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Soulmates can also be parents or children, friends, relatives, coworkers. The closeness, the soul bond isn't restricted to romantic relationships.

Reincarnation

Reincarnation is a concept which is common to many religious beliefs and spiritual practices. According to the theory of reincarnation, when people die, some part of themselves lives on in another person or organism. Different faiths have different approaches to this concept, and there are a number of versions of the reincarnation myth found around the world. Western religions, for example, notably reject the concept for the most part, although texts such as the Bible do have references which could be construed as discussions of reincarnation.
~ Wise Geek: What is Reincarnation

Soulmate Concept

Through the lens of reincarnation, soulmates are seen as very bonded souls who choose to unite as a couple again and again. They have shared many lives and experiences and both wish to continue the relationship as different people. The deep understanding that exists between these two souls is a bonus that helps both partners grow and develop. They help each other reach their full potential more easily than first time partners. Soulmates can also be parents or children, friends, relatives, coworkers. The closeness, the soul bond isn't restricted to romantic relationships. There is also no hard and fast rules about gender - couples can take turns being either male or female. However, it seems common for couples to express memories of being the same sex as they are in the present life. It could be though, that they don't recognize their mate in any memories where the genders are reversed. It might be hard to picture your husband as a woman and vice versa.
~ Reincarnation Central

Edgar Cayce: On Soulmates

Almost every person feels a longing for companionship. At times we may understand this desire as a directive toward union with God, and at other times, as a desire for union with another person.

Two ideas come together in the material from the Edgar Cayce readings concerning the choice of a companion-particularly a life partner. First is the principle that we are here in the earth for the purpose of growth and development in consciousness. What is more, associations with some individuals are more conducive to growth than associations with others; therefore, it is prudent to choose carefully our companions. This principle is probably easy for us to accept if we merely reflect on the types of influence various friends and acquaintances have had on us in the past. The impact is most powerful in a marriage relationship, and a good union should be founded upon a shared purpose in life and the capacity to help each other to grow.

The second principle relates to reincarnation: We as spiritual beings (or souls) experience our growth in consciousness through a series of lifetimes in physical human form. In other words, we have been in the earth many times before, and more specifically have had close personal relationships with particular souls. Attraction to another person and thoughts of marriage could very likely be related to memory patterns (even subconscious memories!) of having been with that soul in the distant past. In the readings, Cayce suggested that, often, we are attracted to a particular person for marriage in this lifetime because of such a relationship at least once before.

But if reincarnation is a fact, we might expect that we have been married to many souls in the course of other incarnations. Which one of these partnerships is the best one to build upon now, in this life? Does each person have exactly one other special soul that it is meant to be with whenever possible?

Many sources of psychic information and other metaphysical teachings have proposed concepts such as "soulmate" and "twin soul." The Cayce readings, although simultaneously raising some provocative questions, do shed some light on this topic.

In the beginning, as was outlined, there was presented that that became as the Sons of God, in that male and female were as one... Reading 364-7
~ EZ Articles: Edgar Cayce on soulmates by Kevin Todeschi

  • The reason we don't remember the lives we lived before is both simple and complex. The simple answer is, "Because we have not lived before." This is because our current conscious mind, personality, and body are new; they have not been alive before. Nor have they reincarnated in the true sense of the word. However, our souls have been alive before - this is the distinction - and they have reincarnated. The memories are those of our souls' - not our own conscious memories. (Edgar Cayce) 
  • Humans have became so encapsulated in the physical that we began to identify ourselves more with our bodies than with our consciousness. We began to think of ourselves as physical entities rather than free, living consciousness. We began to think we were only physical beings and our heavenly origins began to be forgotten. The physical body is so substantial, so captivating that it is difficult to hold on to the more delicate reality of spirit-thoughts, pure point of consciousness in a Universal Mind. (Edgar Cayce) 

Soulmates and Reincarnation

The Cayce readings speak to soulmates and reincarnation, and they also also raise some provocative questions as well.

First, is the soul male or female? Both or neither? The readings propose that the soul itself does not have gender. Further, the readings suggest that we incarnate in both sexes to promote our long-term growth over many lifetimes.

However, in order to learn and grow, a soul enters into the physical domain (characterized by polarities as light/dark, positive/negative, thinking/feeling, etc.) and chooses to be born as a man or a woman. 

In selecting one gender over the other, a condition is usually created in which a balance or complement is needed. Often, such a complement can be found in a marriage companion. This is not to say that one cannot experience important spiritual growth during a life without marriage. Rather, that marriage is one great avenue for development. 

Provocatively, some readings suggest that in ancient prehistory, such as the times of Atlantis more than 12,000 years ago, a soul could incarnate in a way that male and female qualities were manifested simultaneously. It isn't clear from the readings what form the physical body took. One person was told in a reading about an Atlantean incarnation: 

"for then both male and female might be-desired so-in one." (288-27) 

Soulmates and Reincarnation



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