Twin Flame vs. Soulmate: Are They the Same?

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Twin Flame vs. Soulmate: Are They the Same?

While many people enter and exit our lives over the years, few affect us so entirely and profoundly as both twin flames and soulmates affect us. They both have the potential to change us to the core of our being and make us grow immeasurably. Due to this importance and these similarities, it can be easy to confuse the two or conflate them as being one and the same. That is, however, not at all the case.

Relationships between two twin flames are incredibly deep and profound, as they are literally the meeting of a soul that has been split in another lifetime. Your twin flame is your other half, your mirror image, and you will often feel an immediate pull toward one another that cannot be ignored.

Meanwhile, unlike twin flame relationships, soulmates are not necessarily predestined to meet, nor are they two halves of the same whole. You can have multiple soulmates, and these relationships can take on many different forms. A twin flame challenges you, which may not be as comforting, but this inevitably promotes a great deal of growth from both parties. A soulmate, however, comforts you and tends to your emotional well-being.

Though both twin flames and soulmates can be types of karmic relationships that can seriously alter the course of your life, the two often play very different roles. Where a twin flame generally comes into your life for the purpose of your personal growth, a soulmate enters your life to help you reach emotional fulfillment.

A Twin Flame Holds Up a Mirror to Your Soul

Twin flames are people who, in many ways, are one and the same. One twin flame will understand the other’s positive attributes because the ones they have are similar. In cases where twin flames have different skill sets, this is often so that they can complement one another. 

These complementary skills often look different for different twin flames. In some cases, it could be something as inconsequential as one partner being a good cook where the other burns everything they touch. In others, it could be something as significant as one twin having difficulties articulating their feelings, where the other wears their emotions on their sleeve. In either of these cases, the twins help each other to become the best versions of themselves and to get the most out of this lifetime.

On the same token, though, twin flames generally share the same flaws and weaknesses as well. This has the potential to lead to a great deal of insecurity and a deeply volatile, bordering on unhealthy, relationship. Twin flame relationships burn fantastically bright, like the most beautiful candle. Because of this, it only stands to reason that one or both partners may get burned.

These profound similarities between the two twins have the potential to make their relationship volatile or a kind of double-edged sword. While they understand each other on a level others will find difficult or impossible to match, they also reflect what is imperfect about their twin. This forces the individuals to face their own personal shortcomings. While this is a necessity to grow and become a more fully actualized human being, it is an important personal journey that is rarely easy. 

Your own weaknesses can be a difficult reality to face, but if confronted with care and empathy, a relationship with your twin flame provides the perfect opportunity for you both to grow and advance as people. Of course, this growth can also occur without a twin flame and without pain, but this assures a fast-track to a deep level of growth that is rarely seen.

Due to their volatility, relationships between twin flames are unfortunately often imbued with pain. While this pain is naturally unpleasant, it is necessary, as the most profound growth occurs during our most intense challenges. And, at the end of the day, that is really what a twin flame is-- a challenge.

A Soulmate Complements Your Soul

Like a relationship with a twin flame, two soulmates will experience an immediate attraction to one another. This attraction does not have to be romantic, physical, or sexual, though. All that is important is that you will feel a deep, profound connection right from the get-go.

Due to this immediate, strong connection, these are two people that will often be in each other’s lives for a long period of time, possibly engaging in a lifelong relationship. Soulmates

Where twin flames have an incredibly and unceasingly intense relationship, the relationship between soulmates is more grounding and centering and can often be described as a feeling of coming home. Soulmates function similarly to one another and often operate at similar frequencies. Meanwhile, twin flames operate on precisely the same frequency, as they were once one and the same being.

A soulmate relationship is one of love, comfort, and stability. This can be crucial for people at different points in their lives. Again, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the fact that soulmates can take on multiple forms in your life. 

A soulmate can be a friend, lover, or family member. All that it takes to be soulmates is an incredible connection founded on comfort and understanding that is present at the first meeting. 

Relationships With Twin Flames Are Centered on Growth

Relationships between two twin flames are often chaotic due to the nature of their profound intensity. Because of this, they can bring out insecurity in both twins, as well as shine a spotlight on their other weaknesses. While difficult, this is what makes twin flames so crucial in your life. 

A twin flame shows you what you need to improve within yourself, which can feel difficult. As a result, twin flame relationships can quickly become toxic and unhealthy. After all, both partners mirror the same flaws, insecurities, and weak points. While that can show you what you need to improve within yourself, it also means that you now have double these troubles.

Twin flames are aptly named because the relationship burns incredibly bright. The two members of this relationship can feel lost without one another, as their sense of self is so inextricably linked together.

It is also worth noting that not everybody has a twin flame, so you are in no way incomplete or without purpose if you do not meet yours. Everyone’s journey on the path to growth and self-actualization is personal, and some include the step of meeting your twin flame, while others do not. No one is more legitimate or worthwhile than the other; it just means we are all on different life paths.

Categorizing relationships as being either of the twin flame variety or the soulmate variety can be a very interesting and enlightening experience, but it is far from the only way to understand your relationship. For instance, you can always get a comprehensive reading of your birth chart and compare it to one another’s. This provides another spiritual option for comprehending the depth and scope of your relationship with one another.

Knowing who we are as people allows us to establish deeper and more meaningful connections with others. With a natal book chart of over 70 pages, there are sure to be striking insights into how you function from Birthdate Co

Relationships With Soulmates Are Centered on Love

Where twin flame relationships can become very toxic very quickly. Luckily, this is not as much the case with two soulmates. As this relationship is so based on comfort and understanding, it makes sense that they would not have a tendency to descend into unhealthy patterns.

One of the key, defining features that distinguish twin flames from soulmates is that you only meet one twin flame in your life, whereas you may meet multiple soulmates. This makes sense because a twin flame is seen as another half of your soul, simply in someone else’s body.

A soulmate, however, is someone uniquely and spiritually attuned to you, and therefore a great partner (in any sense of the word) to join you on the journey of life.

Even if a soulmate is not technically the other portion of your soul, that in no way means these relationships are not deeply meaningful. They are some of the most important relationships you can have throughout your life.

In fact, soulmates can inspire you to grow a great deal as well. This growth just may not be as intense and difficult as it is with a twin flame, but that does not make it less meaningful.

Shine Together

All in all, both twin flame relationships and soulmate relationships are incredibly profound and some of the most beautiful and necessary ones you will have throughout your life. Of course, it is well worth mentioning that you are an entirely complete being on your own. You do not need someone to complete you, whether it is predestined or otherwise. 

Twin flames and soulmates just provide you an opportunity to become the best version of yourself, all while taking part in one of the deepest relationships humanity is capable of. Whether you do eventually meet your one twin flame, one of your soulmates, neither, or both, you can and should always grow on your own. 

Self-growth and betterment are two of the most crucial parts of the human experience, and you should never wait for someone else to start your own journey.



Sources:

13 Signs You’re In What Is Known As A Karmic Relationship | Thought Catalog

What's The Difference Between A Twin Flame & A Soul Mate? | MindBodyGreen

Yes, There's a Difference Between Twin Flames, Soulmates, and Karmic Connections—Here's How to Tell | Hello Giggles

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