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the 3 D's:
discernment, discrimination, and detachment  
essential tools for past life work
equally applicable to everyday life...

Three Important Concepts 

Any past life worker worth his/her weight in gold realizes the essentiality in applying the following three concepts to exploring past lives.

discernment – “to perceive differences, to make distinctions"

discrimination – “to make a clear distinction; distinguish; differentiate

detachment – “the state or condition of being separate or apart.”   

An integral part of past life work is to determine memory from imagination. 
This is where discernment and discrimination serve us well
as two very useful tools for mastering recognition of ego,
which in turn allows unbiased validation or rejection 
of a potential past life memory. 

Discernment is about the exacting 
and sometimes deeply painful process of self-evaluation

It’s about brutal self-honesty and self-awareness regardless the price. 
It’s about not flinching when the going gets difficult,
and about acknowledging and embracing one’s weaknesses, 
thereby creating potential to transform that weakness into strength.

It’s about identifying ego and emotionally detaching from it. 
It's about distinguishing one’s present life ego from one’s core self, 
so that when ego becomes threatened by PLMs 
that may not  jive with self-expectations,
one’s determination can more readily liberate oneself 
from ego’s dominant and paralyzing fear, 
to move one's core self forward toward self-discovery.

Simplistically speaking, discernment is almost always about the most-resisted path
because probably that’s where one needs most to go. 

Discrimination is about letting go of preconceived ideas, 
self-serving desires and false hope. 
It’s about seeing through the unfaltering lens of tolerance and non-judgement. 
It’s about allowing what is without need of recompense or adjustment. 

The difficulty of past life work is that it’s blocked 
by the force of one's own ego which is where emotion is based ...
It is in the taming of ego where detachment comes in handy ...

Detachment is freedom from emotions as taskmaster. 
Detachment is the sought after by-product of recognizing and subduing ego, 
which is accomplished through the unwavering application 
of discernment and discrimination.  
Differentiated from repressing emotions, 
detachment is a clear-headedness achieved through meditation and mindfulness
which teaches the mind to acknowledge emotional situations of past lives 
that may be driving one’s present life emotions.

Thus prepared, while revisiting a past event in meditation 
to resolve the origin of an emotional issue, 
the past life worker who is able to remain detached, 
will enjoy the freedom to witness a past life event 
without having to re-experience the emotions ...
to reap the previously missed lesson without the labour, so to speak.


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(please note: definitions in quotes are from The AmericanHeritage Dictionary of the English Language)

this article was first published on Beliefnet.com in 2007
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