The Journey into My Heart – Valor – II

Six Virtues of the Heart

Six Virtues of the Heart

This is a continuation of my inner process using the material of the Wingmakers/Lyricus Teaching Order. Source documents and links to prior parts of this series can be found at the bottom of this post.

May 18, 2015
“Self-absorption in one’s own world is a key threat that undermines the expression of valor, and fear of consequence is the other.”

As there are two key phrases in this statement, I’ll take them individually. This was a major “pop-off-the-page-at-me” statement. Confrontation has never been my forte; often I’ve found myself acquiescing rather than standing up for myself. Participating in demonstrations where “power” might show up? Never! Not in this lifetime at least. “Timid” would be a great description of my stance. And for both reasons given in the statement above: self-absorption and fear of consequences. Continue reading

The Journey into My Heart – Valor – I

Six Virtues of the Heart

Six Virtues of the Heart

This is a continuation of my inner process using the material of the Wingmakers/Lyricus Teaching Order. Source documents and links to prior parts of this series can be found at the bottom of this post.

May 17, 2015
So this brings us to the Sixth Heart Virtue – Valor. Until I began working with these qualities of the heart, I had given little consideration to this word; it was not part of my vocabulary, period. Why say “valor” when “courage” is available and more commonly used? I had only encountered the word valor as it related to war and battle scenarios – “The Better Part of Valor” and all that. I was quite surprised to read James’ thoughts about this virtue and I see now that, like “courage,” the term “valor” can be applied in many situations that occur in daily life. Here are James’ words.

While valor is generally used in the context of war or the battlefield, it is, as an element of love, linked with the act of speaking truth to power, especially when an injustice is committed. It is common in today’s social order to pretend ignorance of the injustices of our world.

As usual, the Lyricus teachings expand my Understanding of commonly used English words. Valor is an element of Love that is linked with the act of speaking truth to power.

That is a profound statement. When I first read this phrase “speaking truth to power,” I immediately thought of the Native Hawai’ians protesting the construction of the 30-meter telescope of the sacred mountain, Mauna Kea. The element of this protest that made it different from other protests was the element of Love, linked with speaking truth to power. Continue reading

Valor — A Virtue of the Heart

Defending the Goddess of Mauna Kea with Valor

Defending the Goddess of Mauna Kea with Valor

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.