Daily Angel Oracle Card: Progress, from the Tao Oracle, by Ma Deva Padma
Progress: “There is an old saying: “In the bright light of day all things become known.” Circumstances are accelerating toward that illuminated zenith now; the outlook is brighter and all signs point toward an increasingly more rapid progression of events.
It is also true that the brightening light of day represents expanded awareness that is revelatory and exposing. It increases the likelihood of careful scrutiny of our actions and attitudes in many dimensions of life. Anything that once was unknown, unclear, or undercover may now be brought light. If what has been developing is greater maturity and an increasing spirit of harmony, then there will be no need for concern or guilt in the exposure. When we are sincere and resolute in our approach to life, taking no one for granted, then finding oneself in the spotlight is not a cause for alarm. Rather, you can observe life more keenly and even sudden turns of events are appreciated as part of the natural progression of things, and are accepted as such. If, on the other hand, you have been working behind the scenes to embellish your own reputation or enhance your position at the expense of others, all the manipulations that have gone into such efforts are, under the present circumstances, are likely to be exposed.
The ego enjoys letting it be known how hard it has worked to finally achieve a much deserved and probably long overdue moment of recognition. And once it has been sated by the applause, it is often all too ready to start slacking off. An irresponsible or self-involved attitude is driven primarily by the need to impress others with achievements. This is a kind of narcissistic condition that only ever feels okay when others acknowledge it’s “specialness.” But indulging this tendency has the unfortunate side effect of diminishing what could other wise have been a peak moment of opportunity, simply because you are so involved in patting your own back that you lose your sense of timing. Recognizing the timeliness of things requires a single-pointed attentiveness in order to discern the subtle signs of change that support your next move.
Working in accordance with the time will sharpen your attention and your ability to sidestep the inconsequential. It is wiser to put your energy into increased alertness as soon as a cycle begins to peak. Otherwise there is a danger that when the opportunity for progress is at its height, you will be snoozing under a shady tree, lulled to sleep by the assumption that you have already done enough and now it is time for a nap.
Being alert now to the subtle nuances of what is happening around you will help you to stay self-contained and energetically supported by the steadily increasing wave of progress that characterizes this time. The positive effects of your endeavors will be naturally and effortlessly multiplied for one and all. Taking care of the business at hand helps you to keep your feet on the ground in spite of your being in the limelight. This is not to say that the sweetness of the moment should not be savored. There is no full stop in the journey of life; rather , the journey itself is the goal.”*
~ By Ma Deva Padma
This message is a reminder to us all to examine our motivations in life. Why do you do what you do? How do you define fulfillment in your life? Success? Abundance? Prosperity? Are these things materially based? Do you have to compete to get where you want to be in life? Do you feel that there may not be enough to go around so you must hoard and protect what you do have… or do you feel that having just enough all the time is… enough?
Complete realization of our motives is freedom in itself. We can then decide whether the work is worth the payoff; karmically as well as physically. If we have to step on others to get where we need to be, what will the end result of this behaviour be? If we share what we have as much as we can, how will that affect the people in our lives? If you had enough to get you through today, without having to worry, would that weigh in as success? How do we teach our children what is possible for them… is it through example? What example are we setting?
We are entering a new time, an abundant time, a prosperous time. What does that look like in your mind? Do you imagine driving a fancier car, having a bigger house, eating out more, traveling? Do you imagine private schools or private jets? Or do you imagine being secure, satisfied, balanced, harmonious. What’s the difference?
There is always a choice between doing what you love to do ~ seeing your time as valuable currency ~ and having the means to show the rest of the world your success. The latter doesn’t really seem to be working for many, as it changes the dynamic to a “more” mentality… where it’s just never enough. And that isn’t a joyful place to be.
Illumination has a huge element of joy, of inner peace and calm. You can’t buy that. You have to make it happen.