Karmic partners vs. twin flames: 15 key differences

Do you experience a deep connection with someone?

You understand each other without saying a word… It almost feels like you’ve met in the past.

Do you think they’re your twin flame? Or maybe, your karmic partner? How do you know for sure?

In this article, we’ll explore the key differences between karmic partners and twin flames, as these two are often confused for one another.

Learning that, you’ll know how to tackle your relationship and what awaits you in the future…

Sounds intriguing? Let’s go.

Defining twin flames and karmic partners

You can find yourself in many different types of relationships.

While some are more arbitrary and short-lived, others have a deeper, more spiritual underpinning.

Two of the most common and well-known classifications of relationships are twin flames and karmic partners.

These two have some overlap with each other as well as with soulmates, and thus consequently, people confuse them for one another.

However, there are actually several key differences between the two.

What are twin flames?

Your twin flame is your soul’s other half. Quite literally, their “flame” (or their soul) are twins with yours.

Before beginning this life, you were once one soul. However, just before you were incarnated, your soul decided to split into its divine feminine and its divine masculine.

Once you meet your twin flame on Earth, the reunion of your soul’s two halves causes an immense amount of spiritual energy to ripple outwards, resulting in intense emotions and psychological effects in the twin flames.

If the things listed below resonate with you, then you’ve met your twin flame.

  • You feel a deep and profound spiritual connection with them. It is almost as if something is constantly tethering you to one another no matter where you are.
  • They are so much like you that you almost feel like the two of you are the same person. You share the same preferences, values, and psychological tendencies.
  • You constantly feel intensely drawn to each other. Because of your strong, unearthly connection, being away from them is almost physically painful. You feel the need to always be with them.
  • Your relationship will always be fiery. After all, your emotions—both positive and negative ones—for each other are incredibly intense. Because of this, the relationship can be difficult to navigate.
  • You have impeccable chemistry. Not only are you incredibly alike, but the differences you do have also complement each other very well. This results in great chemistry in all aspects of life: from sex to small talk.

Your soul will always yearn to be reunited with its other half. This longing will exist the moment it gets incarnated into a physical body.

Both halves will always look to be with one another. After all, they need one another to be complete and are necessary for each person’s full evolution.

Once you meet each other, you will feel like you’ve known each other for a long, long time. You will even understand each other even if you’ve engaged in small talk.

You’ll quickly realize that you share many things. You might share the same dreams or even the same thoughts and this allows you to communicate at an almost telepathic level.

What are karmic relationships?

Karmic relationships are much like twin flame relationships.

Both of them can bring a lot of stress into our lives and challenge us in ways we haven’t been before. However, just like twin flames, they also bring great opportunities for spiritual growth.

More specifically, they often help us be more confident and self-loving. Self-love and self-affirmations are absolutely keys to succeeding in anything in life.

Without them, everything else will be incredibly difficult, which is why karmic relationships are also very important.

Still, despite their similarities, they are fundamentally different from twin flames.

Here are signs that you are in a karmic relationship:

  • Like twin flames, partners in karmic relationships are typically highly sexually attracted to each other.
  • Karmic partnerships can be filled with a lot of tension and conflict—if not outright abuse. There will be times of peaceful harmony, but these are only temporary and the cycle of violence will inevitably restart.
  • Even if there is no direct conflict or abuse, however, another sign of a karmic relationship is that it is emotionally, psychologically, and even financially draining.
  • Although there are great, joyous moments, karmic relationships will be filled with generally stressful and dreadful experiences.

Twin flame relationships vs karmic relationships: the 15 main differences

We’ve listed down all the most important differences between a karmic relationship and a twin flame relationship. With this knowledge, you should be able to tell them apart in your life and act on them accordingly!

