You often hear about “old souls,” i.e., people who have lived many past lives. But how do you know if you are one? Unless you have a fantastic memory that extends even before the life you’re now living, you likely don’t know — but there are some signs you can look out for.
“I never use the term ‘old soul’ when I am referring to people who have lived many past lives before, because I don’t believe that age guarantees wisdom,” spiritual development life coach Michelle Brock, who conducts past life regressions, tells Bustle. “I prefer to use ‘evolved soul,’ and there are several qualities that these evolved souls seem to have in common.”
The decision to incarnate is based on a number of factors, including what we feel prepared for and who we want to incarnate with, says Brock. “What I have learned over the years working with people is that there is a bigger plan and design for our lives that involves a timing that we all choose based on what we specifically want to experience in a lifetime in order to challenge ourselves and grow,” she says. “There’s timing that we choose involving other people we want to reconnect with, or our soulmates. We can and do ‘hang out’ in the realm of spirit waiting for the right time to be reborn.”
Curious how many past lives you’ve lived? Here are some signs that you’ve got a lot under your belt.