Reincarnation and politics are inseparable, and is the real reason for the left/right divide.
Where you stand on any issue, from a woman’s right to choose, to the death penalty, is not a question of upbringing, education, or environment. It is directly related to your soul’s age and experience.
Reincarnation is your soul’s way of ensuring a well-rounded education. If it came here once, it would learn next to nothing. By returning over and over again, it builds each life on the foundation of the last.
Your soul’s experience is revealed through its social and political views. And nothing affects your political opinions like your soul’s age. This article explores reincarnation and politics, and how the two are inseparable. For ease of explanation, I’ll focus on US politics here, but be aware that the principles I discuss are universal.
A very old soul might be on life 120, having first incarnated on the Physical Plane some 6,000 years ago. Approximately halfway through all its many lives, it will have made the shift from young to old. It’s at that midway point that a person’s perspective begins to change. As their soul gains more introspection, it sees goes from a place of me to we.
Young souls are like children and teens. They’re inexperienced, and can be a little naïve. Their lack of worldly experience means they may not have all the answers, but since they don’t know what they don’t know, their beliefs can be rigid and convictions unshakable.
Old souls are like adults and seniors. Their perspective is the result of lifetimes spent accumulating experiences in all parts of the globe. They’re more accepting, having been in every color skin. And they know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of injustice, discrimination, and the abuse of authority.
It’s not that young souls don’t also get kicked around. It’s just that older souls process the lessons in a different way. A young soul who has been hurt may be quick to hurt back, whereas an old soul will use the experience to ensure that the next person doesn’t suffer as they did.
In the modern world, the most obvious sign of this difference between young and old souls can be seen in the political arena.
With few exceptions, those on the right wing are younger souls, and those on the left wing are older. The age of a person’s soul is never more evident than at the ballot box.
Souls with the least experience see the world as a scary place. They always look to strong leaders to save them from the boogieman du jour. Historically, there’s always someone who’s going to steal their jobs, corrupt their children, or destroy their way of life.
In the past, the threat came from Communists, pot smokers, hippies, gays, pacifists, feminists, liberals, and abortion providers. Now it includes Al-Qaeda, ISIS, gun control advocates, undocumented immigrants, Syrian refugees, and transgender school kids who might use the wrong bathroom.
Young souls look up to those in authority. Throughout history, they’ve marched with military leaders and explorers, certain in the wisdom of those in a position of authority (as long as they feel those leaders reflect their values). As a result, young-soul politicians serve their corporate masters faithfully.
Consistently, young soul politicians cut programs that benefit the poor, but never dream of increasing taxes on the super-rich. They want to cut food stamps and social security, but believe, as Senator Marco Rubio does, that Obamacare – which benefits millions – should be repealed. Recently, lawmakers in Birmingham, Alabama, not only blocked a bill to raise the minimum wage, but also made it illegal for any other city in the state to set their own minimum wage.
Fox News reflects the bias of its billionaire owner, Rupert Murdoch. Yet millions of America’s poorest are fooled into believing that the network represents their values and interests. Young souls are fed myths about Obamacare and its death panels, how Planned Parenthood trades in body parts, and how immigrants are destroying the country. Fox is the reason that 43% of Republicans believe President Obama is a Muslim, and why even more believe that there’s no proof of man-made climate change, or that evolution is just a theory.
As the soul ages, its perspective changes. Multiple incarnations in different cultures teaches the soul that the street sweeper in Delhi is no different from the middle-school teacher in Portland. Its evolutionary path takes it to a place where it recognizes the soul beneath the skin.
- Young souls want a powerful male god to make them feel protected, and to tell them what to do.
- Older souls are less likely to be drawn to religious dogma, and might describe themselves as more spiritual than religious.
Young souls like certainty, and see things in black and white, while old souls see the world in shades of gray.
Young souls find safety in conservatism, in contrast with old souls who are generally more progressive.
- Young souls want to build walls.
- Old souls want to build bridges.
Your three-year old might flush your iPhone down the toilet and blame the dog. But you recognize that your child is still a good person. Similarly, young souls frequently do things no old soul would. It doesn’t mean they’re bad–just inexperienced. Older souls, however, have an almost parental responsibility to act as guides to younger souls.
Every soul is on a journey to learn the importance of truth, respect, peace, and love, and other higher values.
