My belief is that my essential life, that is, my soul, is formless. My formless soul incarnates, that is, takes on form, called my body, for a period of time. As a child I learned that I have a soul. Slowly but surely, especially over the last 20 years, I've learned through reading, discussion, and reflection that the soul has me, incarnates as me, and when this experience in form, called my body, ends, formless me or the soul goes on. I believe my soul, which isn't really mine, is an expression of God, and like God the soul is eternal, always was and always will be. I don't experience what I am saying as pedantry -- it is what makes sense to me, it's the basis of my theology, theology is important, and I stay rooted in it through ongoing discussion, reading, study, and reflection.