deny the existence of anything that we can’t physically detect. As we invent new physical tools to enhance the range of our physical senses (like telescopes that help us see other galaxies, or microscopes that help us see bacteria), we expand our definition of real to include the new things we can see. As for things that our senses cannot detect–with or without the aid of physical tools–we are very resistant to accepting those things as being truly real. Instead, we treat their realities as questionable theories that only some of us choose to believe in. Supernatural beings fall into that second category. In their natural states, God, angels and demons cannot be detected by our physical senses. The only time we can physically sense these beings is when they choose to present themselves in a physical form. Such appearances are typically very brief, yet they happen far more often than humans realize. For example, demons enjoy showing up as ghosts in certain situations. Given how many ghost sightings happen around the world, why is there so much resistance to believing in the reality of demons? Because the ghostly costumes demons use don’t look like demons–instead they look like other kinds of creatures. When our eyes see a semi-transparent figure of a woman gliding down stairs, we assume that it is in fact a woman that we are seeing. We want to believe that the costume is giving us an accurate understanding of the kind of being we’re dealing with. We really don’t like the idea that some other, totally alien being is just putting on a show to trick us.

Now if a boy puts on a dinosaur costume and runs past your house, you’re not going to assume dinosaurs are once more roaming the land. Humans are comfortable with acknowledging a costume is being used if they already feel familiar with the being inside. Since a boy is a type of being we can detect with our senses, we can laugh at his dinosaur game and not feel threatened by his deception. But when that ghostly woman comes drifting into view, we suddenly feel very threatened. A normal woman shouldn’t look like she looks, and that puts us on edge. But to take it one step further and consider that she isn’t a woman at all, but some strange supernatural entity who is toying with us–well that is scary. We humans don’t like feeling scared and confused. Rather than acknowledge that our physical senses simply aren’t designed to help us in certain situations, we prefer to reject the reality of anything our senses can’t detect. If it looks at all like a woman, it must be a woman, and we will deal with her accordingly. Forget the idea of “evil spirits.” That’s just nonsense (we hope).

When it comes to the vast subject of human health and behavior, we employ the same logic that we use with supernatural entities: if we can’t detect it with our physical senses, it can’t be real. Think about that conclusion for a moment. Sounds ridiculously arrogant, doesn’t it? How can we possibly justify the assumption that our physical senses are the only true measure of reality? By now we have discovered countless limitations in ourselves. We’ve also collected mountains of evidence that the senses we rely on so much are very fickle measurement tools. My eyes see the color blue differently than yours do. Our noses will form different interpretations of the same flower’s scent. Our tongues will pull a different set of tastes from the same food. And while I know that you are experiencing the world differently than I am, I can’t know exactly what your experience is, because I am too limited to directly access anyone’s senses but my own. Yet in the midst of such extreme limitations and endless variations, humans in general insist that the only real “proof” that something actually exists if it can be directly detected by human senses (with or without the aid of physical tools). It is this ridiculous thinking that causes us to stop short of studying the things that impact us the most: our Creator, demons, and our own minds and souls. None of these things can be seen. None of them will show up on any kind of scan. Yet all of these things are affecting us every day.

A human by definition is a creature with four elements to its being, only one of which is physical. To deny the existence of the conscious, subconscious and soul is to suggest that a human is nothing more than the physical machine you see when you look in a mirror. When you try to understand or treat human problems based on such an absurd view, you’re like the car mechanic who attempts to fix his customer’s vehicle while refusing to acknowledge the existence of the vehicle’s engine. Because the mechanic refuses to open the hood of the car, he has no chance of identifying the vehicle’s true problem. Instead, he insists that the problem must lie with the sections of car that he personally recognizes: its cab, its tires, its exterior.

