Amazon Prime’s ‘Desperately Seeking Soulmate: Escaping Twin Flames Universe’ is to be followed by Netflix’s ‘Escaping Twin Flames’ in November. Jeff and Shaleia are the leaders of the Twin Flame Universe. The leaders claimed that it was just therapeutic whereas the former members may tell you it was like a cult.
An investigative journalist, Alice Hines, researched the group and wrote an article back in December 2020 for Vanity Fair where she expressed her own views which are quite different from the previous ones. Now Amazon Prime has come up with a three-part documentary series based on her research and views which was released on October 6. The main purpose of the show is to introduce the audience to the Twin Flame Universe and its former members.
According to Alice, a Twin Flames is a super spiritual soulmate, which is the other half of someone’s soul. It is a divine connection with one’s twin flames which continues across multiple lifetimes. The idea really became popular within a short span of time.
How did the ‘Twin Flame Universe’ emerge?
The founder of ‘Twin Flame Universe’ Jeff and Shaleia first met through an online chatting app back in 2012. After they started dating, Jeff came to Sedona, Arizona to meet Shaleia. Eventually, the couple started to make blogs about their relationship named ‘Awakened Intimacy’.
They slowly settled on the idea of the ‘Twin Flame Universe’ where they claimed to help people find their true soulmate. This attempt was an opportunity for Shaleia to share her spiritual thoughts with a community whereas it was a nice business opportunity for Jeff.
Alice described the Twin Flames idea as a new age spirituality and people who were born in the 1980-90s as well as Gen-Z are also interested in the idea. Social media has played a vital role in sharing their idea across the globe.
There is a private series within the universe named ‘Twin Flame Ascension School’ where the community members buy subscriptions for classes. After purchasing the subscriptions, they can avail recorded meetings of groups of students.
The allegations and controversies about the group are quite large. According to Kay, a former member of the group, she purchased the cheapest class by paying $111 for a month. After one month, she couldn’t afford it more. They forced her to purchase the course through her credit card. According to her, they are more interested in money instead of helping people.
Individual members are also offered one-on-one guidance and therapy groups by coaches. The coaches took all the income generated from the session. They recruit other new coaches and these new coaches have to buy a library of classes which costs several thousands of dollars.
About the ‘Desperately Seeking Soulmate: Escaping Twin Flames Universe’:
‘Mirror Excercise’ is the key method of their teaching, however, neither Jeff nor Shaleia invented the strategy. It teaches you to be accountable instead of blaming others. The strategy also alternates the genders to reassign the blame in a situation to the person experiencing the problem. Of course, if you are often told that it is your fault and you are solely responsible for it, you might lose yourself.
Jeff and Shaleia often claim that they receive directions from ‘God’. If one of the twin flames is not part of their community, the members are encouraged to cross their boundaries. The dynamics of the ‘Twin Flame’ theory are based on the ‘push and pull’ concept, where one of the twin flames is a ‘runner’ who wants to escape and the other half is a ‘chaser’, who wants to catch him/her. According to the ‘Twin Flame’ theory, the chaser contains more energy than the runner.
The theory also supports the idea of divine masculine and divine feminine. According to Jeff and Shaleia, in a relationship either of them has to play the role of a man and the other one has to be feminine in nature. The group largely consists of straight individuals. Before matchmaking, they ask the members about their gender and sexual orientation.
Jeff and Shaleia are also alleged to have pressured straight people to confirm their sexual orientation by having a relationship with a same-sex person.
What is the current status of the group?
Before Alice Hines published the article in Vanity Fair, their private Facebook group had more than 15,000 members. Due to that article, the group was affected badly and many members left the group. As of October 2023, the group has more than 40,000 members.