Intuition and Discernment: Your Compass
(A chapter from INSTEAD)


Apart from the people who are 'sincerely wrong' and have your well-being at heart, there are many who are more interested in profit or control. When evaluating material such as we will be looking at, the method you have been brought up and trained to use - the Logical Approach using facts, reason, analysis in the left brain - is ineffectual, partly because of the sheer volume of data, but also because of the unreliability of the data due to shills, study design and methodology, product defence companies, conflicts of interest and revolving doors. (See Definitions)

 

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False information - false results
Baron Harkonnen - Dune
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What is needed is a quick and reliable way of assessing information and choosing a course of action.
No problem. You have a much-maligned under-used sense that is just what you need. You have your Intuition. Trust your own Intuition.
Where have you heard this before?


'Search your feelings Lord Vader - you will know it to be true.' Star Wars
"Listen with your heart" Pocahontas
"I usually trust my instincts" Tris- Insurgent


The Intuitive Approach: 'Right brain'

Intuition is your secret weapon. It cuts through what is misleading, it simplifies what is deliberately complicated, and is absolutely proof against propaganda and manipulation.
It is a sense that everyone possesses, but that is often undervalued, undeveloped and discouraged.
Your intuition is the sense that tells you what is true even when your rational mind denies it, or that prompts you to a choice without a logical path leading to it. It may be the result of the savant-like abilities of the right brain, flashing an insight into your awareness. It may come as inspiration does, not as a result of any sequential thought processes, giving you a solution to a problem - in your bed as you wake up, or in the bath or shower as you relax. It may come as the voice of conscience does, quietly yet unarguably - just knowing what is right.
It is often the still small voice, or the first thought following on the heels of some question you have posed yourself. It may be the first response you feel at the moment of meeting someone, that you like or trust him or her - or want nothing to do with that person! It is often followed closely by left-brain excuses, justifications, hesitations or programming, so you have to be alert and attentive.


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That army of yours, that the world with its devas cannot overcome, I will smash with discernment.
Buddha
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If you deliberately apply your intuition to a topic, you are using Discernment. You do this by asking yourself a simple question and observing calmly the first response that comes into your mind. Being calm is important and it is useful to take one or two slow breaths first - particularly if the topic is an exciting or important one. The response you observe should leave you feeling calm too; a feeling of excitement often indicates the intrusion of left-brain egoic response. What you are looking for is an accompanying feeling of clarity and possibly joy, lightness or contentment.


The simple question you ask yourself could be:
Does that feel true?
Does that resonate with something inside me?
Is he or she speaking the truth?
Does the speaker believe what he is saying?
Which option would be right for me in the long run?
Does this option make my heart sing or sink?


or they can be more specific:
Is my asthma connected to the consumption of dairy?
or they can be semi-humorous:
Would I buy a used car from this person?
(Try the 'Does that feel true?' question out on the next advertisement you see, or the next news item on TV.)


If you find yourself unable to feel clearly your response, try again a bit later. Try to make sure that you are somewhere calm, possibly in nature, and not under the influence of coffee, alcohol or EMFs.
With practice, of course, you will become adept at using your Discernment. Use it for everything you read in this book - and all the messages and information you are exposed to in everyday life. Given the subject matter of this book, you may wish to apply your discernment not only to the book itself, but also to reviews it gets. Enjoy using your discernment and have confidence in what it tells you!


A very powerful focus for your discernment is this simple question:
Who does it serve?


For example:
Who does it serve if I consume or don't consume something?
Who does it serve if I believe this or that statement?
Who does it serve if I am told or not told something?
Who does it serve if the population is unhealthy, on medication and not very bright?


or


Who would it not serve if I knew the real causes of poverty?
Who would it not serve if I took all my money out of the bank?
Who would it not serve if I knew and acted upon all the stuff in this book?


or


Does this product serve my health and well-being, or the profits of the producing industry?


We will re-visit this important question as we move through the different areas as well as suggesting other focuses for your Discernment.
('Who does it serve?' is similar in function and result to 'Follow the money', but casts the net wider.)
Use the techniques above for discernment, and listen as the answers come. Keep calm. Just move gently away from those things you feel do not serve you. (See Action Plan)


The layout of this book is, in general:
Statement & Brief explanation &/or Link
You will often find that the statement alone corresponds to your intuitive feeling of what is true. That may be enough for you to incorporate it in your view of the world and take action accordingly
The explanation can give extra useful information, as can the links and references, giving you material for more left-brain analysis, and bolstering - or testing - the confidence you have in your intuitive response. And if you are following links, you will need Discernment to feel which sources to trust!
(Reapply your discernment to people and sources from time to time. YouTubers sometimes go off beam when they get sponsorship; trusted sites start advertising random stuff you don't need. Do things still ring true? Check also things that are much hyped and things that are free.)
What we are suggesting is a direct, intuitive perception of - and feeling for - the truth. There is no reason anyone should wish you not to use such an approach, although it is of course outside their control. This book's intention is to present points of view to which you are invited to apply your intuition. These are what we call Discernment Foci or Focuses.
If you take nothing else from this book but an understanding and use of your intuition, you will be rich.


'The test, is this:
In the face of a challenge, who do you trust?
Do you trust what the "outside world" is showing you?
Or, do you hold fast to that which "feels" like Truth, deep within you?
That is something you can only answer for yourself.'


Not forgetting -


The Empirical Approach.
You can just try it out.
You simply make some changes suggested in this book and see how you feel. If, after two or three weeks, you do not see and feel a difference, go back to what you were doing before. For this approach to bear fruit, you do need to make some significant changes and not just tinker with detail. For example, going from four glasses of milk a day down to three is not the idea; cutting out dairy completely for a fortnight is.


Further links:
A thorough examination of left and right brain function :
Left in the Dark PDF
and
Left in the Dark
More on the 'spontaneous precision of instinct' and the 'divine dance of inner direction' Starseed Ken Carey Chapter 7
Starseed