Spirit or Soul? Learning The Difference Through Serge Benhayon

Only in recent years through the teachings of Serge Benhayon have I learnt the difference between spirit and Soul and felt this for myself.

I’ve always known that we had a spirit and a Soul and that we are so much more than just our physical bodies, I just didn’t really understand the difference between them – why both, I used to wonder? No one else seemed to have the answer either. Through being a student of Universal Medicine, I now know there is a very real difference in the contrasting energies of the spirit or Soul.

Back in the 80’s I became interested in many diverse alternative therapies and ‘Spiritual New Age’ pursuits from a personal growth perspective, as I was searching for ways I could improve my life.

I wanted everlasting happiness, the ideal relationship, lots of money, the perfect job and a wonderful social life with lots of friends.

There were so many books and spiritual new age courses out there telling me it was all possible, and I never doubted that because I knew that life wasn’t about fate or luck.

My spiritual quest continued and pretty much dominated my life and way of being up until 6 years ago. I didn’t once stop to consider why I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted; I just felt driven to keep on searching – feeding myself with knowledge and seeking to make some sense of life.

I eventually began to question all the so-called ‘experts’ out there who had many conflicting opinions on life and energy.

I noticed that many were not great examples of what they were offering or promoting. I observed that many who practised energy healing were living less than healthy lifestyles and relationships, including smoking, over-eating, drinking alcohol, taking drugs etc., which seemed to be in contradiction to what their modality was promising to provide. None of this made sense to me.

The time came when I began to look for truth and I knew that I couldn’t rely on anyone ‘out there’ to give me this as everyone had differing versions of the truth.

I realised that I needed to feel for myself what the truth about life was/is.

Not long after, I attended a workshop by Chris James from Sounds Wonderful about voice work and he mentioned Universal Medicine and a man called Serge Benhayon. This was a life changing moment. After attending the first course with Universal Medicine and listening to Serge Benhayon speak, I knew that my search was finally over.

For the first time in my years of searching, Serge Benhayon was the only person to deliver some hard-hitting facts about life and energy. I could feel that there was nothing in this for him but a simple love for humanity.

Never before had anyone given me the simple facts about the two types of energy we have a choice to align to – prana or Fire, spirit or Soul—prana being the energy of the spirit and Fire being the energy of the Soul.

This was a massive revelation to me and I recall reeling with shock as I felt the truth of this. There was a huge part of me that didn’t want this to be true! This one energetic fact changed everything and I knew that life would never be the same again! Through a simple technique Serge Benhayon shared called the Gentle Breath Meditation, I was able to feel for myself the difference between spirit and Soul. Having now re-connected to my Soul through my inner-heart I felt the love that I am which had previously eluded me.

It was here that I felt a huge distinction between true love and emotional love.

It was a revelation that I didn’t need to fix myself, and no longer did I need to give my life some meaning through endless spiritual pursuits. Everything I needed was right here inside of me and all I needed to do was re-connect and live from there. Simple! This was a very humbling experience as I felt I had been completely taken in by the lure of the spiritual world.

I had been identified with my hurts and seeking to avoid feeling these at all costs – hence all the distractions I filled my life with. In contrast with this energy of the spirit, re-connecting to my Soul and learning to live from there feels simple, expansive and more real as I let go of trying to improve myself and dispel all of the beliefs I have subscribed to along the way.

I’ve learned that the bridge back to my Soul is through Self-Love and this has meant learning to feel and respect what my body needs rather than overriding it in favour of self-indulgence and disregard.

With the continued loving support of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine practitioners, along with my commitment to true healing, I am learning to be honest and take responsibility for the choices I make and how I choose to live. I have learned to embrace life again and through Universal Medicine’s no nonsense and very practical presentations I am now taking more care of my body – eating what suits me, doing gentle exercise and choosing to visit my doctor if the need arises.

I’ve stopped looking ‘out there’ and I’m learning each day how I have a choice in each moment – will it be spirit or Soul? It really is that simple!

By Heather Hardy, Workshop Manager, Worthing, West Sussex. UK

Further Reading:
The Difference between Spirit and Soul
Spirit | Unimedpedia
Soul | Unimedpedia

1,066 thoughts on “Spirit or Soul? Learning The Difference Through Serge Benhayon

  1. When we look out there for the answer, its an overwhelming task, stretching though time and the world, filled with false prophets and charlatans. But when we start to look inside, its always with us, the territory is known, and nothing can damage the divinity that lives within us all equally.

  2. When we connect to Soul our lives becomes so simple as we then will evolve from one moment into the other, returning to who we naturally are, while when living from our individualised mind we get entangled in the complications in life that in fact are creations of the same source the energy is from when we are connected with that state of mind. It is only a game to keep ourselves in the illusion that individualism and creation are our right on earth but in fact, we are played with as our natural way of being is that, in connection with our Soul that does not need creation or whatsoever and know we are all connected with one another instead.

