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An empath is a person who feels the world around them. Their emotions are not entirely their own, and they can feel the pain of those around them. Even something as small as a negative photograph is enough to deeply affect an empath. If you have an empath as a friend, or maybe you believe you’re an empath, you’ve probably noticed some of these things already.

Empaths have a greater understanding of the world around them than most people. It’s because of this understanding that people naturally gravitate to them for company. They achieve happiness through healing and helping others, which makes them the ideal companion. Here are five things you’re likely to notice if you’re in the presence of an empath.

1. They Don’t Tolerate Dishonesty

Empaths can see right through you most of the time.

If you’ve lied to an empath, you probably found out the hard way that it doesn’t really work. Not only will they be able to feel what you’re feeling (discomfort when it comes to lying), but due to their capacity for understanding, they can spot a lie pretty quickly.

2. Crowds are Overwhelming

If you’re an empath, you probably avoid crowds as much as you can. Even going to a concert can seem more like a chore than a good time.

Since empaths feel the energies of the people around them, crowds can be extremely overwhelming or emotional. Not only are there too many people, but there are too many emotions in one place; it can be exhausting.

3. They’re Happy When They’re Helping

Empaths want to help others in need. Healing is one of the ways empaths achieve happiness in life, and it isn’t uncommon to find an empath working in the medical field, such as nursing.

When an empath heals or helps a person through a troubling time, it’s almost like they are helping themselves. When a person is no longer experiencing pain, either is the empath.

4. They’re Authentic

Empaths have an authentic personality; they can’t be anyone but themselves. Empaths are honest, true, and loyal, which makes them the perfect friend or person to confide within. They accept who they are and have known exactly who that is from an early age. You won’t find a more authentic person to be around.

5. They Love Animals

Empaths have a special connection with animals. You might notice it around an aggressive dog who suddenly calms down, or you might even notice it when wild animals don’t run away. When an empath sees an animal, they see innocence and purity; it’s a refreshing experience compared to how they feel around most humans.

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Aries, March 21 to April 19

You try to pack too much into your daily life. Relieve stress by finding time to relax and rejuvenate, otherwise you won’t be able to slow down and catch your breath.

Taurus, April 20 to May 20

You tend to stress out because you take failure too hard. It isn’t a problem if you don’t get something exactly right the first time; making mistakes means making opportunities to grow, it’s not incompetence on your part.

Gemini, May 21 to June 20

For you, stress is caused by overthinking. You think about everything, almost all the time, which will definitely lead to stress as you overcomplicate simple situations or problems. Stop thinking so much and go with your gut feeling every once in a while.

Cancer, June 21 to July 22

You tend to get hurt easily by others if you aren’t secure. Insecurity alone will cause you stress, and you need to figure out how to be comfortable as yourself if you want to combat it. Work on self-acceptance and you won’t get stressed as easily.

Leo, July 23 to August 22

You want to be in control in every aspect of your life. When you aren’t, you tend to stress out until you are. You need to realize that not all things are within your control; this will almost instantly relieve the majority of stress you feel.

Virgo, August 23 to September 22

Like Geminis, you tend to think too much. You get stressed out when you can’t organize your thoughts or make a priority list you can adhere to. Put your ideas and your thoughts on paper, and this will help you visualize exactly what you need to do.

Libra, September 23 to October 22

You need things to be fair, and when they aren’t, you start stressing out. Harmony and balance mean everything to you, which makes it difficult to confront issues. However, as soon as you do, you’ll feel better.

Scorpio, October 23 to November 21

Similar to Cancers, you tend to be sensitive, which can cause you to hide your emotions. You also tend to hold grudges against those who’ve hurt you in the past. If you want to get rid of your stress, you need to let things go.

Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21

You don’t like being told what to do, and you don’t like having to stay in one place for too long. If you want to feel less stressed, get plenty of outdoor activity in your daily life.

Capricorn, December 22 to January 19

Due to your high expectations, you can easily be overworked. This can cause a lot of stress if you don’t take the time to decompress.

Aquarius, January 20 to February 18

You stress out because things don’t always go your way. You need to realize that life will unfold exactly the way it should, and you’ll feel better.

Pisces, February 19 to March 20

Exposure causes you to be stress out, and you really don’t like being in the spotlight. Make time for yourself to alleviate stress.

