Jesus Christ has stated: “A person’s enemies will include members of his own household”, as well as, “Beware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing”, and, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Unfortunately, there is little or no record of him specifying what, exactly, those ‘fruits’ are, much less how to discern them. This critical discernment frequently escapes society, often at a staggering cost.
The Buddha said: “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. A good friend who points out mistakes or imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” Unfortunately, it is unclear whether or not he revealed how, specifically, to tell the difference between a good friend versus an insincere one, and this discernment frequently eludes us at great cost.
The Great Teacher of modern times, Dr. David R. Hawkins, has revealed that approximately 55% of Americans (85% of humanity) live below level 200 on the Map of Consciousness, i.e., they are nonintegrous. Backed by consciousness-calibration techniques, he has irrefutably demonstrated that even the arm of an innocent child can reveal the truth about anything or anyone. Unfortunately, only an estimated 10% of the population have the capacity to use such techniques with any dependable accuracy.
With today’s increased interest in, and concern for, the quality of its relationships, it is only natural for mankind’s interest in Spiritual Discernment (e.g., being able to tell if one’s partner or friend has integrity) to also be on the rise, as such discernment is decidedly the fundamental critical factor that needs to be focused upon above all else. (Would the reader want a nonintegrous surgeon to operate on you, or even a nonintegrous cleaning lady, for that matter?)
Although the world suspects ‘issues with money’ to be the number one cause of divorce, reportedly, much of today’s statistical data can be inaccurate, misleading, or even politicized. (The leading cause of lung cancer is not likely to be cigarette smoke, as much of today’s statistical data shows, but is clearly due to vehicle emissions — an obvious ‘common sense’ fact that many believe is purposely overlooked for political purposes; despite dire warnings, ‘cow farts’ decidedly pose no significant environmental threat, et al.)
By Their Fruits
Unfortunately, human beings don’t have the capacity for accurate discernment, since the human mind, unaided, is unable to resolve ‘res interna’ (“the world as I see it from my perception”) with ‘res externa’ (“the world as it is in reality”) due to its innate structure, which is dualistic as well as unconsciously biased. Thus, throughout the ages and up to the present time, the world has often turned to those who have transcended the mind (i.e., mystics) for assistance in discerning truth from falsehood, right from wrong, perception from reality, and integrity from non-integrity.
In this pragmatic series on Spiritual Discernment, Stephane Hemon works closely with persons who are interested in relationships, assisting them in discovering for themselves — and seeing with their own vision — how to go about discerning the essence of those they care about. It quickly becomes stunningly obvious that the number one cause of divorce or breakups is less about ‘issues with money’, and more about a condition that is characterized by left-brain dominance, including a high degree of narcissism, plus a lack of spiritual energy, termed “non-integrity” (i.e., below energy-level 200 on the above-mentioned Map of Consciousness). The value to students is often a marked increase in the capacity to tell truth from falsehood, especially in those who welcome guidance in unleashing their own latent capacity to unmask the ‘wolf in sheep clothing’ via increased familiarity with overt and covert patterns of behavior, including attitudinal, speech, and body-language cues noted to be common among the nonintegrous. As students of these materials often discover, once ‘res interna’ (perception) matches up with ‘res externa’ (reality), one’s emotional pain dissolves and is automatically replaced by forgiveness, followed by healing, and finally, inner peace.
VOL. 1: THE POST-BREAKUP CLEANUP
A broken heart can promptly be mended via systematically reviewing many of the pivotal, painful, or confusing memories and clarifying, via spiritual discernment, what really happened. As soon as one can clearly see — within one’s own awareness — the essential elements involved, understanding and forgiveness replace previously-held emotionalized positionalities, leading to rapid healing and thus fulfilling the dictum that “the truth shall set you free.”
VOL. 2: SHE LOVES ME, SHE LOVES ME NOT
Trying to make up one’s mind and decide once and for all — congruently and without self-doubt — whether it’s appropriate to stay in a relationship or not can be very difficult, especially when there are conflicting feelings and thoughts clouding one’s vision. Oddly, the mind has a tendency to focus upon irrelevant details, all the while missing certain simple, central truths. Fortunately, however, man’s ego/mind exists within a greater field termed “Consciousness” which has the capacity to easily resolve the mind’s dilemmas, conflicts, guilt, and the like. Via the shifting of context, significance, and meaning, one can learn how to see past appearances and come to apprehend, and appreciate, Essence.