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The art of knowing the difference...


Discernment, when stated as the art of "knowing the difference" may seem both obvious, even maybe common sense to many who, like most of us, prefer to think that we can can discern between the many opposing and even seemingly similar issues of our day.

Truth is often stranger than fiction, however, and were discernment practiced in equal measure by those who believe that they possess it, then there would be far less experiences of deception and fraud, not to mention a host of other less desirable human behaviours. Indeed, the very people who state that they possess it would feel no need for additional validations and equally innocuous evidence procedures like testimonials and  highly creative personal biographies. Let's face it, who is going to write something bad about themselves anyway? That's the killer when you think about it - sales pitches, biographies, testimonials and references, all provided by the very person about whom the evidence of ability, integrity, honesty and experience are being sought in the first place. Were it not such a serious issue, it would be laughable when you think about it. But that's the very point, very few people ever really think about it, which is why the art of discernment passes most people by despite their insistence that they practice it.

Social conditioning has indeed become the mind control mechanism of our time, with ' the system' (whatever that may be) laying out the very guidelines for rules of engagement that support the very deceptions that we condemn with our mouths. whilst at the same time supporting with our actions.

And, in the spiritual arena (that less than honourably new age human one at least) the game and the rules remain the same, with tens of thousands (if not billions in reality) of well intentioned, but less than discerning individuals, seeking for enlightenment in the darkness, when all along the wisdom that they seek lies deep within themselves.

Discernment therefore, whilst an illusive quality where human emotion and need are concerned, remain the pivotal pin around which truth, reality and wisdom revolve, and are indeed viewed, free from the tint of deception and greed.

Without discernment one cannot see through the many illusions which mask reality and distort truth. Lack of discernment opens us up to playing a supporting role on the stage of illusions so brilliantly set against a backdrop of so called credibility that we falsely believe come from the measures that man makes not to honour but to judge his fellow man.

Be in no doubt that the spiritual skills attributed to prophets, channelers and guides on the path to enlightenment come from no university known to man, nor from any certificate issued by him, and certainly not from self created and highly imaginative biographies and testimonials. Spiritual skill comes from doing and being, and from the words and messages of inner reflection, connection and discernment. Rather rely upon who and what a person is not what they tell you or what they want you to know and believe. Ultimately, spiritual is what spiritual does, and through discernment comes the knowing that all human acts motivated by fear, ego, elitism and judgement are indeed from everything that should be avoided on the journey home, for they are as cliffs and overhangs to snare the unprepared and weaken the resolve of weary, tired and lazy minds.

God wants the strong in will, kind of heart and discerning in mind, for the they are the only ones to see the light of truth that dawns upon the awakened mind.

Ultimately, I am reminded of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. False prophets are generally very easily spotted because they are not true to their spiritual word, they take most things personally, they make all sorts of inaccurate assumptions and they are lazy people who over charge, over promise and usually under deliver.

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By Simon c. Godwin and David Green

The British College of Dowsing