To discern is to recognize clearly. Put very simply, discernment is the ability to make good judgments. In the design of an extraordinary life - one beyond anything we have yet experienced - we need more than good judgment; we need the keenest possible insight into our nature, purpose, wants, and life goals.
Spiritual discernment has nothing to do with religion in this context and everything to do with the alignment of mind and soul. Webster’s Dictionary says that the soul can be defined as “the spiritual part of a person.” It is a vital or essential force within us that informs our life. From this perspective, spiritual discernment is the active joining of the eternal Self with our human understanding.
There is nothing mysterious about spiritual discernment. It is, in fact, a very natural process to those who take the time to connect with themselves at a deeper level of consciousness. What can be gained from this inner vision is quite remarkable. Here are a few examples:
- Since our souls are wise beyond our imagining, discernment gives a special kind of illumination to our thinking. The ideas that come to us at this level are in harmony with our truest intentions, whether we have given voice to those intentions yet or not.
- Because this discernment requires honesty, the decisions made from soul feel good and right to us. They align with our moral and emotional nature
- Spiritual discernment offers us a quiet confidence in making choices. There is nothing to hide, everything is out in the open light of the spirit, and so we can happily choose a path that is for our highest good and greatest joy.
A FORMULA FOR SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT
Learn to put the experience of calm back into your life. Learn the difference between sanity and foolishness when it comes to the hours you work, the company you keep, the habits you perpetuate, and the things you tolerate.
A life that is perpetually filled with unresolved stress is a whirlwind of drama. A life that is lived from inner peace brings calm to any stormy situation and restores balance for clear thinking.
KNOW YOURSELF INTIMATELY
Know what nurtures you, what energizes you, and what totally fills your cup to overflowing. Know too that which depletes and drains you, that which deflates you and makes you feel small. Be aware of the effect that other people have upon you. Take measures to minimize exposure to negative or abusive people and to maximize the time you spend with people who expand your world.
If you are drawn to the quiet of the mountains or the peacefulness of the woods, if you are passionate about beauty and art or health and fitness, if you continually feel a pull into certain teachings, philosophies, or religions practices, know that these are all ways in which your soul is making contact with you and encouraging your participation. What is natural to you will be the most nurturing.
I have always loved this quote from Myrtle Fillmore, the Co-Founder of the Unity Movement:
“A little period of quiet and rest each day
is your opportunity to establish yourself at the center of your being,
the one place where the supply of life and substance is inexhaustible.”
A daily time of quiet is not only deeply renewing, it also opens the mind to receive a higher level of clarity. Quiet sweeps away disturbing images and troubling thoughts, making room for true discernment.