The yogic process is real and alive; it is the very core of your subtle self. There is no need to be confused or suspend your discrimination and intuition.
“Cognitive meditation is accompanied by
reasoning, discrimination, bliss and the sense of
’I am.’” - Patanjali
It is very difficult to understand your context for the above quote and the contents themselves are confusing, while you urge not to be confused. Pātanjali is distinguishing in this sūtra ?meditation? from dhyāna, which are often taken as synonyms. While meditation occurs in the objective mode, dhyāna is completely subjective.
Sūtra I.17, refers to a refined emotional intelligence that brings full awareness of an object by concentrating on its fourfold nature?a form (appearance), through observation; the guṇa (word), through discrimination (engagement); a purpose (essence), through insight; and the soul, through immersion. Such ability prepares ground for the higher practices of pratyāhāra, dhāraṇā, dhyāna, and samādhī.
In its context, the appropriate word is ?insight? since an object can now be seen at once on all the three planes?in its appearance, identity, and meaning. Such insight fortifies your ability to read spiritually that brings awareness free from biases and conditioning.
?Intuition? is different since all the cognitive faculties are completely suspended and knowledge is accessed from the Universal meta-mind. ?Bliss? is altogether different as it requires transcendence from all the three planes.