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Jul 4, 2006

For adult human beings, there is no quick route to discernment.  Once
we have left the innocence of childhood, and taken on the complication
and guile of adult life, discernment becomes an elusive quality.  One might
argue that childhood innocence is the antithesis of discernment, but children
are discerning on a very subtle, natural level, just as animals are.  Animals
and small children, like the Angels, do not err because they belong to a realm
where evil -- an action or attitude contrary to the truth -- does not exist.

If you want to learn something of discernment, spend time with an animal.
An animal's whole being is delicately attuned to subtle energy.  It feels the
vibrations of objects, people, and situations.  Because it doesn't have a com-
plicated thought process that dilutes and confuses it's own natural, direct per-
ception, it's impression of the energy it is experiencing is usually correct.  An
animal, of course, just as a human being, can have it's sense of discernment
distorted by life experience. 

The best way to develope discernment is through meditation and spiritual
practice.  It is only by living honestly in each moment that we drop our defences
to the extent that the natural subtle vibrations of life can enter our being.  As
long as we have something to hide, the deception acts as a barrier to our per-
ception of the natural subtle worlds.

As we develope the art of stilling the mind, and quieting the many thoughts
that constantly flood it, and as we learn to still our emotions so that we are not stirred and buffeted by them like wind on water; our being becomes like a still
forest pool that accurately reflects the enviroment and energies around it.  It is
only then that we are able to percieve the subtle knowingness of our own heart.

A Quiet Mind~     'A Quiet Mind'
                                   Wood engraving 1863
                                   by H.S. Marks ~

When all is done and said,
In the end thus shall you find,
He most of all doth bathe in bliss
That hath a quiet mind:
And, clear from worldly cares,
To deem can be content,
The sweetest time in all his life
In thinking to be spent.

The body subject is
To fickle Fortune's power,
And to a million of mishaps
Is casual every hour;
And death in time doth change
It to a clod of clay;
Whereas the mind, which is divine,
Runs never to decay.

Companion none is like
Unto the mind alone;
For many have been harmed by speech,
Through thinking few or none.
Fear oftentimes restraineth words,
But makes not thought to cease;
And he speaks best, that hath the skill
When for to hold his peace.

Our wealth leaves us at death;
Our kinsmen at the grave;
But virtues of the mind unto
The heavens with us we have.
Wherefore, for virtue's sake,
I can be well content,
The sweetest time in all my life
To deem in thinking spent.

-Poem by Thomas Vaux

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