Remember this: discernment isn't judgment.
Discernment, according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, means "to distinguish with difficulty
by sight or with the other senses", whereas judgment, in the negative
sense of this word, usually means to criticise another from a sense of
feeling morally superior.
to the dictionary, discernment implies that there may be some
difficulty seeing, or acknowledging something using our five senses. In a
very real sense, our physical nervous system is limited to specific
ranges of perception. It is only by going upwards in consciousness that
we tap into our subtle nervous system and begin to sense things beyond
determines our experience of life - and awareness changes dramatically
as we go upwards in consciousness. This ascension process is not easy by
any means, especially when there are so many entrenched personal and
collective beliefs in place.
What is awareness exactly? For me, it is a heightened perspective on something...
an example, you have a big toe but you are not usually aware of your
big toe throughout the day. However, if you stub your toe, all your
attention will be directed to that area of the body, and you suddenly
become aware of it. You always had a big toe, of course, but your
awareness of it was quite limited, or even non-existent!
competitive sporting events, athletes regularly hurt or injure
themselves without an awareness of the injury occurring in the moment.
They only notice afterwards, when the adrenaline has gone.
we ascend in consciousness, and start to gain a greater awareness and
appreciation of life, we will increase our spiritual faculty of
this stage, we may run into a bumpy road... things that we used to do
may not "fit" anymore. We may not "fit" in with society. Yet, this
should not stop us!
we can't shine the light of our own consciousness for others, then nothing is
going to fundamentally change. Humanity will just stay the same, at
best, or we will go backwards because of our unwillingness to evolve.
an example, I regularly tell my beginning students to the field of
"energy work" that drinking even a small amount of alcohol lowers one's
physical and auric vibration. If you've ever drunk alcohol, you will
know that the "happy" feeling soon turns into a very sleepy state.
Actually, alcohol deadens the nervous system, and it's toxic and dehydrating to the brain cells. Hangover anyone?
you begin to meditate to "raise your consciousness", then drinking
is not a "cool" thing to do because it will throw your mind right out of
your body. For those who meditate already, you will know it is not that
easy to "tame the monkey mind".
In SRT circles
many practitioners will abstain from doing
"energy clearing" on themselves or their clients if they've had even one
drink. This is because their energy field tends to become unstable and
lower astral forms which "interfere" with their ability to link to
their higher mind, or superconscious. Can this be proven scientifically,
in the narrow sense of that word? No.
It there a discernible change in the energy field? Yes.
mentioned before, drinking alcohol numbs the brain cells and
dehydrates them - and makes the nervous system very sluggish. That's why
most people immediately reach for a strong cup of coffee after they've
"big" night out! Often a throbbing head, nausea, and a marked
sensitivity to bright lights accompanies dehydration caused by drinking
too much alcohol. Yet, somehow, making ourselves sick has become a
favourite pastime. It's "fun", apparently.
discernment would indicate that "feeling sick" is not "fun" - if you
woke up with a splitting headache, felt like vomiting, couldn't eat
anything, couldn't stand bright lights, and you hadn't been out drinking heavily the night before, you would rush to the doctor, wouldn't you?
course, who wants to hear this? Not many people I can tell you. If
you're reading this far, and you're not angry, good for you!
Who reacts badly to this sort of information? Practically everyone!
Who thinks it's judgmental and "preachy"? Practically everyone!
Yet, remember: discernment isn't judgment. Discernment is simply a greater level of awareness and understanding.
don't care whether you drink, or don't... it's up to you! It's your
body, it's your life... you have the final say in what works for you,
and what doesn't. As the late Osho said, I am not here to please you, or
appease you, but to make you more conscious.
used to drink when I was younger (in my 20s and early 30s), and I loved
having a glass of wine with my meals. All very sophisticated, so I
when I started immersing myself in the world of energy healing, my body
started to change in very subtle, yet profound ways... very quickly, my
body started communicating with me again. Better said, it was always
communicating but I wasn't listening before! Somehow I had tuned out
that vital, internal communication... I was, like many people, living in
my head, and analysing everything through my intellect -- a very small,
limited portion of our total intelligence.
doing energy work for some time, I noticed that whenever I tried to
drink even a small amount of alcohol, the energy at the top of my head
(the "crown chakra") become fuzzy and chaotic, and a sense of dullness
entered me. This was a subjective experience but I could not deny my
internal shift in perception. It was self-evident.
