They say life is a “journey”, a “school” and is here to teach us “important lessons”. But why?
Have you ever considered the possibility that the lessons we learn and wisdom we accumulate in this life, extends into other lives? Is it perhaps possible that our life is not the only journey of experience, advancement and maturing – but the whole of conscious existence is?
Is it possible that reincarnation, also known as metempsychosis, is responsible for the tremendous range of world views, instinctual drives and essential life decisions we make?
What makes us so different from one another? What makes one person wise beyond their years, another driven by power, and another childlike, despite their age?
Regardless of whether you believe in, or entertain the possibility of reincarnation or not, you will find that the following Soul Ages theory applies to the vast variety of people in your life.
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What Exactly is a “Soul Age”?
According to the Soul Age theory, man doesn’t have simply one shot at living and learning. He has multiple lifetimes in which to grow, learn and mature.
Soul Ages are based on the different levels of advancement a soul obtains throughout its reincarnational journey (inspired by the Michael’s teachings framework). As a person progresses through the hierarchy, paying off karma as he or she advances, it is said that he or she is free to return to universal and infinite consciousness at the end, achieving final liberation.
Some call this the state of “nirvana”, others “heaven” and others “paradise”.
The 5 Soul Ages
Understanding the different levels people exist on is a useful way of developing empathy, understanding and insight. Also, these are all essential keys to enhancing the connection we have with our souls through inner work.
Below are the 5 Soul Ages in order from ‘beginner’, to ‘intermediate’, and then to ‘advanced’. You’ll also discover the sixth Soul Age which transcends all others: the Elder Soul.
1. Infant Souls
Primary Focus: Being alive.
Lessons To Learn: Basic life skills, survival, mortality, physicality.
Age Comparison: 0 – 4
Key Characteristics: Raw, untamed, playful, excitable, unsophisticated, tribal, cautious, childlike, group-reliant, hunter-gatherers.
Also known as Newborn Souls, these people are often perceived by others as being ignorant, childish and innocent to the complexities of life. Possessing a very simplistic understanding of life, and a genuinely guileless approach to the world, Newborn Souls find it hard to adapt to ‘civilized society’. Instead, they prefer familiar clans, tribes and groups of people in wild, untamed environments. If this sounds like you, take the Infant Soul Test.
2. Baby Souls
Primary Focus: Belonging.
Lessons To Learn: Social structure, rules, roles, human relations.
Age Comparison: 4 – 13
Key Characteristics: Compliant, regimented, dutiful, role-defined, absolutist, disciplined, traditional, strong values.
Also known as Child Souls, these people seek to make meaning, order and stability out of the chaotic and uncertain nature of life. Perceived by other people as being clean, modest and rigid, Child Souls tend to be very conservative, religious and rule-bound. The Child Soul’s beliefs and senses of self are defined by their culture and traditional moral or religious system. If this sounds like you, take the Baby Soul Test.
3. Young Souls
Primary Focus: Independence.
Lessons To Learn: Personal-advancement, free will, personal-achievement.
Age Comparison: 13 – 29
Key Characteristics: Ambitious, competitive, innovative, material gain, enterprise, freedom, individualism, self-centered, self-expression.
Also called Teenage Souls, these people often live by the maxim “my way or the highway”. The Teenage Soul, similar to an adolescent, seeks independence, social status and material gain. Essentially, these people are agents of change and are responsible for many of the greatest advancements in the world. Driven and externally focused, Teenage Souls tend to be “workaholics”. If this sounds like you, take the Young Soul Test.
4. Mature Souls
Primary Focus: Interpersonal harmony.
Lessons To Learn: Empathy, psychological stability, interdependence, self-awareness, relationships.
Age Comparison: 29 – 55
Key Characteristics: Sensitive, inquisitive, neurotic, diplomatic, introspective, egalitarian, cooperative.
Also known as Adult Souls, these people enter life seeking interpersonal and psychological harmony. Adult Souls are often perceived as being neurotic but caring. Focusing on the inner world, these people often struggle with the complexities and subtleties of life. The mature soul is liberal, relationship-orientated and visionary. Life is no longer about survival, role-filling or material gain for the Adult Soul, but about understanding, empathy and camaraderie. If this sounds like you, take the Mature Soul Test.
5. Old Souls
Primary Focus: Spiritual fulfillment.
Lessons To Learn: Non-attachment, autonomy, wise counsel, spiritual awareness.
Age Comparison: 56+
Key Characteristics: Solitary, spiritual, detached, philosophical, humanitarian, tired, unmotivated, empathetic.
Right at the end of the reincarnational cycle comes the Old Soul. Having already experienced the previous 4 stages of existence, the Old Soul has a well-rounded knowledge of society, relationships and the world at large. At this point, the Old Soul finds day to day life very uninteresting, and little can surprise or compromise their self-assurance. Relaxed and philosophical about life, Old Souls radiate depth, calmness and wisdom. The Old Souls focus is on self-actualization and self-fulfillment. To the Old Soul, life is an interconnected tapestry – one of which they strive to become One with. If this sounds like you, take the Old Soul Test.
