Soul connections and how to recognize them

What Is a Soul Connection?

A soul connection is when two people feel they are linked on a soul level in a significant or extraordinary way.

It is a sense that this special link transcends the earth plane and feels as if you already knew each other before you even met or have known each other in a past life and that your souls agreed before this life to meet up again now.

Do We Only Have One Soul Mate Connection?

No, in fact, we have many soul mates.

And as we are all part of a “common humanity or spiritual consciousness”, we are actually “ALL” linked on a soul level.

Different types of soul connections— Keep in mind that there can certainly be an overlapping, and someone could be your soul mate in many different ways.

Soul partners

There are certain souls you agreed to partner with in this lifetime—the most common type is that of a soul mate/partner.

You may have both agreed to be best friends, parents raising children together, in-laws, business partners etc.

A soul partnership could be with someone you know intimately for your whole life, like a beloved sibling, or it can be with someone you barely know for a short time—like an influential person or mentor. Soul partners are specifically designed to help support you in this life emotionally, professionally, or in any other way you require to accomplish and experience what your soul planned to do here on earth.

Soul partnerships often remind us how beautifully, masterfully, and intricately our lives are woven together.

Soul ties

When these souls enter your life, you will sense that they are there for a definite reason and that you need to make room for a relationship with them. A soul tie can even be with a pet.

Past Life Soul Mates

Many Eastern religions and philosophies discuss the concept of past lives.

When two souls have shared a significant past life together (or perhaps several), if they meet again in this lifetime, they may be inexplicably drawn to each other.  A built-up energy over other lifetimes together is felt, as well as a soul recognition. Although you can have a soul recognition with any type of soul mate, the past-life ones are extremely powerful.

According to Brian Weiss, M.D., psychiatrist and past-life regression expert, two souls could agree to reincarnate and navigate toward each other after spending 1,000 earth years apart—which is quite romantic and amazing!

However, just because you had a significant past life with someone, it does not necessarily mean you are supposed to partner, romantically or otherwise, in this lifetime. One needs to judge the relationship by who you both are today.

Often when souls come back together in this lifetime, they are looking to heal something or do better this time around.

Karmic Soul Mates

Karmic soul mates are sometimes called "wrecking ball soul mates." But instead of thinking of karma as good or bad—or a system of punishment and reward—think of it as merely a neutral energy of cause and effect.

Karmic relationships may come into our lives as change agents who facilitate—through positive, negative, or neutral interactions—opportunities or invitations to improve our karma (how we operate in our lives and the world) so we can grow and evolve. Keep in mind that the soul craves new experiences, growth, and evolution.

Romantic Soul Mates

Even in the happiest or healthiest relationships, romantic soul mates can tend to scratch your biggest wounds or challenge you in uncomfortable ways. When two souls enter a romantic relationship, they're also entering a classroom of learning together, in order to heal romantic wounds from the past.

Twin Flames

This term describes an intense soul connection.  Some people believe twin flames are actually one soul that was split into two bodies, but be cautioned

against feeling like you need another person to complete you. Just remember there can be a shadow side of trying to fit people into a certain category in your life.

According to the theory, twin flames can love, challenge, teach, and heal each other in a unique, powerful way… every relationship you enter with another person—romantic or otherwise—has the potential to help you achieve more enlightenment.

Companion Soul Mates / Soul Mate Friends

Not all soul mates are romantic ones.

If you think of earthly life as a temporary journey for the soul, as some spiritual people do, you'll want to have interesting, supportive companions for the trip who pick you up along the way. Think of them as spiritual sidekicks, people who seemed destined to be in your path so you both, in turn, can give each other love and encouragement when needed to keep going on your earthly odyssey.

Don't underestimate the importance of soul mate friends. Whether they are in your life for a long or short while, they are necessary nourishment.

Soul Families and Soul Groups

Large groups of souls can be linked in soul families. This can show up as actual family members in this lifetime, or as people working toward common goals who never meet, like activists around the globe working for a similar cause.

Sometimes one soul will incarnate to try to help heal something in the family line, like a pattern of addiction, abuse, or disease.

Kindred Spirits

Kindred spirits aren't always soul mates.  They are simply people who really understand you. A kindred spirit might also be someone who has had a similar life experience to yours.

Soul Contracts

Soul contracts as agreements you made on a soul level to do certain things in this lifetime.

You might have a soul contract to mentor a certain child or write a certain book. These contracts can be renegotiated, so if you're in a toxic situation, leave or change the dynamic to a healthier one.

Yet feeling you have a soul contract to do something challenging, like start your own business, can give you the inspiration and stamina to make it through the difficult moments of that journey. Knowing if you have a soul contract around something or someone in your life is all about learning to follow your intuition.

Soul teachers

A healer or mentor can come into your life via divine timing because they're a soul mate teacher. It could be someone who encourages you to go after a certain path or who teaches you how to better manage your journey, anxiety, pain.

Sometimes a soul mate might show up to teach you by challenging you to do something different from what they recommend, teaching you the value of thinking for yourself.

Soul mate teachers are very special, sacred relationships, and each of us has been in both roles—student and teacher—whether we realized it at the time or not.

Soul crossings

"Ships that pass in the night"

It's a phrase used to describe someone who comes into your life but the timing and circumstances are not conducive to a long-term relationship.

This phenomenon can happen with friends or lovers or colleagues, when for a short amount of time you are thrown together and share amazing experiences and awakenings.

In the case of the lover who moved on, you might think of this person fondly for the rest of your life or even consider them a spirit guide. Soul crossings teach us not to judge the importance or depth of a soul connection by the length of the relationship.

Image Jasmine Carter