Old Souls

First of all, if you really want to learn more about old souls, go to michaelteachings.com. I have always sensed I was different from others and I hope to find other old souls who I can relate to. Here are some traits and information about old souls if you think you might be one:

- Old souls have largley given up on the world. It doesnt seem worth the touble to spend a lot of energy on things that do not last. For this reason, old souls dont make great contributions to society.  They are quieter than younger people and live a more relaxed lifestyle. They are more subdued in their manner of expression. Old souls are in the process of withdrawing from the physical plane. Their motivation is of spiritual purity. They lead simple lives, they do not want to overcomplicate it with intense relationships and severe challenges. They are paying off final karma, they do not want to incur anymore.

-Old souls are usually very competent, but there is a tiredness about them which prevents them from making a lot of effort. Others, however,  see this as laziness. They are mellow, rarely enthusiastic and the excitement of youth is mostly gone. They often become teachers to pass the knowlege and wisdom on, but only to a limited number of students.

- There is little desire to release their understanding to the world in general, for this reason they are quieter.  As it is with many young people and old people, the younger are out doing their thing and do not have time to listen to the old folks anyway. When they do make themselves noticed, they are often perceived as "far out" or weird" for this reason they rarely make themselves noticed. They do not even try to communicate. Old souls usually have problems with self esteem because their perceptions and values are not shared with the rest of society. Like a person in the last decades of life, old souls are "winding down" "in retirement" "preparing for death" so to speak.

- Very late level old souls, who are near their last incarnations on Earth, are so world weary that they are ready to just lay down and die. It is not uncommon for these types of old souls to become bums or homeless.

- Old souls are often loners. They are a rare breed, comprising about eleven percent of the population. They have very little attachment to coworkers, neighbors, encounters of casual nature, even their sense of connection with blood relatives is not very strong.  They dont like heavy entanglments with other people. When they do get involved, its because of a strong spiritual bond. It is difficult for old souls to develop relationships with people they have not had numerous past lives with. Many times old souls seek companionships through astrology or psychic endeavors. When old souls "party" they usually just sit around and talk. In dating situations, they don't need to go anywhere (to a movie) or do anything (play a game) as a means of developing social intimacy. If the basis of psychological intimacy is not quickly apparent to the old soul, he will not put himself through much trouble to develop it.

-Sexis not highly prized by the Old soul. He is usually competent therein, but his lack of interest for it, and the lack of passion in it, can be disconcerting to younger souls who still prize sex highly. Old souls are often hedonistic and sensual, however, and can have a bawdy sense of humor. Old souls are often androgynous (having balanced masculine and feminine characteristics), and occasionally bisexuality is a part of their lifestyle. Gender identification is often weak in this Age because of subconscious contact with the whole psyche, which includes both masculine and feminine characteristics. What the Old soul seeks in romantic relationships is a "soul mate" — someone to whom he relates on a soul level. This might be someone else with whom he has spent many lifetimes, or another soul in his own Entity. The drive for this is so strong that it could be described as a compulsion.

- In order to even out your past life choices, as an Old Soul you are often in the body of the sex you least prefer. But having had both male and female bodies so many times before, you do begin to blend the different energies and may not be greatly identified with being either male or female. It becomes hard to work up a lather about someone's homosexuality or "lack of masculinity" or "femininity".

- Old souls are individualistic, believing people should do whatever they want as long as it doesnt hurt anyone else. Their motto is "You do what you want, I'll do what I want." They rarely campaign for anything, they don't want to change the world, they just want to to let it be. They have a "Live and let live" attitude. Old souls are calmer, more peaceful and centered. This can also make them appear passive or weak to other soul ages.

- They do not have a strong sense of attachment to the world, they want to purify themselves of materialistic attachments

- Most old souls often take a job which does not overly tax or challenge them.  To them, life seems heavy and boring, life's a drag,  a game which they no longer want to play. They feel like they've seen it all, "what else is there to live for?" The material pursuits of young souls seems futile to them and even the mature souls excitement about newfound truths seems passe to old souls. An old soul wants to graduate from the physical plane and go onto newer, higher planes. Old souls are subject to psychological depression. All soul ages can be to some extenst, but the old souls especially.

- Most old souls come around to the understanding of reincarnation at some point in their lives.

- Old souls are detached and aloof, even uninvolved. Younger souls do not understand this, although they may admire the fact that an Old soul can remain so cool in situations that younger souls find upsetting. To some it may seem that Old souls do not care. It is more accurate to say that they are nonattached. They do not make much investment in what is going on around them, and do not have strong expectations for any particular outcome. Whatever will be will be, so why fight reality? What little they can not follow, they simply avoid. They do not seek to change things, unlike mature souls who want to change the world.

- Old souls inherently perceive the broader perspective. They see that the world rolls on, day after day, year after year, millennium after millennium, with the same basic stories being told time after time with minor variations. Old souls know the big lesson of the whole Maturation cycle, and that is nonjudgmental acceptance of anything and everything. What little they cannot abide, Old souls simply avoid. Rarely do they seek to change things.

- The depth of wisdom of an old soul is seen in their eyes. They have a direct, penetrating stare- it looks right through you, seeming to know. Profound issues are their concern, not the trivial. They want to get right to the heart of the matter and skip all the superficialities.

-Old souls tend to be tolerant and inclusive, and at least try to be open to other ways of looking at things. However, they may become upset by people whose points of view are rigid and exclusive. So if they are trying to respect different points of view, they may not respect people whose points of view do not respect other points of view. Old souls are still learning tolerance. They can be a little arrogant about the fact that they would never be so openly intolerant.

