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Soul Connection: What It Means, 8 Types and 16 Signs to Find & Recognize It

Have you ever felt drawn to someone, like you’ve known them forever? If so, then you probably have a soul connection with them. 

Soul Connection

Whether you believe in destiny, fate, and karma *or not*, you must admit that sometimes it’s completely possible to feel that someone was meant to walk into your life because you have a soul connection. 

Everything about them seems so in sync with you and what you need at that current time. You feel pulled towards them with no real explanation of why.

If reading this is making you think of that one special friendship/relationship, you may have experienced a soul connection.

What is a soul connection?

A soul connection is when two people feel they are linked on a spiritual or soul level. In other words, they feel like their relationship is more spiritual or divine than the ones they have with other people.

It is a deep and intense relationship between two people that goes beyond the physical. It’s like it transcends time and space. It feels like you have known each other forever.

Because of this, you will feel an instant bond with someone you just met or suddenly be drawn to someone with no real explanation. 

This soul connection can challenge us to grow and evolve as a person and a soul. It can open our hearts in ways that have never happened before. [Read: Are soulmates real? Have you found the one who completes you?]

Because of this, it’s a very cherished type of relationship. And if you have one, then you are lucky.

Is a soul connection only romantic?

Now, many people wrongly assume that a soul connection can only be forged between two people romantically. That is false. 

Your soul can be connected to someone in various types of relationships. It could be a mentor, friend, teacher, family member, or even a neighbor. [Read: Real soulmates – what it is, how it works, 59 secrets and signs to find yours]

They don’t have to be someone you’re destined to fall in love with and learn deep lessons from. It can be a person in your life from whom you learn something about yourself, life, and how to treat others.

To the skeptics out there

Of course, many people remain skeptical about the phenomenon of a soul connection. That’s fine, you can be skeptical, or you can believe in it. 

It’s your own truth. However, there are many who believe that certain people are destined to cross your path. [Read: How to find your soulmate – 36 real ways to find your one true love]

If you want to enhance your life’s experiences, be more mindful of meeting people who may have a soul connection with you. 

Of course, if they’re meant to be in your life, they will find a way to get into it anyway. By seeking out these connections more actively, you may help things along.

How to find and recognize a soul connection in your life

While karmic relationships are often sent your way to help you learn something, e.g. often very hard lessons which may cause you to feel some element of pain, a soul connection is something altogether gentler and more meaningful. [Read: All the signs you’re stuck in a messy karmic relationship]

Karmic relationships often end in the butting of heads before that enlightened lesson is learned.

A soul connection helps you to grow and realize life lessons in a more supported way. You could even call them your kindred spirit.

That’s just one example of a soul connection, but how else can you recognize one when it enters your life?

1. Someone with a soul connection will help you change and grow

The more time you spend around someone with whom you share this connection, the more you’ll come to realize that you’re forever changed in some way, either big or small. [Read: What exactly is soul gazing? Learn to foster a deeper connection]

You will view something differently, or you’ll feel differently about something important in your life. This happens because of the energy which moves between you and the person you have the connection with, helping you both to learn and grow.

It could be as simple as meeting someone on the bus and they give you a piece of advice that really changes your overall view of life. 

Maybe you meet someone during a conference at work. They share tidbits of knowledge that change your career outlook. It can be anything, not just romantic. [Read: How to be a better person and evolve every day]

But whatever they do for you, it changes you in some way forever.

2. You will become more self-aware

When you have a soul connection with another person, it helps you to look within. As a result, you notice the things about yourself that you either love or want to change. 

They often mirror back your own personality traits and qualities, which forces you to notice them more. [Read: How to stop ruminating on the past and start living your future]

This doesn’t mean they’re a carbon copy of you, but it means they have certain traits which you also have. 

By noticing them, you can either continue to develop them in a positive way, or you will become more aware and work to change negative aspects of yourself.

3. There is a sense of connection that you really can’t explain

Perhaps the biggest sign that you’ve met someone with whom you share a soul connection is that you just feel drawn to them. [Read: What is an old soul? 16 unique signs you’re wise beyond your years]

Words really can’t describe the connection between you two. When they’re around you, you feel energized. When they’re away from you, they’re on your mind.

