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    Intimacy as true vulnerability

    Kasia

    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: July 2001]

     

    [Leela] I'm not sure how to phrase this, or if this is even a question, but I am having a curious reaction to the energy report, almost a sense of resistance. Is this a particular feature of this nexus?

     

    [Michael_Enitity] It is resistance to Intimacy. Having any attention in this area causes you to cringe. You will not be more exposed than you choose to be, so it can be of succor for you to realize that.

     

    [Leela] I think I am a bit perplexed as to what is meant by Intimacy, in this case.

     

    [Michael_Enitity]
    No one is forced into the dynamics of an Energy shift or movement, anymore than you are forced to get wet when it rains. You can take precautions, stay inside, go to another city, or dance in the streets naked, but you will remain with choice.

     

    Intimacy, as we mean it here, can be defined as true vulnerability; losing inhibitions to and accepting what IS versus what was expected in relationships; and being willing to see the Truth about yourself in relation to the life as you stand in it presently.

     

    It would not be amiss to say that these weeks will behave as if a sudden, hard rainstorm has hit and whom you end up standing with in it or hiding away with will be seen in a new light. You will also have that moment to either be in the moment as these things can induce laughter, or brood about what is being “ruined by the rain.”


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      [Question] South Africa has, at least for my whole life, been a country in the midst of constant fear and political upheaval. As we are a country of people with such vastly different socio-economic, educational and cultural back grounds, it often feels like there will forever be strife, disharmony and fear. The 2010 World Cup has been a break from this though. In the last month we have experienced the most profound Inspiration, Joy, Unity and Patriotism. It was the first time in my memory I felt like we where unified, and there was hope for a more tranquil life. Even the crime stats were down during this period. Was this just a fleeting thing, or should this be seen as an example of what is possible? Or just a reminder of what we may never permanently achieve? I honestly wish that the whole world could have experienced this Group Consciousness. 

      [MEntity] We would say that this example is one that exemplifies Recruitment over Intimacy. Keep in mind that Intimacy is only gained after Recruitment, but Recruitment is fragile, a distraction, and often short-lived or in need of great defense. For this event to move from Recruitment to Intimacy, it would require that the passion remain beyond the illusion of bonds generated by representation in a sports team. The demographic of South Africa is quite Moving Center-centric, if you will, so it is not surprising that one way toward Intimacy might be through the Physical symbolism of a sports game or team. In our perspective, this is fairly important to keep in mind because a Moving-Centered demographic can just as easily "bond" through war, genocide, and other physical plane tragedies that then act as reasons for unity. The fact that a sports event is preferred is something one might call a “good sign.” With that in mind, we can say that this Young Soul culture's sense of unity as generated from a game is indicative of a maturing population that would rather bond over playful competitiveness than over painful competitiveness; bond over games, instead of wars.

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      When we say "genetics" in this case, by the way, we are speaking of trends that become associated with certain cultures, ethnicities, and skin colors, but are not specifically linked in any biologically-consistent way. Some Centering inclinations do eventually become genetically-linked, such as the emphasis of strength on Intellect often having to be drawn from a pool of genetics that include poor eyesight. This tendency can be seen in Eastern Asian cultures and genetics. 

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      [MEntity]
      If your question is in relation to the potential presented by the unity over the sports game in South Africa, one can only do so much if one is not a part of that particular geography and culture. What one can "do" from afar is to remain educated about the politics and potential of that area, and then to find or create a means of communication and interaction with those who are involved in that area. This communication and interaction can then provide anything from a source of support to a source of inspiration to a source of tangible help. Beyond finding a way to actually be a part of the dynamic of that culture, however remotely, one can most often only choose to trust. 

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      Trusting a population over which you have no control, particularly when that population has no direct bearing on your daily life, is a form of Essence Recognition, and Essence Recognition is the only true form of evolution available to any fragment extant. 

      Evolution of any one fragment is an evolution of your species' collective consciousness, and then this potential evolution becomes available to any population.

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      [MEntity]
      It is true that certain Attitudes may be inclined toward "good" over "bad" news, or vice versa, but this would only be true from the Negative Poles of the Attitude. 

