What is discernment? We’re often told to exercise it in everything we read online, yet we may not truly understand how it works.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines discernment as “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.”
Thus the quality of discernment is far greater than simply believing the truth or falsehood of a source. There are three key words here: grasp, comprehend, and obscure. When we exercise discernment, we are attempting to peer into what is obscure or hidden, in some cases what is “occulted.” We are attempting to grasp the fundamental truth or falsehood within each message. And we are actively trying to comprehend what the purpose or intent of that message is. Discernment requires our perception, intuition, judgment, reason, and understanding exercised in unison – not just a single trait used alone.
An unfortunate reality of our age – seldom do we find any message or messenger within the alternative media to be totally 100% true or 100% false (including my own – I’m certainly not perfect). Yet most people want to boil everything down to a binary decision, true or false, 1s and 0s, thinking just like a computer. Real life and real humans are more complex than that.
There are often little distortions and biases within material that we find to be true. And falsehood is all too often buried among a lot of little truths, to better conceal the agenda of that falsehood. The modern day spy-craft of intelligence agencies have made a global industry of deception. Television, media, and advertising all practice some form of deception. Though tiresome, as we interact with the world, we must constantly exercise our own discernment (and then by necessity forgiveness). Exercising that muscle increases the strength of the muscle, a skill we can apply to our everyday life – and the life beyond this one.
Here’s a pedestrian example: a woman is dating a new man she finds very attractive. Because she is in love she ignores the subtle warning signs – he is secretive, he disappears for periods of time, there are public places he will not take her, he conceals his Facebook page, he makes excuses about having her over to his house. If she listened to the doubts in her gut she might have realized sooner that he was married, that he was cheating on his wife. However, she did not wish to discern the truth. To enjoy the rewards of falling in love with the man of her dreams, she very much wanted to be deceived.
Too many people base discernment on how they feel or what they wish to believe. Unfortunately, thoughts and emotions are poor indicators for discernment. Strong emotions can lead us astray. What makes us happy and content is not necessarily true. What angers us may distract us. Our own beliefs and their resulting emotions can distort our observations.
“Here’s the deal: desperation breeds willful gullibility. When people become desperate — and the scriptwriters will continue to build conflict so more and more people feel that way — then along comes Someone who stokes that frustration and anger into a frenzied call to Action.” — Laura Bruno (Source)
Real discernment is instinctual. It requires us to quiet our mind, calm our emotions, and learn to listen to our instinct, our inner voice. Discernment starts in the gut, which some researchers are now calling our second brain. It may start as a hunch, an itch, a fleeting nagging feeling in the pit of the stomach, spreading outward if we allow it. Our intuition comes from the core of our being. Like spirit, it is a soft-spoken little voice, easy to ignore compared to the obnoxious blabbermouth of our mind or the overwhelming tsunami of our heart.
Our intuition is non-linear. We are accessing our multi-dimension self, our true spiritual self. It conveys volumes of information in an instant, information that has to be translated and understood by the mind. Sometimes the mind distorts this message.
“Before getting swept away in the saga of the one, true solution for all time, everyone, everywhere, that which “must be,” do take a breath of God/dess and recenter yourself. Ground yourself. Feel your abdomen and feet. Allow any wild zaps and kundalini overloads to release back into the Earth, which you currently inhabit during this lifetime. This is your natural state from which to notice any energy tugs and manipulations.” — Laura Bruno, (Source)
Have you ever had a brief moment of intuition, thinking that a friend or a family member would call, and then they do? While driving, have you ever experienced a gut feeling to take a different route, then you ignored the feeling, only to end up sitting in the congestion of a traffic accident? This is your intuition calling, the foundation of your discernment.
Discernment can be found within our contradictions. For example, you’ve found a new source of information and it feels like a revelation, yet there’s this one little nagging issue that’s creating an unknown uncomfortable feeling. Your intuition causes a subtle inner turmoil. It’s easy to miss. Do you ignore your instinct and accept all the information as true? Do you now reject all of the information, even the information that you strongly resonated with before? Or do you allow the doubt to grow. Do you examine it, understand it, let it tell you a much bigger story? But then do you doubt yourself because you are unworthy to receive such messages of truth?
You must allow yourself the privilege and responsibility to be your own spiritual authority in order to practice discernment. If you accept what some other authority tells you blindly without consulting your own innate spiritual authority then you are not practicing discernment. If you let your ego convince you it knows exactly what’s right and what’s wrong, then you are not practicing discernment. But if you surrender to the fleeting impulse of a higher power, accept the innate wisdom of your higher self, you’ll soon be on the right track.
About the Author
David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.” He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe. For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.
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