Discernment – and its companion – Intuition

Corey and hundreds of others in the community have called for the use of discernment on numerous occasions. I thought it was interesting the similarities between the terms Intuition and Discernment and how they can compliment and strengthen each other.

Are they the same? How are they different? What do you think about this analysis?

As I mentioned six weeks ago: The group “Discovering Intuition – a voice of the Higher Self” is an exploration…… I’m a student and a teacher, as we all are……. My efforts will unfold as I grow. Welcome to the journey…..Lets take a look:


The act or process of exhibiting keen insight.

The act or process of exhibiting good judgment.

The quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.

Acuteness of judgment and understanding… of self and others selves.

To see things clearly and distinctly. Perception of that which is obscure.

Colloquial: Common sense, good sense, horse sense, insight.

Having judgment, discrimination, perception, intelligence, awareness, insight, acumen, keenness, perceptiveness, grasp, recognition and discretion.

Discernment is the ability to obtain sharp perceptions or to judge well (or the activity of so doing). In the case of judgement, discernment can be psychological, moral or aesthetic in nature.

Discernment has also been defined in these contexts;

scientific (that is discerning what is true about the real world),

normative (discerning value including what ought to be)

and formal (deductive reasoning).

Synonyms – Insight, perception, perceptiveness, sagacity, sageness, wisdom, savvy.


The word intuition comes from the Latin verb intueri translated as “consider”

or from the late middle English word intuit, “to contemplate”.

In a more modern setting it can be:

The ability to acquire knowledge without reliance upon conscious reasoning.

The direct access to unconscious knowledge – unconscious cognition

Inner sensing and/or inner insight to unconscious pattern-recognition.

The ability to understand something instinctively.Intuition is a form of knowledge that appears without conscious or obvious deliberation. Intuition tends to arise holistically and quickly, without awareness of the underlying mental processing of information

We don’t need to rely on science to tell us that it is very possible and quite common to have information register in our minds without conscious awareness. It is often referred to as a still small voice, gut feel and natural insight, inner voice and holy spirit or holy ghost. To combine the terms Discernment and Intuition seems like a logical important step in obtaining a greater and clearer assessment of the Reality/reality and the many illusions we are confronted with.

Your comments and assessments are welcome.

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  1. Respectfully, you forgot the following: The word discernment and discern are derivatives of a Greek word anakrino. This means “to distinguish, to separate out by diligent search, to examine.” Discernment allows us to properly make decisions. It is closely related to wisdom.

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