      Though done in different ways, from the Negative Poles the Exalted Attitudes will tend to deny the "bad news" of reality, whereas the Ordinal Attitudes will tend to deny the "good news" of reality. It is not that these ends of the spectrum of news or life are "difficult" for the Attitudes to see, but that it is easier not to see them. What we mean is that the Exalted Attitudes "enter" reality through negative poles that tend to emphasize a lack of details, hence things are more beautiful, naturally. The Ordinal Attitudes tend to "enter" reality through negative poles that emphasize details, hence things are a bit "uglier" or pixelated, if you will. Again, we remind you that for one to move to the Positive, one must enter through the Negative, so these inclinations are “natural.” This is why we say that is it "easier," not because it is difficult to move beyond the negative, but that it takes effort. It takes no effort to rest in a Negative Pole. The Negative Pole is the starting gate. For the Exalted Attitudes to become whole in perspective, they must often experience SHOCK to move beyond the Negative Pole. For the Ordinal Attitudes to become whole in perspective, they must often experience SURPRISE to move beyond the Negative Pole.

      [Question] Somehow I get a feeling the world is in for a dose of both shock and surprise. How would you differentiate between the two, in this sense?

      [MEntity] We realize those terms may sound similar, but they are not: Shock is like a wall that halts one's perspective, whereas Surprise is like an invitation to go beyond the wall. The Ordinal Attitudes are not easily Shocked, but are quite intrigued by Surprise. The Exalted Attitudes are not easily Surprised, but can destroy walls of isolating, insular, or delusional perspective when Shocked. 

      [Question] and the Neutral Attitude of Pragmatism?

      [MEntity] As usual, the Assimilative Attitude/Overleaf would tend toward whichever is more relevant to the experience. In other words, in the context of Relationships, a Pragmatist may require Shock, whereas in the context of Career, a Pragmatist may require Surprise. 

      [QUESTION] How might we try to find peace and compassion with ourselves, our peers, and the world, rather than focusing on fear and despair, even when it feels like the world either is, or is about to, burn around us?

      [MEntity] We will say that the key to wholeness for the older soul in terms of interpretation, perspective, and possibility is to always ask WHAT IS THE TRUTH. Speculation IS NOT the truth, on any Level. If it is NOT the truth, then fear, panic, defense are completely useless and unwarranted. So while one might speculate that the current events may indicate leading toward disastrous futures, it is important to realize that this is SPECULATION, and that your center of power is only Now, which is not just a concept, but a point in time and space that is precise. That precise point of Now allows one to emphasize making the choices, actions, and feelings that can help steer reality in directions one prefers. 

      [Question] Isn't truth relative to the perspective of the person who sees something as their truth? In which case, searching for truth is like searching for a moving and constantly changing target?

      [MEntity]
      That is why we said that speculation is never the truth on any level. Speculation is Speculation. Reality and truth are what you choose for it to be. However, what is true for you must be explored in terms of what is valid personally, globally, and/or universally for it to be a whole truth. For instance: it may be a Personal Truth that you are concerned about the future of the planet based on what you see occurring around you. The TRUTH is that you are concerned, the rest is interpretation; speculation. The future of the planet is not involved in any way beyond the speculations that prompt your concerns. The future of the planet as you see it is still only one of billions of possibilities. So what one can do in that situation is to ask:

      A) am I using the news as a means of Recruitment? In other words, am I only emphasizing certain things in life that confirm what I've already decided is true? 

      B) How can I use this concern to effectively address that which I am concerned about? 

      It is true that "reality and truth are what you choose for it to be," but as older souls, it becomes important to validate those truths against the reality and truths that are independent from your preferences, interpretations, and prejudices. So while you may feel it is true that the world is headed toward demise, it would be helpful to explore all of the educational materials that not only address the problems, but suggest solutions, so that your perspective is not a conclusion, but a piece of a process. Simply deciding what is true and real does not make it true or real to any significant degree beyond yourself. This is why people are drawn to either rest in the Recruitment reflected in news or through other people so as to sustain what has been decided as true and real, or they move beyond this into Intimacy so that they can expand beyond prejudices, preferences, and interpretations. 

      "Reality" is only as "real" as one concludes/defends it, or explores/expands it.

      AN EXPERIMENT: We can suggest to all of our students as an experiment on reality to play with the idea that you may be "wrong" about what you know is true. In other words, encourage yourselves to move beyond what you have concluded or found familiar, and stretch into the "what if's" of your world.

      For instance, if you are dissatisfied with your work environment and have concluded that you are surrounded by Younger Souls who simply do not "get you," you can experiment with "what if" questions that seed changes in your experience of that reality. Such as "what if... I let it be okay that they do not get me?" "What if... it is I who does not get them?" "What if... I not let their interpretation of me decide my experience of my day?" 

