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What Is An Old Soul?


I'm able to feel other's emotions and I know that's what an empath is (or does), but I'm not sure about it because I can stop from feeling people emotions (most of the time) at will. Is this just a metal shield or something?

I find myself always looking around and observing people (people watching) and can almost always feel their emotions or pain. I am also prone to randomly helping people and it's almost against my own will! This is really starting to bug me because I find it harder and harder not to help people and I have almost no way to stop unless I'm doing something to distract my self (though the mental shield thing does help).

Also, when watching movies or Health TV shows I feel pain in what ever is being cut or hurt!

I've also been told that I act ALOT older that I am and, that I was Something known as an "Old Soul". I often get along with people who are much older than me that those who are younger or my own age.

A few people that have told me that I was an old soul or someone who has had a life before where:


My Grandmother

A friend that studies this stuff

Can someone explain what an old soul is? And is it possible to be that an Old Soul and an Empath?

Help Please!

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oldsoul64 (2 stories) (5 posts)
11 years ago (2010-12-03)
Sorry for the late post, but I'm new to this site and am intrigued by your old soul inquiry. Thanks for asking because I've learned A LOT from others' responses. The term old soul I've used casually most of my life because what people saw when I was little considered precocious was my intense curiosity, earlier than usual developmental abilities like talking in full sentences like adults. I've always been described as calm, kind, and mature. But for me there is a weight underneath it, a history behind it. I look young though by about 10 years but so does my whole family. I don't know if I am an old soul or not, but I've always felt that I was tapped into something more (not religious) although that is one of my passions, knew things at a core level, have insatiable interests in all kinds of things and yes am more comfortable with people 15 years or older and am good at helping the elderly. Oh, and I'm a creative empath. 😁
nathaniel_leon (6 posts)
11 years ago (2010-11-05)
I am an old soul. When I was 6 years old (at the time I had no idea what it was or meant), I got up from dead sleep, walked over to my grandmother, and told her I was an old soul. I told her that I had been in 5 lives before this one and had yet to go. Then I went into her bed and passed out. I did not remember this, she told me a few weeks later but I want to know if there is some way to tap into past experiences, other than in dreams. To really regain memories of one's past lives. I can only hope so.
Kahlyn (4 stories) (311 posts)
11 years ago (2010-06-21)
I been an old soul for the long time and going by the Micheal Charts

The soul has five stages of progression followed by 7 stages. Each has distinct characteristics according to these charts I am old soul at stage 7.

Then each soul goes through this 19 times on planetary cycle.

I would have to look up the Micheal Chart for more details.
feliciamxox (3 posts)
11 years ago (2010-06-21)
I actually am fifteen years old and prefer to hang out with either
A) my best friends, who are my age, but are not dramatic and have experiences similar to mine and yours.
B) people two years older, or older than myself in general.

You are not alone! I love this site, I am finding so many different people and stories to relate to.

Good luck in the future! - Felicia 😆
Adaryn7 (6 stories) (460 posts)
11 years ago (2010-06-09)
By the way I think it's wonderful that you're so inclined to helping people. Ermacd is right, you do need to take out time for yourself, but if there were only more people like you in the world... This is why we have abilities and talents, I believe: to help others. We're blessed to be blessings ^-^
Adaryn7 (6 stories) (460 posts)
11 years ago (2010-06-09)
Hi Mirth, I like your name!
A lot of people have given you their opinions already, but here's mine:

I think that an old soul is simply that; a soul that has been around for a long tme, and has probably had numerous reincarnations. I've been told the same thing. When I was sixteen people kept asking me which university I attended, and I always used to get on better with people older than me. Now I have friends my own age, but I wouldn't call them your average 20-something year olds either!

It's great that you can turn your empathy on and off--so many empaths struggle with this! Is this something that you have done naturally since you were young, or do you consciously meditate and buid a protective shield around yourself? I find that interesting, because I'm not aware of how I block my empathy. I've just done it for a long time since I was a kid as I was embarrassed to display emotion around my family (even though this isn't healthy). I find that if I don't meditate regularly and/or get enough sleep, then my empathy is worse. I was wondering if your experience is similar to this?

