Soulmates and your spiritual journey go hand in hand. You do not even have to be on a spiritual journey to encounter a soulmate. Some people meet their soulmate when they have been on a spiritual journey for some time, while others have not really even taken their first steps.
Many soulmates find they are not at the same point of their spiritual journey, and one is more evolved than the other. Though it is annoying to wait for someone to “catch up to you”, your partner will get their at some point if they choose to. It would be wonderful if soulmates would already be spiritually evolved so they would not encounter all the problems that come with personal growth. But since soulmates’ real purpose is for growth, both parties have some growing pains to go through along the way.
Sometimes a first encounter triggers a spiritual awakening. This awareness starts one’s spiritual journey and they begin to forge their path right away. They understand the deeper connection and look within themselves as well as their connection to the universe as a whole. Unfortunately the other soulmate can resist the opportunity they have to explore their part in the universe and the deeper meaning for their connection. They take a different path (often temporary) and with it comes denial, bad behavior, bad decisions, and acting out. They may even reject the soulmate connection.
If your soulmate has chosen this path, don’t follow them. Don’t bring yourself down by lowering your standards, or giving into fear. Keep steady on your spiritual path and don’t keep looking back. Each soulmate, although connected, has a path they must take as an individual in order to walk the path together. Stay focused on you and your spiritual path. Let them take their detour for now without you. It’s hard to do, but it will be harder on the both of you if you try to drag them with you, kicking and screaming. That sets you both back.
You may think you need to help them, steer them in the right direction, or keep them from making mistakes. That is not your job. They won’t learn from you, they need to learn for themselves, by themselves. You have to wait on the sidelines for now. That does not mean you have to sit around waiting for them. You need to focus on your spiritual journey instead of romance for now. You will be of more help to your soulmate when they are actually ready to take the right spiritual path. Then you will be in a position to join them and progress on your spiritual journey together. Just because they are not doing what they should be doing now does not give you an excuse to not do what you should be doing.
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