This article was originally published on the Michael Teachings website. The Michael Teachings authors have far more expertise on the subject and anything I have to say about it would just be a summary of their writing. If this topic is interesting to you, I highly recommend reading through the articles on their site. It helped me realize that having a mature or old soul doesn’t make someone “better” than an infant or baby soul. We’re all here to learn and grow, right?
As we reincarnate from lifetime to lifetime on our soul’s path — gathering experiences, learning lessons, and fulfilling agreements — an evolutionary process transpires and that course of development is called Soul Age.
Soul age refers to how a person has grown from experience on the planet, not just to how many lifetimes he or she has lived. No person is “ahead” or “behind” any other, but is simply occupying another place in the continuous circle leading to and from the Tao.
There are five soul ages to progress through during our cycle of incarnations on the physical plane. Each stage is a mark of our soul’s evolution.
- Infant souls deal with issues of survival; they do not yet have a basis for making sense of what is “out there”—they only know that it is “not me.”
- Baby souls have a need for structure and tend to live according to beliefs based on dogma, such as religion. Baby souls, focused as they are on bringing people together under the umbrella of civilization, see others, sometimes simplistically, as being “just like me.” They can become confused and upset when those “other me’s” act differently than expected.
- Young souls are success oriented and set high standards of personal achievement. Young souls are learning to impact the world, and see others as “you”s they can impact.
- Mature souls are relationship fixated and tend to gravitate towards emotional drama. Mature souls, delving into their inner world and exploring relatedness, can keenly feel other people’s “stuff,” and perceive it in the same way they perceive their own. This can make for much intensity and, often, subjectivity.
- Old souls seek the larger perspective of life, and have less interest in playing the material game. They tend to be more detached, and try to see themselves and others within a larger context.
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