I often speak to people who long to find their one true soul mate, or who wonder if they have found their soul mate.
But what is the reason we seek soul mates?
From a spiritual perspective, we seek our soul mate because this is the person we have agreed to work on soul lessons with.
Soul mates are people we have karmic crossings with—these are the people we have agreed to work out karma (soul lessons) in this lifetime. We've either been with them for many lifetimes before, or we're meeting them in this lifetime for the first time, but either way, we're here to work out soul lessons.
You notice I don't use the term twin flames? I don't use that term, because I feel it is disempowering. Each soul is a unique expression of earth being. We are not the same as another soul. Our uniqueness is what makes us whole.
Thus, no matter how idyllic or lovely or companionable or passionate or whatever it is you look for in a relationship, if you're with a soul mate, you're working out soul lessons together.
There may be challenges—that is part of working out karma, by sticking with it and growing with the other.
There may be toxicity—that is part of working out karma, by saying no and walking away.
There may be periods of no soul mate—that is part of understanding who you are from your own reflection of yourself.
And finally, remember soul mates are not always romantic: friends, family, animal friends, plants and nature—these are also souls who are helping us on our path.
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Sara Wiseman is a visionary teacher of spiritual intuition. The founder of Intuition University, she's taught hundreds of thousands of students via her books, courses and training.