One of the key things you need to do to further your twin flame journey is to understand (and be able to spot) a false twin flame. Getting this wrong can cause you to waste time away from your true twin flame path and cause you (both) a lot of pain and it’s not as easy as you might think.
We’ll look at the difference, how to spot a false flame and what you should do if you find yourself in a relationship with one.
Before we get too far into the details however it’s important you keep one thing in mind. A false twin flame isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A relationship can certainly cause you both pain in the short term (and you need to remove yourself from that relationship) but it’s commonly part of your true journey and something many of us will go through.
False twin flames usually arrive when they feel you need to learn something. It’ll be a subconscious drive on their part. They don’t (usually) mean anything intentionally bad or have ill intent towards you but the sooner you’re able to spot the signs – the better.
So. First thing first.
What IS a False Twin Flame?
A false flame relationship is divided into two parts. The empathic, spiritually awakened one commonly known as the twin flame victim (likely yourself if you’re reading this) and the false narcissist flame.
The arrival of a false twin flame is not luck, chance or karma. They show up when both of your energies are calling out to each other because you’re not yet ready to find your real twin flame. Or, sometimes, you have found them but you’re yet ready to take that next step. It is going to be an emotionally painful experience but both of you will be better off afterward.
If you take nothing else away from reading this: remember a false flame serves a purpose. They’re here for a reason and, while it’s going to hurt in the short term, there is a reason for all of this.
So what is it?
A false twin flame goes by a lot of different names. You might have heard counterfeit twin flame, narcissist twin or toxic twin flame (although the connection isn’t exactly toxic… we’ll get to that). A false flame is a catalyst soulmate who appears not by accident, but right before a connection with your true twin flame.
This catalyst is an important step and while not everybody on the journey will have one, the vast majority of us do seem to. Anyone on a twin flame journey is already (relatively) ascended to have reached this stage but it’s still easy to mistake a false twin flame for their true twin. This is often unavoidable but it’s a necessary part of the journey.
Our twin flame story archive is full of people who spent far too long in toxic relationships because they believed it was part of their twin flame journey. I’ve seen (more than one) example of narcissistic people using their claimed ‘twin flame connection’ to keep someone in a relationship that really wasn’t healthy for either of them.
I’ve seen false twin flames referred to as ‘the karmic attachment from hell’ and this pretty much sums it up. I’ve spoken before about the differences between twin flames and karmic partners (people you vibe with).
At first, a false twin flame can present as someone you get on extremely well with. If it’s your first time experiencing this it’s incredibly easy to mistake for twin flame soul shock and it’s very much NOT your fault. It’s incredibly common to find yourself in a relationship with a false flame.
Both people are going to feel the shock of this connection. At first, it can very much feel like the real thing. The difference is what happens after that initial meeting. Fairly quickly the false flame will begin to be an energy vampire. They’ll emotionally feed on the empath by manipulating them. The empath (or victim) will usually respond to this the only way they know – by becoming increasingly dependant on this false flame.
They tend to throw themselves further into the relationship leading to deeper pain later on. This is not something that is your fault. It’s entirely normal and a response the false flame is subconsciously counting on.
All you really want is to love and be loved. On a conscious level, you won’t understand what doesn’t feel right or why. The victim usually blames themselves and starts to feel like they’re doing something wrong.
This is why it’s so important to learn to spot the signs and get out of these relationships as quickly as possible.
It can absolutely be tough to spot. Especially from inside a relationship already. If you’re willing to tell me the details of your journey so far then I can help work with you on a custom twin flame reading. I’ve been doing this for a long, long time and avoiding false flames is always my first step while trying to further someone on their spiritual path.
Do You Have Multiple False Twin Flames?
Again this is one of those questions where the answer is it depends. It depends on how you react to the first one and what stage you were on when you met them. Some of us may have just one false flame and that’s enough of a catalyst to spur us onward. Sometimes there can be aspects of healing you require from multiple meetings.
I don’t want anyone to compare their journey to others so I don’t want to share the statistics I see. I will say you absolutely shouldn’t worry if you (or your twin) is dealing with a false twin or even multiple. It’s all part of the journey – and an important one.
Are Twin Flames Toxic? Are They ‘Bad’?
I’ll be honest, I don’t like the term false flame for exactly this reason.
