Summary of Soul Ages
The approximate age of the soul can be
determined by its perception of itself and the world around it
The infant or “first-born” soul perceives itself and the world around it simply
as “me” and “not me”. In this cycle there are no racial memories. If “not me” is
perceived as hostile and unkind early in life, withdrawal occurs, and a
condition known as autism often results. If this perception occurs later, the
infant soul may react with unchecked violence: sadism, murder without visible
provocation, acts of unbelievable cruelty. The infant soul truly does not know
the difference between right and wrong action, but it can be taught the laws of
common sense and decency.
The baby soul perceives itself and the world around it as “me” and “many other
mes”. The baby soul forms strong beliefs early in childhood, borrowed from those
around it, and these are literally unshakable and incorruptible. The baby soul
is normally agreeable, a pillar of the community — until an opposing viewpoint
is expressed. then, inwardly the baby soul is bewildered — baffled by the
difference. outwardly, it will express anger, hostility, negative emotional
The young soul perceives itself and the world around it in quite a different
manner than in the preceding cycles. It perceives itself as “me”, and it
perceives you as “you”, but it perceives “you” as different from “me”, and
experiences the need to change you — to bring you around to its point of view.
The mature soul: this is the most difficult cycle of all, for the mature soul
perceives others as they perceive themselves. because of these perceptions, the
mature soul will often seek to sever relationships, seemingly for no reason, or
by the same token, seek to perpetuate outwardly inappropriate relationships. If
you and i are both mature souls, within this framework are also your experiences
of me. In other words, while I am experiencing you, you are also experiencing
me, and at the same time, you are aware of my experience, and upon this deeper
awareness, you and i will base any future social intercourse.
The old soul perceives others as a part of something greater that includes
The transcendental soul experiences others as itself. telepathic rapport and
psychic union occur. These exalted souls seldom seek reincarnation in the
physical body. If they do, it is usually because of the spiritual and/or
philosophical ennui existing on the planet, and then they normally precede the
descent of the realized masters by less than one hundred years. The
transcendental soul can enter the physical body and displace an old soul at any
time during the life cycle. It has happened that the presence of the
transcendental soul alone was enough to provoke the needed spiritual,
philosophical, or cultural revolution.
The infinite soul perceives the Tao.
Love & Sex
The infant soul perceives love only in the form of lust. It performs the sex act
with all the frenzy of a wild animal, completely dependent upon some innate
estrus lost to higher cycles. it is powerless to change this.
The baby soul views its own sexuality with a vague uneasiness, and if the
culture fosters such, will think of it as somehow shameful. The baby soul will
be embarrassed by overt displays of honest sexuality, and it will strive to keep
the others around it bound down by its own reprehensible moral code. behind
closed doors, the baby soul is more often than not quite as prudish as it is in
public, and seldom sustains any sort of sensual pleasure. not having experienced
such, it naturally does not “believe” in the existence of the experience.
If the young soul’s own personal opinion of sex is rather low, it will do its
best to convince those around it that sex is evil and should be eschewed.
Renunciate monks and nuns are quite often young souls. they renounce loudly and
take every opportunity to remind the world around them that they have renounced.
on the other hand, the young soul can be an equally zealous proponent of total
sexual freedom. The young soul perceives love as Eros, solely predicated upon
those expectations it has of the others around it. if the others fail to live up
to those expectations, the young soul can hate with equal zest. sexual conflicts
can be agonizing in this cycle — early training versus internal urge.
With the right partner (another mature soul who has become centered or an older
soul) the mature soul can be an ardent lover. The love is deep and lasting, for
agape is possible during this cycle if the inner conflicts are resolved. With
the wrong partner, there is apathy, impotency, frigidity, infidelity. This soul
has more of a tendency to “mate for life” than any of the other cycles,
providing a comfortable mating occurs.
The old soul is casual about sex in the earlier levels because erotic love
begins to lose its charm. In the final level, the old soul often does not
participate for lack of purpose (sex adds nothing to its life). The old soul is
intensely sensual, however, and does enjoy close physical contact. The old soul
is usually an experienced and exciting partner for a soul in an earlier cycle,
but can be a very disappointing lover because of its nonchalance.
Neither the transcendental soul nor the infinite soul pursues physical union.
Quite often, however, the high causal body or the high mental body displaces an
older soul, and at the time of the manifestation, the sexual activity ceases.
these souls are not challenged by Maya.
