How To Tell If You Are a Wise Old Soul–16 Ways by John Cali and Spirit

Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does–except wrinkles. It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. ~ Abigail Van Buren

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Ever since I started on this spiritual path, many years ago, I’ve heard terms like “enlightenment,” “ascension,” “wise old soul,” and other similar ones. I’m sure you have too.

I cannot honestly say I ever fully understood what those words meant–they seem to mean different things to different people.

So I asked my spirit guides to give me their perspective.


If you are a wise old soul:

  1. You always follow your heart, not the opinions of others.
  2. You know the opinions of others do not matter.
  3. You believe in the wisdom and power of others as much as you believe in your own wisdom and power.
  4. You trust the universe to always take care of you, knowing it brings you only what is best for you.
  5. You know life does not end with what you call death. Death is only a new beginning of a new adventure.
  6. You always treat yourself and others with kindness and compassion.
  7. You know the purpose of life is to be joyful, for joy is your divine destiny–and you laugh often.
  8. You know the present moment is all you have. You do not have a past or a future. You have only the now, where all your power and wisdom lie.
  9. You move through your days with love, knowing all is well–despite any appearances to the contrary. You are carefree and happy.
  10. You know you can choose to be happy and peaceful, no matter what others are experiencing.
  11. You know worry and guilt are useless emotions, and do not serve you.
  12. You acknowledge you are your own highest and best authority.
  13. You know you are God, and so is everyone else.
  14. You are grateful every day for your life and for the continual flow of blessings your spirit brings you.
  15. You know life is a party, and parties are supposed to be fun.
  16. You practice quiet time by yourself every day, for it is then you touch the divine within.

Copyright © 2014 by John Cali


In this short video, The Awakening, Deepak Chopra explains what consciousness is. His explanation is, in my opinion, a beautiful answer to that eternal question, “Who am I?”


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10 Responses

  1. Margaret Unger

    I so loved the list! I’ve been told I’m a mature soul ‘acting in old soul manner’ by several guides. However I only meet half & know I’m “approaching” the other half, especially in regard to worrying about upsetting others. However I so loved this list I was inspired to put it up on my Face Book page with credit to you. Then as I was preparing to post it I thought, “No! This will fly contrary to what many hold true, and I’ll anger them, and I’ll have no defense against them, and their rage will come down on me, and they’ll hold me in disdain, and see me as naïve at best, and shun me, etc., – all this came in my head in a second. And at that point I laughed & laughed. And put into practice: 1.You always follow your heart, not the opinions of others. 2.You know the opinions of others do not matter. I posted it with a cute photo I found to grab attention, and so far no retribution has come down on my head. lol Thanks. I really love this list and now have my measuring stick to insure I am living from my spirit and not my fear. Happy and Joy filled Thanksgiving John & all your readers. ; )

    • John Cali

      Thanks so much, Margaret, for your kind words — and for putting the list on your Facebook page. I really appreciate that.

  2. Conshana

    Greetings, Dear John,,,
    I really like Mikala’s take on this. I, too, have long since attained the rank of “Senior”,,, So, let’s take a different tack on this “Old Soul” idea.
    We have ALL lived a multitude of lifetimes, gathering to our Souls knowledge and experiences. How about “Mature” or “Maturing” souls? Because I don’t believe that we will ever attain the Wisdom and Expertise of the Supreme Creator of ALL COSMOS.
    I don’t think it’s so much a matter of being a “slow Learner” as it is gathering the rushes to make the bed, so to speak. Only NOW are we attaining the sufficient background to make sense of our journeying from the time of Lemuria and Atlantis (on this Earth) to now. That does NOT bespeak the incarnations we are in (or have been in) on other worlds or in other dimensions.
    And therein lies tales untold by the myriads, as well~!
    Blessings, My Friend, and to Mikala as well. I appreciate her thoughts more than I can express~! I sense a Beautiful Soul there, though very understated in her demeanor~!

    • John Cali

      Hi Conshana.

      Thanks so much for your comments. Mikala is indeed a beautiful soul, truly a wise old soul.

      Many blessings to you also, my dear friend.

  3. Susan

    Thanks for this, John, it really made me laugh. Deepak’s costuming for this video is priceless!

    Love and blessings, as always…

    • John Cali

      You’re most welcome, Susan. Glad you liked it.

      Love and blessings to you too,

  4. Mikala

    Do you believe you are a wise old soul?

    My first reaction to this question was to laugh and smile. After I thought about it for a moment or two, I had to do some definitions. Old soul. One must assume that their soul is old since it has existed since original creation. Although I’m not fond of the “old” word now that I’ve passed the “senior” label, I think I would qualify for “old” as the population sees it. So, it would appear that I am an old soul. We all are.

    Given the list of the 16 tips of Spirit above, I believe I would also qualify for “Old Soul” most of the time. At the same time, as I review my life, I am relatively certain that the majority of what I have learned of spiritual life at this point in time was learned in this lifetime. Now, that could be due to the particular era in which we live and the finally approachable Shift we are going through, or possibly that I’m a slow learner. Since you know me, I’ll let you decide. grin

    Blessings to us all,

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Mikala. I guess, by your definition, I’m also a slow learner. 🙂

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