Certain aspects of this connection are not… great. On some level, both you and the false flame know this isn’t right for either of you and that can manifest in many different ways. A relationship with a counterfeit flame can become unhealthy by traditional 3D standards.
Certainly, at times these relationships can be loving but while it’s no substitute for your mirror soul these connections still serve a purpose in helping you toward union. They don’t have the same unconditional love that you’ll experience with true twin flames but they are a step towards that.
The quicker we can move past them, the quicker we further our journey but it’s important we remember they are here for a purpose.
Remember that a false flame is still a person. They’re not trying to hurt anyone. They might even be on their own twin flame journey this lifetime and this is a stepping stone in their own healing process.
Are You With a False Twin Flame?
False Twin Flame vs Real Twin Flame Connections
Every journey is different and it can sometimes be tough to tell the difference – especially the first time. There are a couple of things you can do, however, and signs you can look out for to spot the difference.
If I had to narrow it down to just one main thing you had to look out for – it would be this.
Your true twin flame will build you up and help you both grow together. Your false twin flame will harm you both in ways you can’t always see at first.
Signs of a False Twin Flame
Unsurprisingly in the twin flame journey (where things are rarely straightforward), there isn’t a top 10 list you’re guaranteed to see but there are certain things you can look out for.
Past Issues Arising
While progressing with your twin flame will often involve dealing with past karma, a false twin flame will drag up past issues that you’ve already dealt with.
It might start as a subconscious attempt to help you heal and improve in an area but false flames have a habit of creating a loop. A vicious cycle that becomes harder and harder to escape over time.
If someone keeps dragging up an issue you know in your heart has been addressed it’s a common sign they are a false flame.
A Selfish Tint
A false twin flame will teach you how to help yourself, a true twin flame will teach you how to help others. There’s an important distinction there.
The twin flame journey will force you both to improve and be the best versions of yourself but a false twin flame comes with a vicious edge. It can be incredibly hard to spot this one in yourself but if you find yourself being there for others less or having selfish thoughts more often – it might be a sign you’re dealing with a false twin flame.
A real twin flame will arrive when you’re ready to help yourself and others. They’ll push you to be the best version of yourself while you do the same for others around you.
A real twin flame bond only ever gets stronger over time (even when you go through a period of separation) but a false twin flame is more of a fair-weather friend.
They’ll tend to leave when challenges arise. While a twin flame will make you feel protected and safe, a false twin will not only leave you to walk the spiritual path alone – they’ll leave you alone anytime it suits them.
A false flame will find all sorts of excuses to avoid any commitment unless it’s lopsided and entirely suits them. Often, they’ll try and blame you for the lack of commitment.
Remember that there’s a big difference between a separation phase with a real twin flame and the commitment issues of a false one. A false twin flame will never seek to completely separate from you unless they know for certain that you’re not going anywhere.
They’ll often use excuses that center around them like “I need to focus on my work” or “I can’t be tied down right now”. They might even tell you that you are the problem.
While a real twin flame will make you feel at ease and relaxed a false twin flame will do the exact opposite. They’ll sew the seeds of doubt and uncertainty constantly and you’ll never quite feel sure about where you stand.
Consciously it can be very hard to spot a false twin flame but our subconscious knows exactly what you’re dealing with. It will be screaming at you to get away and a rising feeling of anxiety is a common manifestation of this.
It’s completely normal to experience doubt and uncertainty during some stages but if it becomes a constant pattern then it’s very likely you’re dealing with some form of false twin.
No Deeper Connection
False twin flames connection is entirely limited to the physical dimensions. While your true twin flame might physically separate from you, that connection is always there and you’re constantly in communication.
With a false twin flame, that communication isn’t there. Your soul won’t feel connected to them and it will try and let you know.
When your soul feels connected to your real twin flame elsewhere it knows something is wrong. This is going to manifest as a feeling that something isn’t quite right. Something will feel missing or out of place with them.
With a real twin flame, even when you’re separated you know that you’re still connected. You feel that level of bond that is hard to explain to someone who hasn’t yet experienced it. Your soul won’t be crying out for someone else because you’ll know.
Perhaps one of the easiest signs to spot is the energy drain from a false twin flame.
The simple act of thinking about them (let alone spending time with them) can quickly become draining. Twin flames elevate each other, they share energy throughout their bond and that comes with a positive energy shift. A real twin flame will never take energy from you.
