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What is the difference between judgement and discernment?
Judgement is a fear based knee jerk reaction to anything we have been conditioned to reject, whether consciously or unconsciously. When we judge someone or something, we are refusing to accept it flat out, but we don't always understand the full reason for that rejection. Oftentimes it is "just something we should not accept or tolerate". Possibly accepting it feels unsafe, or we see other people in our community or culture rejecting it and feel we should do so also. Perhaps it was a belief we were raise with or that was passed down through the generations. This form of judgement is thoughtless judgement and is automatic.
Discernment, on the other hand, is based on a decision where a lot of forethought and insight is involved. We decide to reject or accept something based on "sound judgement". The details and the context of what we are deciding to accept or reject are clearly laid out and consciously sorted. Like judgement, it creates a protective barrier from that which may not be safe or that which requires barriers and boundaries when dealing with it. But this is not an unconscious process, and often involves life experience before it is developed. Discernment is a lifelong learning process. What we have added from gut reactive judgement, is discipline. Through discipline, we can hold off on those automatic triggers that often lead to judgemental reaction, and we can sort through all of the various factors and details to synthesize a disciplined response.
Discernment sees through the illusion of pain, and takes into account only what is true. When we act from a place of awareness, we do not need to reject needlessly, without concern for truth.