Lorenz,

My name is Enio and I am from Brazil, I will attempt to answer your question about the soul, first I must state that I am a spiritualist, I believe in reeincarnation and that we are an encarnated spirit, the soul is a spirit that is encarnated, in another words, upon our death, the soul without our earthly body will become again a spirit without a body, and upon reincarnation will become a soul again... Our mind may reside within our soul (our spirit or essence) as it not made of matter, as is our body and brain, our body will perish , but our soul or spirit will go on forever...