-Old souls "go with the flow", and they "follow the path of least resistance". Younger souls regard this as sheer laziness — lack of drive and willpower. This trait has its advantages and disadvantages. The good thing is that they are graceful and gracious when it comes to dealing with other people. The disadvantage is that they may lack the initiative to do what could be done. They often come up with great and innovative ideas because of their advanced and efficient perceptions, but they lack the energy to bring them to completion.

- Old Souls are very capable of agape or unconditional love, and many consciously work on not ever judging other people. For this very reason, some Old Souls appear to be annoyingly remote. This is usually an essence who has previously handled many emotional issues and comes to the planet intent on examining intellectual, philosophical and spiritual issues, period.

-As with senior citizens, just because the Old soul is "retired" does not mean he is worthless and powerless. Indeed, an Old soul can bring considerable wisdom and competence to bear in fulfilling a significant life task.

- Because of their advanced perceptions, Old souls are inherently ethical in behavior, feeling, and thought. They do not have to be taught right and wrong by parents or society. There is some socializing to be done when they are children of course, but the programming for decency, honesty, and integrity is inborn. It is as if they are grown-up even when they are children. They always feel like they are older than their chronological age.

- They rarely perceive actions as being truly evil. Rather, they regard things that cause suffering as foolish and primitive.

- Old souls try to maintain neutrality in time of war. It is part of their nonattachment

- Old souls are casual and easygoing about everything. Nothing is a big deal to them. Almost never are they outrageous or outlandish. They are rarely concerned with outward appearances — external image or formal trappings. In extreme cases they can even appear sloppy in clothes or habitat. Rarely are they overly concerned with what other people think.

-Old souls pursue education with the same casual attitude as they do everything else in life. Grades are of very little value to them. The learning itself isn't all that important unless it furthers a specific life task. Old souls tend to cut out the material pursuits that occupy so much of the time and energy of younger souls, and concentrate what little energy they have on spiritual integrity. By this is meant the need to understand the truth, and the reason for things. Old souls rarely participate in organized religion. They are often drawn rather to metaphysics, mysticism, philosophy, and the occult in their quest for understanding. It is difficult for them to synthesize their physical with their spiritual selves. They often seek unorthodox and holistic medicine rather than going to the medical establishment.

- A fancy house or car, or impressive clothes and jewelry aren't often too high on an Old Soul's real priority list. Neither is a nine-to-five job. Plain laziness on the physical plane sometimes creates difficulty paying the bills, but the material game just isn't what it used to be. This is especially true after the soul has had many materially succesful lifetimes. They have already completed the lessons to be gained from having riches. However, Old Souls do have one advantage with the material world: as they begin to seek, understand and use the laws of the physical universe, goals can be attained with less effort. Thus, there is an outer, as well as an inner draw to understand the universal laws distilled in astrology, metaphysics, tarot and other ancient teachings.

- Old souls are late bloomers, they usually do not grow into their full soul perceptivity until about age 35 or so.

 - In some ways, it can be said that Old souls are in the most difficult Age. In the first place, they do not fit in with the culture so they are often thought bizarre. They are definitely out of the mainstream of society and care little for its formal institutions. In the second place, they are often too world-weary to do what needs to be done to solve their own problems, let along anyone else's. Since they tend to follow the path of least resistance, unless they feel internal and external forces pushing them, they don't go anywhere or do anything. No matter how much they might need it for building character, they will only tolerate just a certain amount of stress in any given situation. Then they will get depressed and just chuck it all and move on.

- Each soul age is trying to experience as much as possible within that particular level of perceptivity. It's absolutely to the point for an Infant Soul to be fearfully concerned about basic survival and for a Baby Soul to be requesting law and order. A Young Soul is appropriate when striving for great material wealth, power and acclaim, and a Mature Soul when beginning to feel intensely emotional and ask those deeper questions. It's appropriate for an Old Soul to not meet societal norms, to look and act mildly eccentric and to be teaching others, even when his own personal or material life isn't together.

- To expect your Old Soul child to make a successful climb up a corporate ladder is unrealistic. Likewise, it's in error to count upon an aggressive Young Soul attorney turning her attention towards saving the environment, or to believe a Mature Soul embroiled in a major emotional drama would be able to calm down because you showed him the "big picture".

- Younger souls are not less intelligent, less appropriate or wrong. Their lessons are about survival, structure, ambition and success, while your lessons are about emotional and universal connections. Younger souls are a natural part of that whole you know is all connected, right? So, if you're indulging yourself by feeling superior, aim for mild tolerance as a way to begin clearing up that attitude, which ultimately is a painful, separatist one to carry around.

- Some musicians typifying this Old Soul need to teach are Joan Baez, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sting, Judy Collins, Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley and children's hero and folksinger, Raffi. Paul Winter, George Winston, Kitaro and a burgeoning band of Old Soul, New Age musicians are intent on moving us into gorgeous inner spaces with their music.

- Mark Twain, John Muir, and Albert Einstein were all Old Souls with a mission, as was Dr. Edward Bach. John Robbins is busy changing the way America looks at food and food production. Film director John Boorman (Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory), author Alice Walker (The Color Purple), goddess researcher Jean Shinoda Bolen, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Redford and Phil Donahue are some pretty active Old Souls currently doing work on our culture. Directly on the spiritual front we find Don Juan Matus, Nostradamus, Gurdjieff, Guru Mayi, Carl Jung, Werner Erhard, Rajneesh, Ram Dass, Matthew Fox, the Dalai Lama, Sun Bear, Swamis Satchidananda and Muktananda and transpersonal psychologists, Christina and Stanislav Grof. Jesse Jackson, Jerry Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Anwar Sadat, Iceland's president, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, and Brazil's Chico Mendes are six very affecting Old Souls who put their energy into the political arena. You'll notice these individuals teach from their being or essence in a unique fashion.


