“…and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight even for a moment.”   – Plato

Soulmates are people who we have a deep connection with in some way. We have incarnated with them before in previous lifetimes and they are part of our soul family or soul group.  We all are one and part of Source and we came into physical reality in groups of souls.  When we meet one of those souls from our group the connection feels stronger with that person because we recognize the soul on a subconscious level.

Contrary to the popular concept of a soulmate being “The Only One” romantically, we actually have many, many soulmates and they are not all romantic relationships. Soulmates can be parents. children, good friends, lovers or teachers, for example. They might stay in our lives always, or appear only briefly. All of our past love relationships…even the bad ones….are soulmates.

It can’t be easy to grasp the idea that one of your ex’s was a soulmate especially if it was a difficult relationship. These soulmates are known as karmic soulmates who connect with us purposefully to help our souls overcome past karma or issues and help our souls grow spiritually. Once the lessons are learned…it is our choice to move on from that particular soulmate or stay with them.

All soulmates carry lessons for each other…. there are some that are referred to as divine soul mates or “twin-flames” who are our perfect love or the best friend, who bring little in the way of drama and are the perfect match for us in this lifetime.  And….a soul mate who was a perfect love in a past life, may not be our love in this incarnation.

Edgar Cayce believed we had a number of soulmates… people  we had incarnated before and with we could created a positive relationship. He discussed how we could identify those people. They were people who would assist us in our soul development. 

He told us to look for the person who helped us be a better person. He often referred to a spouse as a “help meet,” in reference to “help mate.” He said we would be drawn to souls we had known before and in order to complete unfinished business, we would pick up where we left off.

Cayce, “the purpose of all relationships is spiritual development.” He cautions us to honestly interpret our relationships on this basis: “Does it challenge and stretch me? Does it encourage me to become a more balanced, giving person? Does this relationship bring out the very best within me?”

These questions may be applied to all our relationships whether they are romantic or not. Souls often reincarnate in groups and often to accomplish a particular purpose. “…even work relationships in which individuals are brought together to achieve some greater goal.”

Though soulmates may even appear to be the source of obstacles in your life… they are in fact the people we work with going through our challenges. Relationships bring out what’s hidden… the best and the worst… and that is how we can encounter and transcend our issues.

So, who are your soulmates?!