      Or if one is bombarded with news of the British Petroleum oil geyser that clearly implies a long-term consequence, and one puts into perspective the history of unconscious dependence on limited resources, instead of one allowing this to be the conclusion about reality, one instills alongside one's concerns the "what if" experiment: "What if... this event helps change everything for the better of the world in terms of resources and responsibilities?” "What if... this is only indicative of one business model and mistake?" "What if... necessity is the fuel of invention, and I trust that someone, somewhere, is on this with a solution that may shorten the impact of this event?" The reason we suggest this experiment is because you already do this, but most often in the direction of demise. "What if... this is the end of the world?"

      All of you play the "what if..." experiment, but it is only when those "what if's" are interpreted as conclusive, or when they are limited to one end of the spectrum of possibilities that one has lost wholeness of perspective. Challenge your default "what if's" and see what happens. 

      [INTERJECTION] To which degree should this be taken? I mean, I could declare the world to be a donut, but know it not to be true.

      [MEntity]
      If one wants to experiment with "what if... the world is a donut?" we would be curious as to what you found in your results.

      Our point, in general, is that only what you currently experience, and what is currently happening around you, however you interpret it, is "the truth" on some level. Everything else is speculation and possibility.

      [Question] So many people (including many Michael students) are talking about a shift coming for “2012” with “big changes”. Every news event is another "portent". This seems to me to be antithetical to the very idea “all is choice” – what would be served by a massive, instant jump in “awareness” or consciousness level or whatever. Wouldn’t this kind of thing take away the opportunity for younger souls to work through their growth naturally. It seems like magical thinking to me, that somehow the planet will leap up to be more in tune with older souls. Is that the attraction to the idea?

      [MEntity]
      Every Soul Age has its own ideas about any "leap forward" in consciousness, if that concept is even on the radar for them. That the world would leap forward into sync with older souls might be an attraction to older souls, but certainly not to younger souls. 2012 as a period of accelerated shift is appealing to Old Souls for various reasons, but mostly as a means to fulfill a longing for Resonance with the whole of the world in a way that has been impossible for all of that Soul Age. You are a minority, and however fulfilling it is for each of you to find one another, to bond here, to know that others exist like you, it is naturally painful to also know that you are so "not like" anyone else in so many ways. 

      The irony in this longing for Resonance that is prompting many older souls to find the 2012 projections appealing, is that the Old Soul feels this way, even when surrounded by the most like-minded and intimate of souls. This feeling is simply part of the process of Essence evolving beyond the Physical Plane. As the profundity of realization by Essence that it is part of an Entity, the profundity of isolation that a Personality can feel becomes awesome and terrifying. 

      It might be thought that as one grows older in soul age that the profundity of death and evolution becomes embraced, but it is often quite the opposite. It becomes terrifying for the first time in a way that is indicative of true comprehension by the current Personality that it is one of many, and finite. Once that terror is processed, Cycling Off is fairly close in reincarnational terms. The Old Soul that has truly processed this terror is neither flippant about death, nor dismissive, but deeply compassionate about its spectrum of impact. 

      We elaborate upon this because it helps to put into perspective that it is not your minority status of Soul Age that lends you a sense of isolation or lack of feeling intimate with your world; it is only you who does that, and even in the most accommodating of cultures and worlds, you can feel this way. This elaboration can also help lend insight into why the Old Soul might find it appealing to focus on some fantastical portal or scheduled shift that promises that the world might "catch up" to their perspective, or lend relief to their isolation and private misery. 

      When the Old Soul realizes that no world shift, acceleration of consciousness, or global ascension will relieve him or her from the responsibility for his own presence, perspective, and power, then he or she is once again free. This Old Soul would be free from overwhelming emphasis on isolation, loneliness, and terror, and move to simply allow those experiences as a part of the spectrum of life. 

      That being said, shift does happen, but it is almost always long-term, gradual, propagated, and not sudden, obvious, scheduled, or imposed.

      When a group "shift" of consciousness is sudden, it is almost always short-term and specific to a group of souls who intend to exit that lifetime shortly after that shift. For instance, much of Cadre 9 "shifted" at once in various soul ages/levels during the event known as "9/11." 

