Old souls (being one, knowing one)
Hi, first of all I’m fairly new here (I joined like 10 minutes ago) but I feel right at home, so I’ll just barge in with a big question:
Have you any experiences with the concept of an ‘old soul’?
I full well realize this may come off as a wee bit floaty to some, but I can’t explain it otherwise. I haven’t studied much on the subject, but those who have always immediately recognize me as one once they get to know me.
I was hoping others here could maybe share their knowledge and experiences with the concept, and perhaps if they feel they are one themselves could discuss some of the oddities it entails, the thoughts it bears and such.
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Don’t have much knowledge or experience with the concept of an old soul. Definitely have heard of it before, and can generally imagine what it implies. If you’ve got any more detail on the subject though I’d be very interested in reading about your experiences and thoughts!
Welcome, by the way. Glad you found your way over, Rutger :]
Above are two links that I’ve found before when I’ve looked this up before. An old soul is basically someone who has gone through many life times (If you believe in reincarnation) and throughout the lifetimes you’ve held onto many lessons. Now although truly unaware of all those lessons your soul, the true you, without the ego of this life knows and guides you. As an old soul you’ve experience almost everything to experience and you are ready to rejoin consciousness or whatever after this life and stop reincarnating. (At least that’s what I take from it)
We’ve come to experience life and now our journey is almost threw basically.
Not sure if I believe it all, but I always like to look at it and wonder.
From my own experience it’s a very weird thing to be. Well, it can be. The aspect that seems most prominent is your state of being. I only just turned 21, but I appear to have made a peace with my mind and the world around me that I only recognize in some elderly people, whom have had rich and full lives. It’s an unexplainable calmness that sets me apart from other people my age, or even far past my age, that those who have no idea what an old soul entails, or have no belief in anything ‘supernatural’, still comment on it. I’ve felt like I was 90 years old since for as long as I can remember. I generally have a respect for nature and other people that seems far and few in today’s world.. As if I’m completely neutral, entirely Zen. I realize this may all come off as a tad bit egocentric, but I’m merely trying to convey how I’ve experienced my life.
I agree. I met an old soul earlier this year, and though he’s maybe 25 he seems about 90 too. All the good things about 90, of course, as seen by us younger folks. Old souls have peace, as Rutger says, and perspective, and acceptance. They’re joyful and loving and non-judgemental. They have solid strength and purpose and resolve, that don’t get in the way of the little joys of daily life. They have been teaching forever and also seem eager to keep learning. I’d say they also have a lightness that you don’t see in people who are trying really hard to “be zen”.
As I see it, if you have yet to learn everything God wants you to learn from this life before you die, then you are sent back in a new body. In this life you are to discover the parts of your true self that you still required to become sublime/complete and thus enter heaven.
That’s an interesting view Dangles.. You believe in a ‘classical’ heaven, but one to which we are all entitled after our souls are complete enough? Reminds me of the Cosmic Egg idea, if you’re familiar with that. Frankly I have no idea why I am what I am, and if there is any significance to it whatsoever. All I know is how much it has affected me in this life, which is no small foot print.
The way the old soul was described here: http://personalityspirituality.net/articles/the-michael-teachings/reincarnation-the-35-steps/stage-5-the-old-soul/ describes me very well. I feel very much like a new old soul, but I also have a feeling that it’s just the body/mind I’m in right now.
@Rutger: How do you feel when people tell you their problems?
I too have been described an old sole but I feel completely in touch with my youth as well. But in response, Rutger, I do believe in a ‘classical’ heaven but not that you are entitled to its greatness. You can come back to earth as the same essential being/sole and continue your search for enlightenment if you deserve it. But if the Cosmic Egg idea is that you have to become your true self before you can continue on to the next realm and live in everlasting bliss, then sure haha
Hi Rutger! Welcome to HE! i know exactly what you are talking about. I consider myself an old soul as well. A few people have mentioned it before, mostly my mother who thinks I was once an egyptian. I find that pretty amusing and flattering. But it feels right. Not to seem all high and mighty but I feel like I see the world in a different light than other people. I feel like I understand it more than others do and have a strong sense of priorities. I feel wise but also very much in touch with my youth, like Stoned Dangles mentioned. I love to live and that it’s the greatest thing to feel. I’m always one to give advice and follow a keen intuition. We had another discussion a few days ago I think kind of talking about the same subject. I’ll go see if I can find it and post a link on here.
Here it is. It’s quite interesting.
Hah I’ll be damned, I was just reading through that before checking back up on this thread. I have no idea what I was. Or if I even ever was anything more. People tell me things, they all tell me something different. All I know is, I feel old. Very, very old..
Some folks have labeled me as such, and they’re probably right. I’m 24, but I don’t really feel out of place among elderly folk. Is that what it means? Sometimes they require patience to deal with and care for, but I’m more content to spend time chatting with my grandparents and reading books, than doing what typical people my age do. Several of my sexual partners have been around a decade older than me as well.
I’ve always been called an old soul by my parents and even my current roommates. I believe it’s just a matter of maturing faster than people for your age and older. It’s a matter of being conscious of others around you and having a knack for things before your lifetime; the way when things were excellent, i.e. the golden 20′s.
That’s got nothing to do with being old. There are plenty of ignorant, inexperienced old people who barely understand anything at all. And there are plenty of young people with lots of experience and open minds, who understand a lot.
There are people who reached that point over several years and there are people who reached it overnight. Time is an illusion, it isn’t relevant.
And what’s the soul got to do with your memory/learning/level of ego maturity anyways? That stuff is in your brain.
Those old people who don’t understand have just never been able to realize that their lives are meaningless compared to the whole sum. I do believe time is relevant because a toddler can go through lots of shit but not be able to comprehend; It takes time and knowledge to be able to adapt to the world and realize the significance of such events. An old person can experience many self-actualization experiences but never develop the realization because of lack of knowledge, just as a toddler wouldn’t be able to. It’s a matter of developing a more realistic perception which demands knowledge and time.