As an old soul, it’s important to recognize that you are the adult. Your soul will always want you to stand up for those who are oppressed or powerless, demand the truth, and respect those of different ethnic origins, gender and sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds.
When it comes to politics, older souls can be astonishingly disinterested. In contrast to the naiveté displayed by young souls, they tend to be more cynical. This unfortunate side effect of all those many incarnations causes many old souls to avoid the nightly news, political events, and even polling stations.
Sometimes the black and white thinking of younger souls gives them the cohesion those on the left lack. They get behind a single issue, while the older souls get caught up arguing over the various tints and shades. The author Todd Gitlin summed it up in the title of an essay: “How the Right Took the White House While the Left Marched on the English Department.”
As an old soul who has spent thousands of years developing compassion, and kindness, it’s in your interest, as well as that of your young soul neighbors, to support policies and politicians who represent your old-soul values.
Cast your ballot for the person you feel walks the talk of truth, respect, peace and love. Young souls support endless wars, the torture of prisoners, the deportation of those who lack the appropriate documentation, and the death penalty. Do you? Of course not.
You’re an old soul. Endeavor to use your understanding of reincarnation and politics to find and support the leader who stands for the higher values you embody, and let them be your voice.
I agree with your info here, but have a twin sister who is a young soul and probably would not benefit from reading this. She is on a spiritual path, just not far enough along to appreciate this article. I guess everyone just has to walk their path in their own time and way.
Right, Cindy. Some souls are just not there yet.
Thank you Ainslie! As always, you make these difficult issues crystal clear on the highest level, the only level I can comprehend. I am very disinterested in the whole political process but as an old soul (“adult”), I am astonished that even the young soul (“children”) route(vote) for the bully on the playground? I know these baby souls don’t know what they are doing and I do have empathy for them, but I grow tired of having to live with the consequences of their poor choices.
Thanks for the kind words Carrie. It is astonishing, isn’t it? Having empathy for them doesn’t mean you have to condone what they do. Hard living in a young-soul world sometimes.
Interesting article. From your article: “Older souls, however, have an almost parental responsibility to act as guides to younger souls”
How should older souls do this? What is the best way to communicate with younger souls when it seems like they are speaking a different language?
Also, should we really be guiding them or is it just something they have to learn through their own experience?
I am mainly asking this as I have family members who fall in the younger soul category so when we get on topics of politics there is either a disagreement and nothing is accomplished by having the discussion or I just don’t engage when they want to discuss such topics as I know where the conversation will lead.
It would be great to know your/Spirit Guides thoughts on those questions.
Guiding younger souls means doing so by example, and staying respectful (hard sometimes!) and kind. Sometimes engaging in a discussion leads nowhere. Good to know when to disengage.
Being an old soul, I am and have been since childhood, a non-news watcher and basically avoided politics (although I do vote in the presidential elections…sometimes). For some reason this year, however, I’ve been quite interested in the presidential election here in the USA. I hope more apathetic (LOL) old souls such as myself get out to vote this year as we have one young soul candidate that, in my opinion, needs to get nowhere near the office of presidency.
I appreciate your article and the comments. It helped me remember to be more patient and accepting with my young soul significant other. 🙂
I’m with you Chris. I hope that particular young soul candidate encourages more of us apathetic old souls get motivated.
I recently posted lthis little manifesto on my FB page: “IF I CUT YOU OFF, IT IS PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU HANDED ME THE SCISSORS.” I am simply don’t want to read posts on my timeline supporting candidates whose values are diametrically opposed to mine. I mentioned that if my friends truly felt that it was OK to support racists, fascists and xenophobes, then it was probably time for our friendship to end. Among the responses were two that basically said, “Gee I’m sorry to hear this,” the implication being that they were supporting Trump or Cruz
Somewhere in my many past lives, I’ve leaned that “Those who do not learn the lessons of history, are doomed to repeat it.” Therefore my response was (in part) as follows:
In WWII, Americans of Italian and Japanese descent, were placed in internment camps on American soil, because some government officials thought they were a threat to our country. They were put there without any due process, supposedly for our safety. Was that right? I don’t think so. My husband is 100% Italian. Would I have wanted that for him or his family? Of course not.
In the 1940s it was Japanese, Italian and German immigrants who were targeted. In the 1950’s, Senator Joe McCarthy co-opted Congress to go after so-called Communist sympathizers, and half of the entertainment industry and much of the intelligencia was investigated, detained or jailed for no good reason.
