“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” ~C.S. Lewis
do you believe in soul mates? you know? the idea that we are each half of one soul and that the other half is locked inside of our long lost mate??? seems plausible, right? and explains our need to have another person close to us… near and dear to us, to whom we can confide, share, explore and learn about ourselves? right? i did believe. i mean, i do. at least, i think i do, but i can’t say for sure. i want to continue to believe, but it gets harder over time. i have to find ways to renew my faith and understanding in such an unconventional concept.
i think the term itself is over-used. it’s hard to know the true meaning of something when it is always misused. when using the term “soul-mate”, one should refer to LOVE or a loving relationship, not friendships or acquaintances. we all have different definitions of love. for most of us, we can’t even pull the words together to provide someone with a description. we know that what we feel is something deep and profound, but to actually describe it is almost outside of our abilities. we end up using emotions to relate how the love of another can devour us whole or how we thoroughly, though sometimes reluctantly, fall heel over head for someone (yes, heel over head, because that’s the way it happened for me. the one time, that i think it happened, but i still can’t say for sure).
in my quest to further understand this concept, i have done some research. i don’t know about you, but when i have questions, i require answers. most times, those answers lead to more questions and i find myself enveloped in vicious cycle of ask, answer and awe. i dig further, in hopes, that i may find the final answer and not have to use any of my lifelines. if ever there were a case of “i need more information”, it is the quest to understand the “soul mate” (imma stop using the quotation marks (“”) every time i say “soul mate” because it’s just getting redundant and you are well aware of the topic). how can i find/locate/track my soul mate if i don’t know what my soul mate is supposed to be or entail? so… let’s start with the basics: a definition.
here is the definition of soul mate as stated by merriam-webster online:
1: a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament
2: a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs.
A soul mate is a person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity, similarity, love, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, or compatibility.
that seems a lot like the merriam-webster definition with a few more adjectives. i do like the incorporation of “natural”. we’re getting closer, but this is not the cigar. we have yet to discover why the “soul” is involved. let us continue in our quest. ok, ok.. here’s some additional input by urban dictionary:
A person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet — a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before. As this connection develops over time, you experience a love so deep, strong and complex, that you begin to doubt that you have ever truly loved anyone prior. Your soul mate understands and connects with you in every way and on every level, which brings a sense of peace, calmness and happiness when you are around them. And when you are not around them, you are all that much more aware of the harshness of life, and how bonding with another person in this way is the most significant and satisfying thing you will experience in your lifetime. You are also all that much aware of the beauty in life, because you have been given a great gift and will always be thankful. by elliek Sep 2, 2006 (this was the first and most adored response on the site. thank you elliek.).
by these definitions, i am soul mates with just about everyone. there is nothing here that provides me with the “a-ha!” that i am seeking to define. i am a lover. and a giver. i care deeply for family and friends, but also for people who might not always be deserving. my gramma used to tell me that i “love too hard and too fast”. it has proven to be difficult but i have learned to reel it in over the years. i tend to be overly helpful and secretly inspirational to most anyone i come in contact with. more helpful and inspirational to others than i am for myself. none of this helps me in my plight to define and locate my soul mate. perhaps i should seek a deeper description of the word(s). it is a word/phrase that i have heard many times over my lifespan and i am certain that it’s history is richer than what i have already listed. let me lookee see what i can find. (*click*type*click*type*) …aaahhhh, here we go.
according to greek mythology:
Aristophanes presented a story about soulmates in The Symposium by Plato. (The Symposium is a philosophical text by Plato dated c. 385–380 BCE. It concerns itself at one level with the genesis, purpose and nature of love.) It states that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces, but Zeus feared their power and split them all in half, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half to complete them (let me add that: Aristophanes was a comedic poet. considered vulgar and shrewd but also considered a genius).
