We hear a lot of talk about soulmates – finding them, recognizing them, and loving them. We all look to have that perfect special someone to spend our lives with, but as many know; finding a soulmate isn’t so simple. To complicate matters even more, there is also the concept of twin flames. While both terms are often used interchangeably, according to Laura Hamilton from psychicuniverse.com, there are actually significant differences.
So, what exactly is the difference between soulmates and twin flames?
Looking at the word ‘soulmate’ itself gives us some clues, namely the words ‘soul’ and ‘mate.’ The definition of ‘soul’ is your spirit or the eternal part of you. But when we look at the word ‘mate’ things get a bit interesting. A mate can be defined as several things – a mate can be a marriage partner, friend, worker, or mutual counterpart. Quite frankly, the term ‘soulmate’ isn’t at all limited to the realm of romance.
Really think closely about some of your closest relationships, especially family or friends. Do you feel a deeper connection that goes beyond the traditional bonds of family and friendship? Perhaps no one “gets you” like your best buddy or guides you like your sister. A ‘soulmate’ is a kindred spirit that can show up in any kind of relationship— completely romantic or absolutely platonic. And, there is no limit to the number of soulmates you can have! It’s infinite!
Defining Twin Flames
The concept of ‘twin flames’ was developed among ancient philosophers, mystics, and sages. The concept explains that, at the moment of a soul’s creation, it’s split into two halves with each half exploring a different aspect of spirituality or duality. One side is the divine masculine spirituality; the other is divine feminine spirituality. A twin flame is, essentially, the other half of your soul.
And when you are with a twin flame, more times than not, you feel complete. This person is a true mirror of yourself, which may prove to be both extremely challenging and rewarding. Yet while the relationship may have its difficulties, there is an unconditional love and bond that sticks. A twin flame is like the ultimate soul mate. Although you can have many soulmates, you can only have one twin flame.
How to Determine if You’re in a Soulmate or Twin Flame Relationship
According to Kate Rose, the biggest indicator of a soulmate love is that they make us feel like it’s us that needs working on—not them or even issues that exist within the relationship. Sometimes it’s even the feeling of not deserving the other person. Certain soulmates come into our lives whose only purpose is to help us realize our greatness and to assist us in taking on those big questions involving the self and starting to discover the answers to further our evolution and process of self-awareness.
Soulmates are also the ones who care about us the most—versus the karmic lover whose only concern is their own self and needs.
As transcending and eye-opening as the romantic relationship can be with a soulmate, it isn’t anything compared to the experience of being reconnected with our twin flame. Twin flames are often regarded as an urban myth of the spiritually enlightened, but as society, it is raising their level of consciousness as this connection is occurring.
Twin flames are a mix of both karmic and soulmate tendencies—along with some entirely new qualities which will only further challenge our ego and sense of self to our benefit. Twin flames aren’t just those that we connect with on a soul level, but they are someone we share the same soul with. As the theory states, twin flames were separated from one soul source in the beginning of time and split into two physical bodies.
There is a mirror-like quality when we come into contact with our twin flame—everything that we have spent our lives running from or denying is suddenly in front of us. These types of lovers confront us with our very fears and ego-driven desires, but they aren’t just about what’s inside, they’re about how we interact with every facet of our lives. Not all of us will be reunited with our twin flame, but if we are, it has the possibility to be that once in a lifetime—ain’t nothing ever gonna be the same—type of love.
There will be challenges and fears present, without a doubt. And there will be phases of running and chasing, depending upon the spiritual and personal development of both individuals. Ideas towards manifesting Soulmates and/or Twin Flames in one’s life. You will encounter many soulmates, some romantic and some as spiritual family or friends. You’ll often run into soulmates time and time again in your lifetime. They are here to help you learn lessons on the path towards reconnecting with your twin flame.
Your twin flame can also be a soulmate, teaching you a great deal about yourself and your place in the cosmos. The difference is that this is your energetic soul’s complement or other half.
Don’t stress over connecting with your twin flame, or with a soulmate for that matter. Both the Universe and your Higher Self knows who and what is best for you. Let them guide you to those souls that help you love and grow!
About the Author:
Pat58 has over 47 years experience of experience giving psychic readings. She uses tarot cards, intuition and psychic ability to see into your future help guide you to the life you wish to manifest. Her abilities as a clairvoyant, medium, and tarot reader provides accurate information. Pat also has an educational background includes a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Education, and special certifications/trainings in tarot, medium-ship, Psychosynthesis, and clairvoyance.