What is a Soul Mate?
There are many variations of the definition of soul mate, but most agree that a soul mate is a person you are drawn to, is perfectly suited for you and who gets you. Some believe this happens immediately when they meet someone. However, this past week I heard an interview on television with a matchmaker who says that soul mates are not found; they are made. I wanted to explore that topic.
In our lives, we meet many people. Sometimes we meet someone and we have that instant connection. It feels like we have known them forever when, in fact, we have never met them before. I have known people who have entered into relationships with someone like this, only to find out later he or she was not at all the person they thought. I have known others who have entered into relationships like this and it was everything they dreamed of. So what is it exactly that is different about each of these scenarios?
To start, let’s get one thing straight: sexual attraction and physical attraction alone do not make a soul mate. Since I have never really bought into this soul mate thing, when I heard the discussion on a soul mate being made, I was intrigued. Could it be possible that all these years, I was under the impression that a soul mate already existed in the world and it involved some chance encounter to meet him? Isn’t that what we are taught from childhood fairy tales? Oh, how we buy into those fables and wish in our hearts this is how the world worked!
Can a Soul Mate be Made?
The thought of a soul mate being made had never occurred to me until I heard this discussion. Is it possible that we are missing out on potential soul mates because we are going about it all the wrong way? When I got to thinking, it occurred to me that this may be the key to finding our soul mates. There are a few key elements that define soul mate and could be developed over time.
1. You Get Each Other
Some people have this experience as soon as they meet someone, and yet in others this develops over time. This is especially true if we are meeting people online. We are complete strangers and it does take time to develop this part of a relationship. As a relationship starts to develop, we either get and like what the other person is about, or we start to not like things about them. Either way, it takes time to actually get to really know and understand another person. The more you talk and understand each other the more you start to think and act similarly. If we are in a relationship and we get each other, like each other and find out we really are in sync with each other, could we be on our way to being soul mates? Maybe, but there are many other elements to relationships.
2. The Relationship is Intense
Intensity could manifest itself several ways, but usually intensity will prevail in most aspects of the relationship. An intense sexual relationship is many times part of it, but not the whole enchilada. Discussions can be intense, as well as the total connection to the other person. This can be in both good and bad times, so be cognizant of arguments and note that even if intense, soul mates will be focused on resolving the conflict and have the relationship in the forefront of importance. The intensity of the good should far exceed the intensity of the bad in the relationship.
3. You Feel Connected, Whether Near or Far, Together or Apart
This is where I can see a soul mate being made. As you grow in the relationship, the level of connection can either increase or not. If it increases, you develop a connection that cannot be matched by any other in your life. You can feel totally connected to that person no matter where they are, and you know they are also connected to you. So as we grow in a relationship, is it possible that if we nurture it the right way, we can develop this soul mate connection? I think so! Both parties must be actively striving for the same thing, though. If they are, this connection can be developed. This can be so intense that you cannot imagine life without him (or her).
The way we meet people today is far different from the way we met people decades ago. Today, many resort to online dating – and that means we are meeting complete strangers. That means that connections in common are not already present, but need to be developed over time by getting to know each other. We can still find our soul mates in the cyber world, but we need to put more time and effort into it, and not count those out who we do not have an immediate connection to – after all, you do not know each other yet! Take some time to allow something to develop. If you do this, it can go either way, but at least you will know you did not pass up on your soul mate. If you do not take the time, he or she could be walking right out of your life never to return, and you may not even recognize it!
- Are You Sure You’ve Found Your “Soul Mate”? (blogher.com)
- Soul mates – Introduction or if we’re all one, then how come I feel separate? (areyouanempath.com)
- Soulmates – Elizabeth Gilbert (awesomebyassociation.wordpress.com)