There is widespread loose talk about many New Age followers being old souls, but is there any coherent system that explains what "old soul" means and how to judge oldness? Yes. The Michael teachings, a channeled spiritual system (Yarbro, 1983-95), describe the various soul ages in much detail. But why bother? Because an understanding and acceptance of the concept of soul age leads to a major increase in the ability to love what is. All the ideas presented in the next four paragraphs are Michael's (or rather my interpretation of Michael).
Michael teaches that there are usually only five soul ages here on the planet: infant, baby, young, mature and old. In our first incarnations as infant souls our major focus was upon survival, with a motto of "let's not do it." After we learned the lessons of the infant soul, we then started thinking and acting like baby souls, with a motto of "do it right or not at all." Then came the young soul lifetimes, with a motto of "do it my way." The mature soul incarnations come next, with a motto of "do it any place but here." Finally, the old soul's motto is "You do what you want to, and I'll do what I want."
The average soul age on the planet is young. Michael lists the average soul ages of many countries. Young is the average soul age in the USA, China and Japan. Two old soul countries are Holland and Switzerland.
I think one common difficulty for old souls is the transition between mature and old. Many old souls hang on for a long time to ideas and goals of togetherness. The most obvious way is in relationships. Closeness in relationship is usually highly valued, yet it is often a trap. Being with a group of like-minded others feels good, but is often a trap. Thinking or believing the same types of things as my friends feels good, but is often a trap. Most relationships are traps in some ways. To manifest their true soul ages, old souls need to release most attachments to togetherness wherever they occur. This is not easy.
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
|Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "Just because I am presently one way does not imply that I will be or have to be that way this afternoon. Unfortunately, the possibility of change is usually not even considered by those voicing the phrase, "That is the way I am" and its close relative, 'That's the way we've always done it.'"|