Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What exactly is our soul and what does it add to us?“
We exist on the animate level out of four levels of the receptive desire to enjoy: still, vegetative, animate and speaking/human. Within such a desire emerges a desire to give, or in other words, a desire to enjoy from the quality of giving.
That desire is called the “point in the heart.” Indicative of its name, the point in the heart is tiny, and it has no area in which it can enjoy from bestowal. It is surrounded by the “heart,” which does not mean the flesh heart within our physical bodies, but the receptive desires to enjoy in all of its corporeal manifestations: for food, sex, family, money, honor, control and knowledge.
By developing the point in the heart via the influence of the forces dwelling in nature, as described by the wisdom of Kabbalah, we can develop a desire to give above our inherent receptive desire to enjoy, and by doing so, feel pleasure from giving.
The soul is the quality of giving in and of itself.
It is written about this quality that the soul is “a part of the Creator from above.” In other words, the soul is the extent to which we resemble the Creator, which is the pure desire to give. The soul thus adds to us a giving intention above our inborn receptive desires to enjoy, which gives us access to the eternal spiritual world, concealed from our corporeal senses. While we have yet to attain even the tiniest extent of the quality of giving, we remain at the corporeal animate degree, with no knowledge or attainment of the true eternal reality that we exist in.
Based on talks with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman, written/edited by his students.