I covered this before, but considering today I’d like to bring it up again.
I have a special person in my life.
I love him immensely. When we’re together there is much laughter, very heated discussions, tears and yes love. When I completely lost my mind last year and had to face up to the reality of my actions, he was my first call for drinks and discussion. The words were never spoken, but there is no question if one calls, the other will answer because we don’t do so lightly.
He is my soulmate.
Luckily, his wife knows I am not a threat to her and is completely supportive of our friendship.
Betcha didn’t quite see that one coming did ya?
Let me begin where I ended the last time I broached the subject of Soulmates…
“Nearly, everyone says and thinks of a soul-mate as the all-encompassing, be all and end all romantic type of love.
I propose a person can have more than one soul-mate and while a soul-mate is always, someone you want to share the rest of your days with, a soul-mate is not necessarily or solely the person you also want to share your bed with for the rest of your days.
But that thought is a blog for another day”
It is now another day…
The concepts of soulmates arose from mythology, Greek if I remember correctly. According to the story, our ancestors once had 2 heads, 4 arms and 4 legs. These ancestors did something to piss off one of the gods so bad that the deity punished them by splitting them down the middle, resulting in the creation of humans. To add insult to injury, we humans are now condemned to spend our lives searching for the other half of ourselves, our soulmates.
You’d think the gods would’ve gotten bored watching us run around pell-mell trying to find the ever elusive One, but nooooo. Here we humans are, a few millennium later, still soul-searching.
As Shakespeare had Puck say in A Midsummer’s Night Dream “Lord what fools these mortals be!”
Indeed, Puck-a-rooni, indeed!
I mean think about it, unless these two-headed, four-armed beings were asexual and/or hermaphroditic and/or aromantic, they were loving each other just fine without the concept of The One, but I digress…
My mileage dictates a soulmate is a person who connects with your soul in a way that changes you and that can happen on various levels.
Temporary Souls: A teacher who intentionally or not provides a valuable life lesson. The complete stranger or barely known acquaintance who unexpectedly reaches out to you at a time when you really need it. They are the people that we encounter throughout our lives, who come, touch our souls for a moment and are gone. Whether or not they have any idea that they touched our souls, we know they did and they will always be a part of us. Think of all the nth amount of people you have encountered in your life, outside of your family, yet of all these people only a select few have somehow made it in to the very core of you however briefly. For that brief moment – soulmates.
Twin Heart Souls: Think your best and/or closest friends. The ones who help you bury the body or at the very least know the right thing to say to you at three in the morning when you’re losing it, to keep there from being a body to to be buried in the first place. The one/s you really click with pretty much from the moment you meet. Those who believe in reincarnation, say it is because you have already met in a past life, and in this life you are continuing the relationship. My best friend of over thirty years and I have a saying of our relationship. Where we are opposite we are polar opposite, but where we are alike we are twins. If we both point at something in a store window – say a piece of jewelry and we both love it, without even looking at each other, we immediately know two things. 1) It’s a classic piece that can work with various styles and 2) it is likely to be considerably out of our price range and to keep on walking. From the moment I butted into her conversation with someone else back in high school, unto this day – we were soulmates. YMMV
Twin Flame Souls: This is the what most people refer to when speaking of the soulmate. If we follow the edicts of the mythology I mentioned earlier, there is only one twin flame soulmate for each of us. Like Twin Heart Souls, in reincarnation beliefs, Twin Flame Souls have spent several lifetimes together in past lives. The chemistry and attraction towards each other is undeniable. They burn with passionate fire for only each other. To go all Jerry McGuire here, they “complete” each other and only a very lucky few are able to find their twin flame soulmate.
If I go by that edict, that would mean my late-husband was my twin flame soulmate. Does this then mean if I happen to fall in love again, this person will only be second best? Considering I tend to lean toward the very self-confident to borderline arrogant types, I’m somehow guessing my potential paramour would not take kindly to that option. In addition, many people change as they grow older. If Twin Flame Souls find each other and grow together that’s perfect and as it purportedly should be. However, for most of us, the soulmate that would have been perfect for us in high school, may not exactly be as acceptable in later years, unless they too have somehow continued to follow a congruent path in life, so then what?
That thin thread of hope the deities tossed out at us, that there’s always a possibility that we will find and connect with our perfect soulmates becomes ever more threadbare when one considers after all these eons, our Twin Flames Souls may be on the other side of the freaking planet. Hell, if Richard Branson has his way, that soulmate could be on Virgin Galactic heading to a galaxy far, far away in the really not too distant future.
Just as your heart has more than one way to love, so can your soul have more than one way to share. It is one of the many reasons why I find the Highlanderish “There can be only one” soulmate bullshit, well — bullshit.
To those of you who have found your Twin Flame Souls enjoy your Valentine’s Day. For the rest of us, lets grab our Twin Heart Souls, hit a bar and and hope Branson does not get his galactic wheels up anytime soon and give us earthlings a chance.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Editing to add: Thanks to my Sweet friend, I am reminded that Aristophanes’ speech from Plato’s Symposium is the Greek mythology I was trying to remember and any one who saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch, knows the myth was best explained in the Origin of Love.
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So going to have to bookmark this as I always struggle trying to explain the difference between soul mates and twin flames
very well written
Thanks HI. I’m glad you like my interpretation of the subject. Happy Sappy Day!
I’d say my wife and I are somewhere between twin heart and twin flame. As to Greek mythology, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard THAT story. If they were able to bend about the vertical axis between them then it would certainly explain the origin of a very popular epithet…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
And that’s a great place to be with your significant other. As for your anatomical vertical axis bending – behave!
Happy Sappy Day!
I truly think Sherry is my soul mate. I’ve never felt so loved and so able to be myself as I do with her. We can talk about, and share, anything, and we can almost see into one anothers thoughts. (Sometimes that ain’t so good!) But, seriously, I consider myself a very fortunate and blessed man.
Great write, Raivenne! I enjoyed it!
And, by the way, I got away with my anti-valentine poem! Ha! (and I should probably add, “whew”
as long as you two feel comfortable and happy, who cares about what’s the definition of soul mate.
powerful dig though,
Happy Valentine’s Day.
well written story.
Oh Rai…. I love this … went back and read the first one … I know that I’ve felt the ‘soul-mate’ connection with at least 3 people so far … one I actually told them (and everyone else) that God had one soul and split it in half and now there are two entities – me, and her. And this was way before seeing your definition….
All I know is, this is an excellent article… and one which I intend to come back to often …