The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

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The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

Post by SilentDawning » 25 Nov 2021, 01:27

I can't remember if I asked this question before, so here goes.

When you feel the Spirit, what physical sensations do you experience?

Here it is for me -- when I have a light manifestation of the spirit, my tongue rests at the top of my mouth where I feel a tingling feeling I associate with peace. I sometimes feel a thick, warm, tingling feeling come over my chest and neck area. This is the most common manifestation of the Spirit I feel.

When I have a medium experience, my eyes well up with tears and I feel a warm halo around my head and chest.

When I have had powerful spiritual experiences, my eyes water and feel enveloped in a kind of power that is ALMOST painful, but not quite. It is a feeling of energy surrounding my upper body. For a period of time I don't feel like moving, or can't move -- I am not sure which. These experiences are few and far between, having happened only twice in my lifetime and both when I was under the age of 20.

I once had an answer to a prayer that made me feel like my Spirit had been split with an axe and tears came forth. Accompanying the tears was a repeating statement in my head that blocked out all other thoughts, telling me what I had to do in a short phrase. This happened only once in my lifetime. Incidentally, I acted on that inspiration and it blew up in my face.

For you, how do you feel when you experience the Spirit?
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Re: The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

Post by Minyan Man » 25 Nov 2021, 21:18

For me it is the sensation to verbalize my feelings or thoughts a gospel principle or lesson.
As a missionary, it was to tell the investigator how I felt about a particular topic being taught.
Recently, it was to tell my children & daughters in law how proud I am of how they were raising their children.
(Even though they are not in the church anymore.) They are doing a better job than I did.

It is rare to feel prompted emotionally or have physical sensations.

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Re: The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

Post by DarkJedi » 26 Nov 2021, 09:59

I can't say I have a physical or emotional reaction to what I've come to recognize as the Spirit. This was a major factor in my faith crisis and a new recognition of how the Spirit interacts with me was/is part of my faith rebuilding. I also believe the Spirit may interact differently with different people (as may God in general). For me it's a feeling of peace, often felt during prayer and sometimes at other times even randomly.
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Re: The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

Post by PazamaManX » 27 Nov 2021, 11:35

For me, I usually feel it in one of two ways. The first and more common for me these days is a feeling of unique peace. It's a feeling that can't be artificially replicated by mediation or anything else. It's just a quieting of the mind and soul that I can't really describe.

The other is an opposite feeling, more like a shot of adrenaline mixed with anxiety. Like a heavy feeling in the chest that there is something that I need to do.

Either seems rare for me these days though. More than once I've been in a room where every other person was in tears and saying how strong the spirit was, while I sat there feeling nothing. It definitely not a feeling I can create on my own. It just seems to come whenever it will.
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Re: The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

Post by DarkJedi » 29 Nov 2021, 06:12

PazamaManX wrote:
27 Nov 2021, 11:35
For me, I usually feel it in one of two ways. The first and more common for me these days is a feeling of unique peace. It's a feeling that can't be artificially replicated by mediation or anything else. It's just a quieting of the mind and soul that I can't really describe.
I like this description of it. You articulated it much better than I could/did. It is not just your average peace, it is unique (peculiar) and that's how I have come to distinguish it as the Spirit. Definitely not something I would describe as a "burning in the bosom." I have not tried to replicate it, although I do sometimes randomly feel it as I have pondered or perhaps informally meditated - but that's an exception, not the rule. As I said earlier, I often, but not always, feel it during prayer. The caveat there is that my prayers are infrequent.
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Re: The Physical Sensations of the Spirit

Post by Roy » 29 Nov 2021, 17:12

I have had tears come when reading the BoM with a friend. I do not know how to explain the tears. They were super embarrassing at the time. I took that to be the spirit.

I have felt a feeling of power/tingling when I helped set a young man apart for missionary service.

I have felt a sense of peace when my soul was in turmoil.

Of course, IMO, it matters less what physical sensations we might experience and matters more what meaning we assign to those sensations. (IOW if I understand that God is telling me to join a particular church based on that sensation - that is very impactful.)
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