‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Hardly any of us are without some jealousy. We like to think of ourselves about that painful emotion, because such a monstrous feeling is a destructive thing. But if we have not felt a normal amount of it, it is because we have yet to doubt something we love very much.
Margaret, Queen of Navarre, and sister of Francis I, King of France in the fifteenth century, wrote the following words:
“Love may exist without jealousy, although this is rare; but jealousy can feed on that which is bitter, no less than on that which is sweet, and is sustained by pride as often as by affection.”
Jealousy can rear its head when logic is giving you the facts, and throw the whole thing into chaos. But confidence is the enemy of jealousy. Confidence, trust, and faith are all strong parts of a nature where jealousy does not rule.
And jealousy, even in moderation, can introduce us to a serious problem with ourselves, if we let it grow out of proportion. It breeds rejection while maturity and understanding keep us safely within the bounds of permissiveness rather than possessiveness.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 21
“This is the time of awakening to the inner father and the inner mother. Without this we will receive no high initiation; instead we get initiated into darkness. That’s because any investigation or revolution without God leads, not to freedom, but to more slavery.”
–Willaru Huayta, QUECHAU NATION, PERU
Honor the Father and the Mother. Father stands for wisdom and Mother stands for feelings. Inside each of us is the Father and the Mother. If we do not honor both, we will not grow in balance. To honor both the Father and the Mother helps our masculine and feminine sides grow. The winter season is a good time to focus on this. This is our season of reflection. Honoring both sides allows us to see the Creator is both Father and Mother.
Great Spirit, Father Sky, Mother Earth, guide me today. Let me experience balance.
January 21 – Daily Feast
In the darkest day in winter color is everywhere. They are colors we do not expect to see, so we do not see them. They float on early morning clouds that lie aloft in the southern sky and hover in the crevices of hills at midday. In the evening, the western horizon is purple – all shades of purple, which the Cherokee calls gi ge s di. The last rays of sunlight color the scuddling clouds with purple, rose, and lilac. The Indian loves color and is tuned in to its joy. If we are caught in moods that are drab, our eyes have little chance of seeing color. A drab view can be changed. Even now a sa go ni ge (jay) and a brilliant gi ga ge (cardinal) can stir us with their blues and reds if we have the heart to see them.
~ This is the most valuable thing I have ever possessed. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Feeling Our Life
Finding Our Life’s Work
The way we know we are doing our life’s work is by how we feel when we are doing it.
Sometimes it takes us the better part of a lifetime to discover our life’s work, even though we may have been doing it our whole lives without necessarily realizing it. Our life’s work is not always what we do to make money, although we often think it should be, and sometimes this way of thinking prevents us from seeing clearly what it is. It may be the work of having children, caring for them, and running a household. The way we know our life’s work is by how we feel when we are doing it.
When we are doing our life’s work, we feel an uncanny sense of ease and alignment. This doesn’t mean that the work is always easy, and it doesn’t mean that it’ the only work we have to do; it just means that there is a conviction deep inside us that tells us we are in tune with our innermost self. When we are engaged in our life’s work, our bodies feel more alive, because our energy is devoted to a cause that, in turn, feeds us. We may be tired after engaging in our life’s work, but we are almost never depleted. We feel grounded in the world, knowing that we belong here and have something important to offer.
When we are deeply unhappy, depressed, or subject to one illness after another, this may be due to a sense of disconnection from our life’s work. At times like these, finding the work we are meant to do is an essential act of healing. Most of us remember a time when we felt fully engaged in some act of work, service or creativity, and it is here that we may rediscover the work we are meant to do now. On the other hand, it may be time to explore what inspires us through volunteering, taking a class, going back to school, or just doing whatever it is we long to try. We all have callings, and when we find them, we owe it to ourselves to nurture and protect them, because while they may or may not be our livelihood, they are the keys to our wellbeing.
