The purpose of intuition is to guide you to the truth, which is usually hidden under numerous layers of illusions. You have to dig through each one until you find it. Discernment is one of the best tools you can use for the job. An illusion is a spiritual term used to describe a lie. Lies and illusions present themselves as layers of inconsistencies, discrepancies or incongruities in people and situations, so if you intend to get to the truth of any matter, you have to be alert to the differences between:
- what you see and what you get,
- what you say and what you do,
- between what you feel and what you think,
- and what other people say and what they do.
You may have a sense of sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing to help you survive and thrive in the world. Some senses may be stronger than others while one or more may be non-existent. Each one contributes to your ability to rely on your instincts to protect you from danger and falsehoods. However, if one or more of your five senses are not functioning, and your gut instincts are not in peak condition, then without intuition and a capacity to be discerning, you may miss the danger signs, or be misled and fall prey to a lie. This is a one way road to sabotage, disappointment and betrayal.
Your intuition and discernment, when combined with your five senses, plus your gut instincts, will help you to find, reach or expose the truth. Intuition is your sixth sense. The first step to developing your intuition is to look at things holistically. In this case, it means paying attention to the negatives as much as you do the positives. You have to give yourself permission to be negative and positive. A positive person does not want to be accused of being suspicious, or judgemental or critical of any person, place or thing. That would be a negative way to think and behave. Negative qualities that remain denied or avoided are in danger of being projected onto others. In this way, everyone becomes a mirror of each other. This means that sooner or later, your projected negativity will be reflected back to you. You could say that projection is a psychological version of karma. It is easier to put your negative qualities to work instead of trying to avoid them or deny their existence, only to face them later anyway.
You have to get used to being negative so that you are not afraid of the vast amount of energy it generates. You can harness this energy and use it for good. You will have to become comfortable being suspicious, so that you can detect when something is right or wrong, rather than find out later the hard way, when circumstances prove it to you one way or the other. Who hasn’t said more than once after the event, “I knew it! I knew that was going to happen!” but they didn’t have the courage to say it beforehand for fear of being seen as negative, or getting it wrong and then feeling humiliated. You have to stop ignoring your suspicions and take note of them instead; so that you can use the extra energy it creates to be more intuitive. Then you will be able to reach into the heart of any matter and expose the truth. You have to give yourself permission to do the following when necessary:
- Be negative
- Be suspicious
- Be critical
- Be judgemental
That’s right. You have to use your judgement in order to be discerning. If you can’t, don’t or won’t let yourself be negative, suspicious, critical and judgemental when necessary, then you will not reach the level of discernment required to develop accurate intuition.
Why do bad things happen to good people? One reason may be that if you ALWAYS look for what is right in a person, place or thing, then you will ALWAYS overlook what is wrong. The world is not ALWAYS an ideal place. Human behaviour is not ALWAYS ideal. If you always look for the positive in everything, then you are blind to the negative. You will fail to see what is not right about any person, place or thing until it is too late. Good natured people are too often less inclined to suspect that anything could be wrong.
A lack of discernment makes you vulnerable to those who want to take advantage of you and your kind or generous nature. When you make yourself vulnerable, you attract vultures, parasites and vampires into your relationships, work or social situations, or your financial or business affairs.
While you watch in horror as the vultures circle over your head, the vampires sneak behind your back to suck all the energy out of you. After they drain you of your life force, the vultures feast on the meat of your good nature. They leave just enough on the bones for the parasites to finish you off. You feel as though you have been reduced to nothing. You are depleted of energy and barely have enough to take care of yourself.
No area of your life is sacred to a vulture, parasite or vampire. It is your responsibility to protect yourself. Discernment protects your vulnerabilities. It sets up boundaries that can be open, partially open, almost closed or entirely shut. You can let people in, and you can keep them out whenever necessary. Discernment gives your boundaries enough flexibility to adjust to safe, secure, threatening or dangerous situations.
Some individuals are born with reliable gut instincts; others are highly sensitive or possess amazingly accurate intuition while many individuals have to master the art of sound judgement in order to survive and thrive in the world. When you know how to make sound judgments you can be discerning. Discernment is the ability to develop and fine tune your visionary and intuitive abilities through the trials, errors and pitfalls of life. This is where failure is useful but not particularly pleasant. It offers incredibly accurate feedback about what not to do next time.
Discernment comes from a balance of intellectual reasoning combined with your intuition and gut instincts. Both the left and right brains are activated when you are discerning, but you can also engage more of yourself than just your brain in this process. You can use the seven chakra model as a tool to help you develop your capacity to be more discerning. Discernment is your ability to perceive what is true, rather than being seduced by illusions and false impressions. It is your ability to perceive wisdom from manipulation.
When you are uncertain or suspicious about a person or a situation, then how do you discern truth from illusion? What do you need to look for? Imagine you are on a search for guidance and direction, say from a spiritual healer or teacher. How do you know a genuine healer? How do you recognize a good teacher when you see one? When the situation calls for discernment, there are seven chakra benchmarks to look for that will help you to assess their worth. These benchmarks can be applied when you need to discern the quality or truth of new information being presented to you. Always follow what feels right and true for you at the time.
1. Focus on your first chakra at the base of your spine. This is your centre of earthly survival power. Is the information, teacher or healer consistent, positive and helpful? Is the information, healer or teacher down-to-earth or vague and ungrounded?
2. Focus on your second chakra below your navel. This is your centre of relationship power. Does the information, teacher or healer have healthy boundaries? Are you encouraged to be independent, empowered and whole? Or are you being asked to conform with, or depend on, the healer, the information or the teaching?
3. Focus on the third chakra at your solar plexus. This is the centre of your instinctive power. Does your gut register this information, teacher or healer as congruent? Is this a person of integrity?
4. Focus on your fourth chakra at the heart. This is where your emotional power resides. Does the information, the teacher or healer uplift you? Is your heart stirred with a sense of truth?
5. Focus on the fifth chakra at the throat. This is your centre of free will. Are you being asked to surrender your power to choose for yourself? Are you accepting the information presented without question?
6. Focus on your sixth chakra in the middle of your brow. This is your intellectual power. Does the information broaden your awareness and understanding of yourself? If the information, teacher or healer is personally confronting, does it lead you to face reality?
7. Focus on the seventh chakra at the crown of your head. This is your centre of spiritual power. Does the information, teacher or healer provide you with a path for healing or growth, or does it undermine you?
If you believe all that you are told, shown or read without question or research, then you are susceptible to victimisation. You may be physically, emotionally, mentally and even psychically vulnerable and open to manipulation.
By asking these questions with the help of your chakras, you tap into the infinite source of your own inner wisdom. From there, you will strengthen your ability to discern truth from illusion. Discernment helps you to face your fears. It will hold you in firm stead when you are surrounded by confusion and indecision. You are meant to be a sound judge of character and situations. Discernment helps you to face the realities of life. It circumvents many disappointments and falsehoods.
Not everyone has the personality of a vampire, parasite or vulture. The human personality is just the top layer used to cover up the truth inside. Inside everyone is the potential for goodness and its opposite. The interior essence of an individual, that is, their soul, may contain the best and worst of human nature. History will attest to this. Think of Hitler, Judas and Genghis Khan or Joan of Arc, Mother Theresa and the Buddha.
You can develop or refine your ability to be discerning by questioning the validity, authority and legitimacy of everything that you see, hear, taste, touch and smell. When you use one or more of your five senses, your chakras, and your intuition, then you will improve your ability to detect the inconsistencies and discrepancies that determine the truth from a lie.