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It’s said that a person’s eyes act as windows into their soul. Many cultures believe you can learn a great deal about someone through the size and shape of their eye. In fact, cultures all over the world practice medicine, gather information, or understand a person through the shape of their eyes. They believe that they eye reveals an infinite amount of personal information, and they aren’t to be ignored.

Everything is taken into account when it comes to understanding a person’s eyes. This includes size, shape, color, slant, and even the distance between someone’s eyes. Take a look at the descriptions below in order to find out what your eyes reveal about you.

Shape

For those of you who have almond-shaped eyes, you have charisma and flair, as well as a great compassion for others. Despite your ability to remain calm in a variety of situations, you often let yourself become wary of new experiences. You need to remember that taking chances can be a good thing.

For those of you with round eyes, you’re creative and imaginative. Your mind is your escape from reality, and you’re prone to daydreaming. Instead of using logic to make decisions, you let your emotions and feelings steer you in the right direction. Although some people might see you as impractical, others will flock to you.

Deep-Set or Prominent

People with deep-set eyes tend to hide themselves from others; they’re private and can seem intense at times. Although they don’t let people in very easily, they do have a romantic streak and will get to know someone on a very deep, spiritual level. They tend to observe rather than interact.

People with prominent eyes are sensitive and friendly, but they are also prone to over worrying. It’s easy for these people to maintain close relationships, which makes them an ideal family member or extremely close friend. They are found to be highly approachable and easy to relate to, but they can seem pessimistic.

Size

Having large eyes means that you’re passionate, receptive, open, and creative when it comes to your personality. You can feel your own emotions incredibly deeply, as well as the emotions of others. Passion tends to rule your direction in life rather than logic, and you won’t be talked into doing something you don’t want to do. However, you tend to trust people too easily, which can be a fault.

Having small eyes means you’re the opposite; instead of letting emotion or passion drive you, you use logic to make every decision. You possess a high intelligence, which means people come to you with their questions. Instead of focusing on the big picture, you analyze the details before focusing on a wider perspective.

Distance

People with close-set eyes are traditional. They have a keen interest in history and culture, and their values and upbringings mean a great deal. Change is scary to these people, and they have a hard time living in a world that doesn’t remember where it came from. These people don’t go with the flow, and they feel most comfortable in a disciplined setting.

People with wide-set eyes are the exact opposite; go with the flow is their mantra in life. These people remember their pasts, but they don’t let the past dictate who they are in the present, and especially not who they’ll be in the future. These people enjoy getting out of their comfort zones and seeing the world through a new lens.

Slant

Downward slanting eyes means you’re dependent. You enjoy staying close to the people in your life whom you love, and you rely on them for stability. Your timid nature and pessimism makes it hard for people to enjoy your company at times, but it doesn’t change the way you feel about people. You care deeply for people and your relationships, which means you keep friends for a long time.

Upward slanting eyes tends to mean the opposite. Instead of being timid and dependent, you’re ambitious and driven to the extreme. When you have a goal in mind, nothing and no one can stop you from accomplishing it. People enjoy being around you because you’re well rounded, fun, and exceptionally witty. You can find an opportunity no matter where life takes you.

When you enter into a relationship with someone, a serious relationship, you want to give what you can on an emotional level. Physical connections are obvious, but emotional connections open windows into another person’s very being. Those windows will never open all the way unless you and your partner are truly emotionally available.

It’s not hard to tell if the person you’re in a relationship with isn’t emotionally available; the hard part is accepting it. If you’re giving yourself emotionally and the other person isn’t, you can probably feel it. Emotional connections involve a give and take, and you’ll be able to tell if you’re the only one giving.

Here are four signs someone is emotionally unavailable…

1. They Don’t Consider Your Feelings

Empathy and sympathy are things felt by those who are emotionally available. If you’re in a relationship with someone and they don’t take your feelings into consideration, it’s because they aren’t allowing themselves to connect with you on an emotional level.

A working, serious relationship involves two people who feel the same things; when one person is upset, the other person feels upset for them.

2. They Don’t Try to Get to Know You

When you first start dating someone, you can tell it’s serious by how much they want to know. You may be asking questions, really listening to them talk about themselves, or really just trying to figure out what makes them tick.

