How can you say you’re an old soul? Are there differences in traits and behavior? What signs can help me tell the difference? The word “old” refers only to time. Since time is linear and our souls are eternal, 10,000 years would be the blink of an eye. Dolores Cannon believes that we need to incarnate many, many times as inanimate objects, plants, and animals before we can become human. Then, as humans, we still need to incarnate many, many times to learn all the lessons we came here to learn.