  3. ‘For the first time in my years of searching, Serge Benhayon was the only person to deliver some hard-hitting facts about life and energy. I could feel that there was nothing in this for him but a simple love for humanity.’ Great words Heather, I totally agree I always knew there was something more, and Serge Benhayon has shown me the truth – no deception and no false promises.

  4. Serge Benhayon has written extensively on the quality of prana, how it is a source of energy required for physical earth life to exist, and because of this it is essential to our lives. However, the problems arise when we use this energy for our expression, because we are divine beings living within a human frame, so our expression naturally wants to be divine, to come from the soul. And thus we have the key to life on earth – keeping in right balance our pranic health within our human form, and our divine expression from our Soul.

  5. ‘I’ve learned that the bridge back to my Soul is through Self-Love and this has meant learning to feel and respect what my body needs rather than overriding it in favour of self-indulgence and disregard.’ A very powerful learning and one that never stops as we discern every day what supports us back to soul.

  6. I too felt this to be revelatory, ‘Never before had anyone given me the simple facts about the two types of energy we have a choice to align to – prana or Fire, spirit or Soul—prana being the energy of the spirit and Fire being the energy of the Soul.’ From this understanding life for me suddenly made sense and the pieces of the jigsaw fell into place.

  7. ‘I wanted everlasting happiness, the ideal relationship, lots of money, the perfect job and a wonderful social life with lots of friends.’ This was me! I was so lost I kept myself going by ‘one day this’ll happen.’ I included being recognised for being brilliant at a job or some talent or other and having a very successful family – so well rounded children that others would say, ‘wow, great parenting!.’

    It’s great to be honest about this and about how I can still chase recognition when I always have the choice to re-connect with my soul and feel the love of God within. What’s lovely is seeing how I tried to escape from life in fantasies about how amazing my life would be when I was older. I am now the age of my imagines so have let go of a lot of these dreams and have started accepted life as it is which is ever evolving. There is no magic island of success I have attained and can relax in bliss in the sun on – this was never real and felt like such an illusion, thick in fog. I so appreciate choosing the honesty of what is present in life because it is in this that I can connect with my soul. Where else would my soul be other than in every facet of life? It does not hide.

  8. Heather, I understand so much of what you share here, as I too have spent a long time out there searching for truth, until I came across Universal Medicine and knew my search was over; and it was and is, but the work continues as I learn to live and be from my own innermost, to follow the path of my soul and to find out how that is in the world. I stumble at times, but I get back up no matter what and continue, knowing I have found the truth and it’s been inside me all along. This is a huge gift, one I’m forever grateful for.

  9. The clarity that Serge Benhayon offers on life, love, spirit, soul, energy, healing, our evolution and more, is unsurpassed in my experience. What he presents is revelatory and yet makes such sense in a very practical and real life way and also is like hearing something you already knew just hadn’t realised or remembered. What he shares is priceless and something that deserves to be widely known for all to access.

  10. ” I just felt driven to keep on searching – feeding myself with knowledge and seeking to make some sense of life.”
    I remember this futile, disappointing, empty search, it was so exhausting for me and so pointless just chasing my tail. It wasn’t until l was introduced to Universal Medicine that the search ended and became “the way of the livingness’ and my soul started initiating true changes for the better.

  11. The question of what and who was driving my life never occurred to me when I was younger and instead of looking within for the answers to life, I looked outside myself thus deepening the black hole of illusion I was moving towards. Listening to one short interview of Serge Benhayon re-connected me back to the truth that the answers were within me. With the support of the Gentle Breath Meditation I started to feel the difference between the choices I was making and how they felt in my body – these choices came from my inner connection to my soul or from the erratic and driven spirit. This small (but very big) understanding also changed my life Heather – thank you for sharing.

    1. This flips learning and education on its head. We can know vast amounts in our mind but until we feel it in our bodies how do we know if the information it true or not and worth following/adopting.

  12. It is a life-changing understanding I agree Heather, it was such a revelation to me when it was first shared with me too. Suddenly so much made sense of my experiences with the spiritual new age prior to that. I got to experience the difference shortly afterwards, which also meant that not only did I have an intellectual understanding that there was a difference, but I could tangibly feel the difference. One of the things that made so much sense was that the Soul knew exactly its own nature as well as that of the spirit, whereas the spirit knew only of itself, and could know nothing of the actual nature of the Soul.

  13. When I first heard Serge Benhayon presented on Spirit and Soul, it made so much sense to me. My understanding of these two energies has supported me to understand life and why our world is in its current state. I have been looking to understand life and our purpose as far back as I can remember. Now, I fully understand and I am willing to embrace our true purpose here on earth.

