What is the difference between a Soulmate and a Twin Flame?

A question I keep seeing pop up in Twin Flame communities is regarding a confusion between the difference between a soulmate and a Twin Flame.  Below was an answer I gave to this question, and my answer really resonated with a lot of people, and I received a lot of feedback that my answer was really well explained.  So I decided that maybe it's worth sharing here, too.

What is the difference between a Soulmate and a Twin Flame?

Soulmates are people you met in previous lives that you are meeting again. All the soulmates I have met have been best friends, but not all of my best friends were soulmates. When you meet them, you just "click" right away, and get along like you've always known each other. Soulmates, like Twin Flames, aren't necessarily romantic. I have only dated one soulmate. Most of my soulmates were the same gender, and I am het, so there was no romantic interest there. But even if we don't talk for years, when we do talk it's like no time has gone by since we last spoke.

Twin Flames are like nothing you will ever experience again in your life. The passion between you is INTENSE and after you meet you start to have these "gifts" start to happen, and you get interested in the spiritual and metaphysical, and suddenly your insecurities and past traumas all start coming to the surface for you to deal with. It's AMAZING and a rollercoaster, all at the same time, but mostly AMAZING. How you feel for your Twin Flame is several octaves above how you feel for everyone else. This is not some typical infatuation. You will feel a part of you wake up that you never knew existed, as though they were a magnet pulling it to the surface. And your presence does all this shit to them.

And Twin Flames are always connected. You can feel them. I felt mine even before we met, since childhood. I knew he was out there, I just didn't know how to find him. The connection was weak before we met, and we only had a telepathic link once in all those years. But once you meet, that connection intensifies and gets stronger over time. Because now you know where to direct your focus, in order to communicate, and send your emotions, and send your thoughts.

The two terms, in my eyes, are NOT interchangeable. A Twin Flame is like a conjoined twin, only on a spiritual level. Soulmates are just souls who recognize each other from past lives.

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