1. You’re starting to feel antsy.Your work, your career, the way you make money, and everything else to do with your job and your income is suddenly up for question . You’ve had this job for awhile and you’ve been satisfied with it, for the most part, no major complaints but for the last few months now, something is off. It just doesn’t feel right anymore. You feel like you should be doing more or something else.
2. You are no longer interested in hanging with your group of friends.You are realizing that they are stagnating and you are progressing, if even only in your mind right now. Your thought processes lately are very expansive. You are looking into bigger and bolder things in life. You are more interested in personal development or growing as a person spiritually or maybe even professionally and your friends just aren’t on that same thought pattern.
3. That feeling.There is some commotion going on in your gut. Almost an anxiety or restlessness that you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s been stirring for awhile now and it’s almost forcing you to take some sort of action, any action. Nothing sits right anymore and anything you want to do or try to do just doesn’t seem right. The things you used to do that seemed normal suddenly feel useless and like time wasted.
4. Your interests have changed.It used to be loads of fun to go in the park and fly a kite. For some reason, it just doesn’t interest you anymore. Whatever that thing is that is stirring in your gut is constantly reminding you and telling you that things are changing and you need to start rolling with the changes. Things that you never used to give any thought to whatsoever are suddenly coming up for you as things you might want to explore.
5. Research and read.You are finding yourself spending more time on the internet surfing sites and in the library reading up on different things. different countries, different people, different lifestyles. You have acquired some unexplainable thirst of knowledge for things. cultures, people, things, food, animals, you name it, your mind is wandering. Something is going on. You are on a must know journey.
That feeling mentioned in #3 is very undeniable. It gnaws at you, poke s at you and will not leave you alone for one moment until you address it. When we are on the edge of a shift, we feel it at a vibrational level as well. The energy around you, your body is real and you feel it. That’s the energy that is telling you to move. It is trying to bring awareness to you that you need to move and until you do, it will continue to vibrate, quite loudly, until you act upon it. To explain it simpler, it’s that gut feeling, magnified. Pay attention to it, address it, find out what it is and act on it.
There is something shifting in you and around you and it’s your life. It is calling to you for change. Major change. Don’t fear it, embrace it.
5 Science-Backed Reasons Nature Can Heal the Soul“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Do you remember the last time you felt the sand between your toes? Or the tickle of grass under your bare feet? Or looked up into a canopy of trees so dense you could barely see the sky? When was the last time you watched the sun set?
If relationship issues, depression, or life in general has you feeling down, a little fresh air might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s a hike in the woods, a swim in a mountain lake, or a trip to a nearby park, you may be surprised to find what Carson, quoted above, describes as “reserves of strength” from nature’s “infinitely healing” powers.
WHEN LOVE HURTS, NATURE HEALSAnyone who has loved and lost can attest: the emotional turmoil and sometimes physical pain that occurs at a relationship’s end can be debilitating.
Yes, sometimes love hurts.
And while we never recommend going on the rebound, maybe a different kind of relationship can help heal a broken heart — a relationship that, for centuries, has been said to bring both emotional and physical relief: a bond with nature.
Long before the clinical studies of today, great thinkers, scientists, architects, and even world leaders looked to nature for its restorative powers.
The illustrious yet elusive Hanging Gardens of the ancient world were said to have been built centuries ago for relaxation and renewal.New York City’s Central Park, developed in the mid-1800s by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, has been hailed for its beauty and use of green space. “The occasional contemplation of natural scenes,” wrote Olmsted, “is favorable to the health and vigor of men and especially to the health and vigor of their intellect.”
And in South Korea, the ancient proverb shin to bul ee (directly translated as “body and soil are one”) is still popular today.
And in South Korea, the ancient proverb shin to bul ee (directly translated as “body and soil are one”) is still popular today.Beyond historic observations or mere speculation, however, there is now hard evidence that our natural environment has physiological effects upon the human mind and body. Here are several science-backed reasons why a relationship with our natural world is sometimes the best medicine for emotional healing.
