There's a lot of information out there around soul connections--specifically, the labeled terms of karmic relationships, soulmates, and twin flames/twin souls. I personally believe that every relationship is meant to teach us and help us to evolve on a soul-level. From a higher perspective, I believe that our souls gathered before our incarnation in each lifetime to determine what we needed to experience for soul growth (and soul experience) on the journey back to love.
We are all connected through the same Source energy--the same pure, divine love energy. On a very basic level, this is unity consciousness--the understanding that we are all one. Because of this, the terms "karmics," "soulmates," and 'twin flames/twin souls" are merely that--labels. However, these labels help us understand the depths of the connections we are experiencing with one another on the human plane while also helping to translate the energies.
Below, I want to share my own personal thoughts on each connection. Please note that these are my own personal beliefs that are continuing to evolve the more I grow, understand, and shift in consciousness. As such, these connections may overlap or shift the more guidance I receive. I believe that all connections, no matter the label, have the capacity for strong love and are a blessing in our lives. Always use your own discernment by keeping an open mind and heart, taking what resonates with your truth, and disregarding the rest.
Karmic Connections: Karmic connections can be in the form of family members, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, or even strangers. These connections come into our lives for a reason, wherein the purpose is to help us learn a lesson or close out/heal from a karmic cycle. Once the lesson is learned and the karmic cycle is closed, karmic connections may fade away. It's been my experience that karmic connections may feel like strong connections--even in romantic love relationships--but they may not be long-lasting. It's important to never underestimate the beauty of a karmic connection. Karmic connections get such a negative reputation, but every single connection has the capacity for love. At the very least, they enable us the gift of experience, expansion, and soul growth.
Soulmates: Soulmates are those who resonate with you on a deeper spiritual or "soul" level. You feel it when you meet them: a familiarity, a sense of comfort, even a sense of home. It feels as if you've known them forever even if you've just met. That's because you've likely known each other in past lifetimes and, as such, these people become a part of your "soul family." Imagine a set of three rings depicting all the people you'll meet in your lifetime, and you're standing in the center. In the center is you (and your twin flame/twin soul--more on that below). Next comes your soul family--family members, friends who have been with you through previous incarnations and that you resonate with vibrationally with similar values, interests, hobbies, goals, etc. Ring three depicts karmic connections--outliers, if you will, that help you experience and grow, but that don't necessarily travel with you through your lifetime. Soulmates can help us with karmic lessons and karmic connections may sometimes feel like soulmates, especially in the beginning, but the resonance is different. No matter how long or far apart you are, soulmates maintain that feeling of familiarity. It's that, "we can pick up right where we left off" kind of connection. You typically know one when you meet one.
Twin Flames/Twin Souls: Here's where it gets confusing because unless you've experienced this type of connection firsthand, it's hard to distinguish the difference of depth of such a relationship. While soulmates match you vibrationally, Twin Flames are you. Plato described this connection as one soul split into two bodies--not one soul cut into half, but one whole soul experiencing itself in two individual bodies. You are the exact same energetic frequency, the exact energetic vibration, and the exact energetic match because you are one. While everyone is part of the same Source energy and, as such, we are all one collectively, we are also individual souls. Except for you and your twin flame. (Note: this is a very, very basic explanation of how we are individual souls within unity consciousness. There truly is no duality, just varying expressions of consciousness. Belief/understanding on this may vary.)
Twin Flames may present as seemingly polar opposites on the outside (they may look different, be different genders, different religions and backgrounds, have different ways of expressing themselves, etc). This is because you are the Yin and Yang, masculine and feminine energies coming into balance with one another for the purpose of soul growth (with a higher-level mission of changing the paradigm, raising the vibrations of the planet, and ushering in a new template of Christ Consciousness. Learn more about that here: Special Channeled Messages for Twin Flames - THE NEW MISSION TEMPLATE). Meeting your twin launches you on an ascension journey of spiritual growth and pure, unconditional love. While we are all reflections of each other ("what I see in you is a reflection of me"), you and your twin (divine counterpart) are exact mirrors of one another. Oftentimes, the strength of one twin is a perceived lack in another. For example, one twin might be an excellent communicator while the other struggles with self-expression. As your twin sees this perceived lack in themselves through you, it triggers them. Thus the healing process to eliminate this false belief and old patterning begins.
