So it has come to mind the nature of how so many otherkin are appearing, relative to only mere decades ago. This is not necessarily unlike LBGT issues where they're simply more visible, however strikingly so is the case that there is consistency callbacks to past-lives, and I am curious to collect opinions regarding a few key points of consideration regarding a conceptual "soul" (considered here to be an "it" for simplicity, but don't let yourself get bogged down on physical notions or metaphors unnecessarily. "Scarequotes" are for terms that may be loaded, and should be considered in context such as the term "soul" itself): Nature of the soul Does it carry experience directly from body to body, experiencing reality directly as part of the body? Does it observe experience of a body or interact with it? Is it however possibly observable internally? Is it distinct from the body? Is it communicative? Is it material, immaterial, energy, or something in-between? Can it be examined externally (looking beyond what we necessarily are aware of directly at this moment, scientifically)? Is it mind, or distinct? What alternatives exist to a discrete "soul" concept/object? Transmission of the soul Is it embodied, or distinct? (this may have ramifications on how it may be allowed to exist at any given moment) Does it carry state, impressions, experience, etc? Is it itself (im)mutable? Does it split, coalesce, converge and depart? Can it be intercepted, directed, etc.? Does it "flow" between places, exist in multiple places at once, or effectively transit instantaneously? Communication of the soul Does it impart physical change? Does physicality impart change on it? Does it communicate with the brain or inhabit it? Can souls themselves communicate? The "Otherkin Phenomena" as it pertains to the soul Why are "non-human souls" (increasingly?) inhabiting human bodies? How do we account for "non-terrestrial souls"? Where are these other places of origin? How can we account for more esoteric identities like "fictionkin" within this framework? Are past-live memories necessarily past-lives? (split/coalesce/etc.) Are souls necessarily "of" a species, or "carrying information" about a species, or some other sort of distinguishing characteristic/trait? Extended concepts Does the soul imply potential "extra-sensory phenomena"? Locally or remote? Does the soul imply non-local communication? Where and/or whom? Is the cases of multiple-systems instances of multiple souls, "sharded/separated" souls, or a single soul across multiple bodies? Or a possible combination of multiple options? ...more?