      We are fairly certain that some groups will impose various make-shift "shifts" upon others within December of 2012 in some way, and many will use those fabricated shifts as points that prompt personal acceleration, be it material, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, but we know of nothing "magical" on the horizon beyond the sheer magic that is already life. 

      The loss of a job, a car crash, a terminal illness, a fulfilling relationship, a leap in career, and even a good mood can be one's "2012" or shift that accelerates one into new perspectives and levels of consciousness, but these cannot, and are not, scheduled on any global or cosmic calendar.

      [Question] At the risk of getting a causal plane ruler slap to the Earth knuckles, here goes: I get the feeling like there is some major event pending for the early November 2010 time frame. Would Michael care to comment on what has the largest probability, perhaps geopolitical wise, and how that would affect us around that time frame?

      [MEntity] The most-significant probability that we can see for that period of time would be the likely death of a rather prominent political figure. That is not a prediction, but merely a response that describes a higher probability based on current patterns.

      [Question] from the US or otherwise?

      [MEntity] Yes, a United States politician, or at least involving one prominently. In other words, if the leader of North Korea were to die, it might be that a prominent United States politician is presumed directly involved.

      [Question] natural or unnatural?

      [MEntity] Natural or Unnatural are not details within the probabilities available to us at this time.

      [Question] Current potential outcome of the gulf disaster, given what we know at this stage?

      [MEntity]
      The highest probabilities we can see for that situation are that it acts as a catalyst for implementing alternative energy resources in one vein; is a reworking of laws for corporations in another vein; and a prompting for key members of the next generation to "never let this happen again." All of these “veins” appear to have high potential for combining ideals that are a part of the Vector toward a Resource-based Economy/World, while accommodating/bridging from the outdated ideas of a Debt-based Economy/World.

      In terms of planetary impact, it is rather minor, though that is in a grand context and is not stated to minimize the painful or direct impact it has on those currently affected. We simply state that the world will move on, adapt, and eventually find this to be another blunder in history.

      [Question] given that it was an accident (or was it), how do you "never let it happen again"?

      [MEntity]
      It does appear to have been an “accident”, and how a generation might "never let it happen again" would include moving beyond resources that would ever generate this kind of "accident."

      The greatest solution we can see as taking priority in the probabilities ahead that would keep the world moving toward a Resource-based Economy would be the combination of all ideas for alternative or complementary power sources that are marketable and currently viable, allowing for individuals, households, and complexes to choose from wind, water, and solar. There is not a single alternative that stands as the solution, but the combination and appropriate implementation of one or more alternatives, relative to geographic compatibilities.

      We must conclude here. Our channel is done. Goodbye.
    • Eric
      By Eric
      [Excerpt from a Private Chat on September 16, 2013.]
       
      [EricM] Relatedly, a friend of mine has mentioned seeing a partner with me via her intuition (for lack of a better word).  She has said she sees him “circling around” me, but that I’ve been wrapped up in personal issues/fears/etc that I would “miss” or “not see” him.  Is there validity to this?
       
      MEntity:
      There is validity to the blinders that can be in place on a fragment due to issues that one has deemed important to "fix," "deal with" or "resolve" before letting someone into one's intimate space. A fragment with the strongest of Agreements for matedness or tasks can be, literally, standing in view and not be seen.

      This is often a pride issue and a culturally imprinted issue that presumes one must be presentable and in good repair before sharing one's life too intimately. This is absurd.

      Relationships of intimacy are precisely for the point of sharing in healing, repairs, and evolution, not for a final reward for being "perfected."

      This insight is not shared as a means to generate guilt or to say that you would have been better off in letting another in, but it can help you to open avenues of invitation that would normally be closed while in this indefinite state.

      [EricM] any further suggestions on how to maybe coax open those avenues, or recognize invitations?

      MEntity:
      Actively making one available is a start, which means some physical means of presence that acts as representation of you. Personal ads, interactions among groups, involvement in groups who share in similar interests, etc. In addition to that, it can be important to bring consciousness to the invitation for intimacy. By this we mean to shift away from longing and aching and more toward desire and attraction.

      Longing is a presumption that another will make up for missing parts, whereas desire is an invitation to share in exploring parts.

      [EricM] I assume it's a similar vein for agreements dealing with tasks other than just intimacy?

      MEntity:
      Correct.

      The idea that one must wait to be more whole before allowing another to come in is based upon the presumption that another is either a reward, or that it is the responsibility of another to fix you, make up for missing parts, inspire you, bring meaning, etc.

