“The Old Soul is more inclined to be a lifelong learner, constantly feeding his thirst for insight through his own persistent efforts. His learning has not been forced into him through education or learned out of obligation, but has been absorbed out of curiosity and personal choice.”
― Aletheia Luna, Old Souls: The Sages and Mystics of Our World
This blog post emerged out of a recent conversation with friends about past lives, relationship types and my thoughts about my friends being highly-evolved souls. I love that we can openly discuss the majesty of the universe together!
I’ve heard people throw around the phrase ‘old soul’, often when describing young children or quiet teenagers but I am inclined to say that they may not understand the intensity of this phrase. By all means, that child could quite possibly be an old soul, wondrous beings who are entirely unique with an equally beautiful story.
Before we begin, this post isn’t intended to dishearten you if you happen to discover that are not an old soul. Each soul is as beautiful, special and unique, all on their journey to becoming enlightened. You (and me, I believe that I am not an old soul) will one day progress to becoming an old soul.
What is An Old Soul?
An old soul is one who has been through many past lives, existing in a physical body in many dimensions and planets. They have endured countless hardships in their lives – spiritual, romantic, physical, mental and emotional. Progressing through each life, they gather knowledge and advance to a higher state of awareness.
They often possess a unique set of characteristics that can help to recognise them and more importantly, have an understanding of what they have endured. One day, us as younger souls, will one day come to endure similar hardships.
To give you an idea of how many lives we may actually lead, leading past life regression therapist, Brian Weiss, recounts in his book Only Love is Real that one of his patients, Catherine, has experienced 86 physical bodies! While each of these lives may not be a long and fulfilled life, that is still many, many years of development, experience and living!
Characteristics of An Old Soul
Below I have listed a few common characteristics that help to define an old soul. They may exude all of these traits, or only as few – souls are all unique in their own way. Generally you will be able to pick up the positive energy they create when in proximity to reaffirm your conclusions.
- Spiritually Awakened
An old soul may experience this awakening from their birth or it may develop later in life. They are spiritually aware of the world around them, their life mission, needs of others and will work to continue to develop themselves spiritually. They may possess psychic abilities such as Empathy, Clairvoyance or be gifted with reading Tarot, Oracle and/or Runes.
- Enjoy Alone Time
They do enjoy interactive with others, however the old soul may be reclusive at times as they need to process the world around them. The actions of younger souls may be unpredictable, anger inducing and confusing as well as the fact that their empathic and psychic senses are triggered around others. Alone time is also necessary to progress on their life’s mission through meditation, reflection and focusing on divine guidance.
- Feel Out of Place
The old soul may feel as though they just don’t quite fit in anywhere or become overwhelmed by the general perplexing nature of the Earth. They will often experience intense sadness and anger at the awful things that happen on our planet whether to do with people, the environment or animals.
- Generous and Kind
As they are highly progressed, they understand the Karmic Laws and Law of Attraction. They don’t expect anything in return from generous actions as they know the Universe will be kind to them as needed on their life path, wherever it may take them. They also understand that in doing so, they increase their own vibrational energy.
- Future Thinkers
Often environmental, animal rights and human welfare issues are close to their heart as they want to establish a better world for future generations. They’ll be the first person encouraging you to recycle that bottle or donate to a charity as they believe caring for the planet is paramount. They understand that issues such as inequality and poverty don’t need to be accepted but need to be changed.
- Lifelong Learners and Avid Go-Getters
Every lifetime is an opportunity to learn, discover, adventure and enrich the soul. They are always dabbling in something new, head buried in books, trying out new experiences, travelling and living outside the box.
- Avoidance of Negativity
Old souls are avoiders of low vibrational energies such as hatred, greed, anger and jealousy. They vibrate higher than younger souls due to their service to others and spiritual awareness so they will try to disperse arguments, negative comments and the like.
- Awareness of Connection
As a universe, everything is connected from humans to tiny seeds, rocks and rivers. Old Souls understand by increasing their own vibration, they increase the collective vibration of the universe. By keeping aligned with their life mission, they also work towards the collective mission. They understand fully the interdependence of all things.
- Transcend the Ego
Old Souls know that the ego is a mental construct – the perception of ourselves, self-esteem, attitudes, beliefs, interests and confidence. Feeding the ego with consumerism and materialism isn’t conducive to spiritual progression so they recognise the important things in life and know that excess materialism is unimportant.
- Spiritually Awakened
- Nourish Mind, Body and Soul
Feeding the mind, body and soul is important to increasing the vibration of the self. An old soul understands that keeping physically healthy, eating nourishing food and allowing time for meditation, crystal work, reiki or the like is important to improve their all around health and vibration.
- Nourish Mind, Body and Soul
- They Have Endured Earthly Hardships
An old soul may experience many hardships in their life such as tumultuous relationships, poverty, insecurity and others, as the Divine knows that they can handle these experiences. The more lives that one experiences, the more Twin Flames and Soul Mates (more on those in this blog post) they’re likely to run into and experience heart break all over again. However, as they are so advanced in their spiritual awakening, they are able to pull through and use these negative experiences to rebuild themselves, help others and continue on their life mission.
I can think of several people around me who are definitely old souls. They exude a sort of positive energy, happiness, nurturing nature and always have time for everyone. I can also think of those around me who I believe are highly evolved souls – they are not quite old souls yet, but have definitely experienced many lives. Although they still experience self doubt in their abilities, but they will definitely be guided in life to reach their potential.
I can also think of people I’ve met who are new souls, those who have a lot to learn and those who are learning quickly. People who struggle with understanding the emotions and experiences of others, those who lack empathy, are definitely new souls who are only just setting out onto their life path. Ensure that if you come across any new souls, you try to help them!. They may be reluctant at first, but if it is embedded in your life’s mission, they will definitely be forever in your debt.
Think about your friends, your family and yourself, do any of them fit the above characteristics? Think about any of the many acquaintances and people you’ve met for the first time, did they exude some sort of positive vibration that could lead you to think they are an soul? Can you think of anyone around you who is a new soul?
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Love and light x