Scorpiogirl112 Scorpiogirl112
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83 Responses Oct 24, 2007

This single post was like a brief moment of feeling anywhere CLOSE to "home". I do thank you. Even if this was 8 years ago.


One of my first memories as a child is looking in the mirror and feel it wasn't me. I am 56 and married twice to men that totally didn't connect with me at all. I am Christian and believe in once to be born and once to die. Trying to start a painting business but no drive. I am driven to paint but not business. My husband and I are basically separated but live in the same house. No money or job. No one understands me. I am not lazy I just lost my zest for pretending I am like others. I feel not connected with others. Even my children don't understand me. I am not depressed at all. But I know I have to try and get out there to find work to service. My husband is retired but could care less about paying the bills with his retirement. I struggled my whole marriage with being a stay at home mom raising 4 kids and doing everything on my own with the house and kids. My husband worked and. Same home. Now he says his money and his retirement. I sit in my room alone and paint. But nothing to put on a a job application. I don't want to say would you like fries with that at 57 till death. Why am I not depressed. I have no idea.

your post makes a lot of sense to me... so many aspects of life are so easy for me to put in perspective/water down/shake off because they appear not important or relevant to me..that includes friends or family ties.. this is something i usualy keep for myself because it can hurt feelings but reading this post and other posts feels like a light bulp goes on.

people tend to misunderstand us. we love to live in our bedroom all day, wondering why other souls are not cooperative with our ideals. and then we realise everyone deserves the chance. end we end up love only foods and nice drinks because they give lovely effect. we are too complexed to enjoy the world. who knows maybe there are higher realms for us or we just simply come back home without reincarnating

Scorpiogirl112 thank you for posting this. Well summarized and said overall. I do have to add a few things if you dont mind.....and this will be more of a challenge to ALL the OLD SOULS out there. "Having realized who you are, and having gained the understanding about the world around you and its life cycles......having understood the meaning of death and reincarnation and karma......WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN, SEE, EXPERIENCE, CHANGE IN THIS LIFETIME?" I understand that Old Souls don't identify with material gains.... But then what do you identify with? What makes you passionate? What do you want to learn? What do you want to experience? What would you change on this planet today? I am kind of curious to see what your replies would be :))))

that's the question indeed.
My personal answer for that for the moment is acquiring knowledge.
But I am always wondering if it is the right thing to do.
I feel bored with that day after day, and I am not sure whether it is the right way to spend a lifetime.


Good question. My purpose is to acquire modern knowledge but even more importantly disseminate wisdom from accumulated past lives at work, in family life and internet communities. I feel a strong sense of responsibility to pass on any wisdoms I may have been lucky enough to acquire form a legacy and then move on. I do not fully agree Old Souls have no need to change the world, we may not be inspired by a specific ideology but we can and perhaps should contribute to the overall raising of the level of debate on myriad topics.

What an amazing post as I could agree with almost everything you said. I think the intuitive side and the ability to accept others are perhaps more profound than those seen in younger souls but also understanding the bigger picture of how this world functions. Things are what they are and everything and everyone serves a purpose. Ultimately I think everyone is on their way to spiritual enlightenment its just that we are all at different stages of that path. Depending on where we are, the universe sets us on a path to experience and learn certain things in our lifetime through ourselves and through others. I think all this means in the context of our soul's age is that we have all been initiated and have mastered many many things in our many lifetimes which as a result sets us on a more spiritually centered path with different obstacles to overcome. In terms of tarot cards, we are like the magician card whom has mastered all four elements and serves as a bridge between earth and the heavens.

I recommend that you all look into vedic astrology which is the science of our karma. Its really helped me learn a lot about myself as well as the complexities of who people are. In some ways, vedic astrology was one of the first things to truly validate a lot of the things and patterns that I feel but could not really explain or be understood by most people. What we do in this lifetime will vary from each person but we understand there is a disconnect between what is accepted versus what we know to be true.

feels good to be understood and to know I am not alone with this...makes me feel more peaceful right now..

Furthermore,88 number is closely related to Aldof Hitler who I do not like and I do want to be so destructive like that person, i would have prefer other master number than this vibration.

I wonder if I change my name to other numbers not carrying a master number will I ease my burden this lifetime.

I have master number 88 in my name numerology.

Much very much is spot on. I am so glad i found this:) Makes me feel at peace. My gf always tells me that i dont bother about a great deal of the troubles of the world. And that "lazy" attitude. But im not lazy, i do care. But not about the stuff she thinks matter. I will now sleep, with a smile inside of me. Hope to meet you in the drift:)

Is there any spiritual danger in the realization that you are an old soul? Is that a sign that we have a couple of more go-rounds on earth?

Also, it seems to me that your perception of life and it's hurdles don't include young ones. 180 for you. One thing that I am sure of is that life (or perception of past life) is never certain.

Scorpiogirl112 you are an amazing woman in your observation. You have stated a number of observations that, in the context of this conversation, hold true. My dear, you are very wrong in one or more of your observations however. The old soul doesn't stand by. How could it? It doesn't remain complacent throughout your lifetime or their's because if it did so it would be doomed to re-live the same life it was re born into. It must make a change! In some way! Small or large. That is our destiny. Take it from me.

thank you for your insightful overview. I say,

Having an 'old soul', doesn't mean having it easy - JB

Dear All,

Interesting article. I resonate well with some of it. I believe that I am an old soul as well & do know that it is my last life here on earth in many more was than one. And for that reason if I'm not coming back, I feel the need to see past all this exhaustion & some of the disadvantages which I can not change or replace. But to do what I can to fulfill my dreams & the purpose I have on this earth & in my last life. If anyone's seen the X-Factor recently with Jahmene Douglas, he mentioned how he always thought about about his dreams & what he wants to do & spent most of his time singing whilst at work. Well, I've been like that every time I've ever worked for someone else, I'd spent hours thinking about all the things that I want to do in my future. And never considered to push past all the obstacles standing in my way to fulfill my future dreams for one reason or another. Life's been complicated & caring for others has been more important to me, so I missed out on many things which meant a lot. I do believe that I would feel very sad in heaven if I haven't fulfilled my dreams & completed my mission here on this earth.