And OF COURSE it's possible to be an old soul and an empath ^^

Engel_97 (12 posts)
11 years ago (2010-06-09)
Ha, that would be fun. I wish I would be able to find more psychics in my community, I know there is definitely more. The only people I know of that are, is myself and my friend. She is able to see auras, but only on white walls. I even read her mind one time when she saw a friend of ours aura, when we were just sitting in my schools gymnasium. While she was telling me that she saw our friends aura, I heard a voice whisper 'orange'. So I asked her 'what colour is his aura? Blue or orange?' she looked a bit longer and said 'orange'. After awhile I just assumed it was a coincidence.
But it still lingers in my thoughts, because I do not know what I am supposed to think of that.
Life has it's complications.

Snow (1 stories) (11 posts)
11 years ago (2010-06-08)
funny I'm 15 people think I'm in my thirties I find it humorous. I always have to say no I'm sorry I'm actually 15. But its also fun to go along with it. 😁
Engel_97 (12 posts)
11 years ago (2010-06-06)
This is a coincidence, because all people I meet (or met) have said I am much more mature than others my age (I am but 12). They say I look about the age of 15 and sometimes say I am mature as an 17 year old. That might be believable. But I am not one to know. Also, I very much dislike the ways of this generation.

In addition, for your question. This is my answer: Personally an Old Soul is a human being that is reminded of his/her past lives. He/She that remembers is a wise and knowledgeable being. He/she is someone that knows the rules life, of both the past and present. And that specific person is highly connected to their mind and soul.

This is all I have to offer. You may have posted this nearly three months ago, but I was intrigued to add my opinion.

Mind & Body,
Katrina 😊
Rabbitinthemoon (3 stories) (47 posts)
12 years ago (2010-03-04)
I've been told this and strongly agree that an Old Soul is someone who is well-learned about the lessons of Love - mercy, empathy, tolerance, and forgiveness. To achieve this one must reincarnate many times in roles of all kinds such as: King, high priest, rich, slave, servant, doctor, lawyer, politician, tax collector, soldier, warrior, nomad, farmer, physically disabled (dumb, blind, deformities), tortured, raped, slaughtered in battle, abused by loved ones, smuthered with love by a soulmate, or neglected in a loveless marriage. We can't learn all about love without hundreds of lifetimes with these experiences spanning thousands of years. Karma also plays a role in this and we try to make amends with souls we hurt in previous lives. Grace is a factor as well so there is forgiveness for some bad behavior as long as lessons are learned.
I'm told that I descended to become a human soul 300, 000 years ago and have spent the majority of my lifetimes as a priest/monk/holyman. I've been told about many lifetimes in India, Tibet, and North America. In the last 2000 years I split into 12 characters to speed up the learning process.
In 2000 I dreamt of living in an Islamic country and I felt that I knew Arabic. My girlfriend (wife now) told me that I was too hot to touch and speaking a foreign language in my sleep. I went to my psychic who said one of the 12 died 6 months earlier in Tunisia. I was a woman and sticking up for a cause against the status quo in her country and was murdered for it.
The 12 are down to 2 and soon we will be joined again to reincarnate as one. I have a hunch the other is Asian in their current lifetime but I've never asked my pychic. Some souls have been reincarnating for one million years.
Old Souls are to put to practice what they've learned. Churches and dogma can be good for community but the learning can be similar to repeating elementary school. Its time for us to put to practice what we've learned and find out if it realy works.
bellatrix (2 stories) (17 posts)
12 years ago (2010-03-04)
WELL FOR ME 'stupid caps lock' an old soul is someone that reincarnates more often than others, they are again more mature than others and have a more chill-axed kind of personality, like, say a little 7 year old was trapped in the middle of a fire, the only choices was to jump off the side of the 12 story building or burn to death, their face would stay calm and serine you wouldn't even know they made the decision to jump. They can also have a pro shrink hypnotize them and their sub-consciousness will bring back their past lives to them.
Hope you get more help! 😆
FaucetR (1 stories) (8 posts)
12 years ago (2010-03-03)
people tell me the same thing! I was online once and somebody thought I was like 20 years older than I am!
ermacd (2 stories) (19 posts)
12 years ago (2010-03-03)
For me, an old soul is someone who is very connected and aware of the world around them. Many old souls are ones who appear very mature for their age. They often give off a calming energy as well. The term "old soul" is a bit of a generic one, but from what I gather, most people would agree with the above.
I used to consider myself an old soul, but now I am aware that I am an Empath as well. I differentiate between the two because to me, an Empath refers to someone who is in tune with specific regards to feelings/emotions.
As for being able to block out others' emotions, be happy that you can do that. It's important that you look out for yourself. You have to be able to look out for yourself before you can really look out for others. It's okay to be a little selfish once in a while too.

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