      For the older souls, the rejection of intimacy is because it is known that relationships cannot be presumed to be rewards or resources for the work one must do.

      However, it is often forgotten that it is not an all-or-nothing scenario, and that it is healthy to share the whole of you, not just the shiny and presentable parts.

      If you are insecure and jealous, own it. Let your relationship in on it so that it is not victimized by those things, but is also not the solution to those things. Let the relationship be the support for working out insecurities and jealousy. If you are in a relationship with someone who does not want to watch you, stand by you, or help you to own those qualities and transform them, then learn from that, too. And move on.

      Own what you expect from another, as well. Be clear in what you expect. Be willing to see that person, and be willing to be seen.

      Or the blinders will remain.

      Along with the longing and aching.

      We can always speak to our students on such a subject as pursuing, inviting, and nurturing Agreements.
       
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    • Janet
      By Janet
      March 21, 2002
      Troy Tolley, Channel
      Chief Features Part One
       
      Note from Janet: Although this transcript has 'Part One' in the heading, it does not appear that an additional session on the topic ever occurred.
       
      [M_Entity]
      Hello to all of you. We are here. We understand the Topic to be what we refer to as the Chief Features. We will discuss, then, the nature of each Chief Feature, their paths of development, how they show up, and how each might be remedied or dismantled.
       
      First, it will enhance your understanding of how to deal with a Chief Feature if you understand exactly what it is, in general. We define your Chief Feature as a specific description of one of 7 basic fears that blocks Essence and by extension, blocks the expression of True Personality. Chief Features ARE NOT simply to cause trouble, to challenge you, to “teach you lessons,” to keep Essence from being bored. While these descriptions would be accurate to some degree, the primary function of your Chief Features is TO PROTECT YOU.
       
      Chief Features are considered FEARS because they are the part of your Personality that feels the most separated from the life being created, and therefore, by default, creates a dynamic of protection from any of the 7 basic, natural experiences relative to a Chief Feature.
       
      Chief Features are not curses, they are not something to fight, they are not something to fear, and they are not something to consider as apart from you any more than you would your clothing. Though your clothing is ultimately unnecessary, it does provide a function for the Physical Plane and wearing clothing can be used for many different reasons. Ultimately, clothing is superficial, irrelevant, and “negative” in that the wearing of clothes is primarily based in Fear. By considering this connection, or analogy, you may see that fear actually SERVES you quite nicely, as long as you are CONSCIOUS in your use of it.
       
      Chief Features can be used in ways that serve you until you find no use for them. In the same way that wearing clothing is truly optional, so are Chief Features, and until clothing or a Chief Feature is truly not functional in its use, you WILL continue to enlist their functions.
       
      Chief Features are not settled upon as habits until after or during the 3rd Internal Monad, but the use of a Chief Feature is implemented as early as you might be wearing clothing. Before the Age of 7, the Personality is absolutely Chief Feature-Free. By this we mean that the fragment is not capable of truly understanding fear and therefore does not respond from their own perception of events. Through the age of 7, in general, ALL Chief Feature behavior is the funneling of parental or a caretaker’s Chief Feature. Before the approximate age of 7, fear generated as a biological/instinctive reaction is considered practical and there is no real judgment of the process.
       
      Between the ages of 7 and 14, approximately, the fragment will then tend to develop an awareness of fear in a new way, and either keep the “inherited” Chief Feature, or develop his or her own. Upon embarking on the 3rd Internal Monad, a Chief Feature will then be “owned” by the Fragment and used for the remainder of time that Fragment “needs” it. We note here that ALL Chief Features are potentially used at varying times, depending on certain situations. Though you find one or two to use habitually, ALL Chief Features are accessible when you deem necessary.
       
      Two areas of the life are usually the focus of a Chief Feature, or two Chief Features: the area of Life Plans, and the area of Intimacy, or the Goal and the Mode, respectively. We refer to the Chief Feature that protects you from the experiences needed accomplish your GOAL to be the PRIMARY Chief Feature. We refer to the Chief Feature that protects you from the experiences needed to gain Intimacy in your life as the SECONDARY Chief Feature.
       
      A Tertiary Chief Feature IS common among Soul Ages Infant to Young (though it is possible within Mature and Old), and a Tertiary Chief Feature protects a fragment from the experiences needed to develop philosophical structures, or in other words, protects the Attitude from evolving.
       