1. Nature alleviates stress and anxiety.Between busy workdays, kids’ after-school activities, errands, and non-stop screen time in an urban environment far away from the natural world, our well-being can suffer. “A concrete jungle destroys the human spirit,” said former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. If he was right, then nature certainly restores that spirit.
In another study, Korean researchers showed volunteers a number of images and used functional MRI to monitor their brain activity. When the volunteers were shown urban scenes, researchers found increased blood flow in the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes fear and anxiety. When shown natural scenes, the anterior cingulate and the insula — areas of the brain associated with empathy and altruism — lit up.
3. Doctors prescribe it.In her TED Talk, Prescribing Nature for Health, Dr. Nooshin Razani of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California describes the connection between nature and health.“Let’s say, for example, you go into a forest,” she says. “Within minutes, your heart rate will come down, you will breathe slower, you sweat less, and cortisol, the stress hormone, starts decreasing.”
And she would know. Since 2012, Razani has trained pediatricians at her hospital’s outpatient clinic to provide prescriptions for nature outings to low-income families and young children suffering from stress and social isolation. She has even partnered with the nearby East Bay Regional Parks District to provide transportation for these families so they can easily travel to and from nearby parks.
“I routinely prescribe nature to children and families,” says Razani. “Nature has the power to heal. It has the power to heal because it is where we are from, it is where we belong, and it belongs to us as an essential part of our health, and actually of our survival.”
This trend is happening worldwide, too — based on recent studies, Finland’s Natural Resources Institute now recommends five hours of nature a month as a part of its public health policy.
4. Nature may reduce the risk of certain diseases.
In the PsychCentral article, Proximity to Green Spaces Boosts Health, researchers from the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam analyzed medical records from 345,143 people and found that living within a one-kilometer radius of green space was linked with a significantly reduced risk of 15 diseases, including depression, cardiovascular disease, digestive disease, and respiratory illnesses.
The World Health Organization also acknowledges nature’s health benefits in Urban Green Spaces and Health: A Review of Evidence, stating, “Immune systems may benefit from relaxation provided by the natural environment or through contact with certain physical or chemical factors in the green space.”
5. Increased mental clarity.Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Not surprisingly, research supports his claim.
The American Psychological Association cites multiple studies that attest to nature’s ability to restore mental clarity. During their decades of research, psychologists and husband-and-wife-team Stephen and Rachel Kaplan discovered that visual elements in natural environments reduce mental fatigue. One study found that “office workers with a view of nature liked their jobs more, enjoyed better health, and reported greater life satisfaction.”
In National Geographic’s This is Your Brain on Nature, cognitive psychologist David Strayer shares that participants from one group study performed 50 percent better on creative problem-solving tasks after three days of wilderness backpacking. “The three-day effect, he says, is a kind of cleaning of the mental windshield that occurs when we’ve been immersed in nature long enough,” says writer Florence Williams. This hypothesis is based on the idea that nature allows the brain’s main command center, its prefrontal cortex, to relax — just like an overused muscle.And it makes sense — after all, if one of history’s most renowned physicists looked to nature to clear his head and find answers to his most perplexing questions, wouldn’t the rest of us also be able to gain clarity through nature’s lens?
PRACTICAL TIPSBut not everyone lives near the beach or the mountains. So what can you do if you’re in an urban area or it’s difficult to travel to national parks or other green spaces?
Even if you live in a big city, there are ways you can commune with nature. For instance, if you live or work near a nature path, even a short, 15-minute walk in the morning or on your lunch break can do much to restore your peace of mind, as shown by the research above. Or, if the route is safe and bike lanes are available, consider bicycle commuting to work.
If you have a bit more time at your disposal or prefer a group affair, plan an outdoor adventure with friends or family (think paddle boarding, cross-country skiing, fly fishing, or hiking). Some local Meetup groups are geared toward facilitating such outings, so this can be a great way to connect with others in your community who have similar interests.
