reply to post by pikypiky
I agree in that i disagree with the definitions put forth here regarding an old soul versus a younger soul.
Even though i think that, in a general sense, "souls," or similar patterns of energy that roughly define a "person" (or a series of like persons)
are "reincarnated" (not specifically, but generally or partially or a composite of other "souls'" energies) and have to do with what a person
learns. As an example, consider a typical human life, and the things that person learns during his or her life. Apply that to the concept of souls,
and the totality of lives lived is equal (proportionally) to one human life; therefore, an "old soul" has to "live" multiple lives, and with each
life gains something, learn something, so that it gets closer to "home," "true death," a return to "paradise," etc. Of course, it's ironic that
these past lives are not remembered; it's more of an innate feeling.
Generally, and this is where i disagree with a few of the posts (but it's my personal experience), is that the degree of difficulties in life is
proprotional to how old a soul is. The worse things that happen to you in your life, the older the soul. I feel that i have been around a long time
(as a slave, a native american, etc) and i have had some bad things happen, although not as bad as some people (such as those during the Holocaust,
those in wars, people in Africa, etc).
Of course, there is the--belief?--that old souls are cosmic beings, or star-children, who have elected to come to earth as humans for a specific
purpose, and who knowing lose all identity of their former selves in order to become a human and experience "human-ness." These beings are sometimes
said to agree to become a human in a particular painful situation to do a particular things that is either hard to accomplish to simply to overcome
Also, that when something happens in your life (say you are wrongly accused or persecuted, or you don't like to be told what to do (past slave), or
you don't fit in), it makes you think that this has happened to you before. It's just a feeling, but it's a rather strong feeling.
How does one know if one is an "old soul?" Well, i am not sure that there is a concrete answer to that. I would say that your life experience, as
you live life, will trigger things that make you feel unlike most people. This is why i disagree with the post that if you are content and well off
you are an old soul. Old Souls, as i see them, tend to be outside the mainstream. They are not content with white picket fences and 9-5 jobs, but
march to their own drummers, and generally do not fit into the mainstreem society (such as artists, poets, even some musicians).
That's kind of how a feel about it all, and it's hard to properly describe.
Hope that makes sense to someone.