Rule #1 - People living in sin experience the enemy's presence as a consolation tempting them to embrace the sensual delight of their vices, and they experience the presence of the Holy Spirit as "stinging and biting their consciences."
Rule # 3 - Those in a state of grace must learn to recognize consolations from the Holy Spirit: every experience of an "increase of hope, faith, and charity, and all interior joy that calls and attracts to heavenly things and to the salvation of one's soul, quieting it and giving it peace in it's Creator and Lord."
Rule # 4 - Learn to recognize times of desolation: "darkness of soul, disturbance, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving to lack of confidence, without hope, without love, finding oneself totally slothful, tepid, sad and, as if separated from God." These are times of trial. They are the moments when the devil is most aggressive with us but, when we learn to view them properly, they are the moments of the greatest grace and the most fruitful opportunities to grow in trust and faith.
Rule # 5 - Never make a life-change in time of desolation. Wait it out and stay committed to whatever you heard the Lord telling you to do in previous times of consolation.
Ignatian Discernment is a priceless weapon in the spiritual life of every Christian. Pope Francis, a devoted follower of St. Ignatius, has been encouraging us to delve more fully into the full teaching on this spirituality, and with good reason. It is a spiritual weapon par excellence. The following is a wonderfully engaging introduction to this kind of prayer and to discerning the movements of your heart (left) and, if you want a penetrating overview in more detail, here is the best I know of (right):
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission 34 - Talk about Tithing 35 - Recognize Bondage