But I do have to consider that diet plays a huge part in our existence & eating correctly makes the biggest difference. And the majority of us simple don't eat properly. I started juicing a whole bunch of parsley recently in my cold pressed juicer. I did this everyday for a couple of weeks & personally in experience I felt as if I gained more energy than I've ever had. I started to sleep for only 4 hours a night & that seemed as if it was enough for me. It gave me the chance to do so much more. I know it's not a cure or an end all solution for so many of the descriptions of being an old soul, but it's helped me get closer to my goal. And this year, I have a lot to do. I am desperately in need of accomplishing my goals, because I don't know what next year holds. And that really scares me!!! I hope that you all don't make the same mistake of missing out on life's opportunities because you feel tired & over burdened & crave the simple life without all the problems & stresses in the same way as I do. But I do dream of being successful in all that I do. Putting in the hard work is all that I can think will give me a better, more simple & more fulfilling life in the future. Sent with love....

99% of this story resonates with me on a very deep level. I am only 25 but I am already bored of life. I can relate to everything said above. The depression is the worst part, it makes this boring existence even harder. I don't know what to do! The thought of living out another 50+ years here is daunting.

Find one of your passions from your past life and then teach others, that will keep you off the streets and away from depression.

This piece touched me deeply. I have never identified so much with something in my life. I have always felt different. I have always battled to develop meaningful relationships with others because I always felt misunderstood and different. I really hope that I could get in contact with some of you. I would really like to talk to people who feel the same as I do.

I think i am an old soul, help me .. ?

What do you need help with? Do you need someone to talk to? I don't know much about Old Souls in the formal sense but if you need someone to bounce ideas off of, perhaps we could chat?

sounds good with me c:

Thank you, very interesting. Searched old soul and your link came up. All made perfect sense to me! But' I'm 42 and Been learning and studying (not through organisations) for decades! I have traits of mature and old, living on earth is hard for all souls right now.. Thank you, love, light, respect and support to all in every dimension. Cxxx

When I read the about the old soul, I started to cry. I realised that I was reading about myself! everything you said described me exactly. It has blown me away to realise that I really am an old soul. I have always suspected it, but reading this has convinced me.

I am a very old soul but I have this strong desire to teach but only thru example .I love so much. Have u ever read any Seth books they are extremely interesting I read one when I was bout 14 it changed me or u can say it verified so many things.

It's pritty accurate I always was the kid that never got in trouble I'm considered lazy and never really been interested in sex I have a very positive out look on life

I cannot believe I have finally figured this out for myself. I have been wonder for so many years why I am the way that I am. I have never fit into any group of people. I never liked going out drinking and partying. I saw it as a waste of my time. I would like to get to know more old souls. Please message me if you can help.

I can't relate to feeling bored, pessimistic, or depressed. I agree material earthly things don't matter much, but with everything that I've learned, plus the little examples of God that are universal, eternal, and forever fresh are always worthy of my attention. How are so many old souls aloof about this? I know we are at different stages.. but for me personally, I don't want to languish. If I know so much, then I must share. Otherwise, I do not know enough.

Hi jade? With you completely. God, universe, togetherness. My life path not a disaster but full of challenges and right and wrong decisions, but through relations with my high self, my case archangel Michael, experience and always wanting to know more...there is always room for growth xxx

About three to four years ago I was told by my Supervisor and co-worker at the time that I am and have the traits of an Old Soul. After that I waited a few months to try to figure what they meant but I ended up asking them. I was told a basic definition of the term which since then I have periodically been researching. In this; I see alot of myself in what you have said. With what jadelaphaugus said; I do get bored constantly which I always have to stay busy to stop the feeling and others say that I am mainly optimistic but during certain topics I can be labeled as a pessimist with depression. When I am in that state it gets to the point where you said; "what else is there to live for?" Yet I am 22, but my body, mind and soul do say different.

Thank you.

I empathise with all messages. We are all on our chosen earth-life. we have all begun our own story and experience of this planet.. Memorable experiences for me... At 18 and for years, I felt I belonged on planet (weirdo) and worse... I was rebellious, hated authority and was totally mizunderstood and mostly felt spiritual blackness and felt undeserving and existed and sometimes felt death was the only cure ( Which it is not....). for this incredible, debilitating, crushing, mental, physical and spiritual pain that crushed me.... Then, The major spiritual shift. The light presence was a healing hand on top of my head from Jesus after I fell to my knees to god in utter distress and prayed for help! "Something's wrong but I don't know what, help, help!" It came nearly immediately and my life started to get better, with normal up and downs in between and I excelled for a long time. My interest about self healing, god, the soul, the being, angels and humanity has been with me for 25 years and I still don't know enough! I loved reading everyone's thoughts, but I will be looking into more articles by author and the michael site. Thank you all hope my rambling made sense? X

I don't agree with the boredom or depression. I firmly believe I'm an old soul, but this "term" should be split up into different sections. Old souls who learned several introspective lessons from all these past experiences, and old souls who did it all and don't necessarily want to reflect anymore. This type of old soul will not go up to the transcendent soul as quickly as the first type I mentioned because they are "stuck" in this soul level, at least for now. I personally believe because I feel I have experienced so much.. no matter how small I think world accomplishments are, the little things / symbolic acts of love, continue to happen every single day. And I am in awe and desiring to become a teacher.

