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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: June 2005]


    [H2OSprtlvr] Just last week on the news they showed a pod of orcas that beached themselves. Can you tell us why this particular pod ended up beaching themselves, since this is very odd for orcas to do?


    MEntity: We are not clear as to the details regarding any recent “beaching” of “Orcas,” but there is indication that pollution may have been the cause, altering the navigational capabilities. Though we are not clear as to whether this has to do with the Orcas to which you refer. Several species have become compromised in their navigational capabilities, due to the consumption of toxins that affect these senses, some of which create severe hallucinations. Unfortunately, we do not have more information specific to the pod in question, but we will continue to search as we work through the next questions.


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      ASTRAL REVIEW: When it's from astral review, it's usually from between lives when we had taken part in the harm of a Cetacean.
       
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      GRAND CYCLES: And then Michael has also said that there were other species similar to Cetaceans in our past Grand Cycles that, as we grow older in soul age, we might be remembering.
       
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      The Chief Feature that affects your Mode/Expression/Relationships is the Chief Feature that is used to protect you from INTIMACY.
       
      Your Mode describes not only how you express yourself internally and externally, but it also describes how you approach or repel Intimacy. When we speak of Intimacy, we are speaking of the spectrum of experience that could be described as SAFETY.
       
      In other words, the Chief Feature that is enlisted as your protector against Intimacy is doing so because you have learned that you are UNSAFE in your Expression and in your Relationships. We remind you that a “relationship” and “intimacy” is not exclusive to human interaction, but can include your sense of relationship to and intimacy within yourself, your aspirations, goals, etc.
       
      This subject can be explored much more deeply in a more appropriately provided format. We believe what we have shared is a good start. We, of course, have much to say on this subject.
       
      In terms of alleviating the effects of the Secondary Chief Feature, one would always find the quickest and “easiest” route to be through that of the Attitude. In ALL cases of Chief Features, the Attitude is the one overleaf that can dismantle them all. If one can find a conscious means to implement a behavior to bring the Attitude into the Positive Pole, one can dismantle the effects of the Chief Features in a powerful “domino or cascade effect.”
       
      [Note: I suspect Michael meant Third Chief Feature rather than Secondary Chief Feature in the paragraph above.]
       
      Using the Positive Pole of the partner Attitude on the shared Axis, one can then move directly into the Positive Pole of the original Attitude.
       
      For example:
       
      If one is an Idealist, one can move from Naiveté (negative pole) to Coalescence (positive pole) by using INVESTIGATION, which is the Positive Pole of the Skeptic.
       
      To explain this more personally:
       
      The Idealist sees life in terms of how it SHOULD BE. This often leads to Naiveté because he tends to believe he can or should do far more than he is capable of doing. The Idealist then piles his life full of obligations and improvements to the point of disappointment and sometimes to the extent of harming himself or others. He has not accepted that to get from point A to point Z requires the steps in between.
       
      This is a form of Naiveté.
       
      This “negative” Attitude then cascades throughout the Overleaves, weighing them down into the Philosophy of CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT (or that everything should be “better”) without the means or method to do so. The Philosophy is not the problem; it is simply the lack of Coalescence that blocks this fragment. Coalescence could be defined as the culmination of several factors that can eventually manifest the Ideal.
       
      One can now see how INVESTIGATION might help an Idealist to dismantle his fears. If he would simply seek to understand (investigate) the steps required that would create his Ideal, he would not remain under the weight of Naiveté. Once he grasps and implements the process of realizing the Ideal, he is immediately back in Coalescence and free from Chief Feature.
       
      This same method can be applied to ANY Overleaf, but starting with the Attitude is the most empowering and immediately revitalizing because Attitudes are linked to the energy of Inspiration.
       
      Once the feed of Inspiration is returned to the Personality, most often “anything” can then be done.
       
