I’ve started seeing people in a whole new light. Instead of focus on age, gender, race, and culture, I try to categorize myself and others as old souls and new souls. This helps me remember that we are all one.
To help make sense of this new vision, I created the following chart. It should be noted that these are just opposite poles on a spectrum. There are huge gradations between an old soul and a new soul–a teenage soul, a twenty-something soul, a mid-life crisis soul, a matriarch soul.
|History||Been here many times before
Far along the cycle of rebirth
|Been here before, but not as long or as many times|
|Life Energy–Chi, Ki, Prana||Great channel of chi—Huge potential.
Might be blocked. Needs some huge event to clear channel and realize potential
|Lots of natural chi
Sucking in all the chi around them
Lots of kinetic energy
Not necessarily what one does for a living, rather one’s passion. An old soul may be a soldier by day, but a poet at heart—Wilfred Owen comes to mind.
Note that some professions can occur in both categories. For example, some politicians may be helpers/ teachers, while other politicians may be trying to experience intense power. The same can be said of artists and musicians.
|Helper, teacher, writer, poet, monk, bodhisattva||Experience intensive activities—smells, sights, sounds, feelings, power.
Chef, Athlete, Sex Trade, Entertainment industryHands-on work–builder, farmer, soldier.
|Seminal Event||A traumatic life changing event is often necessary to “awaken” the old soul up to his/her true being and purpose. Old souls often cast themselves into the role of the innocent victim.
The obvious example is Jesus on the Cross. Many old souls cocoon in prison—Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Aung San Suu Kyi, St. Francis de Assisi, Anne Frank, Viktor Frankl. Sometimes old souls suffer traumatic abuse and/or illness like Louise Hay and Oprah.
|New souls hit the ground running. They are quicker and more sprite than old souls. They often accomplish amazing feats that inspire the world. Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Marilyn Monroe, Whitney Houston, Kelly Slater, Nadia Comaneci come to mind.
At some point, new souls ask the question “Is this all there is?” This can lead to a transformation that serves as an example for the rest of humanity.
|Potential Weaknesses||Cynicism, Ego, Hubris, Thinking they know it all—forgetting to maintain a Beginner’s mind||Egocentricism, Selfishness, Addiction, Vanity|
Being an old soul is not necessarily better than being a new soul. If we recall Spinoza’s quotation, “We are all cells in God’s body,” then we realize that we are all part of the same whole. New souls can be sensory cells, while old souls might a cells in the immune system. Neither is better than the other. Both have a place and a function in God’s plan.
Seeing others as old and new souls allows us to treat them with respect, empathy, and patience. We can see our weaknesses reflected in their actions and words. We can understand our purpose and accept the trials and tribulations of our life as part of the process.
Thank you for reading, sharing, and/or smiling.
Do you feel like an old soul or a new soul? Would you add or change the chart? How? Please share.
Ever since I shifted to an early morning meditation practice, I have had a number of powerful insights which I share with you off the cuff. I do not claim any historical or spiritual expertise. Feel free to disagree, modify, or correct these visions in any way, shape, or form.