In modern medicine, the mind is considered synonymous with the brain. Well, no, these are two completely different things. The brain is just one of many physical organs within the human body. In common usage, the term mind is used as a catch-all term to refer to all three non-physical elements of the human body. Without realizing it, people are describing specific activities of the subconscious, conscious, and soul when they talk about what their “mind” is doing. For example, when you say, “I feel bad about forgetting my mother’s birthday,” you’re expressing a soul thought. When you say, “I’m too upset to concentrate,” that’s your conscious talking. When you say, “My father used to wear his hair like that man’s,” that’s your subconscious talking. All three of these non-physical elements are active whenever you talk to another human. The body is active as well, and it will also interject its own thoughts into a conversation. You might be discussing your travel plans with a friend when he suddenly shivers and says, “I think I’m sitting too close to the windows and getting a cold draft. Mind if we move somewhere else?” This is his body interrupting the conversation to get its own needs met.

Each of your four elements has its own personality, preferences, and interests. This makes you a very complex individual, and it makes your interactions with other humans very complex as well. When two humans get together, there are eight different elements interacting with each other. The fact that six of those elements are non-physical doesn’t make their activity any less important.

It bothers humans to no end that they can’t pinpoint a physical location for the soul, conscious and subconscious. But while we can’t pinpoint an exact location or measure the boundaries of these elements, it’s clear that they are bound in some way to the one element that we can see: the body. Where the body goes, the other three elements go. All four elements are linked to each other in a way that cannot be altered until physical death. Theories that we can separate our elements at will (such as astral projection), and get them to exist in isolation of each other are complete hooey. Just as a car’s engine can’t go lumbering down a highway all on its own, human souls can’t go flying about on their own whenever it suits them.

The Limits of the Soul

Now astral projection is a very popular idea, and whenever I call it out as being the guff that it is, a bunch of folks get all huffy and accuse me of not knowing what I’m talking about. Ironically, the ignorance on this issue lies on the other side. If people were better informed about how their own elements function, they would be better at identifying when they are being fed an illusion of reality instead of experiencing the real thing. For example, the soul does not have physical senses on its own. It doesn’t have eyes and ears. It doesn’t have a physical body in the way that we understand bodies. The absence of physical anatomy doesn’t make the soul inferior in any way. In fact its own method of communicating is incredibly efficient.

The natural soul language is a non-verbal, non-visual form of communication which is able to express extremely complex ideas super fast. The soul has its own set of what we would call emotions, and it has its own brand of logical thinking. Each human soul has its own personality as well as its own relationship dynamics with its three partner elements. But the soul does not have physical senses, which means that on its own, it is incapable of picking up sensory data (sights, sounds, textures, etc.). Yet what we find with people who claim to be going on soul trips (either through astral projection, near death experiences in which souls visit Heaven and Hell type dimensions, or in cases when people claim to travel through some special plane of reality to go spy on other humans from some non-physical state), is a very consistent and utterly ridiculous claim that the soul is independently collecting all kinds of sensory data.

Jane casts her soul into her sister’s apartment and reads the titles of some books on her sister’s bookcase. No, she doesn’t. Jane’s soul does not have physical eyes, and it cannot “see” a book or anything else. Plus eyes are only good for collecting data, not for analyzing it. It is only your subconscious that is capable of identifying visual feedback as being a book. Yet Jane claims to have left all of her other elements behind in her bedroom when she took her soul on a journey to her sister’s place. She then claims that her soul performed functions that it is not capable of performing.

When people claim that their souls physically left their bodies and went on to have vivid experiences of either Heaven or Hell, those experiences are always loaded with sensory data. People see and hear things that either delight or terrify them. They don’t just collect sensory data, they process it as well, which allows them to identify things like lush vegetation, lakes of fire, and supernatural creatures moving about. In such visions, supernatural beings always show up in physical forms–something they only do in real life when they want to be detected by the body specifically. Yet in testimonies about visits to “the other side,” people claim that only their soul had the experience. Nope. That’s not actually what happened.

In the kinds of situations I just described, some people are intentionally making up stories, but plenty of others are experiencing something quite intense–they are just misunderstanding what it is actually going on. Jane does receive an accurate and highly detailed image of her sister’s bookcase. When she physically gets out of bed and goes to her sister’s apartment, she sees the very same books that she thought she saw just using her soul. Yet in real life, Jane’s soul never left her body. Instead, she received a download of sensory data directly into her subconscious. That data was not collected by her eyes, which were closed at the time. Instead, the data arrived as a kind of “special delivery” from supernatural beings who are trying to deceive Jane about her soul’s abilities.

