We have finally arrived at the sixth and final theme of our Living from the Heart syllabus. In the past 6 weeks, we have pursued emotional self-mastery by exploring a different virtue that constitute the essence of our energetic heart. When we embody the true essence of our heart, we connect with our higher self and present to the world our divine purpose. We have since covered the themes of Appreciation, Compassion, Forgiveness, Humility and Understanding, and in our journey of expressing these virtues with authenticity, we have found that they are often inter-connected. This week, the syllabus culminates with Valor, a virtue that comprises both courage and integrity.
While Valor is generally used in the context of war or the battlefield, it is as an element of love, linked with the act of speaking truth to power, especially when an injustice is committed. It is common in today’s social order to pretend ignorance of the injustices of our world. Self-absorption in one’s own world is a key threat that undermines the expression of Valor, and fear of consequence is the other.
Valor is the aspect of your love that defends its presence in the face of injustice. If you don’t defend your virtues — or those too weak to defend their own — you compromise your core principles with lack of integrity. Valor requires a person to possess strength of mind and spirit in defense of a noble cause. Sometimes it may require a great deal of personal sacrifice, or other times it may simply come down to the act of speaking up. Upholding our principles is an act of both honour and privilege, and we should recognise that many others may not be in the position to do so. These include young children, marginalised sections of the community and people with issues that have been considered taboo by the social order. For those of us who can, it is our responsibility to be courageous and use our voice to defend what is right.
Unfortunately, humankind has a long history of difficulty agreeing on “what is right.” Our values are shaped by our world views, experiences and upbringing, which often cause ideological clashes between differing points of view. We may be subjected to certain biases as a result of our conditioning, so it is important to critically examine our principles always.
Regardless, our basic human needs remain the same, and represent a practical starting point to informing the way we champion our causes. For example, does it cause harm to others? Is it unfair to certain parties? Does it violate any of their rights? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, it may also be a form of Valor to dismantle your problematic values. In this final blog on our Living From the Heart syllabus, we speak to HOA co-creator and facilitator Suraya on her personal take on Valor:
"HOA is the best version of ME! I am authentically ME! It took a decade to be where I am right now. I left my family and the Sacred Valley of Peru with only a suitcase and a few hundred dollars to pursue my dreams as an entrepreneur in the wellness industry in Singapore. There were times where I thought I could never reach my goals as the cost and overheads were very high. Loads of challenges were raised and it tested my wit as years gone by that became an evolution of my journey. To me, HOA is more than a business, it's my lifestyle that I get to share on a daily basis with the community. The syllabus that I have curated at HOA are the practices and rituals I've embodied through the years of my journey. So, stand in your power and believe in oneself! Do what makes your soul sing and radiate! Magick only happens when you live it!" - Suraya Sam
Embody courage and integrity with us at HOA, as we explore what it means to express Valor. This week we manifest highest commitment to our divine values with the influence of Full Moon in Pisces and the Crystal Azurite. Join us for our Full Moon Ritual for an evening of emotional release and transformation!
Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA