Mali Apple and Joe Dunn are another of what I consider a ‘spiritual power couple’ whose coming together not only benefits themselves, but touches lives on a planetary level. I am convinced that when we love, full out, like they do, we created a ripple effect and can become a greater force for good in the world. Together they have birthed a book entitled The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide To Creating Extraordinary Relationships. They do their best to view everything from a higher possibility…another way of seeing the world as an array of choices that extend beyond our wildest dreams. Their invitation to you is to see life through the eyes of love as well.
How do you live your bliss, both as individuals and as a couple?
By making a conscious decision to enjoy and have fun with everything that shows up, to play with life, and to appreciate it all—including the most challenging circumstances. By always doing our best to totally embrace every experience life offers us. In essence, we always endeavor to get the most life out of life.
What would be your definition of a soulmate? Do we have more than one in a lifetime?
A soulmate is someone with whom we experience a profound connection on every level: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
Do we have more than one? Yes—potentially, six billion! If we were all fully enlightened, we would recognize and live our soul connection with everyone on the planet. We would recognize that everyone is our soulmate.
So the real question becomes: How aware are we of that potential soul connection with every person we meet?
Of course, most of us don’t experience such a profound connection with everyone, though we likely experience it to differing degrees with close friends, family members, and sometimes even strangers. And we’re often more open to experiencing it at the beginning of an intimate relationship than we are after fears, expectations, resentments and the like have gotten in the way.
How did the two of you meet and grow your relationship?
Interesting that you’ve asked these two questions together, because our answer to both is one and the same: We met online through a conversation about relationships—a conversation that has continued for eight years. And through that process, we’ve realized that a profound way to keep a relationship fully alive is to continually explore how to keep it alive! In other words, by approaching relationships as an exploration into LIFE.
Did it feel as if it was meant to be?
The universe was not going to let us miss that we were “meant” to be together! As is always the case when we’re truly in tune with our soul’s path, the serendipitous events and moments were off the charts.
What ingredients go into creating a conscious, loving, healthy relationship?
Way up there are taking full responsibility for your own experience; cultivating a willingness to explore, to be vulnerable, to communicate your full truth, and to find a way to have everything contribute something of value to your relationship; and continually increasing your awareness of what you’re doing, who you’re being, and what you’re bringing to your relationship.
What does intimacy mean to you?
Real intimacy is a willingness to be vulnerable, to expose ourselves, to bring our deepest thoughts, feelings, and desires out into the open, into the light. It’s a willingness to be fully naked. Of course, to be this vulnerable, it helps tremendously to know how to create a safe environment for intimacy, in which everything is okay to share, and to have the tools in place to be able to heal anything that arises. Those two things—creating a truly safe space for full intimacy, and developing tools for healing anything that comes up in that space—are important aspects of our book.
What would you like to see your book do out in the world?
Our greatest desire is to help people have better relationships, not only others, but also with themselves. We believe our book has the potential to help every person who reads it continually create an experience of more and more love in their lives.