Although the expressive Leo Moon suggests that everything is as it appears today, our fantasies can still lead us astray. An unexpected twist of fate is indicated by a complex aspect pattern based upon a seven-pointed star. We try to solve problems logically when the Moon shifts into analytical Virgo at 6:10 pm EST. But a magical quintile between romantic Venus and imaginative Neptune intensifies our dreams, making it tough to sort out the truth.
Even if you think that you can power your way through the day, you may need to slow down and get one task done right before pushing on to the next one. Finishing a job doesn’t always mean that you’ve done it correctly. Take time to consider the logistics of what you are doing or you could be frustrated later when you discover that you must go back and redo something that you believed was already completed.
Establishing a steady pace improves your chances of reaching your destination today, but you might feel that someone wants you to work faster. Instead of sacrificing quality for increased production, you must find the courage to set reasonable boundaries. Don’t be afraid to let everyone know exactly what you can and cannot do. Then, follow up by doing the best job you can. Fortunately, others will eventually recognize your positive contribution when you show the results of your work.
Maintaining your focus can be quite challenging today, for your mind wanders around rather than concentrating on the task at hand. Still, you are aware of the pressure that others are placing on you now and you want to make every effort to do your part. However, a minor distraction is enough to lead you on a major detour. Don’t waste energy being hard on yourself if you get off track and waste too much time. Just remember to bring your attention back to what you were doing before moving on to what’s next.
It makes you anxious if others try to make you work harder today. It isn’t that you’re unable to meet their demands; you would just rather be in charge of your own schedule. Be careful; you might have to suppress your rebellious attitude for a while as you do the best you can to fulfill your obligations. Thankfully, your extra effort won’t go unnoticed.
It’s been challenging to keep your emotions in check while the Moon has been traveling through your dramatic sign. Although you’re quite skilled at presenting yourself in the best possible light, you may be unsuccessful in pretending that everything is fine today. Don’t hide your warm heart under cold efficiency. You can still finish your work while also being honest about your feelings.
Your perceptions are even more accurate now than usual, but this doesn’t mean you should act on every conclusion you reach. Your analysis may not be as balanced today as you think. Caution is advised because you tend to focus on the imperfections in others and yourself. An intelligent strategy now is to remain an observer. Wait a few days before finalizing any plans because things will soon look much better.
Sharing your ideas with others seems like a good idea at first, but soon it becomes apparent that interpersonal politics are more complicated than you thought. Maybe it would be easier if you praised your colleagues and told them how great they are instead of speaking your mind. But your willingness to please others can run you through stressful scenarios again and again. Relax the pressure by temporarily detaching yourself from the situation. Take no action until tomorrow after you’ve had time to rest.
You might be forced to relinquish control as the day unfolds and your personal agenda begins to transform. Give yourself some breathing room; allow enough flexibility to cancel a previous commitment if your goals have shifted. Don’t be overly concerned about anyone else’s disappointment. Just do what feels right, even if you have to gently let someone down in the process. Take care of your own needs first; this strengthens your relationships with others in the long run.
You may be required to take a position on a significant issue today, but it’s not a good idea to make up your mind until you have done enough research to be fully informed. Sharing your opinions before you have gathered all the facts only makes you look unprofessional or even foolish. Take the time to completely flush out the truth. Demonstrating your integrity helps you improve your standing with everyone at work.
Trusting your intuition is tougher than usual, because the facts can be so entangled with fantasy that it’s tricky knowing what’s true. You can get lost in the data as you step through your rigorous analysis, but you still might not arrive at the best conclusion. Study the information and then set it aside for a while. A moment of inspiration will ultimately bring you the right answer.
You don’t know if you’ve gone deep enough yet, for the more you dig, the more you learn. Nevertheless, at some point, you must finish your research and actually put what you’ve learned to practical use. Once you acknowledge that you’ve uncovered a bottomless pit, you’ll be able to stop spinning your intellectual and professional wheels. The time for thinking is over; get to work and apply your wealth of knowledge to getting ahead.
You may be struggling with your work today. The problem is that others might be very harsh with their judgments about what you are doing now. Instead of working to accommodate others, try meeting your own expectations. Your attitude counts for a lot; if you feel positive about your current effort, that’s all that really matters.