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Soul Mates & Twin Flames
What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame but something wild to run with. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
...your truelove, your soulmate, your ultimate friend across a million lifetimes... ~Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever: a lovestory, 1984
Some friendships are made by nature, some by contract, some by interest, and some by souls. ~Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667), "A Discourse of the Nature, Offices, and Measures of Friendship, &c."
Oh! my friend!... you who have given me everything, you whose soul is so marvelously twin with mine... ~Octave Mirbeau, A Chambermaid's Diary, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1900
Would I know thee?
Yes; in darkest night under starless sky,
Without one word or touch of hand,
When thou art nigh.
A power overcomes, outside the crude or common mind,
Thoughts breath between making me whole in heart and find
Their golden chord that sweetens time with love at sight
Of thee, Dear kingdom is my real of pure delight,
On foreign shores in pathless wood where Hermits live,
All unexpected should we meet my heart would give.
Wild leaps for joy, each empty cell
So quickly full the tale would tell;
Vibrating sense of joy make known
(Love's errand—Love to love alone.
Soul mates are magnets waiting love when two do find
Their other half—unknown till near—and blind do meet,
To all but love which grows the chord to strongly bind
To all but love which grows the chord to greet...
~Mary J. Scott (b.1842), "Would I Know Thee," 1919
In a soulmate we find not company but a completed solitude. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
...a soulmate... my dear undiscovered twin... ~Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever: a lovestory, 1984
"Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle—
Why not I with thine?"
Apropos of these lines by Shelley. He speaks of the duality of existence. "Nothing in the world is single." He might have gone further, and said nothing in the universe is single. Cold and heat, storm and sunshine, good and evil, joy and sorrow — all go in pairs... Now realize that there is no soul on this earth that is complete, alone... It is like half a flame that seeks the other half, and is dissatisfied and restless till it attains its object... The majority of people are content with the union of bodies only, and care little or nothing about the sympathy or attachment between souls. There are people, however, who do care, and who never find their Twin-Flame or companion Spirit at all on earth, and never will find it. And why? Because it is not imprisoned in clay; it is elsewhere... akin to us, with a closer relationship than any tie of blood known on earth. ~Marie Corelli (Mary Mills Mackay), A Romance of Two Worlds, 1886
He had always known that when he saw the twin flame to the flame of his own soul, burning in a woman's eyes, all else would fade away into insignificance. ~Jittie Martin Horlick (1881–1973), Jewels in Brass, 1913
Although the book is called Soul Mates, it takes that notion broadly, to include the soul in all kinds of relationships. A soulful connection can be found in families, on the job, in the neighborhood, with colleagues, and among friends, among longstanding acquaintances and in fleeting encounters, in socially sanctioned matings and in murky rendezvous. This book extends the idea of soul mate in order to suggest ways of being in any relationship soulfully, and it also celebrates those rare and profoundly satisfying bonds we feel with certain people who in the strictest sense are soul mates. ~Thomas Moore, Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship, 1994
Full friendship is the selfishness and the unselfishness, at once, of two, bound into twinship fair of soul and spirit. Seek you then for friend one whom you understand down to the depths, up to the heights, of being, whose soul meets yours with the same understanding. ~Wallace Rice, To My Friend, 1914
Professor Schubert states that "the soul is the interior organism and the interior part of human nature. The spirit is divine."... Hence the phrase "spirit mates" is infinitely preferable to the phrase "soul mates." ~J. M. Peebles, Spirit Mates, 1909
A soul mate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communicating and communing that takes place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace. This kind of relationship is so important to the soul that many have said there is nothing more precious in life. ~Thomas Moore, Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship, 1994
Except yourself I have never met the man for whom I felt that intimate sympathy (of intellect as well as soul) which is the sole basis of friendship. ~Edgar A. Poe, letter, 1846
There are souls, of every age and every clime, which are contemporaries and compatriots. ~Madame Swetchine, translated by Harriet W. Preston
You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
"In Egypt she was a princess and used to walk out to the banks of the Nile of a night and 'look up and down, up and down, always seeking, never finding.' Hunting for her affinity — the twin-flame which was one with her since the great First Cause sent them out together to be one in joy and one in sorrow, through all the incarnations till they slept together in Nirvana."
"Meaning a man?"
"Why, that ain't nice talk for a girl."
"It's Buddhistic, though, if it ain't nice. She caught the Buddhy craze along with the psychology: and oh! she's nigh pestered the life out of me a-huntin' for her 'affinity' in this present incarnation." ~Katharine M. Trimble, "Dorothea's Affinity," 1906
...Though as yet
Our paths in this life parted lie, yet we
Are lovers since the day when the twin flame
Of our two souls sprang from the sacred fire
That burns eternally...
~Claude Templer (1895–1918), "Madonna Mia"
Oh, my beloved! — my twin soul! — mine from all past eternity, and part of my immortal being to all futurity! ~Charles Mackay, The Twin Soul, 1887
If there be any one subject which it especially concerns a young woman to understand, both in itself generally, and in its application to her own particular habits and circumstances, IT IS THAT OF MARRIAGE... if there be one that at once attracts by its importance and repels by its difficulty, IT IS THAT OF MARRIAGE... [A] woman in a single state may be happy and may be miserable; but most happy, most miserable — these are epithets which, with rare exceptions, belong exclusively to a Wife... But this, my dear ——, is neither the soul, climate, nor aspect, in which your "Heart's-ease" or your "Herbs of grace" would bloom or burgeon. To be happy in Marriage Life, nay (unless you marry with the prospect of sinking into a lower state of moral feeling, and of gradually quenching in yourself all hope and all aspiration that looks beyond animal comforts and the outside shows of worldly respectability), in order not to be miserable, you must have a Soul-mate as well as a House or a Yoke-mate... it would be a benumbing influence, and the heart may be starved where it is neither stabbed nor poisoned. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge, letter, 1822
A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks... Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise... Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. ~Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever: a lovestory, 1984
Friendship is not essentially a union of personalities, it is an attraction and magnetism of souls. ~Thomas Moore, Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship, 1994
"Adam... My soul is so knit to yours that it is but a divided life I live without you. And this moment, now you are with me, and I feel that our hearts are filled with the same love..."
What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? ~George Eliot
Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you. ~Author unknown
Dare to be imperfect and one day there will tug at your sleeve a soulmate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
two burning stars collide and spark a fire of fate
two blazing spirits meet—enkindling soul mates
Have you ever felt really close to someone? So close that you can't understand why you and the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins? ~Nancy Garden, Annie on My Mind, 1982
Ah! a blessing beyond all fate
My sole mate is my soul mate.
A soulmate is someone who sees, appreciates, and understands you wholly. In a soulmate partnership, you become vividly illuminated by each other's spirit, and as you continue to uncover your connection, it becomes increasingly clear that your bond has been karmically guided. ~Aliza Kelly Faragher, as quoted by Kristine Fellizar, "4 Zodiac Signs Who Are More Likely To Have Multiple Soulmates, According To Astrologers," Bustle.com, 2018, alizakelly.com
Yes — mute is my soul's mate! —
...she is silent — silent, on yon bough,
As death itself — mute as my own soul now!
~Thomas Holley Chivers (1807–1858), "The Dying Nightingale," c.1846
Hot coffee and cold winter mornings are two of the best soul mates who ever did find each other. ~Terri Guillemets, "Soul warmth," 2010
published 2009 Apr 5
revised Aug 2017, Jul 2022
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