Many people (myself included) talk sometimes about ‘resonating’, their ‘inner guidance system’ or ‘intuition’ with something or not when determining the ‘truth’ of a particular writing, teaching or information. It’s that non-verbal intuitive ‘knowing’. However, there can also be ‘false resonating/intuition’ (positively or negatively) when it is mistaken for wishful thinking or based on (unconscious) projections or triggers.
In other words, there is the trap of resonating with lies, mistaking it as ‘truth’. Sometimes, the false part within us based on conditioning, programming, and wounding resonates with something which we mistake for our true self and resulting false resonance or we reject the truth of something because it challenges the deeply ingrained belief systems we have identified with and hence, we ‘don’t resonate with it’ because it brings up uncomfortable feelings or challenges the deeply ingrained belief systems that we have, which also ties into our own ‘cognitive dissonance’.
While there is validity to the idea of ‘resonating’ with a certain teaching or source, it can easily be misapplied if the ‘reading instrument’, the Self, is not ‘tuned’ correctly. For example ‘feel good’ messages are not necessarily proof of truth and can also be very emotional manipulative (especially when ego feeds off of it) just like information that brings up fear is not necessarily false either nor is it ‘fear mongering’.
In order to find the true resonance/intuition/inner guidance one needs to separate the false self (with its assumptions, conditioning, expectations, wishful thinking, wounding, buffers, bias, emotional hooks and ego desires) from the true self connected to the Divine, that small non-verbal voice inside that can always separate a lie from truth, using intuition (which is not a feeling) and critical thinking alike, even if the truth is not very ‘pleasant’ and challenging to one’s worldview and especially to one’s self-image.
In other words, honest sincere self-work is needed in order to detect the lies we tell ourselves and all the rationalizations and denial that come with it so we can get more and more in tune with our soul resonance/knowing. From an esoteric perspective, lies to the self-are the most harmful and hardest to detect, way harder than detecting the lies ‘out there’ via an intellectual thought process. Essentially, one’s level of Being (soul embodiment) also determines how much (higher) Knowledge one can access via direct experience (Gnosis) that goes ways beyond a mental approach of ‘thinking’ or just intellectually dissecting/processing information.
‘False resonance’ is the reason why many well-meaning people spread disinformation and corrupted/pop-spiritual (New Age) teachings. I don’t take myself out of the equation for I have done that as well, especially in my New Age days when I was not very discerning but mistook my own wishful thinking and emotional projections for ‘resonating’ or ‘inner guidance’. But ‘critical thinking’ (while it is very much needed and something many people lack) is not enough. If there is no emotional intelligence and embodiment (soul integration) combined with sincere shadow work to raise one’s level of Being, one will get stuck on an intellectual level and can appear very ‘smart’ without progressing any further, esoterically speaking, from the perspective of soul evolution.
False resonance is also what COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Programs) targets and the basics of ‘Matrix Mind Control’. Good disinformation is most often lies mixed with truth. Enough truth to use as a bait to get the seeker’s attention/resonance or hook his/her ego and then put him/her on a false lead, because she/she swallow the lie as well, keeping him/her asleep while he/she believes to awaken.