If they aren’t reciprocating this behavior, it’s a sign they don’t really want to know you on a deeper level. You have to know someone to connect with them emotionally, otherwise no bond is possible.

3. They Don’t Open Up in Person

Modern technology has made it easy for the emotionally unavailable to fake legitimate connections.

It’s easy to come across as vulnerable when you’re texting or sending an email; writing has a way of allowing the reader to feel what they want to feel instead of seeing the truth. If you’re wondering if this applies to the person you’re interested in, talk to them in person, see if they make eye contact or are as willing to open up as they are via message.

4. They Create Distance

This is a big sign someone is emotionally unavailable. Someone who doesn’t truly want to connect with you will create distance in order to remain safe. Two people in love, or at least two people willing to be serious, try to close the gaps in their relationship by any means necessary. Even if someone has trust issues, you’ll be able to see them actively working on getting over them if they’re serious.

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The world is a place made up of connections. All living things are connected in one way or another, but it takes a spiritually awake person to realize this fact to its fullest extent. This understanding is profound, and it can cause peoples’ lives to change drastically. If you’re spiritually awake (aka transcendentally enlightened), chances are that you’ve experienced some of these symptoms before.

If you’re in the course of your spiritual awakening, you can expect to experience a few of these symptoms for yourself. It doesn’t mean that these will all pertain to you, but know that these five symptoms are fairly common.

1. A New Interest in Metaphysics

If you have a newly found interest in the metaphysical world or even the paranormal, you could be on the path toward spiritual awakening.

This is significant because traditional education won’t spend very much time explaining this part of the world to students. Pursuing this interest on your own is a sign that you understand something bigger is going on behind the scenes.

2. You Take Material Things Less Seriously

Another sign that you’re going through a spiritual awakening is that you take material matters less seriously.

What used to concern you in this world no longer matters as much; you have an understanding of something much more powerful. People around you will tell you that this is laziness or a dangerous way to be, but it’s actually the opposite. We’ve created the material world, but you’re concerned with something that’s been around longer than we have.

3. You’ve Become More Empathetic

Empathy is simply a sign of connection. When you realize that all living things are connected in one way or another, you start to open yourself up to their feelings; you can actually experience their emotions. This can be overwhelming if you don’t learn to control it, but it’s also something important to hold onto.

When you open yourself to the possibility of a spiritual world or connection, you’ll start to feel this energy through a physical manifestation. Don’t shut it out, even if it’s unnerving, let it flow through you.

4. You No Longer Have a Fear of Death

Death is a common fear because most people don’t understand it. It’s a complex subject, and most people don’t want to dwell on something that perceive as negative. However, for the spiritually awakened, death poses no threat because they know it’s only transitional state and not the end.

Antisocial behavior is categorized as not wanting to be around others, but it can feel like more than that. Maybe you feel like you don’t derive satisfaction from interacting with others or forming relationships with people. Maybe you feel like people don’t understand the real you, which makes it almost futile to create lasting connections. You may even feel like you care about people and relationships so much that becoming involved ends up being more of a burden than anything else.

If this describes how you’ve been feeling lately, it could be the result of a deeper, more spiritual problem.

The heart chakra is the fourth chakra, and it’s located directly in the center of the chakra system. It exists between the breasts in the middle of the chest, which represents expressions of compassion, love, and how we relate to ourselves and others. A block heart chakra absolutely results in antisocial-like behaviors that can start to tear a person away from their relationships.

The literal translation for heart chakra from the traditional Sanskrit is Anahata, which means unstruck. It’s easy to deduce that by balancing your heart chakra, you will feel more free and allow yourself to open up to others. In sense, you will become “unstruck” in your social life.

The most important characteristics of the heart chakra include:
  • Grieving
  • Compassion or empathy
  • Compassionate discrimination
  • Harmony and peace
  • Ability to both be loved and love others
  • Ability to forgive and accept others
  • Creating connections and relationships
  • Awareness and insights

Essentially, the heart chakra is our pathway to creating lasting, emotional, and deep connections with the people around us. It actually blends the functions of all the other chakras together, and therefore is arguable the most important.

When the heart chakra is balanced, it balances all the others as well, which means a healthy, happy life. When the heart chakra is blocked, you need to be able to identify the issue so that you can bring your world back in balance.

