Several of my friends stream on the video streaming site, Twitch. One of my friends on there does a stream called Microdosing Fantasy where she talks about various things in the way of mythology, folklore, supernatural, and paranormal things.
Last night, we dived into various conceptions of the soul that include the concept that parts of us aren't a singular, stable reality but instead exist in some autonomous way. We tread into the realm of discussion Doubles and Doppelgängers and people's experiences with seeing these variations.
Mainly, we were using soul conceptions originating in northern European countries, so we had a lot of Scandinavian words running around.
But it points to something important, and something I try to convey: our souls (or spirits or whatever term one might prefer) don't exist strictly in terms of the ego. There's more to us, and that "more to us" may be having its own life, its own time, its own egoic experience.
Certainly the northern European cultures weren't the first to develop the notion of the soul consisting of various fragments, and I think an important note in these conversations is how the various fragments of the soul relate to Depth Psychology. I also think the multi-part soul is a little more literal than the Jungian conception of the multi-faceted psyche, but I could be wrong.
One question boiling in my mind now is to what degree does the notion of a singular soul contribute to the experience of a strong sense of ego and isolation? I think if we lived in a world where we understood parts of our soul as being independent and having their own lives, we might realize we're part of something from the get-go, and that would knock down our specific issues of self-centeredness just a bit.