It is a very simple matter for certain kinds of supernatural beings to give humans sensory data that those humans didn’t collect on their own. The fact that we can be fed false data like this is one of the reasons we are so easy to deceive. But not all deceptions are bad. Deception can be a very good tool for calming distress, like when parents tell their children “everything’s fine” when the truth is that everything’s a mess. In cases of “visits to the other side,” some of these experiences are manufactured by God for the purpose of helping human souls move forward in their own development or get unstuck from some stalling point. To a devastated father, a vivid vision of seeing his young daughter happily running about in Heaven can be extremely helpful in enabling him to process his grief. Did the man’s soul really leave his body and travel to another dimension? No. Does that make his vision meaningless? Not at all. False experiences of reality that are crafted by supernatural entities can be very helpful or very harmful–it depends on how we react to them and what conclusions we end up drawing. To draw the right conclusions, it helps to understand our own limitations enough to recognize the difference between collecting our own experience and having an experience downloaded into us by a third party. Both types of experiences can feel equally real to us, and both end up added to our memory files for future reference. Yet while both kinds of experiences will have a lasting impact on us, understanding origin does matter, and can help us not draw the wrong conclusions.

Helpful Metaphors

Let’s summarize what we have so far. A human is a four-part being. One of those parts is physical (the body), while the other three are non-physical (the conscious, subconscious, and soul). While these four elements each have their own distinct personalities and unique functions, they are also bound together in a way that is impossible to separate. Let’s use a couple of metaphors to make this easier to understand.

The Handcuff Metaphor

Imagine four men whose wrists are linked together by metal handcuffs. They are four distinct individuals with four different personalities. They can get in arguments with each other and they can take sides against each other. But to do anything, they have to cooperate with each other at least to some extent. A simple task like crossing a room will require that all of the men agree to get up and walk forward together. If one man sits down in a huff, the others will be stopped from moving forward until they can get their companion up on his feet. It’s those pesky handcuffs that are forcing the men to have to work together all the time, whether they want to or not. And since those handcuffs are unbreakable, the men are stuck together for life.

This first metaphor helps us understand how your elements can be linked together, yet still able to function a individuals. This metaphor also helps us see how being bound together forces your elements to have to work together even when they disagree with each other.

This first metaphor is also helpful in understanding what happens when you relate to another human. If you were to walk up to that group of four men, anything you say to one man would be heard by the other three as well. You can’t form a relationship with just one man without the other three listening in, forming opinions about you, and deciding whether they do or don’t like you. While some of the men might decide they don’t like you, others might decide that they do like you. It doesn’t have to be a case of “all or nothing.”

In real life, another human’s opinion of you is often mixed, with some of his elements liking you and others not. A common example of this is the classic “rebellious teen” who starts hanging out with “the wrong crowd,” causing his parents all kinds of stress. In such cases it is typically the subconscious that pushes the boy to pursue relationships with other boys who are a bad moral influence on him. The subconscious usually does this in an effort to protect the boy from physical or social harm. No one wants to be picked on by the school bully. If you befriend the jerk, your chances of him hassling you will likely be reduced–at least this is how a lot of minds see it. The problem is that teens who are caught up in bullying behavior are grappling with their own problems, and those problems are of a nature that make them lousy friends. Soon our once well-mannered boy is dipping into the world of drugs and petty crimes–things his parents always taught him to stay away from. Because the boy’s soul agrees that these things are wrong, it really doesn’t like the jerks who the boy is hanging out with. The boy’s soul feels these other kids are a very bad moral influence and so the soul protests whenever the boy decides to go hang out with his new buddies again. But while the soul is miserable, the boy’s subconscious firmly believes that maintaining social alliances with these new kids is critical for keeping the boy safe. So here we have a case of one element pushing the boy to do something while another element protests.

