How important are truth, integrity, and authenticity to you – even at the cost of feeling comfortable and being affirmed?

When it comes to spirituality and the journey of awakening to our True Nature, most of us have a pretty good idea of the essential principles to keep in mind.

Qualities like love, peace, kindness, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, and gratitude – you know, those stereotypical feel-good qualities – inevitably spring to mind.

But how often do you hear about the importance of spiritual discernment

Chances are … probably not that much.

Let’s face it, even just the words “spiritual discernment” have a dry ring to them. They kinda sound like they’ve been taken from some heavy leather-bound book that has been collecting dust on the bookshelf for the past 100 years.

I imagine a stern librarian or an 83-year-old Harvard professor of physics when I think about spiritual discernment.

But don’t let the lack of feel-good vibes make you discount the importance of being discerning on the spiritual path.

Spiritual discernment is the single most essential ‘Sword of Consciousness’ you’ll need to hack your way through the many overgrown forests of Bullshit out there.

Table of contents

  • So … What is Spiritual Discernment?
  • The Sacred Path of Brutal Honesty
  • 13 Dangers of Lacking Spiritual Discernment
  • How to Stop Spiritually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Practice Spiritual Discernment

1. Go soul-searching and study yourself
2. Be brutally honest with yourself
3. See from other’s perspectives
4. Listen to your primal instincts
5. Seek and be receptive to feedback
6. Ask questions (and test your theories)
7. Reflect and evaluate

  • Spiritual Discernment is Like a Sword …
How to Practice Spiritual Discernment (Avoid STDs!) — by Aletheia Luna