      Next question
       
      [Tibtyc] Good evening, Michael. How can one speed up the work on karma, external and internal? I begin to realize that I have procrastinated a lot in my life. Also, in what way can the concept of Triads helps us to understand, and work on, karma? That is my question.
       
      MEntity: In answer to your first version of the question: One can “speed up” the process of Karma simply by doing it. There are no “shortcuts,” but there can be resistance, which can greatly delay the balancing of Karma. In terms of external Karma, all Fragments involved must be present, so a great deal of the “speed” of that process is dependent on group effort.
       
      [Tibtyc] Present on Earth?
       
      MEntity:
      If the Karmic scenario originated “on Earth,” then it is most often balanced in the same arena. There are exceptions, however, if the primary element of the Karma is Intellectual or Emotional.
       
      In terms of internal Karma (self karma), one merely need drop all resistance and choose to do the work that is required.
       
      In answer to your second version of your question:
       
      The concept of the Triad is tremendously helpful in approaching, processing, and integrating the experience of Karma, internally and externally. ALL KARMA is approached from either the Positive or Negative and is concluded in the Neutral.
       
      In MOST CASES, the Karma is approached from the POSITIVE, moved into and through the Negative, and finding resolution in the Neutral.
       
      We will clarify here that we are speaking in terms of Balancing Karma, not Creating it.
       
      If one were to think of the process of walking as the same process of balancing Karma, one can understand the Triad:
       
      A step is taken forward (Positive), there is an off-balance, mid-air moment that leaves everything dependent on one leg (Negative), with a final landing of both feet on the ground (Neutral).
       
      Karma is one of the many reasons so many relationships seem to go “bad.” They are initiated with an alluring, compelling magnetism simply to get the Personalities into the Karmic Sequence, which then allows the elements for the Negative phase to unfold. Often, when the Karma is balanced, there is no longer an interest in the relationship; the relationship is often just a means of balancing that Karma.
       
      For most Older Souls, there is little external Karma with which to deal, but a seemingly unending source of Self-Karma to endure.
       
      In terms of Self-Karma, we would say that to find conscious Neutrality, one must first determine the battle that is occurring internally and name it. In other words, if one has Self-Karma around Body Image, it will be helpful to define the Positive and Negative aspects that create the inner polarization, such as “I AM UGLY” vs “I AM BEAUTIFUL.”
       
      In all cases of Self-Karma, there are “two sides” to the battle. There is a perpetual conflict between The Truth and The Lie. The Neutrality comes only when one is capable of seeing the commonality between the two. In other words, the commonality between the concepts of “I am beautiful” and “I am ugly” is… I AM. The definitions beyond “I AM” are merely a means of dividing yourself.
       
      [Tibtyc] Sorry, what would Intellectual Karma be like?
       
      MEntity:
      Lying to an individual wherein he makes a choice that is affected by that lie can lead to Intellectual Karma.
       
      That is one example.
       
      [kittlekats41] thank you. I am curious about how much of what actually happens to us on earth could be considered truly accidental. How often does a true accident such as an unplanned injury or an unexpected illness or even environmental genetic damage cause us to make a significant change in our life’s plans – a change made ‘on the fly’ so to speak? And is this rate fairly constant or increasing with the greater degree of environmental damage our bodies now face?
       
      MEntity: In the true sense of the word, accidents DO happen, but only on the level of Personality. In terms of Essence, there has never been and never would be an accident. Personality CAN, but does not, anticipate everything, but Essence can and does. Even when Essence is “surprised” by an event that was caused by the choices of its Personality, the array of effect from a single choice can be easily seen, and it is not interpreted as an “accident.”
       
      [kittlekats41] Are all ‘unplanned events’ then foreseen by essence or essence just accepts what comes and rolls with the punches:-)?
       
      MEntity:
      There is nothing in your reality that isn't CREATED or ALLOWED by either Personality and/or Essence. Those are the only two methods of existence. You Create your reality or you Allow it. Most Fragments do not entirely Create or entirely Allow, but utilize a mix of both methods, leaving room for the so-called “accidents.”
       