In religious communities, we often find the reverse pattern happening. Your soul can become very enthusiastic about you forming a relationship with someone who it feels is a positive spiritual or moral influence. When Ivan hears Father Mike preach, Ivan’s soul is super impressed with Mike’s spiritual wisdom and moral values. From that point on, Ivan’s soul pressures Ivan to attend Mike’s church on a regular basis. So Ivan does. But a few months later, Ivan is feeling exhausted trying to keep up with a bunch of commitments he made to help out with various ministries at the church. He signed up for way more things than he could handle because he really wanted to impress Father Mike. Ivan’s soul cares a lot about what Father Mike thinks of Ivan. But Ivan’s subconscious sees Father Mike as a negative influence in Ivan’s life–one that is using up far too much of Ivan’s internal resources. Thanks to Father Mike, Ivan never gets a day off anymore. He hardly has any downtime, and that means he’s not getting the physical or mental breaks that his subconscious needs him to take in order to keep his overall system well-rested and balanced. The longer Ivan stays in overdrive, the more resentful his subconscious feels about this Father Mike character. But whenever Ivan’s subconscious says it’s time for Ivan to quit going to church, Ivan’s soul throws a major fuss, insisting that it is vital to Ivan’s spiritual development to keep pleasing Father Mike.

In the two examples I just gave, there was a consistent difference of opinion between two elements about a particular person. In real life, things are often more complicated than this. As you progress in your relationship with another person, the way your internal elements view that person can fluctuate quite a bit. It’s often a sudden change in one element’s opinion that sparks arguments between humans.

Clara and her husband John are having a nice morning until John gives her a playful swat on the butt. He just meant it in fun, but Clara’s body found his swat to be too hard. Clara’s body instantly gets angry with John. Clara’s subconscious immediately sides with her body, and Clara snaps, “What did you do that for?! That hurt!” Surprised by her reaction, John says, “Oh, sorry, honey. I was just playing. I didn’t mean to hit you hard.” Clara’s subconscious analyzes John’s tone. If it decides John was sincere, it reassures Clara’s body, which then relaxes and decides that it likes John again.

This example illustrates how one of your elements can suddenly become angry with someone, then calm down again. Such flare ups are an unavoidable part of human relationships, but with practice, you and your relationship partner can become very good at working through them quickly. The key point to understand is that with four different elements each giving their independent reactions to what happens to you, it’s quite natural that you find yourself having conflicting opinions about the people in your life. Expecting all of your elements to be in complete unity of opinion about someone all of the time is completely unreasonable. But just because someone close to you really upsets some of your elements some of the time doesn’t mean you should write the relationship off as useless. Conflicting opinions are part of the human experience.

The House Metaphor

Let’s move on to a second metaphor for how your elements associate with each other. Imagine three people living in a house. The three people never leave the house. Instead they are content to always stay inside. Inside the house there is plenty of room for the people to move about however they want. Sometimes they sit in the same room and talk with each other. Sometimes they go off to separate rooms and do their own activities. If something outside should strike the house, everyone in the house would immediately feel alarmed and want to know what is happening and if the house had been damaged. They all share a mutual concern for the house that they live in, and they all want it to remain in good condition. If the roof starts leaking, everyone will work together to try to fix the leak. If one person flies into a rage and punches a hole in one of the walls of the house, the other two people will become very upset at that person for damaging the house that they all depend on for shelter.

This second metaphor helps us understand that pinpointing the exact physical location of each of your non-physical elements is irrelevant. What matters is that you know they exist, and that they are somewhere within the physical body. This metaphor also helps us see why you cannot communicate with another human without involving their body.

If you wanted to talk to one of the three people living in that house, you’d have to start by walking up to their house and knocking on a door or window to get the attention of the people inside. In the same way, when you want to communicate with another human, you have to start by talking to their body. Whether you talk to someone on your phone, send them a text, or sit down with them face to face, you are trying to communicate with them by first getting the attention of their body. You simply can’t bypass the body when talking to other humans. You don’t have the option of communicating soul to soul or subconscious to subconscious. This is why things like telepathy and the notion that some of us have a sixth sense that allows us to be aware of things that are happening with someone who we have no contact with are complete malarkey. But here again, I’m going to put a lot of people on the defensive because some of us really want to believe that we are “linked” to certain other humans in a way that allows us to communicate with them on some higher level. So let’s learn more about why this isn’t possible.

