The twin flame origin (much like most of the twin flame journey) is a topic that has been debated for years. Now with the internet and social media, the hype around the twin flame journey is more popular than ever but where did it all begin?
Historic references won’t use the term ‘twin flame’ but you can find clear references to the twin flame origin in Greek philosophy, Hindu mythology and The Bible.
Tracking the history of twin flames becomes tricky because of the terminology. Someone somewhere decided to use the term twin flame but the idea certainly isn’t new and terminology is constantly changing.
The reason I have to constantly explain the difference between soulmates and twin flames, for example, is because sometimes these terms are used interchangeably.
Most of what I learned about the twin flame journey is a combination of what I saw in my own twin flame relationship and what I hear in the thousands of twin flame stories I hear from other people. There’s always a uniqueness to the twin flame journey but some patterns I do just see time and time again.
Twin Flames in Different Cultures and Religions
It doesn’t take much digging to start finding references to twin flames between different religions.
My personal belief is the twin flame journey probably goes back long before humanity started keeping records. There are some clear references to the origin and history of the twin flame journey painted throughout time in various parts of the world though.
This is not an exhaustive list by any stretch but I’m not a historian. It should be enough to help you see that the twin flame journey originates from simply being human.
Twin Flames in Ancient Greece
“[When] a person meets the half that is his very own,” he exclaims, “something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don’t want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment. These are people who finish out their lives together and still cannot say what it is they want from one another.” Plato
In ancient Greek philosophy, a lover was sometimes thought to be part of one person’s psyche. One of the clearer (or at least most popular) twin flame origins is in the Symposium by Plato. Stemming from ancient Greece it doesn’t use the term twin flame but talks about the ‘original humans’ and paints an incredibly clear picture of the twin flame journey.
These original humans were high-energy beings and presented a threat to the Greek gods. To answer this threat, this split these humans into two parts which caused pain and anguish to each twin.
Each half of the human was linked to their counterpart and they’d be led by a constant desire to reconnect with their other half.
Twin Flames in Hindu Mythology
Hindu mythology has several references to the twin flame journey, again without ever using the actual term.
The most obvious reference is Shiva and Shakti a manifested combination of both consciousness and energy. A masculine and feminine force joining together (remember that physical gender is not the same thing).
Shiva is often referred to as The Lord of Eternal Love. Shakti is known as his eternal consort and bride.
There is also Radha and Krishna two deities following a path to divine love.
Some sources say that the original Hindu term for twin flames is ‘karma’. This word stems from a Sanskrit philosophy that teaches the connection between one’s actions and their consequences.
Twin Flames in the Bible
Again, the Christian Bible doesn’t specifically use the term but there’s so much evidence here, we can’t talk about the twin flame origin without mentioning it. I’ve even talked in more detail about what the Bible says about twin flames.
The Bible has many references to twin flame relationships and the idea of a mirror soul. I’ll not get too much into this again but there are so many references, this is one of my favorites:
“As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” 1 Samuel 18:1-30
Twin Flames in Buddhism
The Buddhist population seems to have a strong belief in the twin flame relationship. Buddhism seems to use the same idea of masculine and feminine energy as part of a divine journey (does that sound familiar?) and there are some fairly direct references.
Buddhism seeks enlightenment which means striking a balance. The twin flame journey is about exactly that again, we just use different terminology.
Twin Flames in History and Modern References
Once you really start looking, you’ll see references to the idea of the twin flame journey everywhere. Look at Romeo and Juliet, the story of star-crossed lovers. That kind of intensity wouldn’t out of place in our twin flame stories section.
We see the twin flame journey throughout literature. In Arthurian legend, Lancelot and Elaine fall deeply in love but they are not allowed to be together because of their social status. They run away from Camelot after being found out and you don’t do something like that for a normal 2D crush.
Modern-day romcoms use the idea of a soulmate often but if you really look at the connection it’s usually just a catch-all term they use because people understand it. Some of these love stories absolutely look like the twin flame journey to me. Hollywood just skips the spiritual side of things because the audience isn’t going to understand.
With social media and the rise of the internet, we’ve seen an explosion of interest in the twin flame journey. When people have that sense of something missing or get hit by the twin flame intense attraction it leads them to the journey.
We want to understand the energy we’re experiencing and now we have a way to understand and learn from others.
Not to mention it gives us a way to connect with people (potentially our twin) when living in different countries and continents which leads to them meeting each other face-to-face.
However, the abundance of references in recent history and the modern-day blur the lines so much it can cause problems and misconceptions.
Why There Are so Many Misconceptions of Twin Flames
The terminology of the twin flame journey is what causes so many problems. The journey is not simply a sexual, or romantic one. The twin flame relationship is about finding your mirror soul and reaching union.
Yes, that means being in a relationship like no other but when we start blurring the lines and arguing over the wording we add so much confusion to an already difficult journey.
The reason I disagree with so many other people writing about the twin flame journey is a lot of the time we write in specifics. I don’t speak with certainty about events happening in a higher dimension. I speak with what I literally see in twin flame journies.
Arguing over terminology is only going to cause confusion and problems. Don’t worry about the wording or the terms used. Looking at the twin flame origin is the same advice as I give day in and day out. Focus on the important parts of the journey and reaching union with your twin. Everything else is just details.