Dr. Guterson: you talk a lot about the soul. Maybe you can help me understand what the soul is?
A: Thank you - I’ve sort of been waiting for someone to ask this question. This is because positive emotional and mental health has to include embracing our soul.
The answer to your question will take a number of weeks. Let’s go step by step.
It starts out first with the understanding that humans are different from all other creations.
As I have written and said many times, we humans have a yearning for transcendence. We can’t help it. It’s intrinsic; it’s who we are.
This is because, as is written at the beginning of the Bible, G-d blew His essence into Man.
Even if you don’t believe or take this literally, anyone who opens their eyes knows that humans operate on a different dimension from all of creation. We have a restlessness inside of us, a spiritual something that finds itself inside a physical body.
We call it a soul.
To be continued….