3 Symptoms of a Lost Soul

Lost souls are people who are spiritually adrift.  For whatever reason, these individuals have blocked the intuitive guidance coming from their higher selves.  In doing this, they have also cut themselves off from feeling the infinite love of the universe, and this leads to struggle, anger and sadness.  As a result, a lost soul’s life is very challenging.

If you are currently working to raise your vibration and follow your highest path, you probably find it difficult to interact with lost souls.   These individuals can be some of the most frustrating people to deal with because they radiate lower vibrational energy, and the way that they interact with others can be quite off-putting.

However, if we want to help these people we must react with sympathy, rather than anger and hostility.  Lost souls need unconditional love more than the rest of us because they are so starved for it.  Although this may be challenging at times, love and acceptance are really the only things we can give to help others who have lost their way.

So, here are some of the frustrating symptoms of a lost soul, and how best for us to react in order to help them:

1. Defensiveness: a lost soul is someone who is operating from their ego, not from their higher self.  Because they are largely ego-driven, lost souls will often feel the need to defend their positions and assert that they are always right, and always know best.  Even friendly advice that will genuinely help a lost soul is often  immediately discarded with a “Yeah, but…” followed by a list of reasons why they believe the advice won’t work for them.

Your best reaction to this defensiveness? Accept it.  Do not engage in an argument with a lost soul, even if you feel like your advice is exactly what they need.

Remember, lost souls are blocking their inner guidance, so they will very likely block beneficial advice from wherever it is coming from.  The best you can do is lay your ideas on the table, but then back away from the discussion when they push against it.

Surprisingly, when I have done this in the past I have noticed that many such individuals will later tell me “I remember when you told me such-and-such, that was really good advice!”  The thing about lost souls is that they do not like to have their egos challenged, so if you do not debate against their rebuttals they are far more likely to listen to your well-intended advice because they didn’t feel threatened by your approach.

2. Closed-mindedness: Many times lost souls will not be interested in accepting different people and different choices.

Again, the higher self is all-loving, and all-accepting.  If someone is blocking the unconditional love from their higher self, they will be unable to radiate unconditional love to others.  As a result, their “love” will only be given out to certain people who are behaving in a way that their ego approves of.

Because of this, you will often see lost souls manifest themselves into people who are intolerant of other religions, bigoted, racist, homophobic or misogynistic.

Your best reaction?  If you feel as if something a lost soul tells you is intolerant or abusive towards others, very kindly tell them that it bothers you when they say things like that and then drop it.

Remember, arguing with a lost soul is always a waste of time.  Speak your mind and then move on.  If you do not challenge a lost soul’s ego, you will have the best shot at being heard.

3. Repeating the same mistakes, over and over again: It may take any of us a few tries to learn a lesson in life, but with a lost soul the pattern endlessly repeats itself.

You may often see a lost soul hopping from one abusive relationship to another, chronically being broke and out of work or even repeatedly being arrested and incarcerated.

To be clear, none of us is perfect, and we’re all making mistakes in some way.  However,  a lost soul’s repeated mistakes are very painful and can cause them a lifetime of personal grief.

Your reaction? Realize, yet again, that a lost soul has severed ties with the love of the universe, therefore they do not understand how to make choices based on self-love.  A lost soul has forgotten how to care for him or herself.

These individuals are not making their life decisions because they are trying to hurt themselves or anyone else, but rather because they have become blind to the guidance of the universe.  In fact, quite often they make poor choices because they are simply trying to distract themselves or numb the pain of the emptiness they feel from being spiritually disconnected.

Please do not judge them, do not chastise them, and do not belittle their struggles.  Accept them where they are, and love them anyways.

This doesn’t mean that you should allow them to pull you into their chaotic storms, but do let them know that you care about them and you want the very best for them.  Loving them from afar still counts!

It can indeed be very frustrating to deal with a lost soul.  The defensiveness, close-mindedness, and continuous self-harm can be very unpleasant to witness and interact with.

That being said, it’s good to remember that we are all on our own paths, and we each have the option of traveling through life in the way that we choose.  Although we may have found a higher calling, the lost souls are choosing to experience life in a limited way-and that’s their choice.

Not a one of us would want to be forced to think or believe something against our will, and if we want the freedom of choice for ourselves we must allow the freedom of choice in others, even when we feel their choices are damaging and hurtful.  We can speak our truths, but we shouldn’t feel the need to take on the job of changing the thoughts, beliefs and actions of others.