A false twin, on the other hand, will drain you. They might leave you feeling tired or even unwell and while they might not be doing this consciously or intentionally, they’ll continue to do it more and more. A false twin will feed on your energy and use it to forward their own goals.
Remember the longer you stay with a false twin flame, the harder it can be to escape. False flames do serve a purpose on your journey but this is not a connection you want to draw out and the sooner you can get away from a false flame, the sooner you can reach union with your true twin flame.
False Flame Numerology – A Warning
There’s a common theory I hear a lot online:
There’s a common numerology pattern that can be a powerful one to look out for. This type of karmic link will commonly involve numbers 8 and 11. Both of these numbers refer to karmic wounds and past healing (a common trait with this kind of encounter).
While I can understand the logic here I must caution that both of these numbers are a common sign in a real twin flame connection for much the same reason. Used in conjuncture with the other signs we’ve already looked at numerology can help but I would strongly advise against using just these numbers alone.
Getting a False Twin Flame Reading
I say this constantly. Every single twin flame journey is going to be different. Every. Single. One.
We put a lot of time and effort into compiling as much information as we can here but it’s hard to account for all the different variations our readers might be experiencing. Getting a reading with either myself or someone local can really drill into the details and help you figure things out. This isn’t always required but if you’re ever in doubt it can be worthwhile getting a personal reading to make sure you’re on the right path.
Nobody (including myself) can truly see into your relationship but sometimes we can hold up a mirror that helps you see the truth for yourself.
False Twin Flame Synchronicities
One of the main signs of a real twin flame connection is the synchronicities you see together. We’ll not get into that again here but it’s important to keep an eye out for similar ones with a false flame. You’ll also notice some very specific ones you’re far less likely to get with your real twin.
- You’re likely to feel stuck in a rut with your spiritual growth.
- Your intuition might be telling you something is off and this usually results in feeling awkward and uncomfortable in conversation sometimes.
- If you try and take charge you might find yourself manipulated or threatened. This can be hard to spot from the inside however and is tricky to notice unless it’s within someone else’s relationship.
- You’ll never really feel stable in a false flame relationship.
False Twin Flame Telepathy
I’ve already covered twin flame telepathy but one of the synchronicities people don’t always expect is telepathy here as well.
Remembering that these energy vampires are led by their subconscious desires it’s hardly surprising it spreads through telepathy as well. Rather than the positive benefits you get with a true flame, however, this only leads to further manipulation, deceit and negative energies heading in your direction.
This is one of the reasons why they can do so much damage to us. Moreso than any normal manipulative person – they subconsciously get access to your thoughts and feelings that they shouldn’t have. They know exactly what buttons to push to cause the most amount of harm.
Breaking Up with a False Twin Flame
Breakups are intense at the best of times with any relationship. Once you’ve established this is not the right person I prefer the term counterfeit or dark twin flame. You know what’s going on – and it’s time to get out of there.
Breakups are going to vary from person to person. The counterfeit flame will know subconsciously that the breakup is the right thing to do but they’re unlikely to be able to process that feeling. Sometimes – you’ll get lucky. You’ll both go your separate ways and be better off for it in the long run.
Other times the break-up can be explosive. The dark twin flame is likely to magnify their attempts at getting you to remain in the toxic relationship. There are cases where they’ll try to change their ways into making you think you’re throwing away your real twin flame journey. Once you study the signs and differences of a real flame connection vs a fake one though it becomes easier to keep your resolve. You know what has to happen at that point.
There is one common trend between this kind of breakup – the immense wave of relief both sides will usually feel afterward.
Is Letting Go of a False Twin Flame Easy?
We’ve talked about what happens when your twin flame is married and if you’ve gone through this (whether it’s you or your twin) you’ll know there’s generally no easy here.
Usually, I’d say that when it seems difficult to let go of a false flame, it’s because there’s still something to be learned there. Still some work needing to be done or some healing to be completed.
Sometimes you’ll see things like obvious emotional manipulation from the false twin flame in an attempt to keep them when the work is not yet done. Sometimes this itself can be enough of a trigger to spur you onwards.
Once the veil has been lifted and you can see the truth of the connection, letting go becomes a lot easier. Resolves grow stronger and both you and the false twin will move on better for the time you spent together.
Often you’ll both move on feeling lighter and move towards your true twin flame.