Understanding your purpose in life begins with knowing your true personality – the one your soul chose before you were born.

Every soul comes into this world with a complete personality. And that shouldn’t come as a total surprise. As I like to say, anyone who thinks babies are born as blank slates has clearly never met one.

Your personality is based on ten soul types, each one comprised of specific traits and behaviors developed over many lifetimes. Soul types not only define your true personality but, once you discover what they are, understanding your purpose in life becomes so much easier.

As the spirit guides put it, “Soul types are a way to differentiate between traits that are expressions of fear and traits that express the essence of who you are.”

Who you are is inseparable from why you’re here. You wouldn’t wear flip-flops to climb Everest, just as you wouldn’t choose the Leader soul type as part of your personality if you were never going to have anyone to lead.

You choose your soul type and influences carefully, aware of the lessons and major life experiences your soul wants to explore in any particular incarnation.

Knowing your soul type and influences leads to a more fulfilling and purposeful life. Self-knowledge is the key to self-empowerment. The better you know yourself, the easier it is to make choices that enhance your journey through this life. Remember, “who you are is why you’re here.”


This is an excerpt from Ainslie’s book, The Old Soul’s Guidebook.

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