It has long been said that the truth shall set you free. However, you and I both know that the truth doesn’t always show up distinguishing itself as the truth. In fact, every now and then, it shows up posing as a wolf wrapped up in sheepskin.
So, this may lead some to wonder, how does one go about determining what’s authentically true and what’s just representing itself as the truth.
I have come to find that developing a particular type of skill to be the most effective way to determine the authenticity of anything. Whether you’re seeking the truth on your spiritual journey, the status update of a questionable relationship (or friendship), or something as simple as choosing which product you should spend your hard earned money to make a purchase of necessity.
The skill I’m referring to and bringing up for today’s discussion is discernment.
So what exactly is this “discernment,” anyway?
According to Dictionary.com, discernment is “using acuteness of judgment and understanding,” or, having a “keen perception and judgment.”
In other words,
Discernment is being mindful of what is being presented and trusting ourselves, intuitively, to make the best call. (Tweet this)
Not to be confused with the mind chatter, which is more of a distraction, than offering of good advice; discernment is a communicative based relationship we have with our first love (ourselves), which is meant to remind us of what has already been established, or at the very least, concluded.
When I first discovered the term, I was just a boy growing up attending the storefront church, with my grandmother. I would hear countless sermons about “having discernment,” and in each one, the preacher would make it sound almost as if it were some sort of a superpower we needed, but weren’t promised we’d receive.
Despite what I learned growing up, I now know that discernment has nothing to do with religion, whatsoever. It’s far deeper than what many religions and religious leaders attest it to be. It’s up to us, individually, to be able to decipher what we believe is true or not, and not allow other’s differing views or disapproving opinions, to guide us with their traditions and personal persuasions.
With discernment, we can challenge internally the information we’re being given, to assist us in determining our feelings or beliefs about matters that affect us, as individuals.
Discernment isn’t inborn, or religious, it is the development of one’s own good judgment. It’s sharpened with practice and experience.
As an adult, I have since learned to do what the Apostle Timothy suggests Christians do in such cases, which also, in my opinion, is a key step one should consider towards honing the skill of discernment
Master Life Lesson: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (Tweet this)
It is easy to become overwhelmed by the Tsunami of information and changing fads that crash against the shores of our mind, seemingly every hour of the day.
If someone were to try to process all the information we’re given, having never begun the process of developing their skills of discerning what’s for them and what’s not; they stand a high risk at being overwhelmed by the flood of information, than say, someone who intuitively judges the information they’ve being given.
The Path to Discernment
- Know Thyself – Initially, the ability to discern begins within us. It’s the first brick laid after one has gotten to “know thyself.” If we don’t trust ourselves and in the process of life, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll listen to ourselves to hear what we have to say. If we don’t know who we are, then we risk passing that responsibility on to someone who may not have our best intention in mind.
- Listen Inwardly – After establishing or reestablishing the relationship with oneself, the next step is to begin paying closer attention to those intuitive hunches and perceptive observations. We are hardwired to be honest with ourselves, but after years of conditioning and being told to “hide our true feelings,” we begin resorting to the lies as “the truth” and the truth as “lies.”
- Study Well – Interestingly, both the Apostle Paul and Buddah said to “Work out your own salvation.” What does that say to me? Seek the truth for yourself by studying to show thyself the answers. The truth doesn’t desire to hide itself from us. We cover up our mind to the truth. Blocking anything out that goes against what we’ve been told it to be. Studying implies that we use every resource that’s available to us.
- Meditate and/or Pray – As my grandmother used to say, “Go into your secret closet.” Or, go wherever you have set aside to fellowship with your Beloved, Source, or God (The Beloved is not as particular about its name, as much as we are). When we go within to seek the Truth, it will always be there waiting for us.
When we master the art of discernment, we are much better equipped to see the authenticity of life’s wonders. That is where we find our release, along with our True Self’s liberation.
Over to you,
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