Agreed...I too am definitely an old soul and while I do not try to teach those who obviously have no intrest in learning... those who look to me for wisdom I share with. I choose not to "get stuck" because it hinders my path. It's more as if I live in my own little bubble where I choose to grow and continue to find awe in the workings of the things here on earth. I let others live their own journeys and just stay detached from the drama, but still find pleasure in my own life. I did choose it after all for whatever lessons I needed to learn right?

The worst of all is the sense of inevitable boredom, and fewer and fewer stuff gets you excited. Also is the unreal sense of the way most people function all around!

I have always known I was an old soul....kinda accepted it even as a child. Funny really the way I remember never trying to fit in the groups of the younger souls.....the vague sense of "what happens will happen" always flowing in my head, finally tuning stuff out. Being a loner is so correct for an old soul....the only people we connect with are other old souls we instantly "recognize" and feel friendly towards

I always wondered what was different about me. I think this is what is. I don't like drama, and I'm not really materialistic, which includes my sparesly furnished apartment. I keep a few books, an old tv and vcr, and that's about all, besides my bed, shower curtain rod, and my dresser. My car is about the only new thing I have, but even that isn't all that new, it's already a decade old.

Most of the things on this article describe some of my personalities, I really don't understand the things people my age, 16 years old, enjoy doing or get into drama and like making things complicated than it actually is. I'm really not that materialistic, if I loose something like a digital watch, toy or anything else I just shrug it off and get another one to replace it or just go on with what I have. There are other things too but I don't want to end up typing a full page about it and make it boring.

I find myself pleasantly surprised at this article because it describes me very well before I actually found the traits of an old soul.<br />
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I have always stood out in some way in any situation as the quiet and reserved, but insightful individual. I really don't understand or derive too much pleasure of what most people my age enjoy (I am 28).<br />
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I can't say for sure that reincarnation does exist, but I strongly believe that I have been on this material existence many, many times including an Englishman twice (in the 18th and 19th centuries), an Italian, a Spaniard, a Swede or Finn, a Leabanese/Syrian Maronite Christian priest, an Indian, a 13th century Cathar, a Jewish person, and possibly a lower-level Chinese official.

This explains so much so soo much as to the way I am thank you

It was very therapeutic to read this post. I feel like I am rectified after being made to feel so bad about myself because I'm not achieving my old dreams or joining the military to earn 6 figures or going to graphic design school, both things done by a woman checker at Safeway's kids to prove that america is a land of opportunity. Its a land of opportunity for those who want it. I'm more interested in taking it easy. Yeah.

How odd it is to be both old and young.<br />
I identify with many of these things. And honestly, I believe this to be my last spin on the merry-go-round. I just feel it. It's one of those things you just grow up knowing.

I am 16 years old and I always knew I was an old soul. One day I said to myself I am an old soul, and at the time I'd never heard the word old soul before, so after my subconscious told me I was an old soul I looked further into it, and yes I am an old soul, so is my mother and my step father. My step father is an older old soul than me, and I am an older old soul than my mum, but all 3 of us are old souls regardless. I also have an 8year old bro who is a teenage soul and a 14 year old bro who's a mature soul.

Woah, way too many people 'complaining', for lack of a better word, in the comments. This isnt something thats meant to be set in stone, and honestly by the way most of you, that were arguing/stating different opinions, responded i'd guess that you arent old souls, but then agian every soul is different. I've seen a few articles like this on the net and they've all been different while keeping a few similarities, if nothing else i feel we should all be able to agree on these three traits of an old soul, 1)A kinda go with the flow attitude, not much want to force your will on others and not allowing others to force their will upon you. 2)feelings of compassion, an acceptance of others' choices as the choices of no one but them, (maybe not agreeing with their decisions but accepting that they are the decisions of that other person) or rather an attempt to understand others and what they do. 3)no real sense of national/group pride, they feel pride but not just because "this is america" or "this place is inherently better", they would be just as comfortable living somewhere else (not to say they wouldn't miss their previous homes, but just that they dont feel too attached).<br />
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By the way im 18 and have thought like this and about this since around 14, and again this is my truth or the reality as i have seen it, if you found this useful than great, if not than sorry to have taken up ur time. But please just remember every soul is different, even though they are, in a way, all the same.

Arrgghhhhh!!!! You CAN NOT change the world, you can only change YOUR perception of it! Some of you need to think a bit more deeply.

How do you define the world? And what do you view within it as unchangeable?

Some of this is a bit off. A soul keeps reincarnating as either male or female, it doesn't swap gender, hence the perpetual universal misunderstanding between males and females. If you are a male this lifetime, you have always incarnated as a male, and in the final incarnation you will be ready to reunite with your feminine half. Truth be told, we are all shards of the universal original soul, therefore essentially the same "age". A younger soul simply hasn't been very good at learning it's lessons, or is put here as a test for the more developed souls. It is usually a 'newer" or diminished fragment of the larger collective soul. You're all a bit confused and are still too much " in the body " to see and grasp the big picture. Time is non-existent in the unified soul. Everyone wants to think they're an old soul, and in reality they are right....the main difference is the ability to actually and honestly remember your past incarnations, which few are really capable of. For example, I know with absolute certainty who I was in my life prior to this one. I acquired this knowledge because it was needed for my spiritual growth this lifetime, and it wasn't easy, it almost cost my life! One shouldn't waste one's energies on fanciful imaginings of bogus past lives to stroke one's ego, the universe/God works on a need to know basis. You know you're on the right track when the ego begins to get out of the way. Life is an inside job.

You could be right, you could be wrong, you could be neither. Such things are arguable, no one can say for absolute certainty. What matters is doing and having tools available to us to assist in moving forward. Not labels.

