Jesica Hanley Vega

Sing Your Song


May 2012

Values, Part 1 of 3


Recently, I’ve been working to distinguish the mission, the vision and the values of my practice as an intuitive card reader. On the one hand, it’s basic business/branding stuff. On the other, it’s a profound exercise in knowing thyself.
At the same time, I’ve also been dwelling over the best use of this blog: what to share, what not to share and everything in between.
Then a friend said to me, very wisely, that as an oracle, my role is neither to judge the signs I read, nor to judge the value they may or may not have for my readers. My role is merely to call ’em as I see ’em and let the cards fall where they may. 
So today the cards fall back on the question of values and, specifically, a question I recently put to myself: what have I learned from life (and my readings), and what values would I most like to impress on my clients, my children and everyone else I care about?
In no particular order, here they are: Values, Part 1
  • INTUITION: When we pay attention to non-rational sources of wisdom – whether they come through angels, cards, hunches, or our quiet inner voice – we can connect to the guidance we need to address even the most intractable challenges.
  • BOLDNESS: Sometimes the most “reasonable” thing to do is the least advantageous. Sometimes the “craziest” thing is the smartest.
  • DISCERNMENT: Learning the difference between when to be safe and when to risk, when to listen to the advice of others and when to follow one’s own path, can be the essence of wisdom.
  • APPRECIATION: Abundance stems from taking joy in what you already have.
  • COURAGE and FRIENDSHIP: One cannot live an authentic life without them.
  • FINDING ONE’S OWN PATH:  What works for other people doesn’t necessarily work for you.
  • INTEGRITY: Being one’s word and keeping one’s promises make a difference to the people in our lives, but they make an even bigger difference to how we feel about, and see, ourselves.
  • SELF-CARE: Because we can’t rely on anyone else to take care of us – or treat us with love and kindness –  we must learn to take care of ourselves, treating ourselves with loving kindness.
  • REST:  Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
  • SURRENDER: When all you can do is all you can do. Then you have to leave the rest to…God…providence…spirit…or whomever.

One Journal


A Few Final(?) Words on The Journals

So I did, in fact, do a card reading for myself about The Journals:   what they mean to me, what I am missing about their value and what I “should” do about them.

The most surprising thing was to learn that I was projecting an inaccurate image onto the journals. While I’d come to regard them as the unwanted residue of immaturity, loneliness and alienation – i.e. the musings of self-absorbed adolescence extended into adulthood – in fact, they are the summation of years of valuable work.

Frankly, I’d always intended them – at least in part – to be valuable. For many years, I studied mystics such as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and particularly Thomas Merton, and it was in many of these journals that I reflected on their relevance to my life.

It was reading and writing on these topics that prepared me for a graduate degree from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Yet, like so many women whose ego seems to exist not to exalt but to belittle them,  I’d devalued my own work as juvenile and deemed it not worth taking seriously. 

Life deals us all some unexpected blows and we are all challenged to hold on to our dreams in the face of growing up. My dreams have always been to bring spirit into people’s world – first through performance and later through filmmaking – and as much as my journals are at times filled with immature bitching and some dreadful self-loathing, they are also filled with my relationship with spirit and my observations of its presence in our world.

I wanted my journals to be valuable. But I thought it was thinking too much of myself to believe they ever could be. To consider that they are, in fact, worth something is to consider something new of myself. Something I desire, but which is threatening at the same time.

Is there something in your own life you want, but at the same time fear? 


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