Forgive me if this has been asked before, though I couldn't find a topic for it, but I was wondering how Christians experience the Holy Spirit? That is, do you experience a feeling of connectedness towards God, or a feeling of joy when attending church or reading the Bible or praying, or something else?
The reason I ask is that I have had experiences which I interpreted as being from God yet knowing how the faith I was raised in (mormonism) corrupts Christianity, I am doubting myself . . .
thank you in advance
As far as I know it's not really something people discuss a lot, it's usually a private matter with the priest because he will likely understand the person and what is going on, or maybe they don't know exactly because some things are just a mystery, but a seasoned priest should be able to guide you through the territory. There are states of prelest or plani, or spiritual delusion. Tito Colliander covers this very well in his little book The Way of the Ascetics.
Maybe discuss every great once in awhile with someone who is long practiced and very pious, but it's not casual conversation. Probably not a good thing to dwell on.
But then St. Seraphim said something to the effect of "if you acquire the Holy Spirit, and thousand people around you will be saved" or maybe variously it is translated "acquire the spirit of peace..." Maybe someone who reads Russian can clarify.
Orthodox they say, have "bright sorrow".