At 6:02 pm, Molly’s grandmother has a heart attack and dies. Molly’s grandmother lives in New York, on the east coast of the United States. At exactly 6:03 pm (Molly remembers checking her watch), Molly was walking through a grocery store on the other side of the country when she suddenly got a strong feeling that something terrible just happened to her grandmother. Coincidence? Obviously not. Molly was always very close to her grandmother, and she considers this experience to be clear evidence that the two of them were telepathically connected and that her grandmother must have telepathically reached out to Molly at her last moments of life.

It’s a normal Friday night for Erik, and he’s relaxed on his couch channel surfing when the image of his brother’s face starts flashing into his mind. His brother looks very upset–as if he’s actually crying, and Arne isn’t the crying type. At first Erik tries to shrug the feeling off but it just gets stronger until Erik feels so uncomfortable that he finally decides to send Arne a quick text, just to make sure he’s okay. Arne responds seconds later saying that his youngest daughter just got hit by a car and he’s heading to the hospital. Erik flies into action and rushes to meet his brother in the surgery department. Arne is sobbing. Erik does his best to comfort him. When Arne is finally calmed down a bit, he asks how Erik knew to text when he did. Erik can only assume that he somehow sensed his brother was in distress, even though the two live miles apart.

In real life, many people experience situations like the ones I just described–times when they feel very certain that they have received a clear communication about someone important to them. The first mistake people commonly make in interpreting these situations is focusing on the kind of relationship involved. For example, if the other person was a family member or close friend, that is assumed to be an important detail, when it’s really quite irrelevant. To understand how the information was received, you have to start with internal mechanics. Your soul, subconscious and conscious are incapable of receiving communications from other humans without the involvement of the body’s physical senses. Notice the words I put in bold. This limitation only applies to other humans. But other humans aren’t the only kinds of beings that talk to you. There are also supernatural beings, and some of them have the option of bypassing your body when they want to talk to you.

Unlike other humans, who must always start by communicating with your body, both God and demons have the ability to talk directly to any of your four elements. They can imitate the human style by starting with your body, or they can bypass the body and communicate directly to one of your other elements. This is what is happening when people have authentic experiences of receiving information that they normally couldn’t have known. In such cases, supernatural beings are the ones delivering the information. Molly’s grandmother didn’t mentally beam the information to her granddaughter that she was dying. There was no dramatic shift in the universe which Molly somehow picked up because she is “gifted” with some special sense. Arne did not send out some kind of automatic distress signal that Erik then detected with his mind or soul. In both of these cases, and in all cases like them, there is a third party delivering information about what is happening.

Now in real life, God favors communicating directly with your soul. When He does this, He talks to your soul in your soul’s natural language, which is that super efficient, non-verbal, non-visual form of communication that I mentioned earlier. When your soul receives these messages, it relays them to your other elements. Your subconscious often adds a visual element to the message, because your subconscious likes using imagery to communicate. So if your soul communicates a concept of deep peace and joy, your subconscious will try to convert that message into a fitting visual image, such as you floating on soft puffy clouds, or relaxing in a field of beautiful flowers. The kinds of images your subconscious chooses depends on your own life experiences. Fluffy clouds might be your idea of relaxing, while someone else prefers the image of slowly drifting down a river on a raft.

Now while your subconscious loves imagery, your conscious loves words. So when your conscious receives a message from your soul, it tries to translate that message into words. The end result is a complex mix of everyone’s input: strong emotions from your soul, plus symbolic images from your subconscious, plus descriptive words from your conscious. All of these things get scrambled about in your head as the result of your other elements reacting to a message that was directly received by your soul.

