Discernment makes the world go ‘round. Where are we without discernment? We are in hell. Let’s take a look at what is meant by this.
First of all, let’s take a look at what discernment is. Discernment is defined as “the ability to judge well”, the word judge here meaning to form estimations or conclusions about, not to judge in the sense of putting other people down. What do we judge – other people, situations, right from wrong? Certainly. When we judge well and are therefore discerning, what does that look like in terms of our spiritual lives? What do we discern spiritually? Well, it’s a little like right and wrong, but it is more to do with light and darkness, divinity and evil, the truth and lies. Although these sound like dichotomies, they are not. There is no dichotomy in that which is and that which is not.
What is meant by the statement that something “is not”? Let’s look at the question of whether some “thing” can have reality when it is not endorsed by God. What would give it reality? We can give temporary reality to any “thing”, just as a bad dream will seem to have reality and power to frighten us until we fully wake up and know that it is not real. Was the dream and were the figures and images in the dream ever real, even when we were completely duped by them? No, and yet they could cause our heart to pound, our breathing rate to increase and our body to sweat; the dream images could even cause us extreme emotional and mental distress. But that still does not make them real. All that means is that we are reacting to a simulated reality and believing in it, for a time.
But what if we are discerning? Then we know what is what, and that the dream, although perhaps containing some important symbolic references for us as a sort of message, is not in itself real, nor based on reality. In other words, it could be showing us some darkness that exists within us, such as anger or jealousy, that we need to expunge, but neither the darkness nor the dream is real. Therefore, the dream images are part of the category of “is not”.
If something “is not”, why do we need to bother with it? It is precisely because we have the power to create temporary realities with our minds that we need to be responsible for what we have created and purify our creative faculties so that we create only that which is. What are our creative faculties? They include what we focus on, think about, feel, and determine to do.
Discernment is more than what makes the world go ‘round, it is the “apple of our eye”. The apple of the eye is the pupil, which controls the amount of light that enters the eye, much like the aperture of a camera lens. But unlike the pupil and the camera aperture which both open wider when it is dark, we as spiritual beings need to open wider to light, and close ourselves completely to the dark.
Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness.” Matthew 6:22-23 How can light be darkness? Light can be darkness if it is aligned with darkness and therefore used for dark purposes. Those who rebel against God can have a lot of light – meaning spiritual energy/power – at the time of their rebellion. If they then choose to use that light to turn against God and God’s children, then the light within them at their disposal for creating will be a great darkness.
When our eye is single, that means we are not fooled by the dual concepts in the world – what has been called “relative good and evil”. When good is defined by evil and evil defined by good, our vision is two-eyed or dual. Yet when we see past these dual concepts to the reality of Absolute Good which has no opposite, then our eye is single, and our whole body (the entirety of our being) is full of light. Therefore, discernment is the “apple of our eye” in the way of being what determines how much and whether we align ourselves with darkness or light – how well the aperture of our eye works to let in light and only light. If we cannot tell the difference – if we do not judge well, we may very well allow darkness in thinking that it is light (truth, divinity, reality), when it is not. Being fooled by and trapped in darkness when we desire only light is hell. Therefore, discernment is invaluable to keep us in the light; discernment makes our world go ‘round.