Some people spend their entire lives looking for their soulmate — that one person they can slurp that last spaghetti noodle with and just know. But have you ever wondered if there's maybe something more? Something deeper? That's where your twin flame comes in. It refers to a "mirror soul," or the other half of your soul, which can sometimes bring about even deeper connections than meeting your soulmate would. This person can completely change the course of your life, and you theirs. But what exactly is the difference? And is it always romantic?
How Is a Twin Flame Different Than a Soulmate?
On the surface they may seem similar, but soulmates and twin flames have distinct and definitive differences that make them unique. While it's possible to have several soulmates throughout your life, you can only have one twin flame, and not everyone is said to have one. Twin flames also aren't limited to romantic relationships. While they can turn romantic, you can find your twin flame in a best friend, sibling, or even a child.
Because twin flames act as a mirror to our soul, they often force us to confront our biggest issues head-on, which can make for emotional and dramatic relationships. They may come into your life for a short period of time to teach you something, and then leave. This relationship is OK to end, whereas you want your relationship with your soulmate to last.
How Will You Know If You've Found Your Twin Flame?
Finding your twin flame doesn't mean finding someone exactly like you. In fact, twin flames are often polar opposites and work in conjunction to balance each other out. You may feel an intense connection, as if you've always known each other, and experience an immediate sense of belonging. You also may have experienced similar traumas in your pasts and feel as though you're looking into a mirror when you meet them. With that ability to now be completely authentic and tuned into your twin flame's state of being, you both evolve into something bigger and better together.
How Do You Find Your Twin Flame?
It's a process and something you don't need to be actively searching for (if you're meant to find each other, you will). It's also said that before meeting a twin flame, we have to achieve some level of individual growth and development. Then, after meeting them, the relationship goes through stages of bliss, turmoil, and resolution before finally settling into either a complete state of unity or separation.
—Additional reporting by Lauren Harano