While God prefers to talk directly to your soul, demons use a more varied approach. Which element they focus on depends what their specific goals are in the moment. If they want to make you feel morally guilty about something, they’ll often speak directly to your soul. If they want to trigger a fear that you’re in some kind of danger, they’ll typically speak to your subconscious instead, and they will often use a visual form of communicating. If they want to use a scatter-gun approach, they’ll drop a verbal message into your conscious, then watch how your other elements react to it. If they’re in the mood for more dramatic theatrics, they’ll target your body, either doing something in your environment that your body can detect, or directly stimulating your body’s senses (such as giving you a sudden chill of fear up your spine when you can’t identify any specific reason to feel alarmed).

If any of you are wondering about the capabilities of angels, they are the same as demons. Angels and demons are the same type of supernatural being, so they have the same abilities when it comes to interacting with humans. But while demons have malicious intentions towards humans, angels do not, so angels don’t use many of the tricks that demons do. I intentionally avoid discussing angels at length in my material because focusing on them has very little spiritual value. In practice, angels will always try to encourage your soul to focus on God, and while it’s good to be aware that angels do interact with humans, glorifying them or attempting to cultivate personal relationships with them is only going to damage your relationship with God. Since your relationship with Him is the most important aspect of your existence, you should not be dividing your soul’s attention between Him and other types of supernatural beings who you feel are your “allies.” Angels do not seek or want friendships with human beings. They find human adoration very offensive, and will not encourage it under any circumstances. So if you believe that you currently know an angel who is encouraging your soul to focus on or fawn over it, you need to realize that you’re being duped by a demon who is putting on an act. Demons impersonate human stereotypes of “angels” all the time because they know we’re such suckers for that routine. If you’re open to the idea of pursuing a personal relationship with a supernatural entity, demons will do everything they can to make sure that entity isn’t your actual Creator.

A Recap

Let’s summarize what we’ve learned so far. As a human, you have one physical element (your body), and three non-physical elements (your conscious, subconscious, and soul). These four elements are linked together in a way that cannot be severed as long as you are alive on this planet. This means that no one can interact with just one of your elements without all of your elements responding. This also means that one of your elements (such as your soul) cannot detach itself from its other elements whenever it wants and go off on solo trips.

Humans are only capable of communicating with each other by sending messages through their bodies. To be received, your message to another human must have elements that can be detected by physical senses (sound, sight, touch, etc.). Whether you’re rolling your eyes, giving someone’s hand a comforting squeeze, flashing someone an encouraging thumbs up, sending a text, or speaking out loud, you are always directing your communication at the other person’s body. Their body then collects the sensory information you offer and relays it to their subconscious for interpretation.

Any attempt to communicate to another human without going through their body will fail. If you simply try to beam a thought at someone using your subconscious, conscious, or soul, the other person will remain completely oblivious to what you are doing. Humans simply can’t talk to each other without the body acting as the initial receiver.

Supernatural beings have different abilities than we do. A supernatural being can bypass the body when talking to you and other humans. Having this ability makes it easy for supernatural beings to set up situations which make it appear as if you have successfully communicated to someone else “telepathically.” Pulling this off is a simple matter of timing. By informing you of something that they know is happening somewhere else, and then getting you to notice approximately when you received their message for future reference, demons can con you into thinking you have some kind of special “gift” that allows you to communicate or “sense” things in supernatural ways. There are many reasons why demons find it appealing to manipulate us into believing we are more capable than we are. All of those reasons boil down to an ultimate goal of harming the soul’s relationship with God in the long term.

The human soul has its own spiritual language which gives it a massive advantage when it comes to communicating with God. If you were stuck having to communicate with God verbally, it would be very difficult to develop the relationship because verbal language is extremely limited and prone to being misunderstood by the receiver. Because God is interested in you cultivating a meaningful relationship with Him, He has given your soul some unique abilities that enable it to communicate with Him in a far richer, deeper, and more efficient way than you can communicate with other humans. To put it simply, God intentionally designed us to be far better at communicating with Him than we are with anyone else. Obviously this bias in our design was quite intentional, and it underscores that God’s main priority for us is to relate to Him and to consider our relationship with Him to be far more important than our relationships with created beings.

