You are the same as you were at sixteen, it is just the collective consciousness and the illusion of the physical world that makes you think differently. I’ve met twelve year-old children who are more consciously aware and mature than middle-aged adults.
Physical age is merely the calculation of the perceived time that a soul has been united with a physical body. This calculation is commonly attributed to correlate with wisdom, and while this correlation is certainly relevant, it is not accurate. Wisdom has nothing to do with age because time does not exist, thus the calculation of physical age is irrelevant. The only time that truly exists is the present moment, therefore every being is the same age.
Physical appearance is simply the internal self represented in the external world, which is why we base our initial judgments on looks. Looks are a quick way to judge a person’s current state of mind, and this is reflected in their posture, tone of voice, clothing selection, etc. The mind analyzes every detail instantaneously, and draws a conclusion based on the perceived data.
For example, if you see a frail man with gray hair and wrinkled skin walking hunched over with a cane, your mind will automatically conclude that the man is very old in age. What if that person has an accelerated aging disorder, and is actually only thirteen?
Humans are led to believe that time is what determines physical age, but it is the mind that makes the decision. The concept of aging is a human creation, and it exists due to a conscious agreement which states that over time the human body will deteriorate, and eventually die. This is an idea supported by the collective consciousness, and is therefore realized in the external world.
I have found that the more I consider my own past life progression, the more insight into my present life I have. I am able to view the people in my life in a much different perspective than the typical conscious mindset. I am able to detect both the physical embodiment of the person that is present in this life, as well as the spiritual presence of the person’s past lives. When I pay attention to the signals and energy of those around me, I am able to determine the role or roles that each person has played towards me in previous lifetimes. I find this ability to be very useful because it allows me to view people objectively and without influence from their physical age.
For example, while my mother and I have a mother/son relationship in our present life, we also commonly play the roles of brother and sister.
It is no coincidence that we instantly develop strong connections with certain people. It is not uncommon to hear someone remark that they feel as if they’ve known someone they just met their whole life, and the reason is because they actually have known them, they are simply just remembering it now in their present life.
If you pay attention to an individual’s choices, you can detect which role is currently at the forefront of their mind. Choices that we typically regard as being made unconsciously are actually decided subconsciously, and these decisions are influenced by our motivations. You can identify the role that another person is most in line with by identifying which person they relate to most in their current life.
For example, I have a friend who commonly talks about his uncle, and shares a healthy relationship with his uncle. It is no surprise then that he naturally plays the role of uncle in most social situations. Of course, many different roles are portrayed by each person, but I have found that there is always one that fits each person most accurately.