How do we feel the spirit? Is it a feeling?
Consider this possible view. Joseph taught this about the nature of the Holy Ghost:
“This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence.”
Receiving the Holy Ghost is being infused with light and truth. This will produce fruits of the spirit, such as meekness, and humility, and love.
But the spirit itself is the reception of light. So why do we associate feelings with the spirit?
Is it possible that our physical bodies can have a variety of physiological responses to light? That we may physically respond to the infusion in different ways and then call that “feeling the spirit”?
This is true, and not a bad thing, we just need to be really clear about what is happening, because there is the opportunity for confusion.
If I watch an inspiring movie, or fall in love with someone, or cheer my favorite team when they win a game, sometimes the same physiological responses may happen that we also feel when we receive the spirit.
So, to be sure that what we are feeling is actually the spirit and not a biological reaction to something we want, we must learn to taste light. We must learn to taste intelligence. And make this distinction.
Alma 32 gives a pattern to come into that discernment.