Soul Vs. Spirit: Why Understanding This Difference is Absolutely Crucial to Your Path



The soul and the spirit are often confused in our contemporary spiritual communities. This mistake has enormous and often painful consequences. This state of affairs seems to be true for those just beginning as well as for seasoned spiritual practitioners along the way. Most forms of contemporary spirituality are really aimed at the spirit-level of our being. Therefore, what we need is a complementary soul teaching. The soul and the spirit are both very important and deep dimensions of ourselves, but they are radically distinct from one another and that distinction needs to be honored and properly understood. Doing so offers a very powerful and healing form of integrated practice.

Spirit is the pristine, untouched, eternal, unchanging nature of our loving, unqualified presence. While our souls are our thundering softness, a more vulnerable, tender, yet deep part of our truest being–the source of our unique purpose and coding. In this discussion, we will conceptually and experientially connect with these two sides of ourselves.

Who Is This For?

For spiritual seekers looking to connect to a deeper sense of their purpose, passion, and core sense of self. For those who’ve sensed something essential is missing in their spiritual practice but aren’t sure what it is.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to experientially distinguish your soul and your spirit (and why this distinction is so crucially important to a healthy spiritual life)
  • The characteristics strengths and shadows of your soul and spirit.
  • The pain and stuckness that can result for failing to recognize the difference between these two dimensions of yourself and how to treat them.
  • Why spirit and soul need each other and how you can learn to integrate the two in a harmonious way.

Speaker’s Bio


Chris Dierkes is a long time spiritual practitioner and teacher. Raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, he has had a lifelong love affair with the Christian mystical tradition. He is, however, also well versed in a diverse range of lineages and teachings. In particular, he’s a strong advocate for shamanic forms of healing work and consciousness. He’s also a Reiki Master, in three lineages of Reiki.

Chris spent four years living as a monk in early his twenties and later worked for three years as an Anglican priest in Vancouver. He has recently begun his own private practice in soul readings and clearing work. He marries the best of the ancient forms of knowing with a very contemporary look and feel, speaking a language of 21st century spirituality. His work is deeply rooted yet open and exploratory, disciplined and intentional yet always remaining lighthearted.

Chris is a soul interpreter and energy healer. He speaks the language of both the soul and the spirit and empowers others to learn the language and symbolism of the soul and the spirit. He writes on topics of contemporary spirituality, including the intersection of pop culture and spirituality, as well as the connection between spirituality and economics, social justice, and politics.

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Chris Dierkes
Soul Interpreter