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What is Discernment?

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1 What is Discernment? on Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:45 am


What is Discernment?

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Deus Nexus Leave a comment

By David Nova | Deus Nexus
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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2 Re: What is Discernment? on Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:46 am


Discernment – Navigating The Spiritual Minefield

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Deus Nexus 2 Comments

Reposted from: Wake Up World | By Christina Lavers
There is so much spiritual information floating around of varying quality, and for people who are just starting to awaken and connect with the spiritual aspects of life, it can be a challenge to discern the true gems from the trash.
I decided to compile some tips I have pieced together in relation to seeking external information and mentoring along my journey, and share it here today in hopes it helps others on their path to navigate the ‘spiritual minefield’.
Of course there are many fantastic teachers and teachings out there… finding them is all about discernment.

The Proponent of  Light

This is someone who focuses on love and light. Their words of love ring true and make us feel warm and fuzzy. Their messages are filled with hope and positivity. They encourage the seeker to repel negativity, and become love and light. Their doctrines, however, dispense a neutered version of spirituality. Their practices can make the seeker feel good, feel like we are participating in something profound, without actually enabling true deep transformation.
The problem is that while some of what they say may be true, they are actually missing half of the picture. Balance is crucial in healthy spiritual development. And while it is great to celebrate the beautiful, light-filled aspects of being, it is also crucial to explore and integrate the dark aspects of ourselves. When the darkness is ignored or pushed away, it remains unresolved and continues to burden us at an unconscious level.  Only through integration of our own darkness can we truly become realized beings, reflections of the whole.

You Are Special

There is no doubt that we are all special in our own unique way, and with so much negative programming in our world, making this realization is an essential step on our journey. However, there are different ways this awareness can develop. When information pertaining to our specialness is designed to appeal to the ego it can be problematic. Some teachings on offer make seekers feel as though we are part of a special elite spiritual club. “You are the brave ones; you are special…” The information appeals to the wounded, misunderstood aspect of the personality. When this aspect feels ‘seen’ and celebrated, an inflation occurs… and it feels good.
Instead of feeling like a weird misfit, we begin to feel like a chosen one; rather than the strange one, we become the exceptional one. However, this ‘inflation’ is not real growth because the information allows us to distance our self from the feeling of inferiority by stepping into a feeling of superiority, which is just the other side of the same coin.
True healing and humility occur when there is an acknowledgement and integration of both sides. By owning both our strengths and weaknesses we gain the ability to operate from a solid space of integrity and authenticity.

The Arrogant Teacher

This is a person who makes the seeker feel as though spiritual wisdom is only for the few with the intelligence to grasp the concepts that they espouse. The spirituality they promote is convoluted and has an elitist flavour. These people are masters at defending their position, not because they are right, but because they have highly developed the art of manipulating information for their own benefit. Often these types of teachers lord their knowledge over their followers in an attempt to make us feel inadequate. When we are grappling with our own sense of worth we might be inclined to believe that this teacher holds the secret we require, and strict adherence to their doctrines will eventually reveal it to us.
In reality spirituality is simple, and is accessible to everyone: the answers are all within. A big aspect of the spiritual journey is the process of recognizing where we have given away our power, and taking back our own authority.
One of the common aspects of a spiritually advanced person is that their sense of empathy and compassion is highly developed. This does not mean that they buy into ‘victim scripts’, or try and save anyone. Rather they recognize that everyone is divine and capable of finding their own way, but they also understand the difficulties of the journey, and their hearts are touched by the plight of others. The more advanced they are, the more they can feel their deep connection to everyone and everything.

The Hero

This is someone who presents themselves as perfect and infallible. These people tend to have a strong focus on self-promotion and relish being in the limelight. They love to showcase their amazing qualities and abilities. When these people make mistakes they do not ‘own’ them; they try to deflect blame, or have some ‘story’ to explain away the error.
Generally these people are not worth listening to because they are coming from an ego perspective. The ego loves to be on a pedestal, at the centre of attention, and despises having weaknesses exposed. The problem is that the messages presented by the person are usually framed in a way where the truth becomes secondary to promoting and maintaining a hero persona.
Our society teaches us to hide our vulnerability. But being able to step into vulnerability is one of the most difficult and important qualities for a seeker to develop. Being able to be vulnerable is a crucial key to being authentic. If one is not able to be vulnerable when appropriate, it becomes a necessity to manipulate the truth to avoid showing any cracks. Someone who is not able to be vulnerable cannot be in their integrity at all times.

The Messianic Guru

This is one of the most dangerous teachers and is probably more common than one might suspect. Along the path of spiritual development there is a point when the seeker becomes aware of their own Godliness, and the fact that the whole universe revolves around them. When this profound truth is integrated in a holistic way, the seeker understands that all is about perspective, and appreciates the deep beauty and magic in the fact that we are all expressions of the divine and thus each have the ability to touch that deep point within where we all meet. We are each literally the centre of the universe, from our own unique perspective.
The messianic guru however recognizes his/her divinity but has not yet understood it from the bigger picture perspective. This person believes that they are ‘the one’ and that they have a ‘special’ relationship with God/ the universe. Sometimes this comes through in their teachings in a blatant way, other times it can be more discreet.   However, even when a person is secretive about their beliefs, they usually drop enough hints that can be recognized by the discerning observer.
The danger is the underlying agenda is often subtly about supporting the ‘teacher’s’ distorted beliefs, and thus offers little to assist the seeker to uncover their own divinity.

