Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself “OH, there you are!” Your connection was instantaneous, and it felt like you had known each other forever. Energetically you two were magnetic, and possibly explosive. These are your soulmates. They are the people who show up for just a blink in time to challenge you, to help you rise to a higher state of consciousness, and become a better version of yourself.
On the other end of the spectrum is your life partner. These people are equally important and offer relationships that will last a lifetime. Balance, stability, loyalty, and trust are just a few characteristics of a life partner. You may not have the same type of chemistry as with a soulmate, but the love that binds you will almost always prevail.
So, how do you know which kind of relationship you have? Truthfully it may not be just one or the other. It is completely possible to have overlap. Here is a list of five defining characteristics of soulmates vs life partners to help you decipher what kind of relationship you are in.
1. Short term teacher vs long time support
A soulmate shows up in your life with a vital lesson to teach you. They push and challenge you in ways you had not imagined. A soulmate ignites and inspires passion to erupt within ourselves. They can be a lover, a friend, or even a family member. It does not have to be a romantic connection. However, once the lesson is learned, the soulmate often leaves your life in one way or another. Heart ache and pain often follow this exit.
Life partners are in it for the long haul. This is the person that holds you up through all of life’s challenges. They are your rock and your strength. They are trustworthy, loyal, and consistent.
2. Different types of connection
Soulmates connect at a higher level of consciousness. It’s a true heart connection that doesn’t need to be spoken, it’s just felt. A soulmate relationship is intense and beautiful, but also often painful because soulmates are mirrors to one and other. They come to teach you deep lessons that are often painful to face.
Life partners show up usually after a soulmate encounter. They are the ones who you can connect with when you are in a stable, self-loving mindset. There is no ego involved in a life partner relationship. Just joy, support, and non-judgement.
3. Intuitive understanding vs accumulated understanding
Soulmates just “know” you. You intuitively understand how each others feels, thinks, and copes with life. The connection is magnetic and you both have the same understanding of what it means to feel truly alive. However, these relationships can also be chaotic, disruptive, and tumultuous because of your similar backgrounds and thought patterns.
Life partners, on the other hand, come from different angles of personal experience. Because of this, they bring curiosity, paired with comfort. Partners can spend a lifetime accumulating understanding and knowledge about one another. The love shared can constantly evolve allowing each person to find personal growth and relationship longevity.
4. Emotional stimulation vs spiritual stability
Soulmates don’t need words. Your connection just happens. Your thoughts, feelings, and desires are communicated through energy. The connection is constant, effortless, and intoxicating. If a physical attraction exists, it will be driven by a desire for fusion. However, when a physical attraction exists in life partners, it is driven by curiosity of differences.
Life partners take more effort to understand one another, yet this challenge is what keeps the relationship stable. Life partners move beyond just an emotional connection. Intellectual stimulus and infrequent highs and lows hold the relationship balanced and long lasting.
Soulmates show up in your life when you are desperate for a lesson to help you evolve, or maybe you need to close a chapter in your life. The result of their appearance is ecstatic and can bring out the best, and worst, in both of you.
On the opposite end, life partners show up when you want something easy, calming, and soothing. The love remains constant day after day, though all the mundane chores of life. The connection is strong, built on trust, and is not dramatic. This type of connection is what makes a marriage last a lifetime.
This is just a guide. Every relationship is different. It boils down to who do you want to spend your time with. What kind of relationship do you want to foster. Life partners can absolutely be soulmates! Also, neither have to be romantic connections. I truly believe every single person you meet has a message, or lesson, for you. It’s our job to wake up and see what each soul has to offer.
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