Often throughout our lives, we hear the terms soul mate and soul companion used interchangeably.
That's because the majority of us think they possess the same meaning.
I know I did!
I am not sure about you, but I have heard many a friend say they have met the most wonderful person in their life.
They feel they have finally met their soul mate or soul companion.
Sometimes, this happens with our friends too.
I know at times, I would get along so well with a few of my friends throughout life,
that I thought 'if only my partner and I had the same connection as we do'.
So, you finally decide to end the relationship with your current partner, after recognising you will never have the same connection as with your friend,
you decide to keep searching.
You are yet again in another relationship where you know deep down this isn't the 'one', but your family and friends think you are being too picky.
So, you succumb to the pressure,
Only to live an unsatisfied life, where everything feels more and more monotone.
You'd sworn to yourself when you were younger,
you would never end up like the other middle aged, married couples,
sitting in the coffee shop,
eating their meal, virtually silent,
husband reading the newspaper,
wife texting on her phone,
paying the bill,
Less than a handful of words uttered between them.
Then you have the remainder of us, that keep searching for our perfect half, to ensure we become whole with our ying and yang.
We don't know exactly what it is that we are looking for, but we do know that is must be a connection that we feel deep in our soul, lending to the term, soul mate.
Either of those two situations sound familiar?
So, What is a Soul Mate Then? Is it the Same Thing as a Soul Companion or Twin Flame?
Soul Mates and Soul Companions are not the same thing, nor is a Twin Flame.
Soul Mates operate at a lower vibrational frequency to Twin Flames.
They are people who enter into your life to help change it, or as platonic friendships or even as pets.
I know of one particular dog I owned, Buddy, that came into my life by the most unusual of circumstances, at a time when I desperately needed him, without knowing it.
He set me on the course of self-repair.
I have another dog now, Poppy, who I regard as my child.
The one I could never have.
That same deep connection that fills a void.
I send a special 'thank you' to my soulful, wise friend JL, who informed me the other night that dogs can be your soul mates too.
As she said, "you strip their outer shell, as you do people, and you are left with the soul".
I thought that maybe she was offering comfort, regarding that I was having an emotional moment in that I didn't have any of my own children.
I looked into this further and found that others feel it is a natural phenomena to feel this.
You can have SEVERAL soul mates over your lifetime.
I did get a bit off track and started researching other karmic relationships.
What is a Soul Companion Then?
A soul companion is almost the same as a Soul Mate except there isn’t either the need or desire for a mated sexual union.
It isn't uncommon for people to marry their soul companions, then over time discover the relationship doesn’t work, because they aren't sexually compatible.
You will obviously see this in couples who choose to remain chaste until married.
Where do Twin Flames Fit in?
I had never heard of a 'twin flame' until the other day, whilst researching if dogs can be considered a soul mate.
I stumbled across an article on the Elephant Journal (a brilliant e-magazine about a mindful life) about meeting your 'twin flame' or 'tunnel mate'.
I discovered that twin flames, aka tunnel mates or twin souls, are spiritually deeper than soul mates.
They are similar to each other, as both are karmic connections destined to teach us something about our lives.
You are able to have many soul mates over your current lifetime,
although, you will only ever have one twin flame, whom you may or may not meet in your current lifetime.
The reason for this is because your twin soul, has been split into two and each have gone their separate ways.
Each soul will gather human experiences, incarnating over and over, until their mission is completed and they are finally able to reunite.
It is a sacred journey, that involves the completion of your soul gift to the world.
You will know you have reunited back with your twin flame, when you both feel extremely intense energies when you are around each other physically.
I don't mean just sexually, however, although it will be a divine union when you do.
Not everyone will find their twin flame and even if you do, you will need to be spiritually advanced to handle this type of intense relationship.
Your twin flame is not meant to complete you, but to enhance your life.
It is not a case of 'I can't live without them'.
Once you meet your tunnel mate, it does not necessarily mean you will stay together physically, however, you will spiritually.
You will only ever have ONE twin flame in your life.