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6 Key Differences Between A Soulmate And A Life Partner


We have all seen it in the movies, or read about it in those sappy romance novels. The dream of finding your perfect soulmate, that one person who connects with you and understands you on a level deeper than anyone else could ever hope to achieve.

A life partner is a good friend and companion. They are trustworthy and dependable; someone you can turn to for support when life gets difficult. You love and care for one another deeply, holding each other in the highest of respect. For some, this is the ideal situation, a relationship built on mutual trust and friendship.

Others, however, yearn for that deeper level of intimacy that comes only from finding a soul mate.

A soul mate is not only in sync with your needs and wants, but also aligned with your soul. You were destined to find one another – to challenge, and awaken different parts of one another’s higher self. It’s also important to recognize that a soul mate is not necessary just a romantic partner – they can also be a friend or a family member.

“Your soulmate makes you feel entirely intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and long-time companion, but is limited in his or her capacity to enrich your spirit.” – Dr. Carmen Harra

Both are incredibly important in our lives!

Here are 6 ways to tell if you have found a soul mate or a life partner.


Soul Mate: A soul mate has been sent to you. This is someone you are destined to meet, and is not a decision that you make for yourself.

Life Partner: You choose your life partner. This is someone that you actively seek out to develop a connection with in your life.


Soul Mate: When you meet a soul mate, you will feel like this isn’t the first time. You both feel deeply connected longer before this point, as if you have known each other for your whole lives. You understand each other as you lived very similar lives, mirroring one another in many aspects.

Life Partner: A life partner often comes from a very different background from your own. This creates an interest and curiosity, wanting to understand life from each other’s point of view. You feel comfortable with one another early on, but your actual connection needs to be built and will grow with time.


Soul Mate: They connect with you on a deep level, connection with your consciousness and your heart. They help you to grow and transform into a new, higher self, which can be exhausting and exciting all at the same time.

Life Partner: This is some one who enters into your life after you have already developed a sense of self-love, acting more as a friend and companion.


Soul Mate: The connection you will feel with a soul mate is a deep attraction to all aspects of one another’s being. You understand and feel one another’s thoughts and desires, and share many of the same thoughts and emotions.

Life Partner: The attraction between life partners initially is a physical attraction. In time you will learn and understand one another on an intellectual level, but it will not reach the level of emotional connection that you will have with a soul mate.


Soul Mate: They are sent to you for a shorter period of time in order to teach you’re a lesson, inspire a specific passion or assist you in igniting some aspect of your inner potential.

Life Partner: This is someone who is in your life for the long haul, supporting and encouraging you through every challenge that life sends your way.


Soul Mate: In order to achieve their purpose in your life, a soul mate will come along when you are needing to evolve of find closure. This is a point where your life is often in some sort of turmoil or discontent, or you are coming out of a period of unrest.

Life Partner: A life partner comes into your life at a time when your life is in order, and you are looking for something in that present moment. You want something easy and comforting, rather than the highly emotional experience that comes with a soul mate.

“A soulmate’s purpose is to share you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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