One principle of discernment from an Ignatian perspective is our willingness to trust that God can speak to us as individuals. God can speak to my spirit. The Holy Spirit can, and does, cause movement within me, and I can discern that movement through my emotions, intuition, and thoughts.
This doesn’t mean that discernment happens in a vacuum. The Christian life works itself out in community—we worship in community and pray in community. Often as individuals we go through discernment with the help of others who pray with us and listen to us as we sift through ideas and options.
However, it’s important for us to trust what is going on inside us as individuals. Do I really believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in me? If so, then why would I doubt that the Spirit is able and willing to speak to me? Do I believe that I am created by God, designed with intuition, a thought process, and emotions? If so, then why would I doubt that the Holy Spirit would use those very aspects of my person to speak to me?
Too often, our beliefs about human fallenness and about personal sin have overtaken our perspective. We see only our failures and our inability to know anything perfectly. We allow that view of ourselves to obscure the rest of the truth: we are marvelously created with the ability to commune with our God.
Because of our divine design, we can trust the movements within us. We can learn how to read them. We can include our thoughts, emotions, and intuition when examining the day or a decision. Learning this kind of trust is an important part of spiritual growth.