well, that certainly sheds a little light on that underlying feeling. the want that stems from the inside. i don’t know how realistic it is, but it certainly makes sense that if we were together as one, and then forced to split, that we would spend all eternity soul searching. there are several other definitions from several religions and philosophies providing reason and explanation to the fact that we may have been “one” a long time ago, and now we are two. or that we somehow became estranged from our other half via divinity or karma. whether we were separated from or just looking for.. we all seem to NEED someONE else. not someTHING. someONE.
with all of those answers, i still wanted more. so i “took it to the streets”. i presented the simple question: “Do you believe in soul mates?” it was presented publicly on facebook as well as personally via text message and conversation. i received a little more than a dozen responses. facebook provided: eight for yes, one for no and two i don’t knows. i received an additional three for yes via text message and one verbal confirmation. no one chose i don’t care. it seems that most everyone feels the tug of love. the internal, sometimes subliminal, quest for completion. oneness.
have you ever seen a couple that makes you stop and stare? their love is magnetic and contagious. without really knowing it, you watch them and smile, maybe even blush. they might be having an outright public conversation but there is something overtly private about them. an “inside joke”, if you will. their connectivity is intoxicating and you want to hug them both and say “you crazy kids!!” i have known a few of those couples, but one stands alone: DaShaun and Alegria. i knew DaShaun when i was eighteen. we were acquainted with one another for maybe three years, about eighteen years ago. we had many mutual friends and shared a fondness for hip hop music. facebook brought us back together and reintroduced him to me as a family man. he married his teenage love and they have two phenomenally gorgeous children. each time i communicate with them and look at their photos, i am taken aback by the sincerity of the love that shines through. when i originally posed my soul mate question, i knew in my heart they would both answer and that their answer would undeniably be yes. read what they had to say and see if your jaw doesn’t drop!
blog research topic: soul mates
- what’s your theory on it?
- do you believe?
- why or why not?
- Alegria: my theory is that it depends on your personality and who you are…I know my husband is my soul mate and I definitely believe. I will say though that I am not sure that everyone has one for them out there if that makes sense…TBC!
- Tanisha to DaShaun: what do you think? 😀
- Tanisha to Alegria: sweetheart, from the outside looking in (and reading) you two were meant for each other. it’s phenomenally beautiful to see.
- Tanisha: i think the same for your parents Willy and Salvador. what i see when i look at your photos, your art, your lives and being able to read about them all.. i feel honored, involved and certain that you were all handpicked for one another.
- Alegria: oh my Tanisha you are beyond lovely! thank you and yes I must agree…D and I reunited after so many years from our youth so it always felt meant to be and my parents…well it goes without saying. I only hope that everyone gets to feel that once in their life!
- Alegria: I am looking forward to your next blog post on this subject!
- DaShaun:My earth hit it right on the head ! Although I must say in theory I do believe That there is someone 4 everyone, Just depends if you were in the right Mindset in that space time 2 receive your love . I do believe just Like My earth said.
- Tanisha: see that? poetry in motion. you two are kinetic and contagious!!!
Mary Embrey: [talking to her husband ray, referring to Hancock] We broke up decades ago. Long before you were born. He just can’t remember.(i skipped ray’s dialogue here).
Mary Embrey: Whatever we are, we were built in twos, okay? We were drawn to each other. No matter how far I run, he’s always there. He finds me. It’s physics.
Ray Embrey: What are you saying? Are you saying you two are fated to be together?
Mary Embrey: I’ve lived for a very long time, Ray. And the one thing I’ve learned: Fate doesn’t decide everything. People get to choose..
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
~ Bob Marley
very well Written big sis! I will leave at that 4 now!!
gracias, darlin’… thanks for your input. couldn’t have done it without ya!
Dear Sugar, where do you get it to write so much and so well. Yes, I believe there are people you can call a soulmate, my husband is for me, otherwise I could not explain why we are staying together for so long through thick and thin. I also have some soul sisters, when you meet them you know straight away this will be for ever! Yes, i think the dictionairy explains it quiet well, it has to do with being on the same level, something that is felt in the heart, not in the brain. Love your Blog, reall yenjoyed reading it, great subject and you went quiet deep, much love, keep it up.
oh, willy! i just wanna hug you. thanks for your support and relentless encouragement. i always look forward to your comments. xoxoo
The fire that burns within attracts other’s without. That’s my sole purpose. Peace Lady Bug!
