By Nayberry Publications | Work + Money – Fri, Apr 1, 2011 5:07 AM EDT
Discernment of spirits is the interpretation of what St. Ignatius Loyola called the "motions of the soul." These interior movements consist of thoughts, imaginings, emotions, inclinations, desires, feelings, repulsions, and attractions. Spiritual discernment of spirits involves becoming sensitive to these movements, reflecting on them, and understanding where they come from and where they lead us. (Taken from IgnationSpirituality.com)
There have been times in life when I have not tapped in to my spirit of discernment and each of those times left me with bumps, bruises, and lots of whiplash memories to remind me not to ever do that particular thing again. It's like being a child and touching the stove. Once you touch the stove the first time and get burned, no one has to tell you the second time that it is hot. It doesn't matter if the stove is off, if someone tries to put your hand close to it you holler, "no!" That's not so much discernment as it is learning from your past lessons, but then again discernment and growth go hand in hand.
Whenever we step out on faith to do something bigger than we can see, think, or feel. Whenever we finally find out what it is that we are supposed to be doing and decide to walk that walk, we will be faced with conflicts, decisions, and quite frankly crabby people. There is no way around it, unfortunately, but one thing that we all are equipped with whether we use it or not is the spirit of discernment.
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