The Difference That Separates A Soulmate From A Life Partner

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We tend to use soulmates and life partners as interchangeable terms when they actually have very different meanings. A soulmate doesn’t always become a life partner and those who become our life partners aren’t necessarily our soulmates. However, knowing the differences is important because they serve different purposes.

A soulmate is meant to teach us lessons that fulfill us and pull out our potential in ways that just a life partner never could. However, a life partner is someone who supports us as we navigate that path. So what makes the difference? Let’s find out!

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A Soulmate Isn’t Necessarily A Life Partner

The beauty of soulmates is that they’re not always romantic partners. Soulmates can enter your life as friends, family members, and lovers. However, when they do come into your life, they change it forever. There is actually always conflict in soulmate connections because these are the people meant to push you outside of your comfort zone and bring you to new heights.

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But no matter the hardships, the connection feels safe and comfortable, and you wonder how you lived without them before they came into the picture. They always come into your life at the right time, and often also leave at the right time.

The Soul “Knows” When It Makes A Soulmate Connection

There is a reason that when you meet your soulmate, you instantly bond and form a deep connection quickly. It feels like after just meeting them for the first time you’ve already know them forever. You find that you simply get each other, with your past having a surprising amount of similarities. You don’t have to fake or hide anything around your soulmate.

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They say that there is a “knowing” that magnetically attracts you to each other, as if you’re meant to find each other over and over again across lifetimes. It’s like your souls know you’re meant to meet and holds on to the connection strongly. You see each other beyond your physical bodies.

Soulmates Speak Without Words

A soul mate knows you intuitively. It’s not just about asking you what’s on your mind or reading your body language. You both exist on the same wavelengths, so everything you say or feel is completely sensed by the other.

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You can communicate with each other with just a glance and they’re usually the first ones to pick up on your mood changes. Soulmates know from experience because they feel and think so similarly to you.

Soulmates Can Be Hard Lessons

Soulmates connections are probably the hardest connections. Connecting with someone so deeply not only makes us vulnerable but also pushes us to experience new feelings and confront the layers of ourselves that we try to repress. It sheds light on our needs and the parts of ourselves that we still need to work on. This can be uncomfortable and can end up in heartbreak.

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Soulmates bring with them karmic lessons that need to be completed in this incarnation. Sometimes soulmates are meant to prepare us by tearing apart our ego so that we can build it back on healthy and solid foundations, and make the space for a healthy relationship with a life partner. Life partners arrive at a moment when there is self-love and acceptance.

Soulmates Come At A Point Of Transition

Soulmates arrive at a specific time. You’ll notice that it coincides with a time of transition in your life when you’re in need of answers, healing, or closure. The relationship is healing for both of you with each person shedding light on the dark parts and showing where work still needs to be done.

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In contrast, a relationship with a life partner is easy. It flows easily and naturally without all the work that soulmates push for. That’s why life partners come after soulmate connections.

A Life Partner Is Choice, A Soulmate Is Fate

It is very possible that your soulmate can also end up being your life partner. However, sometimes soulmate connections are only meant to serve a purpose and not last forever.

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The biggest difference between a life partner and a soulmate is that one is a choice and the other one is more of a meeting of fate. Each one takes your life in different directions, teaches you different lessons, and brings a different sense of meaning.

Feed Your Soul With The Right Kind Of Love

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Aria Misty

Aria Misty is a recent university grad. She did her undergrad in media, information & technoculture with a Master in Journalism & Communications in 2018.

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