The meeting of twin flames can oftentimes feel like a shockwave--a sense of homecoming, a burst of pure love and joy, a familiarity and wonder both. Twins see each other in a way no other connection does because you are seeing yourselves in front of you--without the masks, illusions, and programming. This is soul recognition on an entirely different level. The reason why such a relationship can create triggers is because you are recognizing your own soul in another person. At first, this can feel intoxicating as your chakras come into alignment and your love on all levels is ignited. This is pure, unconditional love. This is love through Source's eyes. This can feel triggering because not only is your twin mirroring back your own divinity and love, but also your programming, conditioning, past life wounding, and traumas that have led you to believe that you aren't divine and capable of love. We have been conditioned to negate our own power, led to believe that love comes with expectations, non-acceptance, and judgments. To be confronted with such unconditional love can feel intense and overwhelming, especially when we have been conditioned otherwise.
Thus we are launched on a healing journey of ascension--activating our light bodies and working on clearing and opening up our chakras--particularly our heart chakra which has remained guarded for lifetimes. It's about clearing out all of that "soul sludge," as I like to call it--the karma, the trauma, the heartbreak and false beliefs and patterns that we have held onto. It's about dissolving the egoic mind to connect back with our own divinity to trust our own intuition and surrender to Source energy itself. While this journey can feel painful (everyone's personal experience is different) for how it reawakens and transforms, shedding the old you to shift your consciousness from ego to soul, what always remains--what always exists between counterparts despite what is being displayed on the physical plane* is the love. True counterparts alway return to love, respect, harmony, and forgiveness, and while triggering may occur that may cause pain, the counterpart is reflecting what is inside of the self to be healed. For example, while my counterpart and I have triggered each other, we have always respected each other, and I have never doubted the undercurrent of love that was felt between us (even as I was doubting the expression of love itself on the physical plane--to learn more about my story with my divine counterpart, check out the Ascension Confessions playlist). Similarly, we have always returned quickly to a place of forgiveness with one another.
[*It must be said here that a twin flame relationship will never, ever be abusive in nature, and I do not, have not, and will not ever condone or encourage unhealthy or toxic relationships or behaviors. Ever. Especially merely for the sake of maintaining this connection. True twin flame/twin soul connections will never be broken--especially when it comes to one counterpart expressing their own self-love in the form of setting clear boundaries and intolerance to toxic behaviors. Additionally, just because mirroring is happening in which the counterpart is reflecting parts of their twin to be healed, each counterpart must take responsibility for their own behaviors and actions. Self-love always comes first for an individual's health, personal well-being, and happiness. You are spiritual beings, yes, but you are having a human experience. Let's act like it.]
Twin Souls: As you continue on the ascension journey and heal with your divine counterpart (which may include periods of perceived separation--physical distance or lack of communication to grant each individual the space to heal without the intensity of the connection), you'll find you and your counterpart coming into greater harmony and a deepening of love and connection. This happens first through the self--the very reason why you are on this soul-growth journey. You are not only healing your own self-love and any blocks to that (lack of worth, lack of value, past trauma, past-life wounding, abandonment, rejection, neglect, etc), but you are connecting back to the soul of yourself and thus connecting back to Source energy itself. This is also done through the balancing of your own masculine and feminine energies within you, which is when you reach inner union. Once you reach inner union, that begins to manifest in your physical world and thus your physical relationship with your divine counterpart. To learn more about this, feel free to watch the free Channeled Messages for Twin Flames, available on our YouTube channel and Channeled Readings page. This harmony and balance that is felt within the self are due to shifts in consciousness as a result of the healing work that is being done. As such, you create more harmony, balance, and love in your outside world, including with your divine counterpart. While the passion and love remains and deepens, the intensity of the connection (ie. the triggering) abates as you move into a more harmonious state.