  Twin flame Karmic partner
1 Your soul is actively drawn to your twin flame and has been searching for them since you were born. You are not the one searching for them. The universe destined that you meet them for you to learn.
2 Twin flame relationships help you grow by reuniting you with your other half, allowing you to reach your potential. Karmic relationships are generally negative, but they can also help us grow through the hardship they bring us.
3 You feel deep, genuine love for twin flame. You feel physically obsessed and addicted to your karmic partner.
4 There is an instant connection with your twin flame, but your relationship also builds and matures gradually over time. You are immediately incredibly sexually attracted to them, but it doesn’t grow into anything deeper.
5 Twin flame relationships, despite the struggles, are overall beneficial and healthy for your soul. Despite some positive potential side effects, karmic relationships are generally toxic.
6 Twin flame relationships can last as long as you put in the work. Even if twin flames separate, they will always feel drawn to one another and there is always a good chance of reunion and of a better relationship. Karmic relationships are meant to be ended once the karmic dept has been paid and the lessons have been taught.
7 Twin flame partners will eventually develop to be very gentle and caring toward one another. Karmic partners are designed to be cruel and toxic to one ane another.
8 You will be incredibly attracted to your twin flame, but you will eventually learn to give each other some space when needed and will always respect each other’s boundaries. Karmic partners are drawn to each other in an unhealthy and obsessive way.
9 Twin flame relationships will constantly fill you with wisdom. A karmic relationship is painful and is meant to teach only a few important lessons.
10 Communication with your twin flame is easy. Since you are two halves of one soul, you will see a lot of yourself in each other, making it natural for you to understand and empathize with one another. Due to the destructive nature of karmic relationships, effective communication is often difficult, if not outright impossible.
11 Twin flames often consider marrying each other! Karmic partnerships are too toxic for marriage. While they are attracted to each other, there is rarely ever genuine love.
12 You feel a sense of existential oneness with your twin flame. This leads to deep and authentic love. No matter how magnetic your karmic partner seems to you, your attraction towards each other will always remain shallow.
13 Being with your twin flame will push you forward and help you reach your full potential. A karmic union is meant to help you process and deal with unresolved trauma. This trauma can come from your current life or a past life.
14 Twin flames are two halves of one soul. They used to be one entity before they were split upon incarnation. Karmic partners are definitely two separate souls—and two incompatible souls at that.
15 When twin flames bring out each other’s shadow aspects, these are then processed through high spiritual vibrations. This allows for the partners to effectively sift through these feelings and confront their demons. In karmic relationships, the shadow aspects revealed are processed through low spiritual vibrations.


The struggles of twin flames

With the spiritual connection of twin flames being incredibly strong, the human mind can sometimes struggle to navigate such a relationship. Thus, sometimes twin flame relationships don’t always work out.

Since twin flames come from a single soul, they share many psychological tendencies—including any weaknesses, insecurities, and emotional needs.

Although each person in the twin flame partnership wants to be a good partner and meet the other’s emotional needs, they might find it difficult when their own dark aspects are reflected back at them.

If there is a lack of emotional maturity, this can lead to even more intense negative feelings. Thus, frequent and chaotic fights occur.

This is why twin flame couples can be arguing one second and be engaged in passionate love-making in the next.

Co-dependency is also a common problem for twin flame partners. Due to being incredibly attracted to one another, they often feel like they need to be around one another, or else they will feel like something is disturbingly off.

Although this sounds romantic on paper, it’s toxic and simply unrealistic to be around each other 24/7. This is a serious karmic twin flame to be on the lookout for.

You may want to be with each other constantly, but one thing the two of you should learn is to be able to comfortably exist even when the other is not around.

Due to the many challenges involved in being in a twin flame relationship, they also offer a lot of opportunities for growth and learning.

Here are three things you should keep in mind if you are in a twin flame relationship.

  1. Facing your twin flame is almost the same as facing yourself. As you go through life with them, you will find yourself developing a greater sense of self.
  2. As you get to know them more, you will also know yourself more. This maturity will reveal spiritual truths that were once hidden from you before.
  3. Being in a twin flame relationship is a wild, chaotic journey. While there is a chance that your twin flame relationship may end, you will most likely develop new beliefs about both yourself and the external world afterward.

Should twin flames stay together?

Twin flames have one main purpose: to learn from one another and help each other grow in order to reach their full potential.

That is why, in the past, some spiritual masters have claimed that twin flame relationships will and should end once this purpose has been fulfilled.

The current times, however, are vastly different.

We are nearing the apex of biblical times. We are about to approach the golden age.

In order to usher in this golden age, the spiritual balance of the universe must be in prime condition. This means that souls that were once split must now be reunited.

That is why we are seeing more and more people meet and stay with their twin flames for life.

Are karmic relationships worth staying in?

As with almost anything, it depends.

Karmic relationships have a clear purpose and typically end once that purpose is fulfilled. However, nothing is stopping you from giving yours a chance.

If you feel that both of you are willing to put in the work to mend the wounds and fix the issues of the relationship, then genuine change is possible. If it’s only you who is serious about it though? You should most likely leave.

Remember that you need two hands to clap. If it’s only one hand clapping, then it’s kind of just waving goodbye.

How do you get out of karmic relationships?

Breakups are never easy, and karmic relationships are no different.

Actually, it might be even more difficult if you’re particularly drawn and attracted to your karmic partner (as most karmic partners often are).

However, it’s something that you’re supposed to do. It’s meant to be a cycle and you should be the one who ends it.

Once you’ve learned your karmic lessons and have subsequently paid your karmic debts, it’s time to let go.

You will be tempted to reunite with them in order to give the relationship another chance. After all, you can’t help yourself—they’re simply irresistible.

The harsh reality though is that it won’t work. It was never meant to work and it never will.

As cruel as that sounds, it’s also important to note, on the other hand, that the lessons you will learn from your karmic relationship will lead you to develop more self-confidence. This will give you the strength and the willpower to overcome the attachment and finally end the relationship for good.

