Right away, let’s get one thing straight. I am no sage, saint or spiritual guru.
Until a few months ago, even I was constantly looking for the purpose of my human life.
Even now, I am taking just baby steps in spirituality to evolve as a soul.
Whatever I have learned so far, has come from life experiences and some really spiritually evolved people I have met and read.
Everyone’s spiritual journey is different. It is private and inward. Even if you have a little interest in things that are beyond your control and understanding you must continue reading this.
The first and the foremost thing to remember is that we are all enlightened beings on a human journey and not the other way round.
Through reincarnation and maintaining an open mind, our souls can evolve and grow with no limit.
It is a long journey, but that’s okay because souls are eternal.
As soon as we close our minds, because of religious dogma, fundamentalism, orthodoxy, misguided sense of spiritual elitism, or an enslaved sense of self (a mind that is enslaved to a guru, a sect, a god or deity) we stop evolving.
For a soul’s evolution, it is vital to take up different challenges in physical form.
Soul-searching choices and taking a stock of our inner resources lead to evolution on a spiritual level.
Now, you might be wondering, why does a soul need to go through the hardships of physical realm?
We are all blobs of energy. We come from the same source.
As a soul, we are all connected and we are infinite, but as a human, we are all different and limited.
Only as humans we can experience total separation and be an individual.
This is how we learn who we are and how to become all that we actually are.
Now, you must be thinking how will you know if you are ready for spirituality in its true essence?
Okay, let me help you with that as well.
If you have most or all of the following traits, your soul is awakening!
1. Being in public places is overwhelming for you. When you have recharged your batteries with meditation, spending time in nature, far away from people, or just sitting in quiet contemplation, you are ready to be with the masses again.
2. You know things without having to intellectually figure them out. Often called intuitive awareness, you have insights that can explain some of the most complex theories or phenomenon in the world.
3. Lying to you is nearly impossible. You can also tell that something isn’t right. People are like an open book to you. You are just observant and knowing.
4. You tend to root for the underdog.
5. You have amazing imaginations.
6. You require more solitude than the average person.
7. You might get bored easily, but you are really good at entertaining yourself.
8. You have a difficult time doing things you don’t want to do or don’t really enjoy. You aren’t lazy, you are discerning.
9. You are the seeker. You endeavor to explain the unexplainable and find answers to the deep questions of life.
10. You can’t keep track of time.
11. You hate routine.
12. You often disagree with authority.
13. You have a hard time pretending to be happy if you aren’t.
14. You avoid confrontation.
The Steps of Soul Evolution
Precisely, there are 35 steps of a soul’s evolution and reincarnation
We are here to know ourselves and be all we can be, step by step. The body and personality you have now are merely the vehicles you have chosen for this latest step in your journey.
We go through five major stages of evolution through reincarnation. And, within each stage, there are seven levels to be completed.
Therefore, 5 x 7 = 35.
Each single step usually requires more than one lifetime. Typically, the entire journey of 35 steps takes well over a hundred lifetimes.
So let’s look at the journey in more detail. We’ll start with the five major stages of soul evolution through reincarnation.
The Five Stages
Soul age affects how an individual lives, thinks, acts, and comes across to others.
Stage 1 — Infant Souls
Infant souls focus on survival, physicality, and reproduction.
They aren’t capable of higher thinking, which is a carryover from their mostly new incarnation from the animal world.
In the context of society, they come across as uncivilized and may even be deemed to be psychopathic or have some sort of developmental disorder.
Infant souls are naive and impulsive with no thought for consequences.
Because they lack both social understanding and self-inhibition, they are capable of committing antisocial or immoral acts without any sense of wrongdoing.
Infant souls are in a sense completely innocent and have no agenda.
Stage 2 — Baby Souls
In contrast to Infant souls, Baby souls think a great deal about the rights and wrongs of their actions. Their lives are about safety, security, structure, and order.
They like to live in communities that are highly principled and civilized.
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.
They will occasionally give in to temptation and break the rules themselves, but then they might find themselves tortured with guilt and shame.
They are acutely aware of the rights and wrongs of people’s actions, including their own, though they have little insight into the motives behind them. Bad behavior is sinful, and that’s that.
Stage 3 — Young Souls
Young souls tend to be extrovert, outward-bound, worldly, frenetically energetic, brash, competitive, political, ambitious and individualistic. Life at this stage is about thinking for oneself and asserting oneself as an individual.
Young souls are more ego-driven than others, keen to make their mark in the world. They are generally attracted to some form of worldly success — fame, fortune, power, glory.
In fact, they are more fearful of death than souls at other stages, and those who aren’t sure about life after death may be anxious to make a big impact on the world stage, to create some kind of symbolic immortality for themselves.
Young souls cling to their own opinions, with a certainty that their own perspective is the right perspective, and their way ahead is by far the best way. They are very aware of their own agenda but do not really question it.
Stage 4 Mature souls
Mature souls tend to be more reflective than younger souls, with a growing understanding of self, growing empathy for others, and a desire for authenticity in both.
Life for them is less about proving oneself, and more about exploring.
Mature soul consciousness is no longer egocentric.
This makes life much more complicated and overwhelming.
The mature souls reject narrow-minded values.
This disappearance of solid ground can be hugely stressful, but it kicks off a search for deeper meaning and self-understanding, whether through art, psychology, philosophy or spirituality.
Mature souls tend to question everything, including their own motives and, are prone to do a lot of soul-searching.
Stage 5 — Old Souls
Old souls have a sense of inner peace and freedom.
Compared to younger souls they are relatively calm, measured, untroubled and stable, unattached to social structures and cultural expectations, being sure of their own existence and inner strengths and their compassion for others.
On the other hand, finding themselves in a world that is so conflicted, chaotic, frantic, and superficial can be utterly depressing.
For Old souls, the aim of life is to find true self-expression and fulfillment. As such, they tend to go their own unique way in life, letting go and letting be, in a detached way that may seem very weird and eccentric to younger souls.
Late-stage old souls find themselves consciously participating in the evolution of ‘All That Is’, and often focus on teaching spiritual wisdom with great compassion.
So, we begin reincarnating as Infant souls, complete novices at physical existence. At this first stage, we are largely in a state of incompetence and terror. But through experiences and choices, we learn and grow. We steadily progress from being Infant souls to Baby souls to Young souls to Mature souls. Finally, we enter the fifth stage as accomplished Old souls, the experts of human existence.
There are 35 steps in all. And each single step requires at least one lifetime to complete.
Sometimes a life is interrupted, and the soul will just have to start over in the next life.
The whole journey of 35 steps usually takes well over 100 lifetimes. Hence, the whole journey is likely to take of the order of 7,000-8,000 years.