What is the soul

What is the soul? What is it made of and what is it good for? – A scientific debate

Psychologist Roland Schroll sheds light on a highly controversial topic in science and society.

The recognition of the soul is becoming increasingly important in psychological and parapsychological research. However, some neuropsychologists still deny its existence. Transpersonal psychotherapies such as regression therapy already use the so-called “soul consciousness” to cure clients of serious illnesses.

It is in times of need that we ask ourselves: “What are we here for? What is the purpose of all this? We may find answers in religious and philosophical books, but this may not satisfy us. What we need is a direct experience with the innermost core, with the being that gives meaning to our lives – OUR SOUL!

Psychology means “science of the soul.”

Honestly, as a former professional artist, I had a hard time studying psychology. I learned a lot of dry data, numbers and unstable complex theories that do not seem to be helpful for modern human problems.

For example: In universities you will not find answers to the big questions of life like “what is the soul” or “what is the true nature of a human being”. Right from the start you learn about details like neurotransmitters and attachment theories. All of our professors seemed to shy away from the big picture and simply referred to philosophical concepts, which led to even more kognitive complexity.

Once my statistics professor analysed an experiment with a so-called clairvoyant who had to guess the numbers of the dice before the experimenter threw them. The results suggested that the probability of guessing right was much higher than guessing wrong. Calculations even showed that this difference in probability was statistically significant.

After finishing his lecture, our professor ended with an uncertain smile and said: “Well, this example was just for learning probability. Personally, I don’t believe in it.” I thought: “WHAT? You just showed us how to discover significant knowledge, and the moment you do, you throw it away just because it does not fit into your belief system?”

So it does not take deep philosophical thought to realise that the main reason science is stuck is the rigidity and narrow-mindedness of the leading researchers of our time.

History has shown us that it always takes courageous people who dare to think outside the box to provoke a major shift in the evolution of humankind. I think we all know the example of Nicolaus Copernicus and the painful struggle to change our geocentric world view to a heliocentric one. Pioneers never sleep on a bed of roses.


Leading researchers deny the existence of the soul.

In the German journal “reportpsychologie” 01/2020 (the standard journal for German psychologists), Dr Lutz Jäncke, a leading neuropsychologist, was asked whether he believed in the soul or not.

“The assumption that humans have a soul is pure speculation,” he replied. For him, two thousand years of philosophies (meaning Plato and Aristotle) have no value for today’s research. Instead of a soul, he firmly believes in the measurability of neuronal brain activity. Therefore, all our scientific efforts should be directed in this direction.

He goes on to praise the possibility of artificial intelligence (AI) and its application to the human brain. “In the future, we will no longer be able to distinguish between humans and machines,” he said. It will even be necessary to prioritise artificial intelligence over human intelligence, because man is by nature animalistic and determined to self-destruct.

When I read all this, a cold shiver ran down my spine. Is this where the future of science is taking us? It sounded like a far-fetched conspiracy theory to me, but this was the national German magazine, for God’s sake!

I brooded over the article for months and realised that in a way, this is a natural state of mind for a scientist with common background. We learn to observe, experiment and manipulate “the being” on the basis of a Descardian world view. Remember the image of the duck and its gears? For centuries our subconscious has been programmed to believe that this is how everything in the world works:

does a soul exist

When I first saw this picture in my school philosophy book, I laughed out loud. Now I realise that this duck is still deeply rooted in many of our minds and that it takes time to change perspectives.

“At the very heart of psychology lies parapsychology”.

This sentence ends the book “Deep Healing and Transformation” by Dr Hans TenDam. He is one of those researchers who have dared to open their blinkers and approach areas that have been ignored by mainstream psychology.

I have had the great honour of being his student for many years now, and our discoveries in the field of soul consciousness and transformational therapy are proving essential in most of our work with clients.

The healing power of the soul

So what is the soul, do old souls exist and how can soul awareness help us in our daily lives? We can think of the soul as an entity that is a vibrational part of the Divine, our original state.

We can imagine it as a holon: Something whole within itself, but it’s also part of something bigger. This holon can even split into other holons that are also whole within themselves.

In therapy we have observed that parts of the soul can be lost or left behind through traumatic experiences. But some traces of the lost parts can always be found in the macrostructure.

By following these traces we can relocate, free and reintegrate the split-off parts. In this case healing happens on all levels, macro (divine soul or higher self), meso (individual soul) and micro (e.g. inner child or past life).

By the way, would you like to know if you are an old soul or not? I have written an article giving answers to the question: “How do you know if you are an old soul?

The evolution of the soul is the purpose of life.

As part of the Divine, the soul yearns to regain its original form and to vibrate fully in purity and love.

By tapping into the consciousness of the soul, we come into contact with this sublime urge. This gives meaning to our lives. For the soul is not satisfied with money, fame and material things.

It yearns to attract suitable companionship, professions, healthy success, inner peace, happiness, contentment and peace.

How past lives affect the soul.

We have all lost this inner peace because of the effects of all our previous lives. These influences can be far more powerful than childhood experiences and family antecedents. However, these other aspects should not be overlooked.

On the 9th of April 2015 at 10:00 a.m. the following message from Babuji Maharaj was channeled through Madame Helene: “…Incarnations follow one another and are similar in some respect. This reality is still far from being accepted in certain cultures, and that is most unfortunate. A day will come when the whole truth will be known regarding this reality, so important for the understanding of one’s own existence…”

Are you interested in learning more about your past lives? I have written an article on how to get in touch with them through past life regression therapy.


Our soul knows the goal of life

Every impression or thought we collect throughout our past and present lives forms a samskara (karmic burden). This samskara compresses the emotional memory into a kind of seed form and remains dormant.

It is only when we encounter a similar situation that it is triggered and we react. All the tonnes of samskaras in our subconscious affect our life balance and rob us of inner peace and harmony.

The soul carries a lot of samskaras from life to life and we remain their slaves. This is our karma. Until one day we find a way to shake them off and become free of them. If the impressions were traumatic, past life therapy sessions are the way to remove them at the root.

On more subtle levels, ego work is necessary because the involvement of the ego makes us react. No ego – no mine-ness – no reaction – no deepening of samskaras and therefore no karma.

This spiritual approach can be studied in the book “Spiritual Anatomy” by Kamlesh D. Patel. Through meditation and a process of mental purification, the above conditions can be restored.

The soul’s journey goes on and on and there comes a stage when it longs for a frequency that will reunite it with the original state, the ultimate vibration.

We call this the goal of human life. For this achievement a Master of high calibre is needed. His simple presence on earth allows the individual soul to REMEMBER this original state and to set out to reunite with the Ultimate. Further on, words fail…


Mainstream science does not have a clear position on whether the soul exists or not. We must turn to research in the field of parapsychology to find some evidence. In the field of regression therapy and other spiritual sciences there is the possibility of EXPERIENCING Soul Consciousness rather than remaining on a cognitive debating level.

If you are wondering how to start contacting your soul consciousness, read the article I wrote on activating our self-healing powers.

On a spiritual level, working with Soul Consciousness is imperative. It gives us the purpose of life and shows us the goal of our human existence.

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