If you’re struggling to break up with your karmic partner, keep these things in mind. They might help push you to finally let go of them.

  • Don’t give in to your urges. The more you do so, the more addicted you will become to them, and the harder it will be to let go in the long run.
  • Try to look at your relationship as a thing of the past and appreciate it for how it has shaped you. Doing so will help you move forward from them.
  • Be proud of how you’ve endured the struggles of being in a karmic relationship. Channel that pride into inner strength to end the relationship.
  • Remember how much the karmic relationship has hurt you and realize that moving away will only benefit you.
  • Spend some alone time. Spending so much time with your karmic partner has made you obsessed with them and has made it difficult to imagine a life without them. You need to reconnect with other aspects of your life and having time and space away from them will help you heal the wounds that they’ve inflicted upon you.
  • Accept that it’s a difficult thing to let go of a karmic relationship! Avoid blaming yourself for not being strong enough to break up with them. Such self-flagellation will only damage your self-esteem and resolve.

Breaking up with a karmic partner can be incredibly difficult, as you’ve probably been completely drained by the relationship. You might feel insecure and depressed.

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Can your twin flame also be your karmic partner?

Generally speaking, no—your twin flame cannot be your karmic partner. Twin flames are not supposed to be karmic.

After all, your twin flame is the other half of your soul. In a literal sense, your twin flame is you from a purely spiritual perspective. You cannot have a karmic debt to yourself.

You are supposed to grow together spiritually with your twin flame. On the other hand, your karmic partner is a vessel for the universe to collect the karma you owe.

How to move on from a karmic relationship

Due to just how addicted and obsessed people can become with their karmic partners, they often stay way too long with them.

Worse, they can even get back together with them even after breaking up.

On paper, it might sound easy to get yourself out of a karmic relationship due to how toxic and destructive it usually is.

However, one reason people struggle to do so is that they mistake their karmic partner for their twin flame.

Although the two shares some similarities and can feel the same, especially in the beginning, you will know in your gut which type of relationship it is if you do your best to be emotionally away.

A twin flame relationship carries an instant but profound connection. Meanwhile, entering into a karmic partnership can feel like a trap.

It can feel like eating too many sweets—it tastes good, but deep inside you know that you probably shouldn’t have done that.

It is incredibly hard to break free from a karmic relationship. You need to put in conscious and consistent work during the journey in order to meet its end.

Remember that the universe made this happen to specifically challenge you—you need to rise to the occasion!

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The key to moving from a karmic relationship is having the willpower to let go of that addictive connection.

You will realize that whatever is keeping you in the relationship has its foundations in egoism, a false sense of nostalgia, and an unhealthily obsessive attraction.

Of course, this is much easier said than done. Real-life circumstances could definitely be hindering you.

Maybe you’ve lived together for so long to the point of codependency. Maybe you have a kid with your karmic partner. Maybe splitting from them results in a lot of many other struggles.

However, it’s something you need to do. It’s something that you’re supposed to do as the universe intended it to be this way.

It might take a lot of time and effort to slowly build-up to the breakup. That is why you also need an immense amount of patience and resilience.

In the meantime, as you slowly work yourself out of the relationship, it’s important to practice self-love. If you don’t you will never develop enough confidence and resolve to finally break it off one day.

All in all, it will be an incredibly tedious, uncomfortable, and lengthy process.

But keep in mind this saying: “anything worth having is also worth working hard for.”

Your freedom from this toxic relationship is definitely something worth working hard for, so take heart!

How to appreciate and learn from ANY relationship

Throughout life, we will find ourselves in all sorts of relationships. Each one will have its own unique set of challenges and obstacles, no matter what type they might be.

It’s important to keep in mind that this also means that each one will also have its own unique opportunities for us to grow in different ways.

However, at the end of the day, it’s also of utmost importance to know when to let go.

It doesn’t matter if they are a karmic relationship that will forge us through the fire and strife it brings.

Or if you’re with a soulmate who will look upon us gently as we try to be better each day.

Or if they’re our twin flame, the other half of our soul, who will allow us to reach our potential.

The fact is this: no love is worth keeping if you have to beg for it. Or if it’s founded on fear and insecurity. If they are not there to love us in the way we want and deserved to be loved.

If they do not love us as deeply and as hard as we love them.

Sometimes, love—no matter what it means for you in that relationship—also means letting go.

Because even if they weren’t the ones we ride off with into the sunset, they were a beautiful lesson that will help us get there.

Pearl Nash

Pearl Nash has years of experience writing relationship articles for single females looking for love. After being single for years with no hope of meeting Mr. Right, she finally managed to get married to the love of her life. Now that she’s settled down and happier than she’s ever been in her life, she's passionate about sharing all the wisdom she's learned over the journey. Pearl is also an accredited astrologer and publishes Hack Spirit's daily horoscope.

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