I have heard many stories about people feeling physical pain, having the Holy Spirit highlight someone, and realize the pain wasn’t theirs but someone else’s. The Holy Spirit was trying to tell them to pray for them.
Recently, I felt some swirling, uncomfortable thoughts. I thought it was my own thoughts, and I was trying to get them under control. Then I heard the Holy Spirit gently ask me, ‘who has my soul been connected to?’ In other words, whose thoughts are these? Then those swirling thoughts made sense.
I made a new good friend recently, someone who I carry in my heart. Sometimes I can feel this friend’s heart over distances, and it brings me joy to know I can be connected to spiritual family over distance.
If those thoughts were mine, it would mean something was wrong in my subconscious that needed to be addressed. But knowing it was from a friend gave me context for what those thoughts meant, and how to understand them.
We can pray for strangers we bump into for physical healing. How much more can we pray for the souls and emotions of brothers and sisters? Sensing this stirring in my friend was a bit disruptive to me, but it was a welcome and constructive disruption. It was welcome because I care about this friend, and it was constructive, because I am in a position to pray or minister in the spirit for this person, and also take it into consideration when interacting face to face with the person.
People often mention soul ties as a negative thing, but as with a lot of negative things, they are simply positive things gone wrong. I believe God wants us to be connected in spirit, and that many blessings can come of this.
The word ‘ties’ implies that two are bound together in some way they are not in full control of, and while that may be true to an extent, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, and His Spirit leads us into maturity in this freedom, to be linked or not linked to others by our own will, according to wisdom and love. So instead of calling them soul ties, I am choosing, for the time being, at least, to call them soul links.
Once in a while, soul links can be challenging, but I believe that normally, it is a great blessing for us to be knit together in love:
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and [knit together] in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ” – Colossians 2:2 NIV [NAS]
Loneliness, isolation, and busyness are huge problems in our society — but this knitting enables us to be interconnected with the spiritual family we are in relationship with all the time, even if we are busy at work.
Have you experienced this connection? Share your story in the forum!
Do you have unhealthy connections that need to be severed or dialled back? Ask God, and mature believers — they can help.
Do you lack connection? Is there capacity in your heart for greater love? Who can you love more? Who can you hold in your heart? Loving another can make a huge difference for that person, even if over a distance, even if for a moment, even if they don’t know who you are or understand what happened. It’s happened to me. How much more of a blessing can it be to consistently hold loved ones in our hearts?