The Eastern light brings peace
with the soft touch of wonder.
As the sensation intensifies,
I can see the fine lines of life
held together by sweet silver threads,
that surround me,
enfolding me in a web of joy.
But my mind tries to break through
with thoughts of what must be done:
a goal for the month,
an objective for the week,
a plan for the day,
my “to do” list.
And I sit back and laugh,
at first gently,
then from the depths of my being,
at the complexity of the thoughts
manufactured by my tired mind.
And I laugh at the lack of knowing
because the search for knowledge
leads only to more questions,
while I can sit here and smile
because I know I have all the answers.
“How shall a man judge what to do in such times?’ ‘As he ever has judged,’ said Aragorn. ‘Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear…It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Judgement is what we do; it is what the human mind is made for. The key to sound judgement is the power of discernment. First of all, discernment is being able to discern between the truth and the fiction coming from our own minds. In order to do this, we have to be in touch with our Higher Self. We find that inner space within, let it expand, and wait for the voice of knowing to counterbalance the voice of thinking. The voice of our minds will always be influenced by a limited view of life’s circumstances and our emotional response to those circumstances. The voice of our Higher Self will be able to see beyond the immediate circumstances and view the situation from a place of wisdom, compassion, and spiritual understanding. Once we master discernment of our own mind, we can begin to discern the truth behind the words and minds of others.
The key then is to use our powers of discernment to become aware of negative thoughts, feelings, and vibrations coming from within and from others, and take measures to understand and counter them with positive thoughts, feelings, and vibrations from our soul and then let our Higher Self make a conscious decision.