I have been noticing that the people who have embraced a spiritual lifestyle seem to be in competition about how “Old” their souls are. Many of my clients ask me if I know the age of their Soul, so I thought it would be interesting to research and do a “Soul Age for Dummy’s” and believe me I feel like a dummy! What I do know is that I know nothing...
Many hours of research later I found that I have only scratched the very surface of this topic. There is so much to learn and so much more involved than the age of your Soul. Long periods of inner work has brought me to the conclusion that I am probably somewhere in on the second level of the Mature Soul stage. It is complicated and difficult to understand the “levels” and “stages” within the levels, it boggles the mind actually ~ so that is why I asked my Soul.
Here is my interpretation of the information I have gathered. Have some fun with it to determine where you think you are. Keep in mind that it isn't really important, what is important is that you are doing the work you have come to do.
One of the first things to know is that each age has seven stages so you can be in one age for a very long time, centuries and countless lifetimes. The Soul ages for the world’s population are bell shaped statistically. If it were depicted on a graph it would look like this:
Infant Soul: These are the Souls that are just starting out on their journey. Statistically there don’t seem to be many of these in our societies. However one of the keys to these souls is that they are raw and primitive. They don’t have the know-how to act within social norms and structures. The things they do make no sense to us. An example of an Infant soul may be a serial killer or a mother that murders her children. They seem to lack any sense of the depth of what they have done and are completely without remorse. Often they are disconnected from society, can’t find their place in this world and don’t want to be here.
Baby Soul: These Souls are all about discipline and structure. Now that they have made it through the seven stages of the Infant soul they are in need of serious structure. From everything I have read religious fanatics are here, from the Taliban to the Deep South. They crave a strong sense of belonging and the rules are fiercely obeyed and anyone who is not in agreement is just wrong and shunned. They prefer to live in close-knit communities with like people. Order is the word of the day. Hitler is an example of a Baby soul running rampant and unchecked.
Young Soul: These Souls are ambitious, materialistic and highly driven. I think these souls show up in our world all the time (and according to the graph above). Everybody wants to be a hero! Young souls are busy developing their own perspective and agenda, finding their own talents and their own way of seeing things and doing things. It is “me against the world… and it is all about me”. These souls are competitive with themselves and others – they have a strong need to win. Some well-known Young souls may be – Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy Elvis Presley.
Mature Soul: These Souls are about interconnections. It is no longer only about what is going on out there in the world but also about what is going on “in here”. At this stage souls are starting to develop a sense of the bigger picture they want to know what makes them tick. It is important for them to see other perspectives and allow others the freedom that they themselves seek. All black or white views start to shift and everything seems to be grey as there is a realization that there are perspectives upon perspectives. The souls start to develop empathy of others and their plight. Inner conflict is very common. Where young souls tend to blame everyone else mature souls blame themselves first. Tony Blair, Meryl Streep, Shakespeare and Van Gogh are examples of mature souls.
Old Soul: The final leg of the journey… Old souls have a well-developed sense of interdependence and independence possibly from a very young age. The best way to recognize them is their inner calm and their deliberate and slower communication. They know why they are here and what they are doing. There isn't a big attachment to materialism however they are still connected with this world and live life fully and engaged. Some are here to teach. There are people who believe they are old souls purely because they are not materialistic but my understanding is that, that is not how it works. If you have issues with being physical then there is still some way to go. Examples are, Alice Walker, The Dalai Lama and Morgan Freeman some suggest Clint Eastwood.
All this research brought me to the question – WHY? Why do we choose to re-incarnate? One of the best answers I found was:
“The goal of evolution is not to escape from the wretched physical plane, despite what many teach. The end of reincarnation is not some sort of reward for good behaviour. Human existence is not a prison, or a wheel of torment, from which only the most worthy gain liberation.
We incarnate because we want to and we choose to. We keep doing it precisely because we want to come to terms with it. We know that in each life we will probably spend several decades not remembering who we are, not remembering our eternal Home, buying into the illusion of separation, experiencing fear. This is the very stuff which inspires us to become more conscious.
Completion occurs when it matters not whether you are incarnate or discarnate: you see through the illusion and you always feel at Home”.
Once the soul has completed the final stage it no longer has a need to return. It can become one with the source and unify with soul mates that are also complete or become spirit guides. There are however exceptions. Gandhi returned after completion to spark a cultural revolution. Even rarer is the return of Souls such as Jesus and Buddha who returned to become the physical embodiment of divine love, pure consciousness and ultimate truth, a piece of the Tao in human form.
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