I dont believe theres "age" to our spirits, or souls... and do you know who Tupac was? he had an old soul... he knew and understood things about this world. and he DID want to change the world

This post helped me to identify the elements in my life that i struggle most with, though struggle is hardly the word to use since i have no urge to change...I am weary of this world. I have been since before puberty even, always the odd one out, the quiet one that everyone marked as 'mature beyond their years'. People come to me for advice, sometimes even strangers open up to me, as if they have an inborn sense that tells them I am someone who can help, regardless of the age I appear as physically. I have never had a motivation to stride forward in this world. The one thing I wish to do is leave a legacy, something for the next generations to look at when I have passed on, to learn from and grow as individuals. On the subject of love, I never had crushes or puppy love or the like...I fell for one person for six years before moving on, for the sake of happiness for us both, and fell deeply for someone who has recently broken my heart. Now...I am empty. That spurt of emotional turmoil gave me energy, a drive to get ahead, not for my sake but for the sake of a possible bright future with a family. With it gone, I find myself once again like a boat without a rudder, waiting for the big wave to come along and sink me, though for now I drift along, doing what must be done to survive. I am an old soul, and....this must surely be my last cycle here.

I can agree to alot of this.. and I have been told by a couple ppl that I am an old soul.<br />
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I get the idea from the comments that some people here would like to be an old soul??? I must say I don't enjoy it very much if I am one that is.<br />
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It makes me feel great pains sometimes even some pains that I haven't even experienced in my physical lifetime here. At the same time this pain doesn't really interest me like I am sort of immune to it....... I know this probably wont make any sense. well nice to read this thread though.

I am an old soul and very bored and its annoying when people don't listen.

wow, some if this is me exactly (: thanks for posting.

Alot of what you said here is shockingly accurate.

Like many here I have always known I was an old soul.. but this in itself creates more complexities with society technologically advanced.. part of me needs to know it ( hence we can use the internet) then the other part is working on resolving some long standing issues that keep repeating themselves..<br />
I still have a lot to learn and alot to sort out .. got rid of the energy vampires who were sucking the life out of me and I now feel I can do stuff.

Hi there! I was just reading people's replies and came across yours. I am myself struggling with vampires right now, I'm wondering how did you Get rid of them? Every Psychic that sees them wants to charge me at least $100 to clear them out, I don't know what I should do, but they'd been holding me back since I was a teenager.

Like many here I have always known I was an old soul.. but this in itself creates more complexities with society technologically advanced.. part of me needs to know it ( hence we can use the internet) then the other part is working on resolving some long standing issues that keep repeating themselves..<br />
I still have a lot to learn and alot to sort out .. got rid of the energy vampires who were sucking the life out of me and I now feel I can do stuff.

Thank you for sharing this. This cleared up a lot for me.

It is a good article, an old soul, knows they are old, they do not need to state they believe they are, nor to pick an article to bits, judge or criticise, Things simply are.<br />
If the story does not fit, you can not make it fit, that is ego, wanting to be an old soul, is not something you put on your shelf as a brag or ego statement, You are a mature soul, young soul or old soul, all walk the path at different stages through the depths of time, none is better or less, just at different points in evolution. Tidying up loose ends on your final journey is not easy, not fitting or wanting to fit is not easy, loosing interest in the world is not easy. Old soul is just a stage you reach, You see the bigger picture, you can not share that view, unless you sit in the same place and vibration, and have wisdom, wisdom is experience, Knowledge is knowing but not having experienced yet......

Make no difference if I am a Old soul are not I would like to say this to you! You are very informative and you did your homework for this I say you made a strong impression for anyone else that may join this group. You did a good job on this story! Respestfully Said!

i have very much in common with this article.. Even though I love my family dearly I feel distant everyday as If what they fret about could be easily solved and is ridiculous. My age is somewhat disarming when I speak of life, love, and dreams. It seems as though everyday Actually I can be a very sociable person but, I tend to frown alot. People sometimes tell me to stop glaring at them! I dont mean to. I just give a look that people tend to get thrown off by thats all.. I think.. :/

Hello everyone =) I found my way to this site because i was looking for others I could relate to and who share a similar perspective. The one related by the michaelteachings stuff pretty well describes me, i've been struggling with finding myself pretty much since elementary school. It's getting better every day and I am drawing more and more good things toward me as my awareness of who i am grows. I feel like I keep going through these stages in my life where a lot of growth occurs as I constantly look to become what the most essential part of me knows. But each stage completely shatters any formed ideas i have of who i am. It's like my physical identity is slowly being chipped away at and damn that can be a painful process hahah. It's hard realizing that you have nothing to do with anything around you, that you just are and only by just being can you return to everything else, ending the separation. I was and sometimes still am one of those depressed souls, beaten down, tired of playing the game yata yata yata. The world moves so quickly by me and i sometimes wonder "what's the point?". There is no point to existence, and that's the point. There is no directive, no goal, no logical conclusion, there is only existence. So you're an old soul, what now? Labeling yourself as such is just a step toward a destination, forget the destination and enjoy what is passing by you. You already are where you need to be, you are who you need to be, and if ever you feel that you are something less than just know that there is no other place to be than where you are, and you're already there, so just be...Definitely easier said than done, but what's the point in living if we already know how to do it?<br />
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Moses asked God "Who are you?"<br />
God replied "I am who I am."<br />
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Anyways, for anyone who identifies with my words, feel free to contact me here as I'd love to hear from you. And for anyone who things it's all horseshit and that it's filling me up, well I'd love to hear from you too.

i have always felt oddly different from everyone, ive always been more mature than those my age. my godfather was buddist monk, he just marvels at how i understand concepts that take young monks years to fully understand when im only ninteen. my family comes from an extremely long line of know wiccan healers, at least the early fiftheen hundreds thats as far as we could see back. there are times when i start learning somthing new it feels like i have already done it before, my cousin is a very powerful psychic and says i have the oldest soul she's ever seen. i have had many times in my life when i meet somone and its like ive known them my whole life, right now i think i found a lover of mine from a past life. i was just hoping to get some input from you guys on what you think.

