Jesica Hanley Vega

Sing Your Song


November 2012

In Shining Tribe Tarot, the 2 of Trees signifies a breakthrough into a deeper level of awareness and the reunion of lovers who have broken up.

Society, as we know it, brings out the worst in people. Before and after the recent election, the evidence was everywhere – on television, on Facebook, in the street. Whether you found yourself on the “winning” side or not, you undoubtedly experienced – and were possibly troubled by – the nastiness. I know I was.

Reinhold Niebuhr, the Christian theologian and a favorite of Barack Obama, is perhaps best known for his book Moral Man, Immoral Society. The title says it all. As individuals, human beings are driven towards goodness. As a group, however, the claws come out.

So how do we deal with political hostilities in a way that moves us towards a wiser, more compassionate society and not deeper into the divisiveness that already characterizes our political process?

1) Remember Niebuhr. Individuals are driven towards goodness. Rather than replicate the lowest common denominator exemplified by the mainstream, remember what’s important to you and communicate from your highest values, i.e. friendship, compassion, brotherly love or unity. Our own goodness is not an instant fix for others’ anger and fear – but you’d be surprised how far you may get asking a disgruntled Obama hater what’s really going on with them.

2) Unclear what your highest values are? Now would be a great time to get clear. At a time when so much media exists to frighten us into actions/inactions that bypass our higher faculties, knowing your values can help you feel empowered by your choices. When you know what you value, choosing what to consume, communicate and engage in feels like a choice rather than a reaction. And there’s power in that.

3) Examine your own anger. 

It’s seductive to get caught up in a mutually self-righteous argument about politics. But what, exactly, are you angry about? Do you think everyone should agree with you? Are you afraid of what will happen if we all don’t think the same way? In my case, I’ve found these both to be true.

4)      Understand that a wiser, more compassionate society begins with you. Societies are immoral because good people commonly fail to think for themselves or stand for their beliefs, and instead go with the status quo. There are a lot of angry, damaged, uneducated people out there. You are not one of them.  You have wisdom and education. Use it for the greater good.

What Inner Wisdom Are You Ignoring Right Now?

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You are a visionary – you see something that doesn’t yet exist in the physical world – and you want to make it real. But the path from here to there is often more challenging and confusing than you imagined.

Maybe you’re daunted by the task of realizing your dream and having a hard time getting started. Maybe you’ve been at it for a while and just want to quit. Either way, you feel stuck: unable to quiet the desire in your soul, but unable to realize it at the same time.

The truth is – you know what to do.

You’re just not listening to your own inner wisdom.

In my experience, 3 of the most common intuitive messages people seem to ignore are:

1)      Take a break. Great progress rarely occurs in a straight line. When you’re stuck, something else may need your attention: something that, in an unexpected way, will get you closer to where you want to be.

2)      Take a risk. Getting out of your safety zone can feel like suicide, but more often than not, it’s the key to being revitalized.

3)      Take a walk. The natural world provides so much opportunity for insight, healing and relaxation, but too often we forget the value of simply getting outside.

What messages have you been ignoring lately?

And what would happen if you listened to your own inner wisdom?

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