In thinking about the relationship of the soul to the body, a nice analogy occurred to me:
I don’t want to lose my computer, I don’t want it to die on me. But I don’t have to worry too much because all my data is stored in the Cloud. I just have to get another machine and download my unique identity.
Perhaps it is the same thing with dying. Of course I don’t want to, but when I do, perhaps nothing is lost (though access may change, passwords may need to be remembered or discovered!)
With this analogy I avoid dualism – it’s not that my soul is ‘up there’ and my body ‘down here’. My soul and body are one (as software and hardware make the computer what it is) but if my body goes, my soul still retains its unique existence until it’s time to reincarnate!
I’d be really interested to know if you find this a helpful analogy!