Even the briefest of outings — such as to the backyard or a picnic at a local park — are beneficial for both the body and the mind. And these benefits are well worth the effort. As Bohemian/Austrian poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke once said:
“If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the concept of soul mates, and have perhaps even daydreamed about finding yours. Nevertheless, you may also have dismissed the concept and think it is an implausible fantasy and settled for a relationship that merely feels comfortable. The reality is that not only do soul mates exist, but it’s possible to form even deeper connections. Experts call these matches twin flames. While twin flame relationships still face hardships and do not always last forever, they represent an important chance for happiness and growth.
So, what exactly is a twin flame? How do you know if you have encountered your mirror soul? In this guide, we’ll explain the nature of a twin flame, and outline the most common signs that you have this type of bond with someone in your life. Next, we’ll explore the seven distinct twin flame stages that you’re likely to experience in any twin flame relationship. Plus, consider what these stages will mean for you and your match.
What Is A Twin Flame?
Sometimes discussed in terms of a “mirror soul” or “soul connection”, a twin flame is the other half of your soul. It is theorized that a soul can split into two after ascending to a high frequency. Thereafter, the soul lands in two different bodies.
If you compare a twin flame vs. soulmate, it’s important to note that a soul mate is someone who is made from the same kind of energy as you, but who has never existed in fusion with you. So, although soul mate connections are highly significant, an encounter with a twin flame is on another level entirely. Usually, this will lead to romance. However, it can also manifest in the form of an intense friendship.
“We think we meet someone with our eyes. But we actually meet them with our soul” ― Mimi NovicIf you have a twin flame, you are fated to meet this person at some point in your life journey. The two of you will be pulled together like magnets! You will know when you’ve connected with this person because you’ll immediately experience a sense of recognition. Many people describe an uncanny sense of having known their twin flame all their lives. When you encounter the person who carries the other half of your energy, it can create a profound and life-altering sense of wholeness.
Your relationship will naturally be extremely intense because twin flames are mirrors of one another. This person will not only provide a sense of wholeness; they will also elevate your self-knowledge, including knowledge of your flaws. Consequently, there’s a potential for conflict as well as happiness. Rest assured that it is possible to have a happy, healthy relationship with your twin flame. However, this is only possible if you can learn to love yourself, as your twin flame is part of you. This love must be honest and unconditional! Otherwise, a part of you will always be driven to reject your twin flame.
Most Common Twin Flame Symptoms
While the above summary of a twin flame will help you get a general sense of what to look out for, there are also more specific indicators that you’ve encountered your other half.
The most common twin flame signs are as follows:
Meeting a twin flame is a special, life-altering moment! However, it’s only the beginning of what is in store for both of you. Encountering one another kick-starts a dynamic new part of your life; one that will facilitate growth, inspire change and challenge you to fully accept yourself. Think of encountering your twin flame as the first step on a journey.We’ll explore each of the twin flame stages in turn, and look at the connection between twin flame symptoms and each of these crucial stages. Some are primarily associated with wonderful experiences while others can be emotionally arduous, but all of them are necessary parts of encountering the other half of yourself. There are seven major twin flame steps to the process. Nonetheless, be aware that you may go through them at a slow or faster rate than other people will.
Stage 1. The Search
The search stage involves a strong sense of yearning and an acute awareness that something is lacking in your life. Even if you’ve never really thought about soul mates and twin flames before, this is the stage at which you begin to believe that there really is a perfect match out there for you. In all likelihood, you’ll doubt this feeling at first; you may feel unsure about what you should do with it, but at the deepest level, you will find it impossible to shake the conviction that you will meet “the one”.
The search stage is also partly about preparing your life for the incoming arrival of your twin flame, even though you may not know why you are doing this. For example, you may start a journal, engage in therapy, or work to find closure after past relationships. On an unconscious level, you know that all of these things are necessary if you are to welcome your twin flame.
