What the Soul Can Make Itself Believe
One of the most significant characteristics of the soul
is that it can identify with the content of experience
. It can take any impression, for example self-image, and make itself believe that that impression is itself. It can also take a part of the psychological structure and believe it to be the whole of itself. Identifying with an impression or the content of experience makes the self believe that it has an identity, and through this identity it then recognizes itself. Our personal
history, constituted by our memories, comprises the basic content of our usual identity. This identification
with the personal history provides a feeling
of self-recognition, a sense of identity, or a sense of self. So in experiencing itself through the veil of memories, the soul not only loses sight of its primordial purity – its Essence
– but also identifies itself through and with this veil of personal history.