  14. A great blog Heather bringing another angle about Soul and Spirit and Love an emotional love.
    We are deeply bound in emotions and reactions until there is a deeper understanding of what we are dealing with when ruled by a lesser love of the spirit.
    “I had been identified with my hurts and seeking to avoid feeling these at all costs – hence all the distractions I filled my life with”.

  15. Yes, we can make a choice to live our Soul or from our spirit. There is indeed always a choice, but it takes discernment and honesty to see from which source we are choosing, as sometimes what seems to be a Soul impulsed thought, can be actually very astral and thus spirit driven.

  16. I too was unaware that there was a difference between Spirit and Soul until I connected with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. There are so many truths I have learned through presentations that Serge has done and I can see that I too will be a Forever Student!

    1. I too had not know the different between Spirit and Soul, and how differently the can control our body. It is only now I have started to understand and feel the difference between the 2 energies. When I am connected to my Soul I feel light, joyful and strong, when I am controlled by my spirit I feel heavy, down and weak.

  17. This was a massive realization for me also. Seeing that I pretty much had lived under the control of my spirit most of my life and the many before that. It’s the realization that we have control over our life by our very choice of which we align to, spirit or soul. One brings the light of God and the other the complete illusion that it knows the way to God.

  18. I find fascinating that for some reason the New Age is associated with a personal growth perspective. How is this possible when the New age guarantees that there is going to be no real personal growth and that the only growth you will experience is the growth of the gap between you and truth? Why those who have suffered the New Age do not tell us how it really was?

  19. We live in a dualistic world, created to forever reflect to the human spirit the path back home to the Soul it separated from. As a small example we have the seeming polarity of male and female set in place to help us learn to balance the expression of the genders within us: the motion (maleness) and stillness (femaleness). As well as being bound in an unending cycle of night and day that shows us we are forever given the opportunity to revisit all that we have lived that has not served the truth of who we are and also serves as a constant reminder that – when in darkness seek the light that guides you from within.

  20. Understanding the difference between spirit and soul is like waking up to the truth of life rather than living under illusion and in delusion. The truth can be disturbing but how can there be any other way?

    1. Very well said, Victoria. When I was introduced to the difference it changed my whole focus of where and how to look for the answers to the meaning of life. Instead of striving to get to somewhere, it became the returning to what I had separated from – my Soul and God.

  21. Discovering the ‘bridge of self-love’ through the presentations of Universal Medicine has been, and is, a most beautiful path to walk re-connecting with my Soul – I recommend it everyone who is not yet walking it.

  22. Welcome to the Age of the Soul. The spiritual new age has been full of ‘promise’ but it is the Soul that truly delivers.

    1. I like that Richard. The ‘promise’ you mention is so very alluring, Every turn we make on the windy round of spiritual pursuit reveals more bright, shiny objects promising everlasting happiness. The road of the Soul takes us back to where we began – to our very essence at the centre of our hearts. It has no adornments on the path or return, just pure and simple truth, love, joy and harmony which can be exposing and uncomfortable if we are still seeking betterment of our lives, instead of what the Soul is offering – being at One with ourselves, united and universal.

  23. One of the greatest things of understanding the difference between Spirit and soul is that it makes the ‘Spiritual New Age’ a no-go zone. The ‘Spiritual New age’ is a clear interference that brings bliss to the Spirit and deep disturbances to the body.

  24. Knowing the difference between spirit and sound should be a given to all of us at birth. It offers a map to evolution and a key to own own self imposed prison.

  25. So so simple and so so beautiful, the truth of what is shared here and how easy it really is to return to our true normal. If we are finding it hard then it is revealing the extent to which we are still wedded to and identified by the complication we bring in to offset the truth of who we are.

  26. I recently gained a deeper understanding of the soul and spirit. A friend explained that we have the human body and the third dimension – everything physical. Then we have the 4th dimension and the spirit, the first point of light. But we are more than this – we are 5th dimensional and this is the plane of the soul. This gave me a huge understanding of why we get stuck in the realm of the spirit. It is “more” than just the body, and the light of the spirit can be deceptive. We can choose to stop here. But we are more than this, we are soul and the light of the soul is far more than the first point of light of the spirit.

  27. Heather you have shared it so beautifully and simply. Our Soul is our true connect which is the fire, when we align to our Soul we can feel the light, clarity and strength within our body.

  28. This is one of the very basic teachings from Universal Medicine and yet its healing capacity is truly universal – it covers every single area of life bar none and with this understanding, I can say life is never dull with the knowing that everything we experience either comes from spirit or Soul.

  29. The spiritual world was never all that attractive to me and any ‘new age’ book or modalities tied the word spirit up with the word soul that never made any sense to me until I met Serge Benhayon who spoke with such clarity about the difference between the two words … it finally made sense!