Study Methods

So if three of our four elements are non-physical, how can we study them? For many people, the idea of trying to study a non-physical entity seems absurdly impossible, so they refuse to even try. This is quite unfortunate, because the truth is that interacting with the soul, subconscious and conscious couldn’t be any simpler. You just have to talk to them. Ask them questions. Get to know their distinct personalities, interests, and current concerns.

Suppose you want to better understand how a particular family functions. So you arrange a meeting and sit down at a table with that entire family: father, mother, son and daughter. You want to get to know each individual member of the family better, and you also want to understand how they all get along with each other. What’s going to be the best way to do this? If you get out your camera and start taking a bunch of pictures of them, how will that help you? A bunch of still shots of your guests looking rather confused isn’t going to tell you anything about how these four individuals think and feel internally. If you really want to get to know them, you need to stop trying to film them, and start communicating with them. Ask them specific questions. Listen attentively to their replies. Then ask more questions. While you’re at it, let them ask you questions so that a relationship can start to form between the five of you. Show sincere interest in the things they share. Demonstrate respect for their different opinions. Don’t try to take sides with one family member against the others. Instead, try to become a friend to all of them.

The human obsession with only acknowledging the reality of things we can detect with our physical senses has resulted in some very harmful and useless theories and methods being produced in the fields of human medicine and psychology. We can’t possibly hope to come up with accurate diagnoses or effective treatment methods while we’re refusing to treat the subconscious, conscious and soul as real as we do the body. And we can’t hope to really understand the body when we simply view it as a series of mechanical parts instead of as the logical, emotional, opinionated, and social entity that it is. Your body isn’t just a collection of organs that are carrying out functions like a bunch of mini automatons. Your body is a complex, living entity with a distinct personality. Your body has personal relationships with each of its companion elements, and its behavior is very influenced by how those relationships fluctuate over time. Intense strife between the body and the soul or subconscious can result in some pretty severe physical health problems which can’t be resolved just by using standard physical remedies. Understanding the root cause of any health problem is vital to designing a helpful treatment plan, but we can’t really understand root causes until we treat the four elements as the complex entities that they are.

Let’s go back to the metaphor of you interviewing that family of four. How do you go about talking to each of the individuals? If you could see them, you would simply turn your face towards the person you want to address, and that person would understand that you are directing your question specifically at them. When you’re trying to get to know the four elements in another person, you’re dealing with elements that you can’t physically see, so a different approach is needed. Choice of wording is key here. How you pose your question, and what topic you choose will determine which element responds to you. For example, if I ask if you’re feeling hot or cold, your body will provide the answer, because I’m asking about a topic that is only relevant to it. Your other three elements don’t experience any kind of physical temperature. If I were then to ask if you believe in the concept of an afterlife, your soul would speak up with it’s opinion on that subject, because only your soul finds that topic interesting. If I were to ask what your favorite childhood memory was, your subconscious would be the one to respond, because it manages your memories. So you see, by understanding some basic facts about what the various elements are interested in, it’s a simple thing to rotate who you’re talking to. As the conversation progresses, you will end up talking about subjects that multiple elements have an opinion about, and so you’ll receive multiple answers.

With practice, differentiating between the “voices” of the different elements becomes quite easy to do. In real life, humans rapidly alternate between multiple elements when they are talking. A verbal string of sentences might include comments by all four elements, or it might be a single element doing all of the talking, or it might even be two elements talking and disagreeing with each other. While it does require some education and practice to learn how to sort this out on the fly, it’s quite doable, and hardly rocket science. The fact that we don’t learn to do this on a broad scale is really quite tragic, because it means we go through life misinterpreting each other far more than we should. But as long as we refuse to give non-physical things the same degree of respect that we do physical things, we’re going to remain in our current muddled state, and confidently promoting a lot of theories about how humans function that are utter nonsense.

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Want to dig deeper into this topic? Check out my Voices in Your Mind mini-series of posts, which starts here: Voices In Your Mind, Part 1: Internal Sources.

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