Recently this word has made a graceful impact amongst the spiritual/conscious communities, and I’d like to take the time to break down the word in definition as well as origin. Firstly, the simplified definition is as follows: “The ability to judge well.”. In other words being able to make a decision based off the parameters in the present moment of judgment. Moreover, critical thinking is self explanatory when it comes to the topic of discernment.
Going into the origin of the word it appeared in the late 1500s and the verb discern come from the Latin term discernere which means “to divide“ or “to separate“. Additionally, it’s peak use was in the early 1800s until it began to degrade over time and made it’s return in the 2010s.
Now that brings us to the present where it’s starting to gradually be used again. In order to use discernment in daily there are 3 important pieces: awareness, understanding and action. Regardless, it is a word that needs to be understood and innerstood now more than ever for those that are paving the path on their spiritual journey. In conclusion discernment is fundamental in the practice of spirituality.