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  • Writer's pictureJasbir Arora

The Principle Of Reality And Concept Of Soul

What is Reality?

We all have an abstract idea of what reality is, but we struggle to grasp the concept entirely. Reality essentially becomes a paradox. It is subjective and objective at the same time. It changes its nature and essence per the individual's life, yet on a larger scale is the same for everyone. We, humans, have an innate attribute of curiosity. We tend to question everything around us, from the smallest of whys to the biggest of hows. And thus, we find ourselves asking a question, what is reality?

The question itself has transcended time and age. Conspiracy theories of reality have been floating around for the past few years or so, and none have been able to give any further explanation. As we dig deeper into this question, we realize reality is not bound to one's mind. It remains what it is even if one refuses to acknowledge it. It is the absolute truth of a person's life, and striving for an idealistic world or situation does not negate its existence.

Sigmund Freud's Principle of Reality

Reality is not often pleasant, and we desperately start looking for ways to escape it. The escape takes many forms, and some become detrimental to our minds and body. We can falsely perceive things and conjure up mere ideas, but all are just temporary fixes. The mind's ability to appraise the reality of the external world and act on it appropriately regardless of personal desires is what Sigmund Freud, a renowned psychoanalyst, describes as the principle of reality.

Should we believe in everything we see?

We often get lost in societal standards and believe them to be the absolute reality. We internalize the paradigm of others and impose them on the people around us and us. To discern between the distorted reality from the complete one takes a firm hold on yourself and your connection with reality. While we can prevent our conscious mind from adopting the mannerism of society, our subconscious mind is entirely different. As stated before, our minds can twist and make up their false reality, and getting a hold of it is far more complex than any other. In such cases, one should seek the help of a psychologist or their higher self, their divine centre, to differentiate between the real and unreal. Everything we see and assess is not always as it seems.

To get closer to reality and tap into our spiritual nature.

When living in a society where the majority is terrified of facing reality, our urge to look for it is what helps us get closer to it. Let this need triumph and allow for knowledge to flow and consume it. Broadening our horizons and having the maturity to accept the wrong and making an effort to embrace the right. This way, we can get closer to acceptance and acknowledgement of reality. While the saying "seeing is believing" is true, the reverse can also help us get closer to reality. When we believe in things, we are seeing from our spiritual sense. It provides a clear view and brings us closer to not just truth but also our spiritual nature.

The spiritual side of reality

The acceptance of reality is accompanied by the question of the existence of a soul. While it is easier to believe in the physical reality backed by scientific experiments and explanations, it is harder to accept the concept of an immaterial entity. However, this entity is what enables us to live the life we do. Death is a reality that comes into existence after the removal of the soul. The soul is interwoven with the body in an intangible way that has exhausted many scientists trying to study the presence of the soul.

A souls connection with the mind and morality

A soul does not only drive our body but also has a unique connection with our mind. Our soul is to our body what our mind is to our brain. The soul is what separates us and makes us unique from one another. Our emotions and our morality stem from our souls.

Many believe that a soul is the essence of a man. Our emotions, just like our souls, do not have any material presence. Scientists for decades have tried to study the origin of our feelings and have repeatedly been left with only one answer, the soul. We can say the chemicals produced in our brain is what trigger it, but why does doing a good deed make us happy? Make us feel we have a purpose in life? Why does wronging someone bring us great displeasure? Our soul is how we are connected with our morality. The soul provides a guide to our mind. When we feel an emotion, for example, when we desire something, our mind starts rationalizing it; it looks for ways to fulfil that desire morally rightfully.

Developing a connection with our soul

A tired soul has different ways of connecting with us to send a message of help to revitalize. It can either be a raging storm that gives a feeling of suffocation or complete radio silence that is akin to a piercing hollowness. Developing a connection with our soul means knowing ourselves in the entirety of our being. When we connect with our soul, we are overtaken by a serenity like no other. A connection with our spiritual counterpart fills us with energy and motivation, a will to do better and be better.


Reality as a whole is not a straightforward notion to accept; the same can be said for the concept of the soul. Where technological advancements have given people a way to avoid reality, the task becomes much more challenging. When we start working on building a connection with our mind and soul, we make the path of seeing reality much more accessible. Focusing on ourselves and how we conduct under any given circumstance is one way of achieving that. We strive to achieve completeness in this life; it can be accomplished by connecting with reality and our souls.


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