At the end of the day, all we can really do for the lost souls of the world is accept and love them as they are while being as happy, healthy and prosperous as we can be.  If we can shine brightly enough, we just might provide enough light to help a lost soul find its way back home.  

This article was originally posted at Raise Your Vibration Today.

About the Author: Andrea Schulman is a former high school psychology teacher and the creator of Raise Your Vibration Today, which offers daily Law of Attraction advice.  To learn more about Andrea or Raise Your Vibration Today please follow her blogFacebook  page, Twitter (@Vibration1111) or Instagram (@andrea.11.11)


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  1. ritacrisafi@outlook.com' RITA CRISAFI says:

    I read your article about lost souls with great interest. it was a description of the man I loved and was married to him for 40 years!. I always assumed we would stick it out until we get old, but while we were young and I was vibrant, self-sufficient and very much attuned to his needs because I lived with a person who insisted I do everything exactly the way he wanted things done. He was totally unable to see that maybe he could be wrong.I loved him unconditionally and remained for so long as I believed he was troubled, but try as I may,I could not make him understand where I was coming from. 9 years ago I got a stroke so I no longer could pull my weight. my husband began very cradually getting so mad that he had to take care of a sick wife that he became verbally abusive and poshed me away he no longer had a need for intimacy and finally, I had no other option but to leave him. I was afraid for my own well-being. he did not want a divorce as he did not want to give me half the money we had. he never tried to contact me, just left me at the airport and I went home and he continued on vacation on his own… i am desperately trying to understand what kind of a man acts this way but have no answers. I assume he is a malignant narcissist and cannot change as he feels he is right so would never seek help. in spite of all this, I still love him and he knows it but he wants nothing to do with me

    • Hi Rita! Yes, many of us have had to deal with lost souls (or have been lost souls ourselves!). I am sorry to hear about your struggle with this man. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to change him…only he has the power to do that. Love yourself the way you want to be loved, and send him well wishes from afar. Be proud of yourself for following your intuition and finding the strength to leave this toxic situation. Best wishes to you on your journey, Andrea xx

    • shane1123fd@yahoo.com.au' shannon says:

      It seems like hes the kind of man who never knew the virtues of valuing women, and probably human beings in general. Its almost difficult to think people can exude such negativity into the world, but obviously it happens all the time. I personally have never experienced being in a relationship where it was that one sided, but my love goes out to you. you have tremendous inner strength and courage.. Good on you for leaving him, you deserve much better..I really do hope who are so heavily rooted in the ego, finally wake up.. Their seems to be huge change happening on earth, for all our sakes, lets hope.. xx

  2. Thisisours2008@yahoo.com' Caroline says:

    Brilliantly written and so spot on. This describes how things are for me right down to the very last word. I am working on raiding my vibration, even closer to my dog, Bertie, whose soul talks to me through his eyes.. My husband has started to listen to me, I am feeling more love and enlightenment each day… Love and peace to you all.. You are all beautiful, unique soils. Xxx

  3. thewritewordinfo@gmail.com' Jessie says:

    I really appreciate and agree with the points in this thought-provoking article. I struggle with the idea of naming this or that person as a “lost soul” or what others have referred to as things like “energy vampires” etc. I understand the importance of naming, but just don’t wonder about the idea of packaging such behaviours with words/labels.

  4. anonymousad2007@yahoo.com' AAD says:

    Many lost souls are on a vicious cycle, whereas they are trapped by evil influence and can only measure things in power. In the end, pure beauty in itself is more powerful than pure power but a lost soul has also lost the ability to recognize the universal power of pure beauty since they have been shielded from recognizing it by evil.

    I suspect some of these lost souls may simply be young souls who have been easily snagged by evil influence. My Faith tells me that many of them will grow out of this phase of their existence in a way similar to how a troubled teenager often grows into a responsible and caring adult. Unfortunately, some of them have been hopelessly intoxicated by the evil of power.

    Looking at history, the potential of a single soul in a single human body can be monumental. But the power of destruction in Adolph Hitler vs. the Power in the Beauty of Jesus Christ pales in comparison. It is important for us to maintain a healthy positive outlook, for if the world (or the universe) were a glass of water, we may be the drop that determines half full or half empty.

    Anonymous A.D. 2016

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