hi, interesting read.
Kev McGoldrick

Hey Kev McGoldrick, I’m sorry you’ve felt dry and distant. For me, the times where I’ve experienced that have been accompanied with fear and a bit of shame. I’ve gotten through that weird portion of my faith where I felt guilty any time I didn’t “feel” God, but I know that a lot of people are still there. So, if you’ve felt any shame or guilt, just know you are okay. God doesn’t hate you. He hasn’t abandoned you or any of that nonsense. One of the most comforting things in times where I have felt like God was distant is contemplating Jesus’s words, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. To me, it’s comforting that we worship a God that understands what it is like to feel abandoned by our Father. What a weird mystery. But, anywho, to answer your original question! There are several things you can do to increase your chance of having a spiritual experience. I recommend you read Mike Mchargue’s book Finding God in The Waves, or just listen to the podcasts The Liturgist or Ask Science Mike because they address this several times. I’ll essentially just regurgitate what they’ve said (and for this they’re just regurgitating studies, primarily Andrew Newberg’s work). Daily meditation and participating in group worship activities have been proven to increase your likely hood to experience a spiritual experience, and having a spiritual experience will help you feel closer to God. Essentially what you can do is give yourself a simulation of the experience and through that you can jump start your faith. Just because it’s a simulation of an experience doesn’t make it any less real. It takes about 80 milliseconds for all of the processes in your brain to finish responding to stimuli, so we’re essentially living in a simulation of something that happened 80 milliseconds ago. Much like the way that the light we see from the sun takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach us. As in, when we look up at the sun we aren’t seeing it as it is, we are seeing it as it was 8 minutes ago. Meditation has been proven to increase your chance of having a spiritual experience. But, even if that doesn’t work, meditation is worth doing. Meditation shrinks the amygdala (fear part of brain), it grows the hippocampus (memory), grows the anterior cingulate cortex (empathy), shrinks the interaction between the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala (thoughts and fear), it grows the grey matter in the prefrontal cortex (concentration). Meditation is the bees knees. So, my very practical advice, and it’s advice that I follow and has been affective for me, is to meditate once a day. Meditation is pretty simple if you’ve never done it, just start by sitting still with your eyes shut and paying attention to your breath for about 5 minutes. That simple. There are guided meditations you can try as well (I recommend Vapor by The Liturgist) that are pretty cool too. No matter how it goes though, have peace friend, all will be well.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.