What is it?
Discernment is a way of creating value in whatever we do and looking at life in a way reflecting ‘what ought to be’. This makes it true to ourselves. It helps us reason better, and aim for the best possible outcomes. It definitely gives us the power to be able to deduce possibilities. You see, once upon a time, humans did not have computers, the internet, or any form of instrumentation, etc… Therefore, people had the ability to obtain sharp perceptions and judge current situations with what they had – discernment. It was part of their activity of solving problems, and it ought to be a natural part of the process of judgment for us today. I found that within its psychology people, utilized boundaries created by morals, values, and other belief systems.
Discernment was once seen as a personal scientific tool. It enabled people to determine what is true in our world. Within the confines of the general judgment, we are able to make assumptions and arrive at actionable conclusions about the possibilities being made available to us. It tests the degree and strength of things. For example, Christians believe that Discernment is a Virtue and that it helps us to inject wisdom into the decisions we make, keeping us on desirable consciousness and the path we choose.
Have we lost it?
Back in the early pioneering years, men and women knew their location without the help of a GPS. They could walk for days toward a destination without a compass. They knew where to look for bush food and wild trucker along the way. Fishermen could sense if it was going to rain. People in nature could tell if it was going to be a burning hot day or that a storm was approaching. They could understand and interpret the nuances spoken by others. They could discern, and they did it without the aid of electronic gadgets.
A primary school class was once asked by their teacher questions which were answered in an innocent but incorrect way revealing what the students’ reality was truly made up of. These children were no longer able to discern. They were accepting the world around them according to someone else’s interpretation and instruction. “Where does milk come from?” asked the teacher. “Oh miss, everyone knows that milk comes from a carton at the supermarket!” was the first answer. “OK. Who knows where money comes from?” She then asked. “Miss, miss, me… me! My mother showed me that money comes from the hole in the wall just outside her bank. She calls it that – ‘the hole in the wall’.”
You might be forgiven for thinking this was made up, and a joke, but it wasn’t, it isn’t. So, the question begs to be asked again. Have we lost it?
With the advent of technology and our separation from Mother earth, it has rendered us incapable of doing the things our ancestors found to be common knowledge, and essential for living. Not to mention the type of mindless activities, such as bingeing on senseless TV shows, playing endless computer games, etc… which do nothing more than disengaging our brain from our body for certain amounts of time which we have chosen to remain in a vegetative state. That’s part of how we lost discernment.
The child of the future will rely on things like the internet and the like to be able to make the right decision. It will be harder for them to ‘Discern’ what should be done.
How do we get it back?
The process of individual discernment is not a difficult one but it does have steps that can be taken in order to achieve a sensible level of discernment. Here are seven tips you can use for reclaiming your natural discerning powers:
- Act without any Fear of the outcome. Whatever comes, will come. Making a decision is more important than not making one at all. If you are right, then you are on track. If not, you can correct it and get back on track. Don’t rush it, but do make the decision! Give yourself a deadline for deciding what to do, otherwise, procrastination can set in.
- Use both your head and your heart. It is important to listen to your feelings and at the same time look at the practicality of the proposed solution. Be informed. This helps you properly assess the possibilities available to you. Every individual has a different value system, and that means you will arrive at your preferred conclusion with what makes sense to you and feels right for you.
- Don’t let others do your thinking for you. Reclaim your sovereignty, and make a stand.
- Remember that when in a group, for example, a committee, you are also considering every individual’s choice. Remember to always state how you feel about things.
- Listen to your feelings closely. Is what is said making you feel ill, or excited? That will be your guiding force to what is being discussed.
- Ask for the opinion of someone you trust and value.
- Believe in the Power of Prayer, and use Prayer as a tool to confirm your conclusions.
Take the first step by going it alone. No gadgets!
Salvino is an advocate of the human mind, heart, and Spirit. He works to raise human potential and awareness of opportunities for achievement. He believes anyone can have an enjoyable and memorable learning experience and produce positive outcomes in life given the right programming. He lives in Australia and believes in God and delights in daily worship. His motto is “Moving Forward With Confidence!”