Heroism and the Heart - A Valentine Message

Feb 14, 2009 by Luann Robinson Hull
Regardless of our political, philosophical or religious beliefs—it would be difficult for any of us to deny that change is upon us. Everywhere we look from the personal to the global climate, we are witnessing unprecedented events and circumstances. And while the current prevailing media’s take on it all seems saturated with gloom and doom, there are many of us who believe this to be a time for inventive optimism and unparalleled opportunity.

In 1980, nearly thirty years ago, Marilyn Ferguson wrote a pivotal book entitled The Aquarian Conspiracy. In the manuscript she demonstrates uncanny foresight as she predicts many of the circumstances in which we are currently living. Having read this material some twenty-five years since its publication, I am astonished at her wisdom and insight. Here is what she says about shape-shifting in changing times, offering creative solutions on how to deal with it all: “It is like a sea crossing into the New World. The immigrant, try as he might, cannot persuade his friends and loved ones to make the journey. Those who stay behind cannot understand why the familiar did not hold the immigrant. Why did he abandon his accustomed homeland? Saddest of all, how could their affections not hold him?”

And so what does it mean to “abandon one’s homeland” in a quest for the truth? And what is required in actually recognizing and then seeking this truth of ours? All of us have had insights and important “flashes” of awareness. Nonetheless, we can easily ignore such guidance, and often do, when the messages are not convenient or popular. We have learned all too well the consequences when we choose not to listen. So how can we strengthen our ability to pay attention to the conversations that our wise In-Dweller is constantly attempting to engage on our behalf?

Take a look at the events, which brought the life of Chesley B. Sullenberger into focus. “Sully” affectionately called by his friends, was the captain/pilot of a recent plane crash in the Hudson River. An article written about the event, states that the captain was “uncommonly grounded,” demonstrating remarkable courage. His foresight and decisiveness resulted in saving all 155 passengers and a crew of five. “Sully” was instantly hailed a hero for combining his skill and impeccable judgment in miraculously bringing everyone to safety. What caused “Sully” to be “uncommonly grounded” and decisive in the moments that mattered? What factors contributed to the success of the mission? And what might have happened if things hadn’t turned out so well? What if he had survived the crash and others had perished? Would he have been celebrated as a hero then, and more importantly, how would he have felt about himself? Would his “groundedness” have sustained him? .” And so we are left to wonder, what inspired the synchronistic events that resulted in this miracle. How did Sully’s wisdom, training, and courage factor into it all? In the moments that mattered, he pulled together his insights, discipline, decisiveness, courage, focus, skill, and confidence, all of which combined to create an unprecedented phenomenon (apparently, no known emergency water landing has ever occurred without at least some casualties). “Sully” was a captain in the truest sense. He did exactly what he needed to do when he needed to do it.

In captaining our individual journey as we cross the unknown sea toward our version of “the New World,” what will we include as cargo and preparation in order to ensure that we are equipped for the uncharted territory ahead? And what will we leave behind so as not to be burdened by unnecessary baggage? How can we stir the inner Giant, who will see us through the challenges we may encounter along the way? (Somehow, Sully was primed to handle what would result when a flock of geese and flight US Airways 1549 coincided).

Aren’t we all really inventive optimists in one form or another? I mean don’t you honestly believe on some level that you deserve to live your life fully from a foundation of joy, love, and eternal peace? Isn’t this how you honestly would like your destiny to look, regardless of what may appear to be happening in your external world? And so, shouldn’t our primary focus in every single moment be to continue accessing such a life through the Divine guidance that is ever available to show us the way?

What is it that separates Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger and other heroes from the rest of us? Perhaps they are powered by the courage to be unutterably themselves. Maybe they are comfortable in their own skin to the extent that they are willing to put themselves out there for what they believe is true, regardless of the consequences. And perhaps they are repeatedly consulting their own Inner Compass, realizing more and more with each conversation “It’s” unerring judgment.

In my opinion, if we are going to take full advantage of the unprecedented opportunities for inventive optimism currently available to us, we are more than likely going to have to recruit the courage to also be “unutterably ourselves,” and all that entails. In so doing we will be repeatedly called to identify the truth across all areas of our lives. Of course, we then must be willing to follow and act on that truth, regardless of what we perceive to be the consequences. How will we summon the valor to leave our safe harbors, while attempting to remain “uncommonly grounded?” Perhaps we can start by opening the back door of our hearts, thereby exposing the lighthouse of inner love always standing by to help chart the course and keep us focused.

It is time to fire up the blueprint of our optimistic nature, creating possibilities for unending growth and developing what we came here to optimize. If you haven’t done so before, turn your gaze inward and celebrate the lighthouse of love that glows from your very own heart and soul. The current cry for true leadership and captaincy is in obvious demand. In order to effectively provide such leadership, perhaps we can begin by focusing on a loving, compassionate, peaceful self—on having an ongoing dialogue with that Inner Lighthouse of ours. If you are reading the words on this page, then you have chosen yourself to be an ambassador for this kind of leadership. Don’t you just love that?

Happy Valentines Day.

Love you, love me, love the world.

Believing in you!