Soul Connections

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Souls have deep connections and unique contracts that span centuries, exist back and forth in time, and bind us in ways we can't really understand.... These connections are ancient and everlasting, and they already exist in our hearts, even if we're not always aware of them.

~ Laura Lynne Jackson

Reincarnation, Contracts & the Law of Cause and Effect

This week I had several clients asking to look at past-life connections with people in their lives. So it felt like a good time to talk about souls, reincarnation, contracts, the law of cause and effect, and all that jazz. Join me, won’t you?

A brief reminder that this body of knowledge is spiritual and energetic in nature and doesn’t lend itself to proof. Therefore what I am sharing is what has been taught to me that my soul/ intuition/ higher self confirmed for me was an accurate representation of truth. I encourage you to follow your soul/ intuition/ higher self on this and anything else you learn about spirituality and energy.

The Anatomy of Souls

One of my teachers presented this theory of soul anatomy; upon our death our soul splits into three parts. The largest part which contains our personality dies with our body. The other two parts are reincarnated into babies waiting to be born. This can be immediately upon death or it could take a very long time for a soul to come back into a body. One part of the soul will reincarnate within the family line and the other part is reincarnated outside the family line.

This separation is what accounts for the concept of Twin Souls or Twin Flames. This is when two parts of your soul find each other in a later reincarnation. There is an instant attraction and recognition that is hard to explain. A familiarity that defies reality since you have just met.

I had the pleasure of meeting my twin flame almost 15 years ago. Kevin and I met through a mahjong meetup and became fast friends. There were a series of odd moments when we first met but the one that stands out the most was hanging out at a café; we were packing up to go, he went outside to smoke a cigarette while I went to the restroom.

When I came out of the café and approached him I had a barely containable urge to take the cigarette from him and smoke it. I am not now and have never been a smoker so the overwhelming urge was definitely strange and notable. 

I asked my spiritual teacher about the incident and she confirmed that we were indeed twin souls. There has been a lot of crossover in healing work between us because, for many lifetimes, we had been one soul. Even today, when we catch up, we are often going through some version of the same pattern or healing. It is comforting in many ways.

Soul Pods and Contracts

Souls usually reincarnate with the same soul pod in every lifetime. A soul pod is a community of souls who have chosen to live together over and over while they explore being human and expand their consciousness.

The people we are closest too are often part of that pod, not everyone but your nearest and dearest. It is common for a mother and daughter to have had a past life together, so too a husband and wife, or best friends.

Souls choose to come here and be humans (and other types of life on earth) to expand their knowledge of the Universe, feel all kinds of different emotions, and have all kinds of different experiences. Souls make agreements or contracts with each other to incarnate together for specific experiences.

For example, one relationship I had provided an opportunity to learn to lead from the heart. Learning to use our heart and intuition to guide our choices; from career to family to friends to what we purchase.

Through a healing session I had as that friendship was ending I learned that we would take turns throughout our many lives together to expand one another toward heart-centered living. She was open and moral in one lifetime and I would be in the next.

There is rarely completion to these types of conflicts or patterns, they just continue to evolve and expand just like the Universe.

Broken Contracts

When living out contracts, some of these relationships are long lived, others are very brief, and some never really take the shape that the souls intended. How a contract plays out is never known and certainly not predictable.

There are times when two souls intend to come here to be married to one another and one of the two struggles with early childhood trauma, for example,  and isn’t able to carry out the contract due to their wounds.

Our experience on earth is predicated on free will (even in parts of the world that aren’t politically free), meaning we have choice, particularly choice to heal or not, to feel or not. We can decide we don’t want to experience something despite our soul’s mission.

It is part of the package and the risks are known prior to our arrival. The variety of experiences available to souls is limitless. And I would assume there is consciousness expanding experiences happening all the time so no experience is without value from the perspective of the soul.

If you have experienced a relationship with a soulmate (two souls sharing a contract with one another are known as soulmates) that didn’t last and you felt sure it would or should, that is an example of one of the soul choosing to cancel the contract in this lifetime.

Law of Cause and Effect

Colloquially known as karma taken from the Hindu tradition, the law of cause and effect simply means the energy you put out is the energy you get back. Some believe karma is about punishment but I don’t believe the Universe discerns good from bad, it is all energy and the Universe simply matches the vibration you send out. 

This will show up in our experience living out contracts with our soulmates. We aren’t always able to understand how things play out now. We can’t see the whole picture that reveals what has transpired over many lifetimes.

Our Akashic records hold all of our experience across all of our lifetimes. An experienced energy reader can help you decipher confusing relationships and experiences that never seem to change; i.e. the never-ending story–the pattern(s) that play out the same way every time.

Working with energy healers on past-life patterns can really allow you to change the outcome even after many attempts without success. Releasing the tension and healing the relationships in our past can make life richer and our experiences deeper. Allowing you to move forward and experience new things.

Often those people with whom we have past-life patterns to clean up, also means we have entangled energies. They can provoke strong responses from us, causing us to ruminate on the relationship and go round and round in our minds.

These situations can be quite disruptive causing us to lose sleep and focus. Try this exercise to separate your energies for better sleep, concentration, and presence. If your struggle persists, we can always work on it in a Quantum Alignment session.

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About the Author

Laura Rowe is an Intuitive Strategist & Spiritual Seeker at The Vital Spirit. Living in Portland, Oregon, Laura founded The Vital Spirit in 2013. She has a background in business operations, a master’s degree in organizational management, and she has spent the last 35 years studying spiritual traditions and practices, and the last 12 years training in intuitive energy healing modalities.

Laura helps empaths and sensitives who have struggled their whole life with belonging. Explore How We Can Work Together