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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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.
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.
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 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.
Here it is. It’s quite interesting.
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”.
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..
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.