Now, a presidential candiate is making racial slurs about Mexicans, and Muslims and would not disavow the support of the Ku Klux Klan, a notorious, despicable, racist hate group. And people are cheering for him!?!?!
My step-daughter’s family are Mexican American, some with family living in Mexico. My dear high school friends, and one of my sisters-in-law are all Cuban Americans. I have African American friends whom I love. I’ve worked shoulder to shoulder with Syrian, Lebanese and Turkish Muslims in the ICUs, ORs and ERs—they were and are among the people I most admire.
I would support and defend any of them. It pains me greatly to think I would have to do so while my other friends give their support to someone who would persecute them based on their nationality of origin, the color of their skin, or their religion.
So this isn’t just about respecting everyone’s right to choose a candidate for the Presidency. I respect that right. But supporting Trump tells me a great deal about your values. If you can honestly support a person who espouses fascism and racism, your values are diametrically opposed to my own.
I would not like to lose any friendship or goodwill, and I wish no one harm, but I will stand with my Mexican, Cuban, Muslim, Black, and gay friends, and I will support their rights against any who would seek to threaten or destroy them, and my vote will reflect my values.
Perhaps such rhetoric would be off-putting to younger souls, but I just had to stand up and be counted.
I can’t agree with you more, Kate, about standing up and being counted. And I totally agree about those who don’t learn the lessons of history. I’m glad you’re on the right side of history here.
‘As an old soul, it’s important to recognize that you are the adult. Your soul will always want you to stand up for those who are oppressed or powerless, demand the truth, and respect those of different ethnic origins, gender and sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds.’ Ainslie Macleod.
Such an important message, such an important message. It is up to us to take responsibility for the world being the way it is and if we want change it begins with action and example. Such an important article. I thank you for your strength in message and guidance in action.
I appreciate your appreciation! Personally, I find the connection between reincarnation and politics explains so much. I’m glad you found the article helpful.
A good article! Thank you!
Thanks for saying!
Your post is interesting Ainslie, but I don’t totally buy it…..because while I consider myself left of centre politically –and I do love watching your American political show, it’s very entertaining right now!—I know many people on the left, perhaps further to the left than I, who are every bit as rigid and bigoted as those more on the farther end of the right. Often their bigotry is aimed not at people of other colours, but people of other beliefs….and there is a lot of anti- semitism among the left today. Those surely cannot be old souls? I wonder if old souls are actually not more clustered around the political centre, trying to steer by balance and fairness?
We may have to agree to differ on this one! I perceive far greater bigotry (racial, gender etc) on the right. And I think there’s a tendency for some to conflate opposition to such things as Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians with anti-semitism.
While yes, there is a tendency to conflate opposition to Israel’s policies with anti -semitism, the dimensions of contemporary antisemitism are much wider and deeper than that, especially on university campuses, which bodes ill for the future. It may be that the genuinely- held opposition to Israel’s policies is just easily exploited for other purposes by those who are truly anti-Jewish, but the end result is that the climate of hate and division on the far left is not all that different than the same climate generated by Trump on the right–the targets may be different, but there is still an atmosphere of anger and hate directed toward an Other or Others. That’s what I think is missed when we conflate soul age with political persuasion….there is some pattern, yes, but not as rigid as you implied.
So we’ll agree to disagree on this one…..
We may disagree, but I really appreciate your thought-provoking post.
Help. please!! I’m supporting Bernie Sanders (he has been a favorite for many years, and I have sent him money more than once). However, if Hillary becomes the Democratic candidate for president, I will have a problem. I don’t really trust her, but I REALLY don’t trust any of the potential Republican candidates for the office. How can I deal with this dilemma? I could vote for her (if she gets the nomination—I don’t want to not vote!) and then practice sending healing energy in her direction. This is the best I can think of. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am really distressed. Thanks to all !!!
I wouldn’t worry too much. I see Bernie (Level 10 soul) as the choice of older souls. If he doesn’t make it, I’ll support Hillary (Level 7) – even if is only to keep the young souls out of the White House.
How important is it to vote for your ultimate vision vs. voting pragmatically? Are we helping change the world by voting for our ideals (i.e. Green candidate for president Jill Stein) or by voting for the lesser of two evils (whoever ends up as the Democratic nominee)? What do high level guides say about that?