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Wednesday Weekly Wisdoms 094 – Oppression, Discernment and Compassion

Interesting trio that has come forward to be today’s WWW. It started with me wanting to create one of my word investigation graphics that list words in an acrostic then attach an effective photo alongside it. The first word was oppression and much as I tried to list them alphabetically, as is my mild OCD want, I have to turn them around. This ‘turning around’ I find timeous as the card for tomorrow in my daily card readings is The Hanged Man so I surrender to that energy and flow with my intuition rather than my brain. With reference to the mild OCD, this is only a label. I am a very creative person and love to see things in order, like the labels of food cans all facing outwards, cosmetic products grouped and labels facing towards me. It is my preferred way of being and it doesn’t rule me per se, but it feels wrong if I don’t right something that doesn’t sit comfortably with me. Whose to say what is right for another person?

What is oppression - is malicious or unjust treatment or exercise of power, often under the guise of governmental authority or cultural opprobrium.[a] Oppression may be overt or covert, depending on how it is practised. . . . No universally accepted model or terminology has yet emerged to describe oppression in its entirety, although some of the scholars cite evidence of different types of oppression, such as social oppression, institutional oppression, and economic oppression.’ Etc. Ooh, excitement, a new word for me: opprobrium – disgrace, infamy and shame, to name a few of its synonyms. Also excited to see malicious and think about malcontent etc. all words prefixed with mal that in Spanish means bad. Don’t you just love learning new things?

To get back to oppression, without having really left the subject, my own take on it I suppose was heightened when I was attending a Community Learning and Development course as an older student. I had hoped to have a degree by the time I was 50 but that’s a whole other story. Oppression also came into that experience in my life. The training officer in the project I was working in at that time believed the course was not for me – I was administration! Thankfully a greater power supplied me with support to enter the course which I was really engaged with until the time I had to give it up. A time of great learning for me in more ways than just the content of the course.

What is discernment - is the ability to obtain sharp perceptions or to judge well . . . In the case of judgement, discernment can be psychological, moral or aesthetic in nature. . . .The process of discernment within judgment, involves going past the mere perception of something and making nuanced judgments about its properties or qualities.’ Etc. It is a very individual action for no one has walked the path of life that we have. We all have different experiences and that then ‘sharpens our perceptions’ or ‘colours’ the judgements we make. Oppression, for me, is when we allow others to make their perceptions appear to be the best way for us to be even though it does not sit comfortably within who we are. It would appear we need to be discerning of ourselves first, rather than allow others to ‘oppress us’; to be our true selves.

What is compassion - motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of another and themselves. Compassion is often regarded as having sensitivity, which is an emotional aspect to suffering. Though, when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity also based on sound judgment. . . . Compassion involves "feeling for another" and is a precursor to empathy, the "feeling as another" capacity for better person-centred acts of active compassion; in common parlance active compassion is the desire to alleviate another's suffering.’

Through observing oppression in various forms in the many years I have lived this life, I can now consciously look back and see how I gave my power away to others through a learned behaviour of being. Oppression is not a compassionate way of living life and only through our individual discernment will we find the strength to stand in our own individual power of being. To accept that it is okay to be us and not take on the power of others who would try to shape us in a way that they want us to be. The people who oppress are spiritual beings living their lives too, we do not wish to oppress them but neither should we be oppressed. Through compassion we can show a different way of being. If enough of us find that ‘light of life’ the strength to be ourselves, ward of others oppression, then the new world will emerge.

Within the new world emerging and the embracing of the divine feminine attributes, as associated with this new age of Aquarius, we will see them replacing the outdated patriarchal ways. I pray that compassion doesn't dally in its expansion and we witness the death of oppressions heavy handed grip on the world.

Much love. Namaste, Patricia xx

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