The symptoms of a blocked heart chakra can include:
  • Codependency or relying on the approval of others
  • Holding grudges and not having the ability to forgive
  • Developing a victim mentality
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart conditions
  • Lacking empathy
  • Being overly critical

It’s important to note that these symptoms don’t always occur when your heart chakra is blocked, and you may experience more than what’s listed above. It’s also important to note that there are two clear extremes: you’ll either feel complete isolation from other people, or you’ll become so dependent on others you’ll lose yourself while seeking their approval.

Try getting rid of as much stress in your life as possible in order to clear your heart chakra, as well as attempting to heal from emotional pain. Holding on to emotional pain from the past is one of the most common ways to block your heart chakra and stumble down a dangerous path. Learn to let go in order to open up.

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The Chinese zodiac signs can tell you a lot about yourself, or about another person. People use them to evaluate personalities, figure out who they are most compatible with regarding romantic relationships, and confirm their emotions. As we enter the year of the rooster, let’s take the time to evaluate what your personal sign means relative to you.

I think you’ll find that your sign is more accurate than you expect…

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The Rooster

People born during the year of the rooster are typically known for having a great sense of industry and diligence when it comes to their careers. They’re also naturally capable of understanding and expressing their emotions, as well as grabbing the attentions of others.

The Rat

Individuals born during the year of the rat tend to be charming and at ease in most social situations. They are extremely popular and have an immense amount of friends. Although they are quick tempered, they do well when it comes to business and achieving success. They see opportunities that other people miss, but may take on too many commitments at one time.

The Ox

People with this sign are strong when it comes to their emotions. They have the ability to look at a problem head on, and manage it with ease. They are methodical when it comes to their responsibilities or duties, and have a lot of confidence in their ability to overcome obstacles. They can be demanding when it comes to their relationships, and are determined to defend themselves at every turn.

The Rabbit

Rabbits are affectionate, polite, and pleasant people, which makes them very likable. They don’t enjoy confrontation, and generally like to keep the peace when it comes to arguments or fights. They are easily caught up in fun, which makes it difficult to remember the needs of their loved ones, but this is entirely accidental.

The Tiger

People born during the year of the tiger are deep, sensitive, and very much aware of their emotions. They make for perfect companions, especially when it comes to romantic relationships, because of their ability to convey their emotional states. Though they can be domineering, they constantly seek a balance between their competitive and loving natures. They can be extremely passionate and courageous when the time calls for it.

The Dragon

Dragons have a great amount of energy. Not only are they charismatic, but they are also very intelligent. They typically do well in all of their pursuits because of their intelligence, and can come across as arrogant when they really aren’t trying to show off. Dragons follow their own path despite the rules that society lays out; they need to be themselves. They enjoy challenges, and can’t be tamed by a romantic relationship.

The Ram

A ram is both likeable and charming. They can be very reserved at times, but do well in social situations. This sign is associated with a love of art, nature, and culture, which means they usually gravitate towards these things when it comes to their careers. They can be sympathetic towards the people around them, but also prone to pessimism. They require security in their relationships.

The Snake

Snakes are philosophers. They possess a great wisdom and are able to achieve their goals quite easily because of it. They are known to work almost imperceptibly, which is why they are accurately named. They seek elegance when it comes to their relationships, and they can be incredibly romantic. They tend to be secretive though, which is why they can be perceived as loners rather than companions.

The Horse

People born under this sign are known for their hard work. They readily commit to success no matter their line of work, but won’t work at all if they see a task as beneath their stature. They can be impulsive, and have a hard time controlling their wild emotions, especially when it comes to love. They prefer to work independently rather than in teams, but they do well in social situations because of their ability to communicate.

The Monkey

The monkey is both intelligent and energetic, and they have personalities that tend to be magnetic. They can talk forever, and are very eccentric, which draws in crowds. Their wit is quick, which means they have a tendency to turn any situation into a comedy routine. Although, their comedic nature makes them hard to trust as everything can be a joke.

The Pig

People born during the year of the pig are tolerant, kind, and sincere. Like the animal, they possess a great intellect as well, and they use it to go after challenging goals they typically achieve. They see the best in people rather than their faults, but they can become upset when people don’t express the same kindness. They cherish family and home life, but they do indulge in the material world.