      Chief Features, once used habitually, manifest INTERNALLY or EXTERNALLY, or both. This means that whatever the basic fear is for that Chief Feature you have come to own, you will either attract that behavior to you through others, OR you will express the behavior, yourself. In most cases, both Internal and External methods are used. In many cases, people who have companion animals will find that their pets manifest versions of the Chief Feature as a means for the fragment to process these fears. Companion animals will 9 times out of 10 help the primary caretaker “carry the weight” of a Chief Feature. If your companion animal is sick, ill-behaved, depressed, etc., it can do wonders to consider your own Chief Feature and its remedy as a means to help heal your animal. This is not to say that all illnesses in pets, or behaviors in pets, are an extension of your own Chief Feature, but it is consistent enough to consider a valid first step when looking at treatments and solutions.
       
      Each Chief Feature is one of 7 basic fears about something in life that is actually quite empowering to incorporate, but seems to threaten the Body in ways that the Fragment develops a want for protection. When looking at what each Chief Feature is a “fear of,” it will be enlightening to realize that what the fear focuses on is actually a part of life, that once accepted, will transform you in ways that are terrifyingly freeing. Since there is a great deal already published and written about these basic fears, we will stop here and open to your questions due to time constraints.
       
      [kathryn41] Does it often happen that when one CF is worked through, that there is no one CF that takes over by preference? Does someone use all of them without favouring one?
       
      [M_Entity] Though it is rare, there are some fragments who do not settle on one particular Chief Feature, but these are usually cases of what some call “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,” “Schizophrenia,” and “Multiple Personalities.” This is due to a breakdown in communication among the Physiological aspects of self (Obsessive-Compulsive), the Emotional aspects of self (Schizophrenia), or Intellectual aspects of self (Multiples). Usually a fragment will use their two Chief Features for the entirety of the life, while using the rest when specifically needed.
       
      [kathryn41] So usually one CF is just exchanged for another?
       
      [M_Entity] If a fragment begins to use a different Chief Feature habitually, the previous one it is replacing would then fall into the more situational need.
       
      [ClaireN] Please explain how the fears threaten the body.
       
      [M_Entity] The 7 fears are of EXPOSURE (Inadequacy/Vulnerability), HAVING (Too much, Too little), and CONTROL (of Space/Time). And of course, the Fear of Change, which links them all. When looking at the fears as being on these Axes, you can see how the Body may develop needs for protection. For instance, if a fragment deems he or she is Over Exposed, they may choose Arrogance; if they feel Under Exposed, they may develop Self-deprecation. This Over or Under Exposure can be felt in any of the basic bodies, as in Emotionally, Physically, or Intellectually. When we say these Fears protect the Body, we include all of the basic levels of the Body.
       
      [ludmila] By attracting that behaviour to you, do you mean my friends and associates will usually have the same CF’s as I do?
       
      [M_Entity]
      No. Regardless of a Person’s own Chief Feature, as part of your own, you may attract or extract that kind of behavior from another. To clarify: A person who has Arrogance will either BE judgmental, have high standards, show no need for others, AND/OR find that others are judgmental toward him or her, act as if the one in Arrogance is not needed, etc. Those who express Arrogance toward the Fragment who actually has Arrogance as a Chief Feature may or may not have that Chief Feature as one of his or her own. The same can be said of yourself; there are certain behaviors you find coming out of you when around certain people that are NOT your normal reactions in general.
       
      Do you understand?
       
      [ludmila] Yes, thank you.
       
      [M_Entity] We will, however, state that most of your closer relationships tend to be based in shared fears. When the fear of another is not understood, this usually creates distance or repulsion.
       
      [JNelson] Does the primary chief feature have to be stronger in influence than the secondary? Because I see my secondary show up much more commonly than my primary.
       
      [M_Entity]
      No, we only call the Primary as a means to differentiate. Each will show up as strongly as you need them, in their own contexts. If you find that your Secondary shows up more, it simply means you are more inclined to protect yourself from the perils of Intimacy.
       
      If there are no more questions, we will conclude here. We will continue our discussion of this topic when asked, in a later exchange. Good Night.
    • DanielaS
      By DanielaS
      Ask Michael – Open Floor
      June 7, 2015
      Channel: Troy Tolley
       
      12:24:05 PM
      PeterK: Does positive thinking manifest a positive reality? If so, what is the process or mechanism by which this occurs?
       
