Spiritual Pain…

The way the “self” or “ego” reacts to contemplative efforts can be unpredictable, I guess… ways in which other “aspiring Contemplatives” have noticed reactions against (or maybe adjustments to) striving toward Union have included:

• giddy sadness

•  physical tremors, tense shaking, sudden outbursts (moans), violent jolts and jerks

• tearless or “dry” sobs

• tears

• great Sadness – shared Joy

• welling sensation of overwhelming joy, meloncholy, and warm comfort – like I’ve returned to the arms of a loving parent after having been lost and desperate for a long time

• fullness and lightness

• laughing or chuckling

• desire to do nothing else but pray when not formally in practice

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