Great article and a very needed clarification in the alternative media on the topic of discernment, as it seems that each new “disclosure” is accompanied by the disclosing individual warning his readers to exercise discernment. This warning seems to automatically grant these intel givers credibility and believability, after all, a liar wouldn’t tell a person to be discerning while lying, would they? The term “discernment” becomes an automatic part of the packaging and delivery of the information, even if the actual contents may be far from true.
We would like to add that there is an aspect of critical thinking to the concept of discernment, where the information being disclosed should be fact checked, checked for logical holes or fallacies, and then analyzed for contradictions between the information and the logic. If it checks out, it is discerned to be credible information.
Many people may worry that if they are discerning that they are also being judgmental, and since that is considered of the “ego” and non spiritual, they avoid the critical thinking process. Judgment is only looking at the information based on the package and delivery of the information though, and how said package makes you feel. If it makes you feel good and hopeful, it is judged as worthy, but if it makes you feel triggered, fearful, or sad in some way, then it is judged as bad information. Judgment bypasses the critical thinking process, and is therefore not discerning.
We will leave you with a quote we wrote on another one of our blog posts, as well as a link to an EFT session I did another difference between discernment and judgment:
“Discernment is where a person is able to gain enough information, process it correctly, and discern whether or not the output is pure and aligned with truth, whereas judgment is only examining the output to determine whether or not it is true.” ~Nathan & Aline
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…
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