      An example of the mix of Creativity vs Allowance is in that many Fragments focus their conscious, creative energy in the direction of Relationships, while leaving their Bodies unattended; guided only by the events that unfold around it (Allowance).
       
      The Older Soul eventually begins to have Personalities who share in the process of Creating the entirety of the life along with Essence, but many souls do simply resign the life to some higher force to direct all events, or specific areas.
       
      It would do all of you well to know that any “higher force” simply has no investment in your experiences beyond EXPERIENCE, so the life left “up to god” tends to be more like a “pinball” in a game dictated by unconscious drive, reactions, and the choices of others.
       
      All experiences are foreseen by Essence, but never rejected. Choice and Decision are the tools of Personality for creating its life. While Essence can see that an “accident” is about to occur, it is keenly aware that this “accident” is merely the result of Personality’s choices, decisions, creation, and/or allowance.
       
      This does not mean that one should then “blame herself” for all of the pain and accidents within the life, unless one believes that is the path of most interest, which is as valid as any other choice.
       
      What this knowledge does mean is that you are not trapped by any accident, regardless of your awareness of its approach. You simply make another choice. And continue making choices beyond that. You are never condemned by any event, accident, or situation, no matter how much time has passed or how recent the experience. You can always continue to choose, and choose again, creating within and beyond the apparent confines of the situation.
       
      [kittlekats41] thank you very much Michael. I didn’t see it when I asked the question, but your answer allows me to see that my question and your answer very much relates to my chosen ‘platform’ for this year – I just love synchronicity!
       
      [merri korman] About a year before an accident occurred, I dreamed it, yet when it presented, I didn't recognize it and proceeded anyway. It has led me down a really painful road and I am having trouble forgiving myself and moving on. Any help?
       
      MEntity: Many fragments are presented with information, insight, or intuition that is then dismissed and only upon retrospect seen as having been valid. This is simply a part of living and learning and experiencing.
       
      [merri korman] How can we shift into making better choices so we learn with grace and ease instead of pain?
       
      MEntity:
      The key to the forgiveness is in your moving your attention from the concept of having made a mistake, to the concept of your having simply made a CHOICE. You made a choice based on more than intuition and prophetic dreams. The path that you describe as having been painful was the path that you chose; not because you made a mistake, but because you were courageous. Many Fragments are given the clues and warnings of potential pain “ahead,” but they continue into that pain, not because they are stupid, limited, or making a mistake. They are simply making a choice.
       
      Many Older Souls continue to struggle with the battle between that of choosing Pain or choosing Pleasure. There is a deep belief in the nobility of Pain and a deep belief in the Sin of Pleasure.
       
      While we described you as “courageous,” we do not mean that you were more noble or “right” in your choice toward Pain, but that you are courageous enough to have known that you could seek Forgiveness on the other side of the experience.
       
      [merri korman] whoo yeah, but why is it so hard to see the courage and so easy to see the mistake, self-forgiveness?
       
      MEntity:
      Often, those who struggle with the concept of Forgiveness are simply meaning that they ache for someone to tell them that everything will be okay and that you are safe now.
       
      We tell you that, now, not as an act of consolation, but as a truth. We do not tell you anything that you do not already know, but we do act as a form of validation, and we can tell you that it is over, Merri. It is now your choice as to whether you are ready to be free, and you will choose when you are ready.
       
      We will continue this conversation with you in private.
       
      [Fyredeva11] Recently, conversation on TV3K has brought 9-11 back up and conspiracy theories concerning the events. My question is: did the planes that hit the towers bring them down or were there also bombs planted that the government knew about? Also, did a plane really hit the Pentagon?
       
      [upstaate] or was it a missile?
       