The Dog

Dogs are loyal, and so are the people born under this sign. It’s one of their greatest attributes as they stick strongly to the people they love, and their own principles. They make great companions because of their honesty when it comes to relationships. They place a great deal of importance on their relationships, but can hold grudges until they feel someone has adequately made up for a mistake.

Frankincense has been used as a form of incense in religious ceremonies and traditions for thousands of years. The belief is that frankincense, or the resin from the Boswellia tree also known as olibanum, contains an aroma that will help one’s soul reach spiritual enlightenment. Religions have written about using frankincense in ancient texts, including both the old and new testaments of the bible.

It is said to have mystical properties, which is a belief still held by many religions today. Not only is it believed to have spiritual capabilities, but that belief is put into practice still as religious followers continue to use the natural resin.

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem recently conducted a study to see just exactly what was happening during the practice of burning frankincense. In order to conduct the study, the researchers administered the resin to some mice, and found that it actually influences the part of the brain that controls emotion.

More specifically, frankincense actives the protein TRPV3, which is found in all mammal brains. The protein is perhaps best known for his role in controlling our skins’ perception of warmth.

The effect it has on the mind has a strong antidepressant and anxiolytic impact that can make a person feel incredibly relaxed. In other words, it allows a person’s mind to relax and simply exist in the present moment.

Knowing this, it doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence that many religions have been using frankincense for generations. It could very well help a person reflect on life and its meaning as it pertains to humanity. Not only will it help a person feel less stressed about the future, but it will also help a person exist peacefully in the moment.

Frankincense was considered a luxury during ancient times, especially in the Middle East, and it still remains a major export to this day. Almost every major culture used it during their religious practices, including the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Jews, and even Christian churches some time later.

Now, frankincense can be used by people simply suffering from depression. There’s no more need to rush off and buy the latest chemically created drug from major pharmaceutical companies; frankincense can be used as a natural, healthy substitute.

Our sense of smell is strongly linked to the part of the brain called the limbic system, which is associated with motivation and emotion. Frankincense is perfect for people suffering from depression so that they can feel more relaxed, reduce anxiety, and stay calm in the moment.

A natural remedy that works is always better than the man-made alternative.

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Although many people believe that astrology has no right to be called a science, there are a growing number of scientific studies that are starting to prove otherwise. According to new research published in Nature Neuroscience, which was conducted by Vanderbilt University, the position of the planets during one’s birth could actually have an impact on their personality.

That leaves only one question: which zodiac sign are you most compatible with?

Aquarius

People born under this sign require a great deal of mental stimulation from their partners. They tend to get bored easily, and this is especially true during romantic relationships that start to go flat. They are also considered humanitarians, and tend to be forward thinking when it comes to social issues and norms. Intellectual conversation is the best way to attract an Aquarius.

Relationship Compatibility: Leo

Pisces

Pisces tend to be creative, imaginative, and gentle. Their intuition allows them to understand others and see things from a different perspective with ease. Although they tend to be introverted, they enjoy meeting new people and are easy to talk to if you give them the chance. They have a giving nature, and can be extremely empathetic. They are loyal to their partners, but require a deep, emotional connection.

Relationship Compatibility: Virgo

Aries

Someone born under the sign of Aries feels called to act before they feel called to think. Depicted as a ram, it’s no wonder that they take life by the horns. They are determined, passionate, and can be brave in almost any situation that calls for it. They need to be excited by their relationships, especially their romantic entanglements.

Relationship Compatibility: Libra

Taurus

Taurus are practical and dependable when it comes to daily life. They never stop a job before it’s finished, and you can count on them to take care of a problem. Though this can make them seem stubborn, they can be good listeners, and they tend to be very protective of the people they love the most. In a romantic relationship, they will be sensual and emphasize romance.

Relationship Compatibility: Scorpio

Gemini

Gemini are complicated because their personalities are divided in two. Rightfully called the twins, they can be unpredictable, and you’ll never know which one you’ll get when it comes to being in a relationship. They can be social and charismatic, but they can also be consumed by their own thoughts, which makes them serious and unsociable. They need conversation and challenges when it comes to a romantic partner.

