Good questions. I'm not sure I really have the answers to those questions. I guess I want to feel like I know they are coming from the spirit so I'm getting a confirmation that things are true and it's not just my inner self feeling good. I don't mind at all being challenged so fire away.nibbler wrote:This comment will unintentionally sound very matter of fact but...
What would it mean to you if those feelings were coming from the spirit? What would it mean to you if those feelings were coming from you? It could be some combination, internal feelings validated by the spirit or spiritual feelings validated by you. If you felt good does it matter where the feelings came from? Is one source more valid or authoritative than another? Would identifying the source make a difference in what you intend to do about those feelings?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not challenging you or anything. I just thought I'd fire off a few questions. Junk food for thought.
This sounds a lot like me. For me there is something deeply spiritual about going out into nature away from everyone and just soaking it in. I really feel close to God when I do that. I don't mind doing it with others but it's a lot easier to control the peace and quiet when it's just you alone.DarkJedi wrote: And therein is the keystone of my faith crisis. I don't know the answers to your questions. I do wholeheartedly believe the spirit can be felt anywhere at any time, that Mormons have no monopoly on the spirit and that the "gift of the Holy Ghost" is not all it's purported to be. That said, I most often feel what I think is the spirit during music but it is not limited to music. The second most common time is when I am alone in nature.
After thinking about it some more I think part of my issue was feeling like, I'm going through a faith crisis so why allow me to feel the spirit elsewhere and cause further confusion. I don't know. That's not the best way to say it but I'm not coming up with the words right now.