Old souls (being one, knowing one)

3 years, 3 months ago

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.

December 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

I consider the soul a part of the physical self; there are no special attributes to it more so than the liver in my opinion. A young liver can be more mature than that of an older person’s by way of drug use/abuse.

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Profile photo of Rutger Rutger (@capnderp) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Old Soul is just a label, given to something they can’t explain otherwise. I can’t explain it myself, I can only tell you about my experiences. Whether it indeed includes anything such as reincarnation or any form of eternal being is beyond my and anyone else’s comprehension. All I know are unexplainable feelings and phenomena I do not see in most other people, that would indeed fit in fairly nicely with what some people are saying about past lives. However, as with anything in the universe, one must never have the audacity to say they understand what is going on.

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Profile photo of Rutger Rutger (@capnderp) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

One of the most interesting aspects of it in my opinion is that I seem to be able to give extremely experienced insight into several things I’ve never done or even heard about. Whether this is simply a case of high intelligence coupled with empathy, or experiences from a previous life, I leave to you.

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Profile photo of nour nour (@nena) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

If u mean reincarnation,I know some people who lived before and still remember things about their past life ,some of them even met their old families..I believe that most of us have live before but only few people remember their past life…one thing I noticed about all those people is that they all died in a tragic way ..

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Profile photo of Kate Kate (@kate2200) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Read “Many Lives, Many Masters,” By Brian L. Weiss! This is a true-story about a Psychiatrist’s findings when he uses hypnosis and past-life regression to help his client overcome phobias and recurring nightmares in her current life. Its a very interesting read!

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@danfontaine) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@ Animus. The soul is part of the body yet it doesn’t die when the body dies? Interesting.
The power of our brains shouldn’t be underestimated. They are the most complicated thing in our known universe. We aren’t dumb creatures with souls. We are transcendentally intelligent creatures who have lost touch with ourselves by externalizing the source of our being into such things as a God or the soul. Either that or we have adopted an atheistic worldview, and for some reason retain that we know exactly what we are and what’s possible by looking at the systems around us, all the while ignoring the possibility that we are way off. These are both plagues caused by limited human perception.
Don’t develop bias toward your beliefs people. Always challenge your own mold; you stop growing if you stop doing so.

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Profile photo of Otingonciman Otingonciman (@otingocniman) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

I can understand where you are coming from @manimal, as you seem to be a person who interprets your existence through hard logic. I too have lost any ability to experience gnosticism. That being said thee could be a somewhat logical explanation for this feeling. Do you watch futurama? There was an episode where bender, the professor, and fry go far enough forward in time and see the end of the universe. After the last existing proton decays, the universe experiences a big bounce. It collapses and a another big bang occurs, endlessly destroying and replicating the same universe/exact events. Instead of having unique inhabitants/history it is the same as before. They realize that they can continue forward in time and eventually reach the moment that they left in the new copy of the universe. This is an example of the Poincaré recurrence theorem.

The theorem is named after Henri Poincaré, who published it in 1890. In mathematics, the Poincaré recurrence theorem states that certain systems, after a sufficient time, will return to an existence close to the initial state. The Poincaré recurrence time is the length of time elapsed until the recurrence. The result applies to physical systems, where energy is stored. The theorem is commonly discussed in the context of ergodic theory, dynamical systems, and statistical mechanics.

From that theory you could explain the possible existence of reincarnation, and the mental sensation associated with the felling of past lives. This is also the basis of determinism. Anyways, I am relatively new here, but it is nice to meet all of you!

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Profile photo of Iris Iris (@aneris) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

people always say that the eyes are the window to our soul… well my eyes are very weird and I have been told that’s because I have a old soul. like @Rutger I always feel an urge to help people, even strangers. I know I’m not smarter then other people but maybe in some ways I know how to handle things without the knowledge… I know it sounds strange but its like a automatic reaction or something.
to those whom want to know what I meant with weird eyes… its very hard to explain. some people are scared of me when they look at me, others go in total trance (no I’m not a hypnosis guru) and someone even told me I burned holes in his soul with my eyes (not as a compliment, the guy was freaking out). my eyes lit up during the night times and during the day they have this deepness you can get lost in, yeah I looked in the mirror to see for myself and notice it is all true. its nothing I can turn of or on.. this has been since I was born. don’t know bout other lives but I am working on spiritual awakening so hopefully that will give me some info about my past.

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Profile photo of Zach Zach (@v1kingfan) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@iris i wish I could see your eyes because i find eyes fascinating

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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

I tend to agree that the “old soul” thing is just an illusion.

It’s a very convincing illusion, but an illusion nonetheless.

You can feel like you know someone so well, even if you just met them. Everything about them seems to “make sense”. I used to think it had something to do with reincarnation/spiritual knowledge, but now I think it’s just different levels of self-awareness. I tend to associate high levels of self-awareness with a certain sort of timelessness. High levels of self-awareness with some cynicism makes me think of older people.

I think it also has to do with the goals you choose for yourself. If you pick silly things to chase after, it makes you seem young and inexperienced.

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