  30. “I didn’t once stop to consider why I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted; I just felt driven to keep on searching – feeding myself with knowledge and seeking to make some sense of life.” I too have felt this drive you mention Heather, and can really relate to not even considering I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. The spiritual quest is so all consuming that we cannot see through the fog of illusion it creates around us. In contrast when we stop the endless searching and simple reconnect to ourselves, the fog lifts and we begin to see life through the eyes of the Soul, which is all encompassing.

  31. There is definitely a huge difference between true love and emotional love, fire and prana and when we become wise to this fact our whole understanding of life around us starts to shift and change and make sense as we begin to understand the world we have together created and why it is how it is.

  32. There is such a difference between spirit and soul yet for years I’ve not had a clear understanding of what that was until Universal Medicine made it so clear. For me now I can feel how my spirit is constantly looking for identification, in a high or a low and in fact doesn’t really care about my body, whereas as my soul is that steady voice always there no matter what, I’m learning more each day to choose to listen to it.

  33. Having just read a blog on whole-body-intelligence vs mind-intelligence it strikes me that it’s a very similar enquiry as to the source from which we receive our thoughts, impulses and sensations. Understanding the fact of a spirit and a Soul helps understand the duality from which we can respond and react to life. The spirit draws from a particular pool of consciousness, while the Soul another. One is separative, individualistic, self-serving (ultimately) and self-identifying while the other is unifying, loving, evolving and holds all in equality.

  34. The Ageless Wisdom teachings and Serge Benhayon have set the record straight on so much confusion, misrepresentations and wrong interpretations of the simple facts of life – and the difference between spirit and Soul and between prana and Fire is fundamental and can change one’s whole life around, as has happened for many.

  35. Best thing to do is to take a good long look at the experts – do they look like they are living what they teach, deeply, fully, in every aspect of their life? I know that Serge Benhayon does, in every minute of the day, and that has been a true inspiration. A love well lived, and now shared for all of us.

  36. When we start to look for answers outside us, it will take us on a goose chase, the answers are within us and once we choose to come back to ourselves and connect to our soul the simplicity starts to flow.

  37. ‘In contrast with this energy of the spirit, re-connecting to my Soul and learning to live from there feels simple, expansive and more real as I let go of trying to improve myself and dispel all of the beliefs I have subscribed to along the way.’ Trying to improve ourselves is such a trap as it confirms there is something wrong with us in the first place.

  38. ‘…as I let go of trying to improve myself and dispel all of the beliefs I have subscribed to along the way’ I still catch myself wanting to improve myself, and it can be quite subtle. It’s a great trick to keep myself from appreciating my essence that needs no improving but simply allowing to be. ‘Improvement’ takes myself away from simply being and knowing who I am. So all those self-help books I read that don’t acknowledge we are already divine and to live from our essence first (sure, there are necessary skills to learn in this world) are actually not helping at all but hindering our return to living from our Soul.

  39. The greatest healing the human spirit can ever be offered is to be given the opportunity to reawaken to the truth that it is a part of a far greater and loving whole – the Soul. This is the truth of who we are.

  40. There is such a difference in the quality of expression of each of the spirit and the soul. One takes you down an emotional track and the other takes you back to love.

  41. Understanding the difference in our bodies between true love and emotional love allows us to see the ways we have been giving our power away to others and finally break through those limitations to give ourselves permission to be who we truly are.

  42. Serge is amazing and I totally agree that he presents the hard hitting facts for the absolute love for humanity. Sometimes I have struggled to hear them or they have gone over my head but sooner or later I become open to hearing what he is saying and I know from the way my body feels that it is absolute truth. Keep it coming Serge as I know you will.

  43. I think you have broken down the whole Philosophy of what is on offer from The Way of The Livingness, its a simple daily, moment by moment choice. Spirit or Soul but I know that I am in trouble when my Spirit tries to complicate and make this choice out to be much more then what it is. I love this line…
    “I’ve stopped looking ‘out there’ and I’m learning each day how I have a choice in each moment – will it be spirit or Soul? It really is that simple!”

  44. In the past I won’t have given a toss at this understanding but knowing the difference, has been the most empowering thing I have ever come to.

  45. I remember the first time I attended a talk that Serge gave at Byron. I knew from my christian upbringing that there was a soul and spirit but had no understanding of the difference, when Serge first spoke I had this amazing feeling of coming home, after that and during the talk I experienced the holding of my soul and the pull of my spirit, I did not realise this at the time but it seemed to take all my strength to stay on the seat for a part of me, which I now know as the spirit just wanted to get out of there, each day is an ongoing choice to stay with soul or run off with the spirit. I feel extremely blessed to know and experience the difference, and now know I have a choice to choose love.

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