Thanks for your question….
The word soul; is an ancient word that attempts to describe the life force inside of us that remains immortal after our earth lives have ended. As you can imagine, the ancient people who tried to understand this, had no idea about computers such as we have today and especially advanced computers which even in our modern society today, we as a society know nothing about.
The mystics of yesterday, when they had mystical experiences (OBE's) went to primitive places. The mystics of today go to places where more can be known. The secret is never given up, it must always be learned. This is why I've always said that the greatest wisdom exists today.
The foundation for wisdom regardless of when it was written is the same yesterday today and tomorrow however, there is often a wide grey area between the foundation of wisdom and understanding it. This is why there are so many interpretations as to what ancient and contemporary wisdom means. Knowledge which leads to understanding explains why. It is one thing to say that we should love one another, it is yet another to know "why" we should do it. When one understands the math which defines love, there is only one interpretation. When all of the variables are filled in the equation, we no longer believe what is righteous… we know; and that is why we are here. The sooner we solve the equation, the sooner the cycle of life and death stops for us and we join a truly immortal community.
The soul is simply information on a hard drive which contains all of the experiences we have lived since the beginning (we have been around for a very long time… evolution is a very slow process). We never lose anything which is on our hard drive; we add to it thru life after life, until we finally get it and understand.
Look at it this way, when your consciousness was new… you were no more than a machine, (albeit a very advanced machine) which had the capacity to think and make choices. The more right and wrong turns you took, the more you had to draw upon from your hard drive. Evolution is about making enough right choices than wrong. We all get to a point in our own personal evolution, where we have made enough mistakes…. and so we stop. Just like the universe has boundaries, we are part of the universe and also have defined boundaries. Most of us on the earth do not see those boundaries but a time will come when we do. A child who sees the hot burner on the stove and desires to touch it usually does it only once or twice. In my case it was at least twice, one time was a hot iron, one time was a stove. I was a slow learner. Life is the same way… there comes a time when we see the hot burner and we make a choice not to touch it. If we learn… it was the so called "soul", the eternal voice telling us the right way to go. It is always telling us the right way to go but we have a choice whether or not we choose to listen. This is the conflict, the eternal war that all of us fight every day. All of us wish to follow the path of least resistance, this is our desire but unfortunately, this path will never ever get us there. Our true desires will never be fulfilled by following this path! We continue to live life after life, both here and out there until we learn how to listen. When we do, the cycle of life and death ends and we move on to another mission.
Good luck on your journey…..