спасибо, товарищ. спасите меня некоторая водка. до следующего раза.
thank you, comrade. save me some vodka. until next time.
Well! I take my hat off to you…this is a wonderful piece and I do not just say that because we are featured 😉 you touched on so many good points and brought up details that are not to be ignored. I have several friends who are in different stages in their lives and looking for true love or maybe just completely exhausted and about to give up on the idea…I always want to give advice but then never really know what the right words are for they are in their reality and not mine so it is hard to relate? I will recommend this post to them and many more as you gave many answers and things to think about. One thing we must also remember, your soul mate may not always be peaches and roses either but that is part of the beauty of what love truly is…I always think about whether I am healthy or become ill to a point where he has to do things he wouldn’t like, wipe my booty or clean me up etc…and I know he would and has! even though I have come to hate him or be disgusted at times, love has remained true and growth keeps present so I thank GOD for us…my children are also my soul mates and my mother, my brother, my father and as my mother said my good friends. I am certain he is out there for you because your heart is so open to it there is no other option but I also believe that these things only come when you don’t look for them…they just happen when least expected.
Thank you Brown Sugar Britches this was amazing and I am honored to be part of it xoxoxo
*curtsy* thank you, love! my thoughts on soul mates have always been so personal. i never really discussed them much and found that my questions just blossomed and grew to unmanageable proportions. obviously, i think a lot, about various subjects and it can sometimes exhaust me. i have found this ability to blog as my biggest asset and outlet at this point in time. i am able to share, to get feedback and to connect with others on a level that is endearing and reciprocal. i appreciate your mutual blog love and you letting me share a little bit about you with my blog world. i’m glad that you made points about hate and disgust and the love prevailing. as i wrote i thought to myself “they may be in the middle of a war right now and here i’m portraying their happiness”.. but it’s all part of love. the angst, the hate, the disgust … but the love shines through. your desire to stay together far outweighs your desire to be apart and that is commendable. thanks!! for sharing, for letting me share, and for the blog love. i can’t wait to be in the same place with you and finally get to share a hug and all that will come after that. you’re a gem! xoxoo
I love you, I do. ❤
I think I was the only one who said "No" in your Facebook poll. I wish I could have written on the poll to explain myself. Yay, I get the chance to do that here. I do sort of believe in a soul mate. Would I want to spend my life with that person? No.
Taking a quote from "Eat Pray Love" to explain EXACTLY how I feel. I can't explain it any better than Elizabeth Gilbert.
"…A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you
everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own
attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most
important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and
smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever. Nah. Too painful.
Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself
to you, and then they leave. And thank God for it."
I believe in love. I honestly feel that it's the one thing everyone wants. No matter color, race, model, brand, sexuality, gender, shape, etc etc. All we really want is to be loved. We want to love and be loved. And that is what I believe.
I feel in my life I've had 3 "soul mates", they have pointed me in the direction I've needed to go and stood back so that I may begin my next journey. I thank them for that.
No matter what you choose to believe, I hope you find what you are looking for my friend. You are the most deserving person I know. *hugs your face*
i love this comment! very good point. yes, m’dear, you were the only one to say no. but not because you don’t believe, you just adhere to a different version. and who am i to disagree? no one! and i don’t. i think you, and miss gilbert make an excellent point. if that’s the case, then i have found more than one, they are gone and “thank God for it”. perhaps i am in search of soul mate lite. someone to help me get to that other place, but just shy so that they are not required to leave and i don’t want them to leave. 😀 who’s to say for sure? it’s a very valid point and i will consider it justly. *hugging your face back*
I have been thinking about this too … Interesting to see another soul approaching this concept. Soulmate? I’m thinking not … At least for now.