Stage 2. The Awakening
As noted above in the discussion of soulmate signs, you tend to just know when you’ve encountered your twin flame. This second, awakening stage is where you physically meet, and the awareness of your compatibility hits you head on. This will often be a chance encounter that is full of coincidences and little signs that your meeting was destined to take place.
Sometimes, you won’t be together for very long, but even brief contact is enough to make you aware that something special is happening. It’s also worth noting that the awakening can take place in a dream, meaning that you “meet” your twin flame in the dreamscape before you ever cross paths in real life. Regardless of how you meet, you will be shaken by the intensity of the bond you feel. You may feel intoxicated by it, and find that all of your waking moments are occupied by thoughts of this person.
STAGE 3: THE TEST
The test stage of a twin flame experience is defined by trying to understand your relationship with this other person. It is all about establishing boundaries, testing your limitations, and moving past the purely blissful experience of initially falling in love.This stage will only occur once you’ve had enough time to enjoy a “honeymoon” phase. Plus, this stage is crucial if you are going to have a more meaningful, long-term relationship. For example, it is at this point that you will negotiate what your future will look like, and will begin to notice what may constitute obstacles to that future.
Although you are destined to know and love each other, you will still engage in conflicts (in the same way that before you met your twin flame, you engaged in conflict with other parts of yourself). Whether and how you resolve these conflicts, will define whether you’ll be able to stay together.
Stage 4. The Crisis
While twin flame love can be euphoric, it also inevitably involves a crisis stage. While this is often unpleasant, the good news is that it can also catalyze a deeper, more stable bond in the longer term. This stage involves significant anxiety and worries about your bond with your twin flame, and the crisis can be just about anything. It may be related to grief, betrayal, struggles with self-love or any number of other things that put pressure on your connection with your twin flame.
In spite of the supernatural compatibility of twin flames, this is often a point at which the two people decide to separate (a process that is extra painful given that it involves giving up a part of yourself). However, if you can get through the next few stages, you will emerge stronger than ever before.
Stage 5. The Running Or Chasing Stage
No matter what form the crisis stage takes, it is always followed by a running or chasing stage. You may be in either role, and you and your twin flame may switch back and forward between the two roles. This stage revolves around one twin flame distancing themselves, often out of fear of confronting the level of intimacy that the two of you are capable of experiencing. The twin in this role will be in pain and will feel very defensive and resistant. Meanwhile, the other twin flame will give chase, believing that the bond is worth fighting for and working on.
This stage can only end up when the running twin stops trying to get away, and the chasing twin stops trying to push. Often, the end of this stage is characterized by both twin flames realizing that there are forces at work beyond their control.
Stage 6. The Surrender
In the surrender stage, both of you will start to give up on a previous need to control your relationship. In this context, surrendering isn’t about giving up on your connection, but rather about accepting that neither of you can escape from destiny. This can be a positive realization that releases you both from past anxieties and allows you to better live in the moment, trusting that the universe will lead you to where you need to go.
Do note that it’s only possible to progress through the surrender stage if both of you work on the issues that led to the crisis and the running/chasing stages. For many people, the core issue here relates to the fact that twin flames are mirrors. So, often, the things you will need to work through are the negative feelings you have about yourself, which are reflected back to you in the eyes of your twin.
STAGE 7:THE REUNION & JOINING
When you and your twin flame move on to the reunion stage, you’ll have a sense of relief at the fact that balance is being restored.
In going through the previous, challenging stages, you’ll have learned a lot about yourselves and about the potential attached to the unique kind of love you have found.
For some twin flames, this reunion will be physical in nature. For example, the two of you may finally come back to the same place, agreeing to share a home, or finally physically consummating your bond.
Irrespective of the particular form the reunion takes, it carries with it a sense of peace, acceptance and reciprocal understanding.
If you can weather the more tumultuous parts of your journey, twin flame energy inevitably leads both parties to this joining stage. After the reunion, the hard work is over; all you need to do now is live, enjoying the sense of completeness that can only be found in each other’s companionship.