Thursday, 2 August 2012

How Old is Your Soul?

I recently discovered a fascinating website thanks to Fragmentes of a Soul. My fellow blogger was writing about the incredible vibes that Queen Elizabeth II gives off - sweet old lady that she is. Politics aside, I think she's done a lot for her country and has served it well for the past 60 years. Some would say that she is very well paid to do so, but there are plenty of people with deep pockets who are not obliged to do as much on a daily basis. Fragmentes referred to the Queen's spirit of service and suggested that her Soul Personality Type was that of a Server. Interesting!

This was the 1st I'd heard of personality types at a soul level. Fragmentes posted a link to a Personality-Spirituality where we could take a quiz to find out what our own type was. Evidently there are seven roles that we can take on during the course of our many lifetimes. The theory is that a predominant role resurfaces in all our incarnations, though we can move between them. Each of the roles as a positive and a negative side and there is a special way they interact. They are described in great detail on their website, I've quoted the summary directly to give you an idea: 

  • Servers - naturally accommodating, caring, nurturing, hospitable, altruistic.
  • Artisans - naturally creative, inventive, imaginative, sensitive, dexterous.
  • Warriors - naturally forceful, loyal, protective, determined, steadfast.
  • Scholars - naturally curious, studious, academic, analytical, neutral.
  • Sages - naturally engaging, articulate, charming, entertaining, expressive.
  • Priests - naturally inspirational, uplifting, motivating, energising, visionary.
  • Kings - naturally commanding, assured, powerful, authoritative, decisive.

I think I am a Scholar or an Artist, not sure. There is a lot of the Scholar in me, I love reading and learning.  I also like to share my knowledge through writing and creating so there may be a bit of an Artisan in me.  The only reason I wouldn't call myself a Sage is I am not so vocal and I don't enjoy being the centre of attention! I'm not convinced that we will take on the same role in every lifetime. I think it depends on the contract we have in place and the lessons and goals we have in place. Caroline Myss has done a lot of work with archetypes and how we can use them as tools to understand our behaviour and adapt where necessary. She has a fantastic book called Sacred Contracts that discusses these topics in great depth. What I found most interesting though, was the description of the stages a soul goes through over many lifetimes.

We begin our journey as infant souls and go through 30 + stages of development before reaching enlightenment as old souls. Enlightenment is a cliche. I'd like to think that an old soul is able to liven this world without being flustered by the everyday frictions that we humans are subjected to. And there are a lot of those! The five stages are based on work done by Michael Newton, a well know past life regression therapist. Here is a quote from the SpiritualityPersonality website

  • Infant Souls focus on immediate survival needs. They flourish in simple environments close to nature, such as remote tribes or rural, pastoral settings."
  • Baby Souls think a great deal about their actions. Their lives are about safety, security, structure and order — rigidly so. Both their beliefs and their actions are largely rule-bound, so they are often ultra-conservative, traditionalist, orthodox, upright, moralistic, religiously devout, and mindful of law and order.
  • Young Souls tend to be extrovert, outward-bound, worldly, frenetically energetic, brash, competitive, political, ambitious and individualistic. They are more ego-driven than personalities at any other soul age, keen to prove themselves in the world at large.
  • Mature Souls tend to be thoughtful, reflective and sincere within themselves, and sensitive and empathetic towards others. Psychologically, their awareness is no longer egocentric (in the sense of being limited to a single perspective), but capable of accommodating multiple perspectives.
  • Old Souls tend to exude some degree of depth, gravitas or wisdom that is quite unmistakable. Having moved beyond the conflicts of the mature soul, they are also lighter and have a sense of joyous freedom — the freedom to enjoy being very much in the world, but not of it."

I thought this was really interesting and it helps to understand where people are in their spiritual path. We can also plot where society is and what direction it is headed in. I think the past 20 years have seen society move from the Baby Soul to the Young Soul. We start to see old school religious values lose their hold on society, and now see a more individualistic and celebrity friendly approach. Young Soul's thrive in the world of reality competition shows like The Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars. Its about proving yourself to a large audience of your peers and establishing your individuality and success in the public eye. This is where I see mainstream culture at the moment, though it's not to say there are also large groups of people transitioning to the Mature Soul. 

I am reluctant to say more about any of the soul groups without giving people a chance to familiarise themselves with the full descriptions. The only thing that I do want to mention, is that all roles and stages are equally valuable. When it comes to the stages of development, I would not say that a person at the Mature or Old Soul stage is "better" than the Baby or Young soul. They are further down the path and will have gone through Baby and Young stages in a previous lifetimes. I think I'm at the Mature stage now and I would like to enjoy it and drag it out as long as possible! For some reason I'm not keen to move on Old Soul wisdom LOL.  I quite like my immersion in humanity! The ego can be fun too ... 

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Reiki hugs, Regina

Source:  Soul Personality TypesHow Old is Your Soul 


  1. ...♥...
    interesting daughter is to me either a mature or old soul. ME? I'm still learning about myself lol, maybe when I'm in my eighties I might be able to tell you

    1. Hi Sacred Keep,

      That's really interesting! Obviously you're responsible for raising her but I can imagine that she will have taught you a lot in the process. I believe kids still retain the wisdom from the later years of their previous lives. Some kids never lose it but I imagine a lot of them (us) did when we were growing up. Kids see things so simply, they aren't confused by the "complications" that grown ups bring to the table.

  2. I've heard of the soul stages/ages through one of my mentors, John L. Payne. He told me that people need a healer/mentor who are a bit 'older' than them, but not too much.

    For example, when a person thrives with rules and structure (baby soul) and they are interested in healing, it manifests like this: they look to the form/routine/rules about doing a healing, and not the inner mysteries so much. They can be very dogmatic about spirituality.

    What such a person needs isn't a mature or old soul teacher to initiate them into advanced spiritual matters, but a young soul teacher, to help them loosen up, and so move onto the next stage of development.

    It was a very interesting proposition :-).

    1. That's sound really interesting Justin and I can see it being the case. Not everyone would be ready for a mentor like Gandi to come along LOL and I suppose "teachers" also choose their students wisely.

      We are all eternal students - even the mentors will have someone to coach them

    2. Correction: Most of us wouldn't be ready for someone like Ghandi!

  3. Thank you so much, this blog was extremely interesting. I did the quiz and i am a Artisan which is completely me <3<3

    1. Thanks Jodie! I really enjoyed the quiz. Think I'm a bit of a chameleon lol. Can't quite place myself =)

  4. So sweet my article inspired you to write this :) so this was the one you told me you were writing...heheh - Great!
    I thing I am in the begining of being a old soul as I always felt I was not from here! lol Still do feel it so isolated and alone at the same time as I can connect and be empathic with so much... but I have many strugles from the mature soul too... and I came out as a Sage and that makes sense... one day I wish to be running workshops and retreats in Portugal with my partner, he is a Sage too... Yes I would like to do that. :) xxx

    1. I can see you doing that!

      You can start by doing lectures and video's from your blog, have you thought about that? =)

  5. You lost me at Queen Elizabeth, "sweet old lady that she is". Surley you jest?

  6. Hi, great post (even reading it a year later :) Thought you'd be interested to learn that the information given above origionally came from a book called 'Messages from Michael' by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and these books go into great detail explaining the structure of the soul, I spent months readign these books dense with info but they are fntastic - great to see the word spreading, they were channelled in the 60's / 70's. Thanks!!

    1. Hello! Thanks for letting me know, I will definitely look up the books =)