What makes one person wise beyond their years, and another, young at heart?
What makes one person awaken to the desire for spiritual fulfillment and self-love, and another person to the desire to content themselves with material gain and social status? The answer is their Soul Age.
“Soul Age” refers to a person’s level of inner maturity, or what we like to refer to as “soulful maturity.” While our Souls don’t physically mature, our connection to them does through various experiences in life. This is what produces the Old Souls in life.
If you feel displaced, alone, and older than your age reflects, chances are that you may be an Old Soul. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about what being an Old Soul means, and how you can progress on your path of finding belonging, peace, and inner fulfillment.
What is an Old Soul?
Quite simply, an Old Soul is a person who feels much older than their age reflects. This feeling is often accompanied by the gift of empathy, high intelligence, intuition, and keen insight into the human condition.
Old Souls are often social outsiders who feel as though they don’t “belong” in this world, or this period of time. As a result, most Old Souls long for a sense of true meaning, purpose and inner fulfillment that money, power, and success can’t achieve. This longing is often described as the thirst to “return back home.”
10 Signs That You’re An Old Soul
Here are ten of the most common signs that you’re an Old Soul:
- You have a preference for solitude
- You’re sensitive and empathic
- You have a profound understanding of human nature
- You have the ability to deeply introspect
- You tend to experience a lot of psychological tiredness
- You’re disinterested in worldly achievements or status
- You have an inclination towards spirituality
- You have a mystical approach to life
- You thirst for truth and wisdom
- You’ve experienced a spiritual awakening
How many of these signs can you identify with?
There are two major types of Old Souls: those that are born with the sensation of being “different,” and those who “grow into” becoming Old Souls through the process of spiritual awakening.
Have You Experienced Spiritual Awakening as an Old Soul?
Almost every Old Soul (that wasn’t born with the experience) has undergone a process of spiritual awakening. Spiritual awakenings are periods in our lives when we feel lost, confused, and alienated from others and society’s rules, expectations, beliefs, and values.
The spiritual awakening process is painful, and often traumatic experience involving the complete disintegration of our former habits, perceptions, and even life goals. Often, the result of such an experience is fear, confusion, depression, anxiety, and social alienation for years on end. However, despite such devastation, the spiritual awakening process is ultimately a liberating experience after we have gone through the fires of rebirth.
You might be wondering what triggers the spiritual awakening process.
The spiritual awakening process often arises in a person’s life during major life events such as marriage, divorce, child-bearing, death, illness, and tragedy. However, spiritual awakenings can also be completely spontaneous, arising as a natural result of life experience.
The inevitable product of going through a spiritual awakening process is soulfully maturing. The more we come to see through the illusions and deceptions of society, the more we direct our search for true happiness and fulfillment within ourselves. The deeper we search, the closer we connect with our Souls, which are the ultimate sources of our joy and peace.
Old Souls are people who are conscious of the Soul’s existence and actively work to reconnect with it again. In this sense, the term “Old Soul” is metaphorical rather than literal, indicating a matured and ripened relationship with the Soul, or True Self. A Young Soul, on the other hand, is a person who hasn’t yet experienced a deep connection with their Souls, or Higher Selves.
However, it’s important to realize that not every Old Soul has a working connection with the Soul. After undergoing a process of spiritual awakening, it is common to become so absorbed in the suffering of the world, and other personal issues, that a connection to the soul is “lost.” While the Old Soul may be aware of a profoundly divine presence within them and existence, they are not able to sustain a connection with it. This experience is known as The Dark Night of the Soul.
Old Souls and Soulwork
Instinctually, Old Souls know that life is one great spiritual journey towards inner wholeness. As a result, most Old Souls spend their lives seeking that which will bring them true self-fulfillment or self-actualization.
The most vital practice to incorporate into your life as an Old Soul, and indeed as any person, is Soulwork. Soulwork is the practice of working to reconnect with your Soul. Soulwork is not limited to any particular religious or spiritual doctrine, but embraces all paths. However, there are a number of practices which are particularly helpful. We explore these practices in our book: The Spiritual Awakening Process.
Essentially, any practice which helps you to become conscious of the eternal and unchanging presence within you that is your Soul is helpful. We dedicate this website to helping you explore various techniques and sacred Soulwork practices out there that aid soulful maturity. Read more about Soulwork in our article: What is Soulwork?
Once an Old Soul has learned how to reconnect with, and embody, the Soul, they enter a new level of spiritual advancement. We refer to this level as the Elder Soul stage.
Elder Souls are awakened beings. Common Elder Souls that we know of include figures such as the Buddha, Basho, Krishnamurti, Meher Baba, Mahavira, Gangaji, Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, Unmani, and many others.
You can read more about Elder Souls in our resources section below.
Old Soul Book
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Old Soul Resources
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