When it comes to seeking Truth on the internet, discernment is a never-ending process. I often use a simple guideline when it comes to discerning Alt-Media information.
There is no perfect formula for separating truth from deception. However using this guideline, you can determine if any information is in your best interest, for your own personal spiritual growth, or if the information is perhaps not in your best interest to absorb.
With the internet and mobile devices, we are bombarded with a tide of information every minute of every day. In a previous post, From Awakening to Transcendence, I wrote about the state of Alt-media and our cultural addiction to news, about the need to move beyond our “Awakening Shock Syndrome” into our personal and collective transformation process.
“Exposing the darkness is an incomplete cure for darkness. First you expose it, but then you must fill the vacuum with Light. Exposing the darkness without adding any Light is just providing publicity for the darkness, especially if your audience is made up of morally complacent news junkies. They just want their fix. They want that adrenaline rush. The hangover leads to stress which needs relief, so they seek another hit, hoping for a different result.” (From Awakening to Transcendence)
To curb our news addiction, to become happier, healthier, focused beings, we need to use discernment in what we feed our minds, just as we use discernment in what types of food we feed our bodies. When it comes to junk food and junk news, we often need to exercise restraint.
Junk news is not fake news. It likely includes a great deal of truth in the sugar-coating, yet the core may hold a parasitic agenda of fear, victimhood, and duality consciousness. It is thus nutritionally worthless for our personal growth and empowerment. How much junk news do we consume every day?
News is irrelevant. Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business. The point is: the consumption of news is irrelevant to you. But people find it very difficult to recognise what’s relevant. It’s much easier to recognise what’s new. (theGuardian.com)
The irony of a mainstream media outlet like the Guardian informing us that news is irrelevant is indeed rich. Yet there is science behind the story. Information overload, particularly a constant barrage of negative stressful information may have a detrimental effect on 0ur health, a draining effect upon us.
News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. (theGuardian.com)
This guideline for discernment is elegantly simple:
DOES THE INFORMATION EMPOWER YOU, OR DOES IT DRAIN YOU?
To use this guideline you need to step beyond your intellect and your feelings. You need to step into your gut. You need to step into your soul.
Both heart and mind can easily deceive us. How we intellectually view a piece of information is not always our best tool of discernment. Our ego loves to deceive us. Blinded by an intellectual prejudice or a personal blind spot, we can become trapped in our own personal echo chamber. The same goes for our feelings. What feels good to us is not always good for us. What feels unpleasant needs to be confronted for our personal growth.
It is usually better to trust our gut intuition. We take the question to our solar plexus chakra, the source of our personal power.
We need to ask ourselves, does the information ultimately empower us, uplift us, give us tools to claim our personal sovereignty, aid us in our personal growth, inspire us, propel us to improve our own life, aide others, or take creative action? Does the information provide us with wisdom? Does it liberate us? Does it benefit our lives? Does it make the world a better place? Does it make us feel more connected to the universe? Does it allow us to experience more love? Does it open our hearts to others? Does it feed us in a healthy productive way?
Or does the information ultimately drain us? Does it lower our vibration? Does it make us feel like victims? Does it make excuses for why we cannot change or grow? Does it make us fearful? Does it make us complacent? Does it mezmorize us with complexity and jargon? Does it further imprison us in our inaction? Does it make us feel strong negative emotions? Does it make us feel more isolated and alone? Does it fill us with darkness? Does it close our hearts? Does it feed us in an unhealthy, unproductive way? And does it make us addicted to reading or viewing even more draining information?
This guideline does not advocate a “stay in the positive, ignore everything negative” approach. We need to be awake to and aware of the darkness in this world without becoming unhealthily preoccupied with it. It is far better to “strive for what is positive, accept and overcome what is negative.”
Empowering information encourages us to become active, creative participants in the world.
Draining information can transform us into passive spectators.
Passive spectators subconsciously seek to be entertained by information, thus they become more and more addicted to the news that they absorb like a sponge. They may then become intoxicated with an external hero/villain duality narrative.
Active participants consciously seek to be enlightened by information; they seek to improve themselves with the information they gather. They seek self-actualization. They seek the hero within.
Every cause has an effect. The information we absorb is not neutral. It impacts our consciousness in some way. Every television program we watch, every book that we read, every news story that we view has an impact upon our consciousness. If we are sufficiently awake and aware, we can determine what that impact will be. However, if we receive information passively, without any filter of discernment, then our consciousness is at the mercy of the information we consume, and the parasitic agenda at its core.
About the Author
David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.” He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe. For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.
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