“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Regret is something everyone has, but no one can afford to keep. Being remorseful is commendable when we should be sorry for wrong behavior, but to live with regret is to add to it day by day. There are those who are unable to admit they have ever been wrong. But there are more who carry with them so much regret they are bowed in spirit.
Thomas Moore, the Irish poet, once said, “Remorse is beholding heaven and feeling hell,” but perhaps just knowing heaven can exist makes regret more hellish. And so often it renders the regretful almost powerless to lift themselves out of their predicament.
But there is forgiveness! A daily vow or affirmation can take us a step further in lifting ourselves above the things that cause regret. And if we’ve settled down in the middle of unhappiness to enjoy our lot in life, then, moment by moment, inch by inch, we shall overcome that, too!
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 2
“I remember Dawson (No Horse) said, ‘Once you say your prayers, don’t worry about them. If you worry about them, they’ll just fade away.'”
–Chuck Ross, LAKOTA
Today I need to remember You are everywhere. I need to remember how much You love me. I need to know, Grandfathers, that You are always listening. Today I need to know how much You care. Today I will remember the advice of the Elders. “Say your prayers and then don’t worry – know that the Great One has heard you.” It’s so much easier to do this, Grandfather, when I feel connected to You.
My Creator, allow me this day to feel your presence. Let me walk the path of life today and talk to You many times. Give me faith, my Grandfather.
September 2 – Daily Feast
Everything has a reason. We may have to wait a while to understand, because much of what we see is a puzzle with all its pieces strewn about. The whole thing is there but in our present condition we do not comprehend the first thing about fitting the right pieces together. It is going to take some time. Maybe our dullness is necessary to keep us from making foolish moves. It is better to stand and let life creep back in and our blood to flow normally before we begin again. We still do not know the reason for something but we can handle the time better and we recover our sense more quickly.
~ We are all Seminoles here together. We want no long talk; we wish to have it short and good. ~
CHIEF JOHN HICKS – SEMINOLE, 1829
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Does your front door face northeast? Your home is ideal for study, spiritual pursuits, and self-improvement programs.
A healing time for you, a period of grace. Openness, trust and psychic awareness,await you this weekend. The stars are truely shining down on you. You feel incredible love as your heart opens this weekend.
Our desires are complicated by the power of today’s magnetic Scorpio Moon, and we may be fearful of expressing our needs if others don’t actively support our intensity. We feel driven to convince everyone that we’re right, no matter what the emotional cost happens to be now. However, our irrational worries are ameliorated by a happy Sun-Jupiter trine that rewards upbeat thinking, encourages generous behavior and spurs random acts of kindness.
You may be caught up in a complex swirl of energy as you attempt to untangle your attachments. Although you might try to be impartial in your approach to relationships today, you could have a tough decision to make now that could ultimately change the trajectory of your life. Fortunately, your clear intentions help you spin the current circumstances in a way that’s beneficial to all involved.
You are quite determined to avoid an unpleasant confrontation today because you cannot see how it will lead to anything positive. It’s easier for you to sit on the fence now and wait for resolution than to get caught up in making something happen. But inaction will only work for so long. Ultimately, you’ll feel better after the various opinions have been aired, even if there’s no apparent common ground yet. There’s no need to force a group consensus; it will come naturally on its own.
Your ruling planet Mercury the Communicator might appear to be no match while standing up to transformative Pluto today; but your thoughts will endure, even if your priorities change. Holding onto your vision helps you face a difficult opponent. You may feel that someone is out to defeat you, but if you’re smart enough to steer clear of open conflict now, you should be able to continue toward your destination without further interference.
You are challenged to show your feelings with Mars now back in your sign. Your life may seem overly intense now, and it feels like there’s too much going on, making it nearly impossible to know where to start. Although overcoming your hesitation is wise, don’t share everything at once. Choose your topics of discussion carefully; emphasizing those things you can be optimistic about should help you reach your goals.
You may be feeling a bit embarrassed today if you recently went out on a limb and said more than was necessary. However hopeful you are that others can step beyond their narrow-minded thinking to see the big picture, you still face an uphill battle. Attempts to demonstrate your intellectual superiority are bound to fail. Instead of making anyone else feel like a loser, figure out how everyone can win.
Although you realize the significance of your own core beliefs, it’s difficult when someone close to you has an entirely different set of assumptions. However, it’s a trap to engage in dialogue solely for the purpose of proving you are right. Once you acknowledge that intelligent people can hold opposing views, you will be free to work on self-improvement instead of wasting time trying to change another person’s mind.
Mercury’s current visit to playful Leo makes you more talkative and increases your mental activity, but you may need to fight for your right to speak your mind. Fortunately, your creative juices are flowing directly from the source now, making it easier to be proactive. Being considerate of other people’s feelings is admirable, but don’t allow your willingness to compromise stop you from doing what’s best for you.
The Moon’s return to your suspicious sign can raise issues of jealousy or possessiveness in relationships. You may think that someone is working against you behind your back, but it may just be your fears stirring up these fantasies. Don’t succumb to the negativity today; the choice is truly yours. Choosing self-improvement over everything else should be enough to put a positive spin on the day.
Your key planet Jupiter forms an optimistic trine with the illuminating Sun today, lifting your spirits and raising your hopes. Luckily, your cheerful attitude can positively impact your immediate future, but self-doubt could also surface and temporarily interfere with a good day. Connect with your friends because they will help take your mind off of your problems and remind you of what’s most important.
You may lock horns with a friend and find yourself in a standoff today, especially if you feel threatened by your own insecurity. But other people’s clever ideas are no match for your unrelenting persistence and strong sense of purpose. Although someone may anger you now, don’t get distracted from your ambitious goals. Your current optimism, mixed with intense concentration, is an unbeatable combination.
You have the gift of clear vision and shouldn’t let anyone dismiss your dreams today. But things get tricky fast if someone questions your authority. Your energy could shift into a more aggressive mood if you attempt to defend yourself. Don’t bother trying to justify your position now. Just keep your eyes on the horizon and continue heading in that direction.
Although everything seems quite intense, you are able to stay slightly detached from your emotions today. Luckily, your optimistic perspective on relationships enables you to avoid an unnecessary conflict with someone who fundamentally disagrees with your position. Remember that you don’t have to be right; you have absolutely nothing to prove now. Instead of stirring up trouble with a loved one, concentrate on realizing your dreams.