      MEntity: The towers in question were not brought down by the planes, but by explosives that had been in place for at least 24 hours previous to attack. It does not appear that your “government” knew about these explosives, but did have at least conceptual knowledge of an impending attack.
       
      [Fyredeva11] was it the Israeli Secret Service?
       
      MEntity:
      Although a connection could be found to the Israeli Secret Service, it would not have been of an official capacity. Those directly involved with the destruction were extremists.
       
      It is valid that a plane did crash into the Pentagon, but it does not appear to be of the same identity as that which was understood to have done so.
       
      [Fyredeva11] it just seems so convenient…giving our govt an excuse to go into Iraq
       
      MEntity: We would say that the attack was exploited as an opportunity, but was not created through a conspiratorial event. The greatest contribution to the events labeled as “9-11” was negligence.
       
      [Fyredeva11] why didn't these bombs make the news?
       
      MEntity: The materials used in the materials for bombing were of advanced and unheard of explosives. These materials appear to be under investigation by only a few who could recognize them as having explosive properties.
       
      [H2OSprtlvr] What steps can we take to overcome the blocks that keep us from doing what is good for ourselves? What prevents us from finding the “switch” inside of ourselves to turn on to get us to do what is right and good for us to do? Thanks!
       
      MEntity:
      There is no other “switch inside” beyond CHOICE.
       
      We remind all of you that it is more than a new age catch phrase that we say that you are here to learn how to choose, and to choose how to learn.
       
      [H2OSprtlvr] I knew you'd say that, but I can't make myself do what I think I'm choosing to do. I choose to lose weight, but find myself not following the program
       
      MEntity:
      Let us suggest that it is not “weight” that is the issue. It is Love. You would lose the weight if you believed it was an issue.
       
      Many fragments choose false goals as a means to fit into the current social game, but underneath this falsity is a truth that is implemented more powerfully, and that is that you love yourself more than you give yourself credit. The key then is not in losing the weight, but in honoring what your body knows is the truth, even if your heart and mind have forgotten.
       
      We have said this before to many of our students, but we will say it here, again:
       
      How can one expect the Body to adjust to your ideals under the pressure of criticism, hatred, and resentment? This can easily be likened to the limited ability of a child to learn math while being beaten with a ruler as he flounders.
       
      When you begin to see your exercise, health, and diet as GIFTS to your body, and not as PUNISHMENTS, you will find your motivation.
       
      [H2OSprtlvr] that’s very true. I need to wrap my mind around that.
       
      MEntity:
      It can be a powerful transformation for all of you to take a good, long look at your Bodies in a mirror and with as much heart as possible, honor it with your most loving approval. Your Bodies are not imposed upon you, but consider the fact that every cell, molecule, and layer is the most innocent level of consciousness that completely, utterly, absolutely believe in you. When we say “believe,” we use the word to capture the imagery, not the literal meaning.
       
      Quite often, weight is gained as the inner sense of resentment and criticism rises. This is often a direct result of the Body’s defense system against its annihilation. As “you” seek to escape its confines, “it” seeks to ground its source. Once you begin to be present, loving, and offering of gifts to the Body, its shape begins to reflect that Beauty, which is NOT ALWAYS within the confines of social definition, but ALWAYS within the perimeters of “good” health.
       
      In conclusion, when you find you are not choosing in the direction you feel is “good” or “right” for you, it is never outside of your reach to AT LEAST choose to love anyway.
       
      However controversial this statement may be, it is a truth that eating a bag of chips on the couch while watching TV can be as “good” for you as a run on the treadmill, when consciously offered as a gift and let alone to be just that.
       
      There are no rules.
    • DanielaS
      By DanielaS
      June 17, 2007
      Troy Tolley, Channel
      MICHAEL SPEAKS – E-mail Alternative Version
       
      In the beginning of June, we had a humpback mother whale and her baby swim up the Carquinez Strait (which I can see from my condo's balcony), into the Sacramento river, all the way to the Port of Sacramento. They were the only wild whales that received antibiotics for very bad injuries they received from possibly a keel of a sailboat. They got named Delta & Dawn. Are the Michaels able to find out how well they are doing now, if they are safe, well, and healthy?
       
      MEntity: It appears to us that the whales in question are doing well. Although there was disorientation involved to some degree, the main intent of the whales was for fun exploration of an area that has a reputation among whales as being mysterious, fantastic, and full of kind humans with the best interest of whales at heart. The wounds on the whale were sensed to be fairly fatal in the long run, due to infection, so while the “trip” was to be for fun and exploration, there was also the hope that the kind humans could help. Indeed, they did with the antibiotics, allowing for the whales to have validation of this potential among humans and the reports are spreading. We would not be surprised to find more whales exploring this same passage within the next 20 years. It is always assumed these creatures are lost, but it is often not the case. However, the same is assumed of your species while out on the open ocean. Why would you be there? It’s not your natural habitat or home. You must be lost. Often the interaction between whales and boats is from the same concern that humans have for whales in strange territories: they are hoping to redirect you home.
       
      Does brushing your skin with a boar bristle brush, brushing in the direction of your heart, really help the lymphatic system?
       
      MEntity: While it is not necessary to use the hairs of a dead animal as bristles, any medium-strength bristle brush (synthetic or otherwise) used to brush the skin is beneficial for the lymphatic system, the skin, and the blood. It is not necessary for the direction to be toward the heart, but this can add to the effect in a mental way that is valid as a ritual.
       
      I would like to know Michael's opinion on my problem of determining how far one needs to go to know that they are walking the walk rather than talking the talk. I want to live up to my beliefs, but it seems impossible to do 100%. How much is enough not to be a hypocrite?
       
      MEntity: “Beliefs” is a word that represents all the things that you presume to be possible or true, and seek to implement within your Being as foundations, but you do not have the experience or comprehension to turn those beliefs into knowledge. When you KNOW something, you implement it 100%. When you BELIEVE something, you may or may not implement the entirety of the belief. Older Souls in particular have a difficult time implementing beliefs until there is a sense of solid knowledge. Until you gain knowledge, all you have is a theory, not a truth. The lack of ability to implement a belief is not a matter of hypocrisy, but a matter of integrity that allows room for further investigation, experience, and eventually knowledge. Hypocrisy is only valid as a reference when one imposes beliefs upon others without doing the work of turning those personal beliefs into knowledge. It is called hypocrisy because there is always a discrepancy between the imposition and the behavior of the hypocrite, with the hypocrite using imposition as his or her way of avoiding knowledge, while enforcing false validation of his or her own beliefs.
       
      What is a transcendent soul (not the transcendental soul level)? My understanding is it is the same as what is called in India a Bodhisattva.
       
      MEntity: A Transcendental Soul is an Entity that takes on the task of incarnating within the Physical Plane as a means to help prepare for the manifestation of the Infinite Soul. The entire Entity does not incarnate, but one fragment from the Entity incarnates with full access to the entirety of the Entity's knowledge and experience. The fragment speaks and lives on behalf of the Entity. Although it could be said that there are parallels between the description of a bodhisattva and Transcendental Souls, Transcendental Souls are not resisting or avoiding any form of “enlightenment” as a means to remain physical. Most fragments or Entities or Cadres, by the time they reach what might be called a “state of enlightenment,” realize at that point that there is no “state of enlightenment,” as there is always more to learn, experience, and explore. Enlightenment is not a conclusive state. In addition to this difference between bodhisattva and Transcendental Souls, the Transcendental Soul is only concerned with INVITING fragments into a direction that is in alignment with the Logos that is to be brought to bear, but does not have a sense of compulsion to “save humanity.” In most cases of a “bodhisattva,” it is a single fragment who has egocentrically taken on this title as a means to exploit a position with a closed group, but certainly not as a benefit to humanity. We know of no fragment extant who uses the title or nickname of “Bodhi” to be without extreme indulgence in False Personality.
       
