Do you have people in your life with whom you have had immediate feelings of recognition and connection when you first met? Did you feel like primal lightning struck when you first met your romantic partner? Kindred spirits. Soulmates. Many people believe these instant bonds are evidence of having lived shared past lives, that these are karmic relationships that cannot be ignored.
The concept of soulmates comes from Ancient Greece, where the philosopher Aristophanes stated that the gods feared humans in their original form as too powerful and split their physical bodies (which used to have four arms, four legs and both genitals) and souls into two. This is why we search for our other half and are only content when we find each other, love being the only cure for this wound.
Today, there are many different interpretations of how soulmates and kindred spirits relate to our past lives and our connections to others. But a consistent thread through them all is that they are evidence of some kind of deeper, karmic connection, that you have issues to work through and perhaps answer for. Some believe it can be dangerous to actively look for these kinds of relationships as you might miss other opportunities for friendship and love. Or you could put unrealistic expectations on people you believe to be soulmates or kindred spirits, who are still ultimately human and imperfect.
However, it is interesting to explore these ideas, especially if you are intrigued by the concept of past lives and reincarnation. Here are some places you can start to look:
- 10 Elements of a Soulmate
- An Ancient Greek Speech that Beautifully Explains Soulmates
- How You Can Identify a Kindred Spirit
- Soulmates & Reincarnation
- Soulmates, Twin Flames and Kindred Spirits – Which Have You Met?
- Why searching for a soulmate could stop you ever finding love