I give a description of what an old soul is in the first part, followed by extracts from texts by Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno) on old souls and periods in life and concluding with a quote by Rudolf Steiner to show their connection.
On Old Souls
The old souls live most of their lives without knowing other old souls, actually feeling quite alone and different, even as a paria, often as a servant and underpaid teacher.
They long for company, but are usually disappointed as few understand their thoughts, so they actually feel good alone creating art or making their work to art.
They have of course a karmic relation to the people around them, they have followed them a long time, although some have left and others have come to their group. They have love for them, but they long for a love that are as strong as their own.
If the old souls met each other when they were young, they wouldn’t feel alone, they wouldn’t feel different as they had each other to mirror in. The biggest danger would be if they simply forgot the younger souls and only played with each other, it’s much more fun, they could enjoy each other’s creative ideas.
The old souls learns meekness through feeling different, learns to be a servant, as they know what to do, what the young souls don’t. It’s easier to do it themselves than instruct others.
They are born with love in their soul, they care. But they have to learn to give help to self help, that they can’t handle others problems, others karma, they can’t save the world, bear the burden of the world alone.
Their low self esteem makes them ready to give their life for others, makes them sacrifice their own happiness for others. Happiness are often a dream for them, not necessarily something they have experienced.
But when they sacrifice their life for others they actually make the young soul to an ungrateful junkie of their service.
The largest problem for the old soul is to understand that they are lovable, because they are! Their soul is beauty, truth and loving care, it’s the stuff the soul consists of.
It’s actually a tragedy as most old souls are loved by their surroundings, but they don’t see it, they have been alienated through so many years. They can’t believe it, even when seeing it, and they often obstruct others when they try to show affection or love, not to be disappointed.
They have many problems getting anima and animus loving each other, thought, feelings and inspiration to understand each other, loving their own physical manifestation in the world, filling their heart with joy, love and courage.
Kim Graae Munch
“There are hints about the New Humanity in the New Testament and specially in Revelation. The Evangelist John, two thousand years ago, saw the woman pregnant with this great idea, the New Humanity, and fixed the number of the chosen ones, the bearers of this idea at 144 000 persons. If you add these numbers 1+4+4 = 9, the number 9 signifies an evolution of men who have all the positive, noble qualities.
Some would say that these l44 000 persons are in heaven. No, they are now here, on earth; they are incarnated among the intelligent people. Some of them are writers; others, poets or men of science; and all of them push humanity forward on the path toward the new idea, toward the Divine.
These are the enemies of darkness, of the fetters that enchain humanity. And the world-wide unrest, this great change that is coming, is due to them. They will turn this world upside down.”
In the spiritual world, old age is determined by the number of times when a person was reborn on Earth. Suppose that one was reborn 500 times for 100 years – 50,000 years. He is an adult.[😄 They are few that incarnate 500 times, even 50 times is many, but the meaning is clear.]
- Everyone, who does not move, is old, and everyone, who moves is young.
- Everyone, who does not think is old, and everyone, who thinks, is young.
- Everyone, who does good, is young, and everyone, who does not do good, is old.
- Youth and old age – these are internal psychological states in humans.
Dissatisfaction in people is old age, and satisfaction in people is youth. Joy is youth, and sorrow – old age. Health is youth, and disease is old age. Wealth is old age, and poverty is youth. One, who is sluggard, is old, and diligent people are young. Diligence is youth, idleness is old age.
At the age of 33, consciously or unconsciously, people enter a more spiritual life. They find an internal balance.
Youth can be compared to the process of involution, to going down into the matter. This process continues until the age of 33. From the 33rd year onwards, the evolutionary process, the ascending begins. And this process continues for about 33 years.
You have to come to that consciousness, in which you will not get old anymore. When you get to the age of 33, you shall not get older. When you come to the age of 33, you will keep yourself in the way you are at that moment and you will remain young as long as you wish.
Once you learn to love, you will not get older. You will be young, 33 years old. When you grow old, you will take off your old skins and you will rejuvenate in this way.
There is a period of 7 years. Conditions change every 7 years.
- From the 1st to 7th year – it is a child.
- From the 7th to 14th year – it is already the second phase; feelings start to develop.
- From the 14th to 21st year – the mind develops within these 7 years.
In other words, the body grows during the first 7 years. Children, in general, love to eat, they serve their stomachs.
During the second seven years they serve their hearts.
In the third seven years they begin to think a little. That is why students from 14th to 21st year become poets.
At high school, almost all of them write poems.
- From the 21st to 28th year they become rational.
Things repeat. From the 28th year on, you are in the fourth period. You enter the utmost limit. You are in the causal world. All possibilities are there.
Young children get sick when they start teething. Then inflammation occurs and temperature increases. Girls, at the age of 14, pass through certain painful conditions again. So, in all transitional periods, humans pass through painful conditions, and namely: from the 2nd to the 7th year, from 7-14, from 15-21, from 21-28, from 28-35, etc.
- From the 1st to 7th year, one passes through the state of growing – a child does not go away from home.
- From 7th to 14th year, one passes through the phase of an animal – he begins to move freely and goes away from home.
- From 14th to 21st year, one begins to think, enters the phase of true human.
- From age of 21 to 42, one again passes successively through all these seven years, through these three phases:
- from the age of 21 to 28, one is again in the phase of growing.
- From the age of 28 to 35, one is again in the phase of an animal and from the age of 35 to 42 – in the phase of human.
The first seven years you are in the physical world, the second seven years you are in the astral world, the third seven years – in the mental world, and the fourth seven years – in the causal world. You will pass through these worlds up.
As after 49 years you will be given conditions for something to be repeated for you. If something is not done, the same conditions will be given for you to do what you have missed. If you do not do it again, after 49 years you will have the same conditions. Twice in life you are given conditions for something. So, one is smart if he uses the first conditions.