      In what time frame and location area were the most of us Michael students incarnate & interacting at the same time?
       
      MEntity: Nearly all of our students (approximately 100,000 of you) were incarnated within the areas known as The Nile River in Egypt and Mesopotamia between the years of 2500 and 1700 BCE before the invasion by the Hyksos, which ruined what we often refer to as one of our “Golden Ages” with our students.
       
      How best can we deal with others, when we find ourselves to be in opposition with their lifestyles and belief systems, to the point of some having physical and emotional pain over it? And, is ignoring their choices, to let them be who they are, somehow reflect that we are encouraging those choices by attending something that they are attached to? (We have been discussing certain celebrities, and the choices they make involving fundamental religions and cults.)
       
      MEntity:
      How one deals with one who is determined as being in opposition to one’s personal lifestyle and belief systems is a matter of choice and part of the experience of being Sentient. Soul Age plays a great part in how one deals with those who represent opposition to one's personal lifestyle and beliefs.
       
      Infant Souls would not have an inclination to be concerned with differences in lifestyles and beliefs, as they are more concerned with their own survival and superstitions; in fact, any oppositions would simply be seen as mythical forces representing demons of a sort that should be avoided at all costs.
       
      Baby Souls are the most violent and dominant against those in opposition to their lifestyles and beliefs, generally seeking any method possible to impose their own world over those around them.
       
      Young Souls are usually not concerned with whether others share in their beliefs and lifestyle, since they presume they are inherently “right” in how they view the world, anyway. They know “the truth” and there is a smug conclusiveness about their behavior, which in itself can be dominating and imposing.
       
      Mature Souls are very concerned about shared perceptions of reality and supporting those of which are beneficial to all. When there is a belief or lifestyle presented in the world that is in opposition to the benefit of all, this often creates a literal, physical pain within the Mature Soul. This pain comes from the personal history (within the life, or past lives) that knows the pain of oppression, rejection, and imposition. The process of taking stances against beliefs or lifestyles that are in opposition to the benefit of all is a process of healing one's own personal wounds, while increasing one's circle of compassion in a tangible way.
       
      Old Souls within your world at this time are still manifesting a great deal of the self through Mature Soul contexts, so you will find many Old Souls still working through Mature Soul stances, not only because many Old Souls are manifesting at the Mature Soul Age, but also because this helps the process of the Mature Soul world to take root permanently. Part of the point of being an Old Soul is in use of the ability to manifest from any previous Soul Age as a means to relate to all aspects of the world. The dominant energy in the world for most at this time is the Mature Soul context, so many Old Souls will find themselves still very passionate about issues in which they would otherwise find neutrality (not indifference, but neutrality).
       
      So in speaking about Old Souls, it makes sense to speak of them in terms of the Mature Soul at this time, which means that most will be contributing to any movement that is linked to the benefit of all. As long as the world is moving in the direction of Maturity, the active stance one takes on issues that inhibit compassion and freedom for all is quite important in terms of rooting Maturity in the world. No one is obligated to take a stance or to contribute to this rooting of Maturity, of course, but the contribution to this Maturity does accelerate for all, the more actively the species invests in those beliefs and lifestyles that benefit all.
       
      This stance is not a confusing issue for the Mature Soul, but for the Old Soul, it can be confusing as he or she stands in support of the lifestyles and beliefs that support the benefit of all, but still feels a sense of higher perspective that trusts that all lifestyles and beliefs are valid, even if destructive, and will eventually be of benefit to all, anyway. The Mature Soul still knows how important it is to invest in the betterment of life on the Physical Plane, while many Old Souls can often forget the importance of that, since they are “leaving soon,” anyway.
    • Juni
      By Juni
      http://www.popsci.com/humpback-whales-are-organizing?src=SOC&dom=tw#page-2
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