This feeling is because of the energetic connection you have. Many people believe soul connections are predetermined on the cosmic plane. You may share a link that is telepathic.

So, when they’re not physically near them, you’re still aware of them on a higher plane. [Read: 15 intense signs of chemistry that reveal an instant connection]

Of course, this helps you to continue learning and growing from them. They’re never really that far away from you.

4. They may leave your life eventually, but they will leave a mark

A soul connection isn’t always meant to stick around forever. You might meet someone whom you feel this way, and they’ll be in your life for a few months or years. 

Then, they go on their own way. However, they will leave a mark on you. You’ll never forget them completely. [Read: Letting go of someone you love without all the bitterness]

The soul connection you both share will still exist despite the separation, even if you never speak to one another again. In addition, the lessons learned and the growth you achieved will remain.

5. There are no rules to soul connections

The person with whom you have a soul connection may be older than you, from another country, another race, another religion, or another type of job completely. 

There are no rules. You’re drawn to this person on a higher level. They’re someone from who you can learn. [Read: What does it feel like to be in love? 33 must-know truths about being in love]

If there are differences between you, it’s because you’re supposed to learn from them and be aware of more than you are. Be open to change and learn to benefit from it.

6. You will do anything for each other

Because you adore each other, you naturally want the other person to be happy. After all, why wouldn’t you when you have a soul connection?

If one of you is moving, the other will happily help out with the heavy lifting. If either of you needs a shoulder to cry on, then you will be there for each other. [Read: Healthy relationship – 27 signs, qualities, and what it looks like in real life]

You don’t feel like your soul connection is ever inconveniencing or imposing upon you. You’ll happily do things for the other person.

7. A mutual respect

Sometimes, it’s hard to respect some people – especially if they’re not behaving in a moral or ethical manner. And having respect in a relationship is so important. 

When you have a soul connection with someone, you automatically have respect for each other. You both have a deep, almost cosmic, admiration for each other. [Read: 36 signs of disrespect in a relationship that reveal a lack of love and respect]

And even if you have arguments you are still kind to one another because you don’t want to inflict hurt on each other.

Even if you and your soul connection have differences, you respect them and their different opinions. You also know that you can learn and grow from these differences.

8. You always support each other

You are each other’s biggest cheerleaders, and you root for them to succeed even when you might not think they will. [Read: 17 signs of a supportive partner who encourages you and your goals]

There is no competition in your relationship either. That’s because you only build each other up, not tear each other down. So, that means you can be the best version of yourself with you’re with a soul connection.

9. You can normally tell if something is wrong

You can pick up on their emotions quite easily because it’s intuitive for you both. Even if they are experiencing emotions that they don’t normally feel, you know something is different.

So, that means you have incredible empathy for each other and can see the world from their perspective just as easily as your own. And they do the same for you. [Read: Reasons why empathy is important in a relationship]

It almost feels like you’re psychic sometimes because you can just “feel” when something good or bad happens to them. And you’re usually right.

10. You trust them wholeheartedly

Trust is a vital part of any healthy relationship. But when you have a soul connection with someone, it’s especially deep and important.

For some reason, you automatically trust them, for no reason at all, even when you first meet them. It’s mostly just an intuitive feeling that you can count on this person. [Read: How to build trust in a relationship and learn to be loyal and loving]

Because of this, the relationship might progress more quickly than other relationships. That’s because when you don’t have a soul connection, you’re constantly trying to figure out whether that person is trustworthy or not.

11. You feel like you’ve known them for longer than you have

When you first meet, you might think, “It’s so great to see you again – I’ve missed you!” While that might sound silly, it’s not with a soul connection. You really do feel like you’ve known them forever. 

The reason why you feel this way might be because you shared past lives together or are friends on the other side. It’s almost like you recognize their soul just like you would an old friend. [Read: Law of attraction – 37 secrets to manifest love and bring your dream to life]

Because of this, you feel like your relationship is light years ahead of where it should be given the amount of time that you’ve known each other. It’s a good feeling because it’s comforting and easy.