I've always felt as if I am an old soul. This definitely describes me about 90%. Many people always feel strangely around me because I don't come off as someone who is 23. I cannot relate to people my own age. I tend to spend my time with people who are 20+ years older than I am and I feel more comfortable. They always tell me how much of an "old soul" I come off as. <br />
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I have no desire to do the things my peers do. I like mostly like things from older eras, I don't have a cell phone/television which is really unusual for someone my age. I just feel really displaced, and I'd rather just be alone.

I honestly agree with this post. I don't get the opposition of the statements that were made. If I'm not an old soul, I'm at least middle age. I'll join, anyway.

some of the words you use are ignorant, dont always generalize things.......

"Personally, I am inclined to believe that the truly old souls are the ones who have gotten down to business, so to speak, and are very busy practicing Transcendental Meditation, or Taoist Sex Magick, or Kriya Yoga, or Kung Fu, or Chi Gong, maybe somewhere in Japan, Nepal, or the Himalayas, or on Mount Athos in Greece. Maybe some of them are very busy doing nothing, sitting in a cave somewhere, allowing their bodies to be devoured by insects, and learning the true nature of impermanence, like Ramana Maharshi. I personally dont think they frequent the internet much, and I would bet that the melancholy apathy of pot-smoking, video-gaming suburbanites has little in common with the true detachment experienced by yogis and saints. But who knows? Life is strange."<br />
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In other words 'MY WAY is the right way, and old souls CAN'T have a different way. Which is a typical young soul perspective. By the way it's scientifically proven that cannabis kills cancer cells

This is fascinating. I haven't read anything about old souls before. Thanks for sharing.

Have to leave this level sometime.

Honestly, this seems like a load of hot steaming bullshit

Scorpio, I disagree with 95% of what you see as truth, I didnt make it all the way thru reading the story, because very little of it was factual. Me included, we must be careful of what we absorb as truth from an authority. I just wrote a story in this group "I am an old soul" and it contradicts most of what you are saying. As I have said in my story, I have had many incarnations recalled thru regression and in this life time, I am nothing like you have written as a solid truth, if you had said this is what you believe instead of presenting them as facts that would be different. It is up to each individual to think for themselves and I am not sitting back waiting for death, though I am tired, I am not without willingness to tell what I know in order to help mankind, if they want to hear and evolve from sources that the words ring true deep within, then that is all that is needed. I am only calling you out on this, because I feel you are placing all old souls in a box of absolutes. Please research deeper, and that would include looking inside yourself not just a book. Good luck. Kim

I am 28,and many people said I am an old soul.<br />
I think all old souls have many things in common, but as we are all individuals, so I think there is no such 100% answer for everybody.

i agree with a lot of this, exp dont like to write this. or feel like writing a reply.

Thanks a lot for this article. i'd say that about 90 % of what was written fits my personality! I'm stunned here. And as lezilla posted, i feel so much better now too...<br />
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i've suffered a lot in the last years with my "non attachment" when it comes to relationships, but now i think i can set the hope that there are ppl who may be compatible with this "odd" nature of mine. This is an aspect of my life that really makes me sad... maybe not anymore from now on...

Thank you for researching and writing this article. I feel so much better now..xD

I identified with pretty much every detail describing the Old Soul. I've always been considered "different" by other people (especially husband and family members), who have frequently been hostile about my disregard for material possessions, my detachment in relationships, and my "stubborn" nonjudgmental attitude toward most people and cultural issues. However, people also appreciate how "kind" I am, and they sometimes even grudgingly tell me how "soothing" I am to be around and how I can sometimes give good advice. Lots of grudgingness from others, but also underlying appreciativeness. At 40, I now feel aware of both my relative wealth of soul experience on Earth, and the overwhelming tiredness I feel about being here. I am a licensed social worker, and recently earned certifications in hypnosis and past life regression hypnosis. I am happy to have the credentials, but feel that my lack of energy and enthusiasm gets in the way of helping as many people as I could. I feel that I need some sort of push to do more, feeling guilty for having the wisdom and insight but not the energy. Typical "old soul" complaint, I think!!!

I am an Old soul.<br />
This post is amazing,it pinpoits so many traits about myself,I almost wept.<br />
I could never grasp the concept of being an Old soul,though I know without any doubt I have lived before.<br />
I never felt like a child and my desire my whole life has been to be free of this body I feel confined in,like I don't belong!<br />
Im feminine but Im not,sex is enjoyable but I seek that soul-mate,the other part of me and I found him but reality stands in the way,I know without question he feels the same and one day we will be together but we missed our chance at 14 to runaway together,and again at 23,and I patiently anticipate having another oppurtunity,I will wait for 50 years just to look upon his face again.<br />
Even as a 2 yr old,born in the bush,my perception of the world was to great to be ignored,I understood everything and we had no tv,books and the closest neighbours were 150 kms away!<br />
I left home and school at 12,educated myself because I found school so menial and i couldnt bear the female trivilties.<br />
Much to the heartbreakof my parents!<br />
I knew I'd be fine but they didnt at the time,and they still don't undertstand me.<br />
I'm 27 but I feel ancient,I look at what the world has become and sigh,people are so igorant.<br />
I function on minimal personal effects,I keep hens in my inner-city backyard and some days i'm happy if they would be my only company.<br />
I become extremely reclusive though my mind never loses it sharpness and believe me,I tried very hard to annilhate this body but I'm amazingly still here!<br />
I feel like Im being punished in this life.I know I was male and female iother lives and I have such vivid memories and nostalgia for certain things.

