In a recent post I mentioned that I have been studying and cultivating the presence of six qualities of Love within myself for the past several months. The virtue that I personally have had the least connection with and therefore, I have had the most challenges with is Valor.
I tended to hold Valor as a quality needed to go into battle or slay dragons and such — not something I was destined to need in this lifetime. The Lyricus Teachings hold Valor as the quality of the heart that “speaks truth to power” in the face of any injustice done to oneself or one who cannot speak for himself. In the case of Mauna Kea, the injustice is the proposed construction of an 18-story, nine-acre telescope on the very top of the most sacred mountain of the Hawai’ian people. As the mountain cannot speak, the People are becoming the voice for the mountain and that voice is being heard and amplified around the world.
I have said previously that I believe the Kingdom of Hawai’i will prevail, because this movement is being fueled by “aloha” — Love — a love that includes ALL.
A new generation of Hawaiians is showing the way: they are informed, grounded in their ancient roots and addressing fearlessly the injustice that they see being perpetrated on Mauna Kea. One of these voices is that of Hawane Rios. Even if you watch only five minutes of this video, I believe you will be touched deeply by this young (?) woman’s Valor.