12. Your life is better with them

Everything is more fun and meaningful when you have a soul connection. You are both each other’s cheerleaders, so you aren’t afraid to follow your passions and dreams together.

A soul connection also makes you feel very loved. And that is so important in life. Everyone’s life is better when they feel loved. [Read: How to feel better about life – 16 small steps to feel great again]

However, because life is so good when you’re together, it’s that much worse when you’re not. So, when you’re apart, you miss them deeply – much more than other people.

13. You have the same core values and beliefs

Let’s face it – we live in a divided world where everyone wants to fight to be “right.” But you don’t have to do that when you have a soul connection.

That’s because you both already have the same core values and beliefs. You have the same worldview and outlook on life. [Read: 45 secrets to get a boyfriend and tips to find the perfect man of your dreams]

Because of this, there is just a natural agreement between the two of you. You automatically “get” each other and their views and opinions about the world.

14. You lose your breath for a moment when seeing them 

Soul connections are deep and rare. So, that’s why when you lay your eyes on them, your heart jumps and you lose your breath for a moment.

They make your whole life better, and so being with them just makes you feel amazing. Even if they aren’t the most beautiful or handsome person in the world, they are to you. [Read: Love at first sight – the dreamy signs that reveal it’s very real]

15. You keep thinking about them

So, you know what it’s like to have a crush, right? You can’t stop thinking about them. They give you butterflies and you can’t get them out of your head.

That’s because you have a deep connection with them. They probably feel the same way about you too.

Every time they come into your mind, you feel like you want to tell them something or simply hear their voice. [Read: 17 swoon-worthy signs you’re in love with him and totally obsessed!]

16. The silences are comfortable

Many people are uncomfortable with silence. They feel the need to talk to people all the time so they like them.

But when you’re with a soul connection, you don’t care because you already know how they feel about you. You don’t have to continually talk to keep them interested.

Instead, you can just sit in comfortable silence when you want to. It’s normal, natural, and quite peaceful when you just co-exist in the same space without talking. [Read: How to never run out of things to say and banish the awkward silence]

Types of soul connections 

The term “soul connection” is a general term to define the link between two souls. However, there are different types of soul connections. Here they are.

1. Soul mates

Most people think that soul mates are their perfect “other half.” But that’s not necessarily true.

Instead, a soul mate is more like a soul friend. They are a friend that you have in your support system and a close confidant. [Read: An old soul weighs in – the 15 truest characteristics of an old soul]

They might have helpful advice for you or always has kind words to say. Having this type of soul mate relationship is important to have in your life because you can depend on them.

2. Twin flames

When people usually think of soul mates, what they are actually referring to, without really knowing it, is a twin flame connection.

A twin flame is the other half of your soul. As the theory states, we walk around with half a soul. So, when you find your twin flame, they are literally the other half of you. [Read: What is true love? 58 signs and ways to tell if what you’re feeling is real]

Because of this, people instinctively search for their other half for their whole lives. And most people never find them. 

But if you are lucky enough to meet them, it will feel like coming home.

3. Karmic relationships

Karmic soul mates and relationships are people that you have come back together with to work out some negative karma. That’s because you have unfinished business with them. [Read: Karmic connection – how to recognize a soul agreement in your life]

And the unfinished business usually means negative karma that you need to work out between the two of you. 

The relationship is usually intense and passionate – but not necessarily in a positive way. This type of connection can be challenging, and these relationships aren’t always easy.

4. Kindred spirits

A kindred spirit connection usually comes in the form of friendship.

You might not have as intense of a connection as with some other types, but you will feel a deep sense of understanding and connection with them. [Read: Squish – what it means, 25 squishing signs, and how it’s different than a crush]

Kindred spirits provide a safe space for us to express our deepest thoughts and feelings and inspire us to be our best selves. 

It’s an easy relationship, and you feel like you’ve known each other for a long time. Even if you don’t see each other often, your bond is long-lasting.