I like to use the terms twin flames/twin souls interchangeably for this very reason--to express the evolution and expansion of love and harmony between counterparts.
More on the Matter
OK. So now that I've shared my beliefs on the different soul connections (knowing that each is valued in its own way), I want to add some additional disclaimers.
It's been my experience in working with clients and the collective community that some spiritual connections that are believed to be twin flames/twin souls are in actuality catalyst connections (karmic or soulmate in nature) meant to launch individuals on their soul-growth journey into self-love and spiritual awakening. You and only you can know for yourself what type of soul connection this is. This journey is about learning to trust yourself, your own intuition, and opening up to your spiritual guidance team. No psychic, reader, guru, or guide can ever replace your own knowing about your own experiences or connections. Nope--not even me.
While the labels are useful in translating energy, communicating feelings and intentions, and differentiating between the soul connections that are being experienced (something that must be felt to be understood), I understand fully that the terms themselves can be too restrictive to what is truly something spiritual--the depth for which there is often a lack of words available. Shakespeare tried. Byron tried. Barrett-Browning tried. Defining love becomes elusive and seemingly impossible--but that doesn't stop us from wanting to express the beautiful nature of the experience, and I, for one, am all for that. After all, what is life without poetry? What is poetry without love?
The physical relationship with your divine counterpart is very much a part of the connection--just as a physical relationship is a part of any connection. We are spirit experiencing humanity, and in order to experience the fullness of humanity, that means connecting on a physical level as well as a spiritual level. However, what you experience within is what manifests in your outside, tangible world. Thus, the emphasis on the 5D versus the 3D, particularly in twin flame/twin soul connections. Life in general is a journey of the soul--and soul growth is an integral part of the awakening/ascension journey, the twin flame/twin soul experience being a path to this. Too often, people can get caught up in the physical relationship by focusing on their counterpart versus the self. I get it. I was there. This journey, especially in the beginning when we're rooted in old patterning and conditioning, is confusing as hell. All of a sudden you've met this person and you don't understand the depth, intensity, and overwhelming feeling of love you have for them. That's OK! Be gentle with yourself because this is all a process of learning and growth. I don't believe there is anything wrong with wanting a physical connection or relationship with your divine counterpart--this connection is felt on all layers, after all. Physical. Emotional. Sexual. Intellectual/mental. Spiritual. But be present in your connection and respect/accept what is being shown to you. Alleviate conflict by returning the focus to yourself, your connection with the divine, and your own soul's journey. Allow the relationship to unfold how it's meant to. Trust that you are always divinely guided.
Finally, I wish to express that my personal experience on this ascension journey and with my twin soul/divine counterpart is the lense through which I have chosen to create my platform (my spiritual practice, my YouTube channel, social media outlets, and this website). This platform is meant for those experiencing spiritual connections who want to understand themselves and their relationships from a higher perspective of soul growth and self-love while also having the human experience--bridging humanity with spirituality.
I always appreciate various perspectives that help me to grow in my own understanding--I'm certainly not fixed in my beliefs. In fact, as I have continued throughout my journey, my beliefs have only shifted and grown as I have experienced my own connection and through what I have been shown by my spiritual guides. No one has all of the answers. We are all experiencing life and these connections for ourselves. In this way, collectively we help each other to grow. I respect everyone's personal journey and their beliefs and appreciate those who respect mine.
The more you grow, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you grow. This has been my personal philosophy from the very beginning, and it's never been more important than on this journey. I appreciate being able to share my truth and my experiences with you with the freedom to continue to expand.
As always, I'm sending you all love and light.