Let it be known that intellect is not a factor in any of these cycles. intellect
is a product of culture, and even firstborns and infant souls can be taught to
read, write and compute arithmetically. infant souls rarely seek higher
education unless forced. They are bewildered and hostile in strange situations.
The baby soul occasionally seeks higher education — does well in small,
conservative liberal arts colleges, trade schools — learns “proper” subjects, is
often the “good student”.
The young soul almost always seeks higher education, usually graduate degrees.
The young soul is a tireless worker for its cause, and will go through
unbelievable hardship to bring this cause to bear: education can be an example
The mature soul always seeks higher education, although not always in an
institutional setting. It is often too uncomfortable in a school setting. The
mature soul makes massive contributions to knowledge, both philosophical and
scientific. Karl Marx, Alfred Adler, Fritz Perls, Sigmund Freud, Immanuel Kant,
Aristotle, and Albert Einstein were all mature souls.
The older soul usually enjoys hard, manual labor, but seldom works as an
artisan. it may or may not seek higher education. If pressure is exerted by the
guru, it will, or if it senses that its task somehow involves the necessity for
obtaining the proper credentials.
The transcendental soul seldom “seeks” any sort of formal education, although it
will go along with what is forced upon it cheerfully unless it interferes too
greatly with its purpose. then the transcendental soul will gently but firmly
The infinite soul has direct access to all knowledge and has no need for
education of any type.
The infant soul adopts the religion of its parents without modification,
although its interest is cursory and its understanding poor.
The baby soul tends to be fundamentalistic in its religious beliefs.
personification of the godhead is the strongest in this cycle. The baby soul
believes in the forces of evil.
The young soul, if religiously inclined, tends toward orthodoxy in the extreme.
It will campaign tirelessly against all religious reform. If the young soul is
atheistic, it will be equally as tireless in its efforts to wipe out the
orthodoxy of others.
Religion becomes self-motivated in the mature soul cycle. the mature soul seeks
quiet faiths — quakers, unitarians, buddhism.
the religion of the old soul is expansive and includes unorthodox rituals.
Groves of trees become cathedrals, and the presence of the realized masters is
often felt by older souls. The synthesis is perceived in the final cycle, and
old souls seldom cling to dogma.
The transcendental soul perceives the synthesis and teaches it as such — it will
not espouse popular dogma and does not affiliate with organized religion.
The religion of the infinite soul is the logos.
Old souls are gardeners. young souls with fabulous estates pay them well to
exercise this inborn talent. the money thus gained is used by the mid causal
body to perpetuate its influence on the physical plane.
Many nurseries are schools run by mid causal teachers. The teaching there is
nonverbal and extremely subtle, but it is easily recognized.
Wine making is an ancient art. Most vintners are older souls and many have been
vintners before. Old souls are casual cooks: they use recipes as guidelines
rather than the gospel. they tend to use spices and herbs freely, and will cut
mold from cheese and rotten spots in fruits.
Mature souls make fine chefs: they enjoy precision cooking and gourmet dining.
Their hollandaise sauce does not curdle — it would not dare. wine fetishes are
at their height in this cycle. A mature soul would never serve a zinfandel with
lobster. an old soul would not hesitate a moment, if zinfandel happened to be
his favorite wine.
Early cycle young souls tend to adhere to the food patterns learned in
childhood. in the middle of this cycle, experimentation is rampant, but the
appetite is generally poor. Late cycle young souls continue to experiment with
food, and foreign food fetishes often develop. racial memories are stronger now
and the deja vu draws them to certain types of foods.
Infant souls and baby souls cook and eat to survive and the food is usually
tasteless and overcooked. The baby soul is fearful (of almost everything) and
her kitchen is usually antiseptically clean.
Most shaggy dogs belong to old souls. Baby souls do not like longhaired cats as
a general rule. Young souls often own status pets, such as ocelots and lhasa
apsos. Infant souls are often bitten by dogs who have no previous history of
biting, simply because of their inordinate fear. Old souls begin to relate to
wild animals and often have an affinity for all living creatures. The pets
belonging to mature souls will most often reflect their owner’s personalities:
many winners of obedience trials belong to mature souls. Young souls ride the
rodeo, mature souls ride to the hounds, old souls ride the trails. Most baby
souls and infant souls would not be caught dead on horseback. allergies to
animals are denials.
Source: Michael Teachings Transcripts
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