I have watched many people in Internet spiritual chat rooms, on their spiritual journeys boast proudly they have been told they are “old souls.” Online, an “old” soul is to many spiritualists, an important title to separate one’s spiritual progression from another’s. I have watched endless discussions of people trying to provide evidence they are old souls from the absurd to the mildly entertaining to complete dismay. An old soul title has as much meaning and spiritual standing as a person wishes to put on them, but in the grand scheme of spiritual enlightenment has little meaning.
If the soul is ageless, timeless and eternal, how can one soul be “older” than another soul? Mankind measures progress with time. We use time understand where we started, where we are now and how far we have progressed. Perhaps to some spiritualists, to lay claim to being an old soul, allows them to feel they have accomplished more in past lifetimes than others. They do not require as much spiritual work as an “old soul” because no matter what, they are still ahead of others in their spiritual evolution.
Perhaps people use such terms as “old soul” to cover a fear they have of having done little spiritually this lifetime. Perhaps people use the term “old soul” for greater importance when among their fellow spiritualists. Whatever the reasons for calling themselves “old souls” perhaps the root lies in ego and the need to feel special or held in reverence by others who are not “old souls” like themselves.
Old soul is such a strange concept considering each person’s spiritual progression isn’t measured by time, in fact, isn’t measured at all. Take the example of the rose, perhaps the rose is the descendant of a very old heirloom rose. Perhaps this rose variety has been around two-hundred years; time may have a few factors in the genetic structure of the rose. Care and breeding has perhaps improved the health and aroma of the rose, but the rose is still the same rose.
If spiritual evolution is akin to the blooming rose, the rose still faces challenges from weather, too hot and the rose blooms quickly and dies. If the rose faces the challenge of too cold, the petals could be burnt, too little water, the rose dies, too much water and the rose again suffers. The rose may have too much sun, too little sun; poor soil, rich soil, and no one can predict which petal will bloom in what exact moment.
My point is your spiritual journey is a journey, not the destination. Like the rose, you have many challenges or few challenges, but challenges present themselves in the experience of life. Don’t get caught up in frivolous titles such as old souls, new souls and whatever souls. A soul is a soul and your soul is yours. If you MUST call yourself an old soul, perhaps you must look within and see why such a title substantiates your beliefs. The introspection may be very enlightening… Something to think about.