Valor (Courage)

Jan 5, 2023 | Virtues of the Heart

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

–Joseph Campbell

This virtue is perhaps the most difficult for me to express because I have so much emotional baggage around this topic. So, this blog is an exercise in trying to make sense of valor and its particular expression in my own life. It is only one example from an infinite list of variations.

Valor or courage as a heart virtue is an interesting topic. We are all familiar with valor in terms of courage, bravery, and heroism in defense of our beliefs, or our very survival. We see this played out in politics, war, games, business, family conflicts, and more.

But within the context of the six heart virtues and how this is practiced, valor is more of a personal inner application in our moment-to-moment experiences.

I am constantly confronted by the news and social media posts of injustices to people, animals, and nature all over the world. They are hard to look at, and many times I look away, not wanting to read beyond a headline or watch a video that I know will upset me.

Am I being indifferent?

Am I sleepwalking through life, pretending not to see the injustices of the world?

These have been difficult reoccurring questions for me. On the one hand, I want to be aware of what is happening in the world, and on the other, I feel helpless and powerless in the face of all the injustices going on in the world. I look away because I am afraid of how it makes me feel; my emotional discomfort wins out.

The intelligence of the heart is expressed through the six heart virtues, which are the keys to neutralizing negative emotions, which, as mentioned above, are the very obstacles that keep humanity from accessing the higher mind.

I know I cannot solve the world’s injustices, but can I witness them and hold them in my awareness for more than a few seconds? Can I feel them deep inside without shifting my attention away in fear? Do I have the courage to really take something in? Can I shift from fear to valor, to compassion and understanding?

The willingness to look, to see what is uncomfortable is an act of valor. If I believe that the heart virtues are love in action, then it would stand to reason that I am transmitting love in this act of expressing valor.

Injustice is an absence of love. These injustices seem to be ubiquitous,

Am I too absorbed in my personal life challenges to do something, or am I afraid of the consequences of speaking or acting out in defense of an injustice? I think both are true to some extent at times.

Because I give donations to organizations I like to support, I am bombarded with emails and texts asking for money or to add my signature to a petition in support of a cause. I can only give so much money, and I’m selective about who/what I donate to. Never-the-less I feel guilty not responding to some of these emails.

So what is the answer?

I can not help as many as I would like, so I need to change how I process incoming data. I need to be able to witness and feel what I feel and respond according to my circumstances at the moment.

Even this is not easy.

Practicing the heart virtues in our daily lives requires valor in the face of the ego’s long history of running the show. In this, the ego is the force that blocks our heart from expressing any of the virtues and thus denies our ability to radiate the intelligence of love. Valor is in defense of love in the face of injustice.

If valor is standing up to injustice, how do I know that my view is better than anyone else? There is no shortage of differing viewpoints on any hot topics.

What makes me right and want to stand up to what I see as an injustice?

How do I know that my convictions when it comes to expressing valor are just?

If I am rigid in my convictions, beliefs, morals, and ethics and am conflicted emotionally, then I may be doing a disservice or contributing to the problem. Can I express my beliefs without emotional conflict? Am I flexible and open to understanding the larger picture? Can I view everything in the tone of equality?

I need to be open to listening and always monitoring my beliefs, position, and emotions. If I am inflexible in my beliefs and I force them on another, I am not practicing valor.

When practicing valor which often includes some or all of the other virtues, I can monitor my beliefs with compassion, humility, and understanding and can reset my position using reason and equality.

I believe this is the first step in reclaiming my power, to do something in the face of injustice, even if it is to be the witness who holds compassion and understanding in the moment. I challenge the emotional discomfort of shame, anger, and fear that makes me powerless and tethered to the conformity of the social order of indifference.

In expressing valor in this way, I can better decide what I can or cannot do, free of guilt, shame, or fear. I am in my heart, the point of consciousness where I am connected as an individual to Oneness and equality, which informs me. I am emotionally coherent.

Behavioral intelligence is the goal. I cannot deal with the injustices of the world if I am ruled by fear and emotional conflict. My house needs to be in order to be fully effective. Then my acts of valor are more effective, meaningful, and expressed in equality.

Behavioral intelligence is the goal. I cannot deal with the injustices of the world if I am ruled by fear and emotional conflict. My house needs to be in order to be fully effective. Then my acts of valor are more effective, meaningful, and expressed in equality.

“The single most important thing we can do is to practice the heart’s intelligence in our everyday, moment-to-moment expressions. When this is done, you are truly aligned to this mission of helping the planetary shift.”

–James Mahu, The Energetic Heart: Its purpose in Human Destiny, pg 5

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