Are You an Old Soul? Here are 10 Ways to Find Out

The Taoists believe that after five reincarnations, your soul is on its last journey on earth and has to share its knowledge with those around it.
Are You an Old Soul? Here are 10 Ways to Find Out

Last update: 25 January, 2020

Have you ever heard the term “old soul”? Maybe someone has called you an old soul before, but you weren’t sure what they were talking about.

Or maybe you’ve read about it and you have questions. In this article, you’ll discover what an old soul is and if you fall into that category.

What’s an old soul?

The concept of being an old soul has its origin in Taoism. According to their belief system, an old soul is someone who has already lived five lives and has accumulated many experiences that they now are trying to communicate in the present.

That’s because Taoists believe that after five reincarnations, this person is likely in his/her final life on earth.

In the following video, you can see an example of an old soul. One of the judges even uses those exact words to describe her.

For scholars on the spiritual condition, human beings are bodies made of bones and muscles. However, they also have a soul, a spirit and energy.

When an old soul is in the final stage on earth, the need arises to share this knowledge with others.

This happens because, according to the Taoists, the earth journey is now over and the souls are preparing to be part of the universe and reach an astral plane. They need to pass on their experiences and wisdom to others because they can’t take them with them.

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Signs You’re an Old Soul

1. You don’t depend on external things for happiness.

Old souls are not in search of material or sexual pleasures. These people are satisfied with their lives at the moment. They don’t depend on external situations to be happy.

It’s easy to recognize why they don’t look for fame or recognition. For them, nothing has value in the cosmic plane when there is so much more meaning to be found within.

2. You seek inner peace.

If you’re an old soul, making money in order to have social status or climb the economic ladder matters little to you.

You go against what makes others happy because you feel satisfied with what you do, even if it’s different.

Old souls look for inner peace. Because of this, it’s not unusual that they go in the opposite direction of what society dictates.

3. You’re an anchor or support for others.

If you’re an old soul, it’s very common that people, without apparent notice, come to you to tell their personal problems.

This happens because those who come to you see a person they trust. You’re someone they can talk to because you inspire strength. A study from the National University of the Altiplano (Peru) found that trust is crucial for establishing good interpersonal communication that allows you to help others.

4. You’re unique and different from others.

Old souls have a way of seeing things in a different way than others.  For example, they may have different habits.  They need a lot of time alone to interact with their inner selves. 

Also, they enjoy spending time with nature. They are people who are often very mature for their chronological age.

5. You possess artistic abilities.

In general, old souls are people who are dedicated to the arts, to culture and the humanities. They are inclined to participate in artistic activities for personal development. Meditation is something that old souls are attracted to or that they practice, whether or not they know about its benefits, which, according to a study by Dr. Pablo Arias Capdet, are many.

  • They reach high levels of consciousness with music, which allows them the necessary relaxation to discover their most inner self.
  • Through literature, they transmit messages.
  • Through painting, they express the human connection.

6. You have affinities to past eras.

It’s probable that you have a strange affinity for the clothing, the music, customs and traditions from another era.

Old souls feel often like they’ve lived in another time.

7. You’re a mature person.

People at work.

Is it difficult for you to interact and make friends with people of your own age? Do you feel that you can’t talk about anything interesting with them?

Do they see you as odd because your way of perceiving and analyzing does not fit in with theirs?

This tends to be a problem when you’re an old soul.

8. One of your favorite activities is analysis.

Old souls are constantly thinking. They’re always analyzing reasons, causes and the way things work. Any small detail is worth admiring because they feel they form a part of a higher plan.

If you’re an old soul, you probably always want to know more and very few times accept a simple answer.

9. Empathy is one of your main characteristics.

Another trait is that you listen to others’ opinions without judging or criticizing them.

A study from the University of Extremadura found that empathy is necessary for navigating the world and avoiding communication and trust problems.

You’re able to put yourself in the place of others to help them and understand what’s going on. This is something innate for you.

10. You can figure out a person immediately.

Having an old soul means you’re able to easily decipher what a person is like.  Your instincts rarely fail you. Because of this, you know how sincere or trustworthy a person is very quickly.

You can make decisions based on “feelings” that let you know if you are going in the right direction or not. You rarely make a mistake.

Are you an old soul? Have you ever met someone who is? 

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