Someone asked us the other day if twin flames could be platonic friendships. After giving this some thought, we have to say no. Now we all understand that soul mates do not always have to be romantic relationships. Many people have platonic relationships with soul mates who are in their lives. We can have soul mate relationships with friends, family members, work colleagues and even our medical teams. In many circumstances people share soul mate connections with their pets as we discuss in our article, Not All Soul Mates are Human.
There are many differences in soul mate and twin flame relationships, although there are some folks who think they are the same. To realize the true nature of the twin flame connection we must accept it is the most sacred of all spiritual relationships. Before twin flames can reunite, in the blessed twin flame reunion, they will usually have experienced at least one romantic soul mate relationships. These soul mate relationships brought with them many difficult life lessons and experiences designed to encourage both personal and spiritual growth. This growth, not matter how painful, had to occur to prepare them reuniting with their twin flame.
To fully understand this we must look at the differences in the past lives of both soul mate and twin flame relationships. Twin flames have only been in romantic relationships in all of the past lives they shared. It is during these life times they worked out many of the issues and challenges their souls defined in their twin flame blueprint, or contract. As they worked through these obstacles, life after life, each success brought them closer to their twin flame reunion. Even though there is a greater purpose to twin flame relationships, the ultimate merging of souls can only occur in the romantic twin flame connection sexual experience.
Soul mates, on the other hand, also reincarnate with each other across many lifetimes. As we mentioned previously though, soul mates can represent different types of relationships in these incarnations. For instance, in one lifetime, you may have been brother and sister, father and daughter, mother and son, or close friends. In many situations we see that a soul mate couple living today may have had all of these relationships with each other. So while they are romantic soul mates in the current incarnation, the relationships in past lives could have been quite different. Perhaps so many romantic soul mate relationships are difficult, because of the diverse relationships experienced in past lives are playing out in current time.
To further understand the differences between kindred spirits, soul mates, twin souls and twin flames, please see our article: Twin Souls, Twin Flames, Soul Mates and Kindred Spirits.