Part of my personal mission is to connect people to heaven so they can receive revelation for their lives and know that the path they are on is acceptable by the Lord. I have the feeling that if each of us were visited by the Lord and he told us we are on the right path, we would have a whole lot less resistance to our lives and ourselves and that would lead to feeling better. You could be feeling the spirit, but not recognizing it because the spirit is speaking in ways you don’t expect.

D&C 8:2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

We hear a lot about receiving revelation in the mind and quite a bit about receiving revelation in the heart. I believe there are at least several other ways to receive revelation that are overlooked because we don’t hear about them as possibilities. So part of my mission is helping to connect people with heaven, so they can receive their own revelation and know that the course their life is taking is acceptable to the Lord.

I like to imagine that if we each had an angelic visitation and it was confirmed that what we are doing is exactly what we should be doing, we each would feel better and have less resistance to what is. Now, we are still all human, so there might still be some resistance, but I have a hunch that for many of us, reassurance from the Lord that our life’s path is good would go a long way to feeling better about ourselves and our lives.

Forms Of Spirit Manifestation

Very quickly, i’m just going to list several of the ways we know the Spirit can manifest itself to us based off of evidence from scripture and modern prophets:

  1. Visions, visitations, and dreams
  2. Hearing words in our minds or audibly
  3. Inspiration or concepts that resonate with us
  4. Emotion or sensation like “a warmth in your breast”
  5. An inner knowing “I just knew”
  6. Music or other arts is often a way the Spirit manifests itself.

These ways are obvious, and it’s what we often want- something obviously not ourselves. For that reason, I am not going to focus on these in this episode. I am going to focus on six more overlooked and subtle ways to feel the spirit.

Desires

I believe your desires were planted within you by God, and they are an essential part of your identity. Desires are part what makes us different from one another.

For these first two ways to the spirit manifests itself, I am going to use one story.

Several years ago, my husband and I would dream about and talk about how cool it would be if we ever got the chance to live abroad.

We didn’t think it would ever happen because he works in the aerospace industry and because of how the industry is very reliant on government contracts, the likelihood of international positions is very low. But nevertheless, we dreamed about it and desired it.

One day he found out that it actually was a possibility and that he was in a good position to be chosen as one of three or four people to work and live abroad.

We got very excited, but we prayed about it to confirm it was the right thing for our family. We moved forward with the idea, feeling like the spirit had confirmed it to us.

We move our family to Bremen, Germany, a town about an hour southwest of Hamburg, Germany. Bremer, our last name, means from Bremen, so we strongly felt like this move was meant to be. We were excited about being able to do some family history work and visit the place where my husband’s grandmother, who raised him from age 1, grew up— only a 45 minute train ride away from us.

We really enjoyed traveling around Europe the year we were there, but overall the experience of living in Germany was not a good one for our family. Especially from a spiritual perspective, the move was not good. We were puzzled why we would be prompted to move to Germany after we desired it so much, and how everything seemed to be meant for us, only to feel like it wasn’t a good move for our family.

Which brings me to the 2nd way the spirit manifests itself that we overlook: Contrast.

Contrast

Sometimes the lord leads us down the “wrong” paths to show us what is right more quickly.

We have to experience what is wrong before we know it is wrong. Contrast helps you see. Contrast helps you line your desires up with the desires the Lord has for you.

Sometimes I still think about living somewhere other than where I am, but every time, I know I am supposed to be here because of the experience we had in Germany.

Identity

The Lord tells you or reminds you of who you are; the adversary tells you who you aren’t.

I started out as a mindset coach, but because of my own personal journey decided to move into somatic work and trauma healing. That was not something I chose willingly, because I thought that kind of work was for therapy.

But one day, as I sat pondering what the Lord wanted for me, this thought came into my mind, “You are a trauma coach.” I resisted it for several months, until I realized the prompting wasn’t going to go away, and I grudgingly started calling myself a trauma coach.

Often, when I question whether the work I do is making a difference at all, I am reminded of that identity. I am a trauma coach. My life has prepared me for it in a very unique way. I was meant to do this work. (And I would go back to school to become a therapist, but the Spirit has made it very clear that is not my path.)

Gut feeling

In western culture, we often overlook the gut feeling, but I believe it is a way the spirit can communicate with us.

When my husband and I were first dating, he invited me to visit Georgia where he attended high school and where his aunt and uncle lived.

When we got on the airplane, I had a terrible feeling in my gut. I felt like something terrible was going to happen. The airplane hadn’t even taken off yet, but I turned to him and said, “This might sound weird, but I have a feeling something bad is going to happen, and I just want you to know I love you if it does.” He was kinda like, “okaaaaay…”

Nothing happened on the plane. Or on the hour plus ride to his aunt and uncle’s house. But a couple days later, after graduation when everyone was partying, one of his very good friends died in a car accident.

One of the saddest things I have ever experienced was a group of teenage boys who attended boarding school together crying on each other’s shoulders.

I still don’t know why I was gifted that knowing before it happened, but I know that it was a message from the spirit.

Using your voice

Have you ever said something out loud, and then it resonated with you? I believe this is one reason why we are encouraged to bare our testimonies. Yes, so we can testify and uplift others, but also so we can testify to ourselves.

When my oldest daughter was around 8 years old, she came to me one day because she was feeling frustrated by her younger siblings. As an oldest sibling myself, I empathized.

Then I said something that before that moment I didn’t know I knew: “I know it can be hard to be the oldest sometimes, but Heavenly Father sent you to earth as the oldest, so he knows you can handle it.”

It didn’t solve her frustration that day, but she did seem to accept her place in the family, and was encouraged that it was Heavenly Father’s plan for her.

I used my voice, the Spirit planted words there, and over the years, that principle and those very words have come back to comfort me.

Instinct

Another overlooked, undervalued process is our instinct. This is the impulsive moving away or toward someone or something. It’s a present moment type of knowing and doesn’t necessarily last to the future as it can change at any point.

The first time I met my husband, I felt an instinct. I was normally a very quiet-keep-to-myself kind of person, but the day he moved into the dorm room across the hall from me, my roommate told me there was a new guy, and I immediately went across the hall to introduce myself.

My roommate was surprised, and in a way it felt like I wasn’t acting like myself, except that it also felt natural and normal. Two and a half years later, we got married.

If you feel blessed, but not good, it might be because you think you aren’t feeling the spirit when you really are.

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