5. Soul partners

There are certain souls that destiny partners you with during this lifetime. This is the most common type of soul connection. [Read: 60 deep and fun get-to-know-you questions to peek into their soul]

You could be best friends, family, or business partners. A soul partner is someone that you have known intimately in general. 

They are supposed to help support you in this life emotionally, psychologically, or professionally. In addition, they also have similar views on things and what the two of you want to accomplish together.

6. Past-life soulmate

A past-life soulmate is someone with whom you have shared a previous life. [Read: 26 different types of relationships that predict your romantic life and future]

This connection can manifest in different ways. It can be a strong feeling of familiarity, a deep level of understanding, or a strong sense of connection.

They might feel drawn to the other person for reasons they can’t explain. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship either. But there is just a deep level of love and respect for each other.

7. Soul ties

Soul ties happen with people that you instantly feel a connection to. They might not be as strong of a soul connection as other types such as the twin flame or karmic relationship. [Read: Emotional connection – 38 signs, secrets, and ways to build a real bond]

But they are more like an acquaintance or casual friend. You have ties with them, and you have probably had past lives with them too. But they usually don’t play as much of an intense or important role in your life.

8. Soul teachers

A soul teacher will come into our lives to teach us a specific lesson. This could be anything from how to stand up for ourselves to how to be more empathetic to others.

They challenge us and push us out of our comfort zones so that we can grow as a person and as a soul. [Read: 33 signs of a failing relationship and lessons you learn when it ends]

We need to be open to the lessons they teach us, even if they are difficult. They might not seem like a gift all the time, but they are.

Do both soul mates always feel the connection? 

You would think that both people would always feel the soul connection, but that’s not always the case. 

Some people are just more intuitive than other people. Because of this, they might pick up on the connection more than the other one. [Read: How to emotionally connect with a man and find a deeper connection]

Plus, not everyone believes in soul connections either. Depending on their religious beliefs, they may or may not even acknowledge that it’s a possibility.

However, just because they don’t know the connection consciously, that doesn’t mean that they don’t feel it subconsciously. They have a feeling that something is different bout the relationship even if they can’t put it into words or even deny it.

Can a soul connection be broken? 

Most people think that soul connections can’t ever be broken, even if a relationship ends. That’s because these types of bonds exist beyond the physical world. [Read: 34 reasons to break up with someone and leave even if you love them]

So, for that reason, they can never really be broken. 

However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be broken in the physical world. You might have a relationship with a person who is one of your soul connections, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be in their life forever.

But because soul connections are so strong, it’s difficult to let these people go from your lives. [Read: How to let go of a relationship – 17 things to do to walk away unhurt]

You’re very bonded to them, and so whether their influence in your life is positive or negative, it’s difficult to get away from them.

Final thoughts

Many people remain on the fence about soul connections and anything connected to karma. While many agree it’s possible, some prefer solid proof. 

But something like a soul connection cannot be proven by science. It can’t be seen with the eyes. It’s only something you can feel. When you feel something, you can’t record it or measure it. [Read: Are you in love? The clear signs you’re past lust and really in love]

For that reason, if you feel this way about someone, be it in a romantic situation, a friendship, a work colleague, or anyone else you come across in your life, be open to the possibility that they may just be someone you’re meant to learn from and grow with. 

Of course, it might also be that you’re supposed to help them learn something in return. [Read: 19 unrealistic expectations in love we want to believe but shouldn’t]

That doesn’t mean you should go around assuming that every person you feel a slight pull toward is someone who was meant to cross your path. It does mean being open to anything you can learn from another person.

By being open, various experiences that you may never have had otherwise will come. Many doors are unlocked in your life. You simply need to know which doors to open and leave. A soul connection may help you do that.

[Read: What are karmic connections really and how to recognize them instantly]

A soul connection is difficult to explain. Simply because the only way to really experience the strength of that pull is to experience it for yourself. But if they’re in your life, they’re meant to be!

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Dr. Carol Morgan
Dr. Carol Morgan has a Ph.D. in communication and is a professor at Wright State University where she loves corrupting young minds. As a relationship and succes...