Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is the connection between body and soul, and who is controlling who?“
Body and soul have no connection. The soul exists in and of itself, and the spiritual world reveals to us only if we attain a soul.
By attaining a soul, we start sensing a new reality outside the narrowness of our ego, which constantly wants to enjoy itself on account of others. Until we attain a soul, however, our ego is all that we know. It makes us seek fulfillment via a limited prism of desires—food, sex, family, money, honor, control, and knowledge—and the moment we start feeling enjoyment in those desires, the enjoyment diminishes, which makes us want to seek new and different kinds of fulfillment than before.
Our egoistic form of development leads us to an impasse: we start feeling that we expend more energy trying to fulfill ourselves than we do feeling fulfilled, and at that stage, fundamental questions about our lives awaken in us: “What is the meaning of our lives?” “Why are we here?” “Why is there so much suffering in the world?” “Where are we from? Where are we now? Where are we headed?” “What is reality?” and so on.
Such questions are our initial spiritual awakening. The more we want to get them answered, the more we seek through various methods, teachings, groups, and other environments, until we eventually arrive at the wisdom of Kabbalah. Kabbalah describes this process as the awakening of the “point in the heart,” or the so-called “seed of the soul.”
If you find yourself seeking answers to fundamental questions about life’s meaning and purpose, it is a sign that you are seeking to attain your soul. The wisdom of Kabbalah was devised as a method that guides our attainment of our soul, while we are alive in our bodies in this world. When we reach such an attainment, we then perceive and sense the depths of reality, seeing the interconnections among all that exists, and knowing how to act optimally at every moment in order to positively impact our eternal soul.
Based on an interview with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on Israeli Radio, 103FM, on October 5, 2015. Written/edited by students of Dr. Laitman.