Those famous "Old Souls" listed here do not completely fulfill the description of "Old Souls" as described by this article, if they are investing much of their time and energy to manifest into the physical plane, even if its for passing wisdom and teaching. However, if this description is the criteria of general common traits and patterns, then i can understand why these famous individuals are "Old Souls."

These traits are certainly true of some old souls. Others can be almost the opposite. It depends on how their soul interprets circumstances and situations in which they find themselves. Certianly they do become tired. <br />
But they can still be fascinated and engage the world around them.

Hey! Nice to see another Michael student! Good work, I started getting interested in the teachings back in the 70's.

I agree with Valerian - an old soul would probably not succomb to distractions such as the internet.

im not an old soul.however i am a mature soul.they unlike young souls loose their value of money.instead of searching for the price of items,they search for the price of knowledge.always searching to learn new things.they also have heighted emotions,they feel things strongly.they also begin in the search of life.why am i here?what is the point.because its true,honestly what is the point of living when while we are alive we destroy everything we come in contact with?we want new hotels,there goes more of our beautiful planet.hmm,i cant find a trash can,let me throw it on the ground.honestly, we become more barbaric with time.we may have new technology,but that technology will kill us all in the end.many say "we didnt do it."but the fact is we did.we might not have created it,but we use it.and for what?to save us 10 minutes of biking or walking?its sickening.but sorry there i go again,ranting and raving about the unfair judicial systems of our country and world.but mature souls are close but havent quite reached the level of old soul.a few more lifetimes.but due to the fact of their hieighted emotions,as you have just seen by me,many of us end up psychotic or doing drugs.its sad but we are who we are.and i wouldnt change who i was.after many lives i have learned that you dont temmpt fait.

I am 15 years old. and I'm an old soul.

So Valerian, what your saying is that old souls wouldn't be found on the internet. That they are primarily found in remote places, or in places where they are found practising intraspection only? That is rather limited thinking for a Soul which is in the end of its shall we say, "rotation".<br />
Aren't old souls in a plce where they are trying to not only search for intraspection, but recognising things around them and as they pertain to the universe as a whole.<br />
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I believe. Old Souls, are found on the internet, looking for answers, in the caves, practising yoga. as well as looking for that ever ellusive clue to a lost civilization. <br />
I find the thought that old souls would be living separatist life stills very...limiting as well as very counter-productive. <br />
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I agree there are probably those old souls, who find the inner path of enlightenment, one THEY as individuals must make. I believe there are others who find their path on the internet, in a bank, in the schools, and so on. Old Souls exist EVERYWHERE!<br />
Of Course these are MY opinions. They are just that. I hearld my information from no where but myself. I believe though, There is a certain amount of logic to this. I would be interested to hear from others as well.

I got about half-way through.. its interesting.. and i definitely fit the criterea... but I'd like to know what authority you base this on, besides your own wish to be an old soul. I think we tend to interpret things in a way that is sympathetic to our own perspective and experience (see: Nietzsche and "Perspectivism").. we all find a way to glorify those qualities we find most prevalent in ourselves.. and we all diligently refine our point of view, whether we know it or not, to create a personal philosophy, so that we end up in our own little echo chamber, with an answer for everything, -- but the world we construct, though it may be fascinating and beautiful, often has little relation to the real world... I'm interested in knowing if there is a real authority which you base your philosophy upon.<br />
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Personally, I am inclined to believe that the truly old souls are the ones who have gotten down to business, so to speak, and are very busy practicing Transcendental Meditation, or Taoist Sex Magick, or Kriya Yoga, or Kung Fu, or Chi Gong, maybe somewhere in Japan, Nepal, or the Himalayas, or on Mount Athos in Greece. Maybe some of them are very busy doing nothing, sitting in a cave somewhere, allowing their bodies to be devoured by insects, and learning the true nature of impermanence, like Ramana Maharshi. I personally dont think they frequent the internet much, and I would bet that the melancholy apathy of pot-smoking, video-gaming suburbanites has little in common with the true detachment experienced by yogis and saints. But who knows? Life is strange.

I've been told I was an "old Soul" for as long as I ca remember. For the most part I fit many of the the profiles mentioned here. There are some things to consider though. Maybe souls are as individual, as individuals. <br />
I do Beliieve in GOD as well.<br />
I still can get a good work up over some things as well, so I guess I'm confused, I may or not be an "Old Soul".<br />
so as an "old Soul" typical would answer, according to this post, ok...I can live with the confussion.

I don't think the person who wrote this completely understands old souls. It seems they got it confused with an old person, rather then an old soul. I am a very old soul but some of those lay down and die doesn't describe me. I know I feel old for my age and can understand things on a completely different level then people in my age range. I am very outgoing and excited about new things that I have never tried before, maybe my soul is fun.

Hmmm... very interesting.

I have feelings of just knowing the right thing to say to help people to figure out what they need to do to make things make sense . It is like I already have done these things before.

i have always felt as if i were an old soul. there are a few things i didnt agree to, but did at a certain point. I stopped being as lazy as i was and not as constructive when I learned regardless it's something i have to do. i do feel different than people, and i have been told since i was very young that i was mature for my age. i do always try and take things the easy way unless only absolutely neccessary. i've never read anything on old souls, this was a great post. thanks.

I can relate to almost all of that, though I still wish I could change the world, if not for me, for those who will come after me.

I am not so sure about family relationships. I have quite a lot in common with most of your descriptions but I do have a very wonderful relationship with my Mom and my eldest daughter.