Relationship Compatibility: Sagittarius

Cancer

Those born under this sign can be complex and difficult to know, but that’s only because they are extremely deep, emotional, and full of creativity. Their loved ones are their entire focus, and they almost have a motherly nature to them. They need a loyal partner who won’t betray their trust, and most importantly, who will have patience.

Relationship Compatibility: Capricorn

Leo

Leos, represented by the lion, are natural leaders. They love to be in the spotlight, but also have big hearts for the people closest to them. Their passion is immense, and they will stop at nothing when it comes to achieving a goal. They wear their feelings on their sleeves, so a romantic partner will never have to guess how they think or feel.

Relationship Compatibility: Aquarius

Virgo

These people are analytical and hard-working. They will mull over every detail in a situation or problem until they feel satisfied that they understand. The problem they often have is that they think too much before acting or making a difficult decision. Their partner needs to make them feel important in a relationship, but don’t expect to see much emotion.

Relationship Compatibility: Pisces

Libra

Libras are peaceful and cooperative, and they absolutely hate to be alone. Their interests lie in the arts and beauty, which means they typically enjoy expressing themselves this way as well. Inequality is a great injustice to the Libra, and they need balance in order to thrive. Their partner needs to be easy going.

Relationship Compatibility: Aries

Scorpio

Scorpios remain calm and collected under pressure. They are extremely trustworthy individuals who know how to keep a secret. If your best friend is a Scorpio, you lucked out. They can be mysterious and unwilling to express their emotions, but are also resourceful and passionate. When it comes to romance, they need the right amount of time to build trust.

Relationship Compatibility: Taurus

Sagittarius

Sagittarius crave nature, freedom, and anything having to do with the outdoors. They hate being told what to do because they want to experience everything life has to offer. Travel is major part of their lives, which means they need a partner who feels the same way. Adventure, spontaneity, and openness are all requirements of a romantic partner.

Relationship Compatibility: Gemini

Capricorn

These individuals are the most hard-working and dedicated of all the zodiac signs. They need to be taken seriously, and they are extremely disciplined. Their work ethic allows them to achieve success when it comes to their careers, which means that their partners have to get used to their priorities. Expect independence, stubbornness, and never try to tell a Capricorn what to do.

Relationship Compatibility: Cancer

Meeting your twin flame is an extraordinary experience. Not just because they’re your own soul’s literal other half, but because you’ve met them before in another existence, and you’ll meet them again when your current existence is over. Needless to say, when you meet your twin flame, you’re going to know it because you won’t have experienced anything like it; it’ll feel like meeting someone new, and yet like you’re reconnecting with the most important person to you in the world.

If you’ve already met your twin flame, these three experiences won’t shock you, but if you’re still on the lookout, here’s what you can expect.

1. You Finally Feel Complete

When you meet your twin flame, you aren’t just meeting your soul mate. There are billions of people on this planet, and chances are that there are number of people you can be ideally matched with. Only one of those people is your twin flame, however, and you know who it is when you feel it.

Everyone wants to feel complete, like the search for love is over, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience with your twin flame. This doesn’t mean you couldn’t have fallen in love with someone else, it just means that your energetic soul is satisfied with the connection you’ve made. That part of your spirit is constantly on the lookout for its other half, which means it gets to stop looking when you find that one person.

2. Your Relationship Becomes Your life

This can turn a lot of people in your life against you, but you won’t really care. When you find your twin flame, your priority list goes through a very permanent change, and your twin flame is at the top. Not only do you care more about this person than you do anyone else in your life, but the relationship you’re in means just as much.

You may find that balancing other aspects of your life with your new relationship is extremely difficult. Work becomes a chore, even if you have your dream job, and other relationships will suffer. Even though you feel like you have an entirely new existence, you’re still living in the real world, which can be a difficult realization to make.

3. You Experience Everything On a Different Level

Every aspect of your relationship with your twin flame is different than you’ve ever experienced before. Sex, emotion, health, romance, intimacy, anything; it all feels completely different to you than it did before. This is because you have another half to your own, which essentially means that for the first time in your current life, you’re complete.

This is going to make everything different, not just your experiences within your relationship. You’re going to start experiencing the world through an entirely different perspective, as if you were a new person. This can be a positive, or a negative depending on how people perceive your relationship from the outside, but you’ll perceive it as overwhelmingly positive.