6. Elder Souls
Elder Souls are the completion of the Soul Age cycle. An Elder Soul is an Awakened Being who has gone through a spiritual awakening and reunited with and embodied his or her True Divine Nature. In our society, we often refer to Elder Souls as “enlightened” or “spiritual Masters.” Read more about Elder Souls.
Although most people don’t fit strictly within each category, often overlapping others, many people tend to inhabit one Soul Age more than the other.
Which Soul Age are you? I’d love to know below!
well i always felt and had been told my whole life i was an old soul.Came across this test so i did both the old soul and mature soul test……and scored 83% on both.not sure what this means but it was neat nonetheless.
I’m probably an old soul, because I’m only twelve, but I feel like I was 40-60. I just don’t care about things girls in my age cares. I don’t care about gossiping, One Direction, stylish clothes and things like that. I also don’t want to be famous or live in New York or some other famous city. I care more about stuff none of them likes, so I am not one of ”popular girls”, cause I just don’t care about my looks and newest gossips.I don’t care about other people looks too. I really don’t. And my classmates always comes to me for advise whenever they need advice for school, family or friendship. They tend to call me intelligent too. I’m not even the smartest girl in class. But even smartest kids in class come and ask me things about lessons in what they are better than me, like math or Latvian (because I live in Latvia). So I think I’m an old soul. My best friends think that too. And I don’t have many friends, only my two best friends that I know from a baby age. I have old name too, I don’t think that changes something, but… Read more »
I got a 90% on the Old Soul test and 42% on the Mature Soul test so I guess there’s no arguing. Lol
Due circumstances some people told me that I am on ‘a higher level’ then most others. I’ve did the ‘old soul’ test and I’ve scored roughly in the mid 70. The person telling me that I am in a way ‘on a higher level’ scored 82%. On another know web-page there is something described as : ” You are an ‘old soul’ if you searched about it – as a reminder ! “. I’ve never fitted in, in double or triple sense here. And I was wondering that a person roughly 11 years older then me, never can be an ‘old soul’. I had to hear such a hypocrite answer to me, that I needed to break the connection down. There is a rubber-band, all okay, stretching to hard is never good. As the later attack on me, from that person in the early fifties, was so childly. I am a rebel, a misfit, a whole non conform list in a way … also in my thinking-world inside me. When I need to give ‘a kind of power’ to set people on their places, it has a deep underlaying base and opinions (ethical), before I act strongly to people.
Where have you people been? I’m almost excited to find you. You all sound like me on some level. I’m a extreme loner
since I’ve gotten older. I have been alive in soul since creation. I long to go home. Home for me is back with the creator. My mission here was to bring my children through and they are now grown and gone and they think mom has lost it. In time they will know what I know. Our spirits are restrained here. Our souls remember in swatches of times long ago. This
is my first earth age and I won’t be here for the third. I just hope I’m through with being human. I have very vague memories and feelings associated with the spirit world.
I’ve heard myself being called an Old Soul several times. I’ve also been referred to a ‘Guardian Angel’ also… which I know has no bearing, but in my mind, it somehow relates. I took the tests that you have and scored 96% for an Old Soul, and curiosity struck me as I read some of the comments below and I decided to take the Mature Soul test as well and scored an 89%. I’m going to make the assumption that I am in the transitioning phase? I’m not exactly sure. I’ve found making friends more difficult growing up and it wasn’t until recently that I was able to express my thoughts freely and more openly than I have ever been able to do. I am 25. I noticed that when I do choose my friends, I can only tell them so much because I know they would not understand… then when I open up to every thought that ever crosses my mind, I found out I open up for a reason: the other person is also an Old Soul.
Have you also experienced this?
Many people consider me an Old Soul. I’ve always felt older, and at 16 I feel more like 80, mentally, and physically to some extent. People have called me different, even from a young age. I am extremely world-weary, and are saddened by all the evil going on in the world. I feel alone most of the time, because all of my peers have a much different, and younger mentality. But, I’ve always felt like I experienced more than I really have, and have shown a certain wisdom that comes not from raw intelligence, but from age, and experience. But, I am also depressed from the loneliness, and am sick of living most of the time. Not because I think my life is so terrible, but because I feel very tired of living, and would really enjoy taking a break from the physical realm for a while.
I pretty much skipped the teenage soul into the adult soul, I never had the feelings or the traits of the teenage soul. Maybe a slight bit of it such as building an identity, I was a loner in high school and enjoyed my own company. I never fit into “cliques” I had no desire to, I just focused on my schoolwork. However, as a teenager I had adult soul traits, I was selfless.
I vacillate. I am not surprised. Some aspects of me are still teenage, many are adult and a few old are creeping in. I am 60 in number. Age is just a number, after all!
I feel I am an adult soul. I can’t get enough self-awareness (perhaps why I had to read and interact with this post;) and I am keenly interested in meaningful relationships. I haven’t hit the detached or disinterested characteristics of an old soul. I’m too engaged with learning and people. This was interesting thank you!