The “They’re Coming To Save Us… Soon” Spokesman

This is someone who claims to be ‘speaking on behalf of’/channelling ‘higher beings’ who are coming to save us. While I have read a lot of excellent channelled material that claims to come from non-human entities, there is also a mountain of dodgy material. A common feature of some of the dodgy material is that it appeals to the victim mentality. “You poor things, life has been so hard, there are horrible beings that are so powerful that you have no hope of removing yourself from their grasp….but don’t worry because we are coming to save you…..soon. Very soon we will swoop down and fix everything so that you will live in a new paradise. Just keep reading our words…just keep believing and trusting in US, we assure you salvation is right around the corner.”
This kind of material is dangerous because it wraps the seeker in a sense of false hope, and does nothing to encourage self-exploration and deep growth. It promotes a sense of helplessness in the seeker, and supports the victim mentality by persuading the seeker to hand their power over to an external force. The focus on the ‘soon’ also functions to keep the seeker focused on the future and not in the NOW moment where our true power lies.

The Gloom and Doom Merchant

This is the teacher who appeals to the inner intensity junkie. These guys are the ones all over the net yelling dire prediction after dire prediction. This kind of information is often called fear-porn because it is a bit like watching a horror movie. It is dangerous and exciting, can be addictive, and most importantly, it is frightening. Too much immersion in this information will see us running for the hills (which might not be a bad thing in itself), wanting to learn a martial art (which might not be a bad thing in itself), and eyeing our neighbours suspiciously (I don’t think this is a good thing).
Fear is the great inhibitor of spiritual development. The more we fear, the more we close ourselves up to growth and transformation. When we focus too much on the fearful aspects of life we become tense and unbalanced, and can forget to nourish the beautiful, magical areas of our life. As more and more of our energy is dedicated to fear, the larger its presence becomes in our reality, and the beauty shrivels up. The seeker can be left with an overwhelming sense of disillusionment and despair. One of the reasons this path is so crippling is that a lot of the fearful situations we are faced with exist beyond our sphere of influence; there is little we can actually do to change the circumstances that are occurring on the global stage.
When we learn to acknowledge the reality occurring in our midst, but make a conscious decision to place our focus away from fear, onto that which we have the ability to affect positively, we encourage real transformation that benefits the whole. While the size of peoples’ sphere of influence varies, we all have access to one of the most potent points of change—ourselves. As we are all connected, healing ourselves has a potent effect on the collective unconscious, and the more light we can bring to this long neglected arena, the more light we will see reflected in our external reality.
Beyond ourselves we all have the ability to positively affect our surroundings. Be it our family, a plant, or our community, there is so much around us that we can nourish with love, and affect with our own unique endowments.

My Way IS The High Way

These are the teachers who believe that they have found, or been shown ‘the true path’. These teachers try to convince the seeker that they, and they alone, hold the key to their salvation. These people’s teachings often include a lot of judgement because of course, if theirs is the right way, then everyone else must be wrong.
In order to follow a teacher like this the seeker is required to sacrifice something.   The first thing is usually money for a book or workshop which will reveal ‘part of’ their secret true path. The second and most troubling thing that must be sacrificed is the seekers own power of self-direction.
Usually it is the wounded aspect of a seeker that becomes attracted this kind of teacher, the aspect that doesn’t trust in our ability to find our ‘own’ way. But one of the most important aspects of the spiritual journey is discovering and celebrating our own uniqueness and allowing others to do the same. The further the seeker goes down the path the more we are able to shake off the false, socially constructed aspects of our personality and connect with our true, unique, inner-self.
There is no right or wrong on the spiritual path. Different people learn different things at different times in different ways.   What works for one person might have no effect on another.

The Keys to Remember:

  • Anything that tells us that we need to read a certain book, listen to certain music or subscribe to a particular philosophy etc. should probably be discarded. Of course there is great stuff ‘out there’ to help along one’s journey… but while it may help, there is no ‘required’ learning on the spiritual path.
  • Anything that tells us that the answer is outside our self is a huge red flag!
  • Anything that leaves us with an overwhelming sense of despair is probably best avoided.
  • Anything that makes us feel good, but doesn’t encourage deep work is probably a waste of time.
  • Anything that encourages idolization of a leader is potentially dangerous to one’s development.

Let’s listen to our hearts.

About the Author

Christina Lavers is a writer, an artist, a creative enthusiast, and an inner world explorer. Born in Montreal Quebec Canada, she now lives with her life partner and son in a rainforest pocket in the hills behind Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia. She spends her time playing, creating, growing and sharing. As well as teaching and running private classes and workshops, Christina has developed and implemented many projects for local organizations.
“My journey has been about personal alchemy… exploring the mysteries of my soul and my environment, and learning to bring all aspects, the light and the dark, together with the transcending ingredient… love. The more I uncover and nurture the wounded aspects of my being, the more whole and grounded I feel and the more my outer world reflects the love, wonder and magic I have discovered inside”.
Christina has recently published her first full length book, a memoir about her wild awakening journey entitled Jump Into the Blue, and she is currently working on the next one. You can connect with Christina at and

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