The Benefits of Hardship – Exploring the Positive Side of Misfortune and the Limitless Worth of Our Collective Life Experience


SourceDiscerning the Mystery

by Shem El-Jamal, September 27, 2017

“As we become more enlightened, as we know ourselves more, truly anything is possible. When you connect to your true self, then life is limitless and anything you can possibly imagine can be your reality.” – Yut

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When we have the courage to explore—when we truly learn the value of stillness and of unconditional gratitude for every situation we endure—only then can we truly appreciate life as it was intended to be appreciated. Within this appreciation, we have the discipline of self-responsibility as we endure the difficulties and enjoy the pleasures of our life experience.

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Personal and Global Attacks Become Lethal: Is the Disclosure War Reaching a Climax? [Part I] – Links and Commentary Included


SourceDiscerning the Mystery

by Shem El-Jamal, September 27, 2017

It has been very interesting to see the escalation of the battle for disclosure progress. A number of months ago, we received predictions from whistleblower and experiencer, Corey Goode, that an effort to squelch the full-disclosure narrative was soon to be initiated. Not long after this prediction was made, we see the initiation of one of the most bazaar, over-the-top, and desperate smear campaigns most of us have ever seen.

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Know Your Propaganda – Straw Man – The Art of Misrepresentation


(Stillness in the Storm Editor) In the following article, Shem from Discerning The Mystery offers some great insight about the straw man fallacy. While this might seem like some obscure academic reference, I can assure you that almost everyone succumbs to this kind of thinking from time to time. Briefly, raw information combined with interpretation produces a subjective experience of any data set—the automatic aspect of our philosophic nature. Facts or information alone are devoid of meaning, but when a fact or data point enters the field of our awareness, the automatic aspects of consciousness (the subconscious and superconscious) go to work. This "personalizes" the fact, producing emotions, insights, and inferences. For example, a batch of cookies baking in the oven often produces good feelings, and a desire to eat them. The smell of the cookie itself is the raw data, the fact, which is interpreted subjectively to produce secondary sensations that we normally associate with that smell. What this means is that our subjective experience acts as an intermediary between objective reality and what we perceive. We make decisions and choices from our subjective experience, not reality directly. As such, ensuring our perceptions, interpretations, and conclusions are accurate is incredibly important. In most instances, confrontations about ideas is not specific to the fact itself, it's focused on our inferences of the objective fact. We tend to confuse our interpretations with reality itself, which can lead to unproductive conversation if we aren't humble and thinking critically.
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