Did I stop drinking alcohol immediately? No, but I started to cut back.
wasn't easy... I missed the social aspect of drinking.. of "fitting in"
to society... I didn't want to be "left out", or "judged" by others.
Yet, I felt different.
that point, I realised I had a choice.. for me, going back to old
habits wasn't an option after realising that those habits didn't serve
me any longer.
I was meditating a lot, and I
remember asking the Universe for clear guidance on alcohol as something
inside me was battling with my alienation from alcohol...
Shortly thereafter, a passage from the Conversations with God
series synchronously landed in my lap... if you've read it, you
may remember it... it's the passage where Neale Donald Walsch (the
author) asks God directly about alcohol.
that "everything in moderation" was key, including alcohol but God
unequivocally said, "the body was not meant to intake
When Neale countered, "Jesus turned water into wine!", God replied, "nobody's perfect". I had to laugh!
Whether or not you drink alcohol is up to you -- but why do
you think they spend millions of dollars on alcohol advertising to make it look
people, as they feel more connected with their bodies through eating
well, and doing yoga, t'ai chi, reiki or some other meditative practice,
tend to cut back on drugs like alcohol, and also coffee.
had lots of students object, sometimes strongly,
to my comments about alcohol when they come to my beginning Reiki or SRT
courses... a few weeks
later, however, after practising Reiki self-treatment or clearing their
energy system with SRT, they tell me they "don't like" alcohol anymore
They "blame me" with a smile on their faces -
sure, they feel a little uncomfortable when they are out in groups and people
ask them what they would like to drink, but they notice the difference because
their awareness has shifted. They realised the effect that drinking has on
their energy system... so they either heavily cut back, or they choose to eliminate it altogether.
warned... if you are thinking of "not drinking"... those you call your
friends may not like it, and will almost certainly react to your change
of heart. They may not be supportive of your desire to be healthier.
Most of your friends will be okay with you giving up alcohol if you've
been an alcoholic... they can sympathise with you. Or they'll be okay with it if
it goes against your religious beliefs (are you going to change your religion?). Or, they're okay if you say you're
driving home, so you can't have a drink on a night out... again, sympathy is in order... poor you!
Yet, if you willingly choose not to drink alcohol at a
dinner party or social do, then you are looked at as if you are quite mad... and even anti-social!
"What? Come on, one drink won't kill you..."
"What's the matter? Don't be such a girl!" (typcially said to a man, but I've also heard it said to women!)
"Don't be so BORING..."
"You're no FUN anymore..."
The list could go on...
need to drink alcohol to relax and/or have fun seems to be an almost
religious belief, and thus defended with an absolute fervour at times!
honestly up to you whether you drink, or not. Yet, now that you have a
greater awareness of its negative effects on consciousness, and your
body's energy system,
you have choice.
When you drink, just observe yourself.
Notice your state before, during and afterwards. See it as an
"experiment" in watching the self. What is your truth?
As Soren Kierkegaard rightly said, "I know the truth only when it becomes life in me."
If you're happy drinking alcohol, and you disagree with what I've said here, that's absolutely fine!
I personally have a problem hanging out with friends who drink in
moderation? Not at all, it is their life after all, and I certainly
don't want to sermonise them. Yet, have I mentioned my understanding in
passing? Absolutely! I want to share my knowledge and understanding with
others, if it can help them find a greater sense of balance and self in
Blessings on the path of discernment.
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy