We've all heard of soulmates.
A soulmate has a ton of definitions, but basically, they are someone who feels somehow cut from the same cloth as you. You might feel as if they were sent to awaken and challenge you to become a more awakened version of yourself.
It's widely believed that a person can have more than one soul mate. They can take the form of friends, lovers, even family members. The energetic connection between soul mates is somehow more powerfully felt than with others.
Soulmates are an important part of our journey to self-actualization, to becoming our most genuine self. They're also an important milestone in the process of meeting the person who Spiritualists call our "Twin Flame."
The twin flame relationship takes work. In fact, every relationship up until this point is merely practice for this relationship.
The differences between meeting your soulmate and your twin flame can be distinctly felt. When you meet your soulmate, you will have a sense of comfort, like you've known them in a past life. But meeting your twin flame is like meeting yourself in another person.
You may have different personality patterns, but underneath everything you recognize as different in your twin flame, you'll have an understanding of who they are on a soul level, and feel a powerful unconditional love for them.
Here are a few signs you may have met your twin flame:
You have an extremely telepathic or psychic connection.
Because they have such a profound connection to one another, twin flames experience the same emotions and illnesses at the same times quite often.
You can sense when something is going wrong in their life, as you might experience the symptoms of it at the same time, as if it were happening to you.
When you met, you were in relationships already, or just didn't feel prepared to come together.
Twin flame relationships are the most powerful ones you can experience in this lifetime. Both people have to feel spiritually, mentally and emotionally ready to handle such a passionate, meaningful connection and the intimacy that results from it.
It may take years before you've both grown enough to come together in a real way, but you'll never feel separated from them, even if you are separated.
You evolve together.
No matter what you and your twin flame go through together in life, you may feel unbearable pain at times in the relationship, but you'll always come out stronger, wiser and better able to navigate the earthly realms.
There is a sense that you've come together in this lifetime not just for one another, but for the good of humanity as a whole. This is also a major difference between soulmate relationships, where the purpose serves more to aid the growth of the individuals involved.
You feel a magnetic pull toward one another.
Being apart from your twin flame for any lengthy amount of time feels unbearable, and you function best in their presence.
While you can go about your days for months and even years on your own, you feel a deep sense of longing for your twin flame. You may have continual dreams about them, and may even suffer physical symptoms during times of separation.
You understand your purpose through the relationship.
Your twin flame serves as a mirror for you. Through their issues, you can see your own soul. You'll understand more about yourself and what it means to be human than you ever have before when united with your twin flame.
You are also able to forgive them for running from the relationship, as many partners do when they first meet their twin flames. You won't feel the same lack of acceptance as you would with any other partner.
Because your twin flame is a mirror of your own soul issues, you'll understand that their running away from the relationship has nothing to do with you. You'll feel on a soul level that this doesn't mean the relationship is over, it just means there is more growing to do.