I believe that soul mates are individuals with whom we feel a familiarity, a connection and we have had a past life with, and have agreed together to cross paths in this lifetime for some purpose. Soul mates may be a life partner, they may be a romantic partner but they can also be family members, friends, colleagues or acquaintances. They may be with us for the duration of our life or just for a short time and then move on. Soul mates are people who walk the same path as us, help us in some way - as we do them - and usually help us learn some kind of lesson and grow in some way and we are on a common mission. When our purpose together has finished then we’re usually aware of that and can release them and move on.
Twin souls are one soul that has split into two bodies. The relationship is primarily a spiritual one and without understanding this and working on this then the physical relationship will flounder. This is one soul in two physical forms and so the connection remains whether the two are physically together or not. This explains why you can meet someone with whom you feel an intense or instant connection and yet if they decide they don’t wish to have a relationship with you, you can’t stop thinking about them even though you try and you even start to wonder if you’re obsessed because you can’t understand why you just can’t seem to move on and forget them. The twin soul relationship is one which defies distance and time. No matter how far apart you may be, and no matter how much time may pass, the connection is still there. This is because it is a soul to soul connection. The twin soul relationship is about unconditional love of self, others and the world in which we live. It’s not primarily about romantic love, although that is present, but about service and working and living for the highest good of all. Meeting your twin soul offers you a choice as to whether you wish to get to know your inner essence, your soul, and grow spiritually. Soul and ego cannot share the same house – you either live your life from your ego’s perception and choices or your soul’s. You’ll also find that you most likely need to release everything you know and believe about how a relationship should work.
Both soul mate relationships and twin soul relationships encounter their own set of challenges and their rewards. It’s not so much about the destination as about the step by step journey and the support of those who have experienced them and walked that way before you, successfully navigating their way along, can be of invaluable assistance to make it easier and help light the way forwards.