      MEntity: There is validity to the power of "positive" thinking, but only insofar as that positivity is inclusive, and not exclusive. If "positive" thinking is exclusionary, then it is often merely a delusional tactic to avoid unpleasant elements of the life.
       
      MEntity: To be truly "positive," one must embrace the "negative."
       
      MEntity: If one is struggling with a terminal illness, it can be most powerful to enlist a positive attitude, but not as a means to escape the reality of the struggle, but to add strength to the very real struggle that may be involved.
       
      MEntity: To understand the way that true positive thinking would work is to understand the difference between closing one's eyes to hide from the darkness, and letting one's eyes adjust so that one can see better in the darkness.
       
      MEntity: True Positivity is aimed at SEEING, FEELING, and THINKING more, not less.
       
      MEntity: When one aims for True Positivity, then one can navigate more to one's benefit.
       
      MEntity: Another way to understand True Positivity vs false positivity/escape is to understand that every great meal will be met with the necessity for defecation. One does not avoid eating just to avoid defecation, and if one does so, one is killing the self.
       
      MEntity: There are many examples we can give, but we think these help to clarify the benefit of positive thinking vs "positive thinking."
       
       
      12:36:18 PM
      ViP: Can you give a brief description of how breathing affects the processes of the brain, mind, and any other part of the body that affects thinking?
       
      ViP: Many meditative practices, as well as hatha yoga, emphasize breath control to a great degree and I wanted to understand how this functions better, if you could give a brief description of it.
       
      MEntity: Breathing is an automated function that one does not have to monitor as a means to survive. This is true of many functions of the body.
       
      MEntity: However, of all the biological functions that one runs automatically, it is one of only a few that can most immediately be measured, monitored, and brought to your awareness.
       
      MEntity: It does not require machinery to provide feedback, or a long-term monitoring process to see effects from more mindful control.
       
      MEntity: One does not have to depend upon one's status, income, or state of health for access to this function.
       
      MEntity: Yes, health can interfere with this function, but unless one is not breathing at all, or completely unconscious, it is still very likely in one's control to some degree.
       
      MEntity: This is why this biological function was found to be most effective in helping to bring consciousness to a subconscious process.
       
      MEntity: When one takes a simple function that is so vital to one's life and brings to it an awareness and presence, it can bring that same awareness and presence to other areas of the life that have come to be automated and subconscious, or even unconscious.
       
      MEntity: Of course, there is also the benefit of oxygen that comes with breathing, and the more one brings this food to the body, the better it can function. The better the body functions, the better the platform for the consciousness.
       
      MEntity: Diet and Breathing are two immediate powers one has in making deeply profound changes to the platform that is available for consciousness in a lifetime. The more one brings conscious awareness to either of these, or both of these, as a practice (not as a replacement for automation), the greater the benefit to the strength of platform for consciousness.
       
      MEntity: When we say "as a practice" we mean that one does not want to worry about breathing only when you think to breathe. You still want it to be a function that happens with or without your conscious attention. You do not want to starve because you forget to eat, either. But allowing these functions to have some amount of conscious awareness as a part of your day, such as a few deep breaths at the beginning, middle, and end of your day, or making more conscious choices in food intake, allows you to bring greater consciousness to many areas of the life.
       
       
      12:52:21 PM
      Janet: When I asked you about a dream I had involving sycamore trees, you told me that some symbols are ancient to the Instinctive Center, and they come up as a language in dreams. I've noticed that a number of students (including myself) have reported dreams involving turtles. Are turtles one of those ancient symbols and, in general, what do they mean?
       
      MEntity: The "Turtle" refers to the original move to Earth. This was one of the first creatures to have persistent contact with those who began stabilizing and wandering about. Variations of the Turtle have been in existence previous to our arrival and continue into modern day with very little variation. Over time, this came to represent Earth, our new home.
       
      MEntity: Not only were these creatures friendly, but came to symbolize successful stabilization as both a species and individual lives.
       
      MEntity: There was a period of time very early on when individuals would go through a simple kind of initiation or ritual that included bonding with the Turtle as a way to say, in so many words, "We think we/you will make it."
       
      MEntity: In other words, if you lived long enough, your stability was associated with that of the Turtle as a kind of celebration.
       
      MEntity: Over time, many variations of meaning have come to be attributed to the Turtle, but the persistence of the Turtle as representing the consciousness of Earth or the universe that hosts Earth has continued.
       
      Janet: That image/idea of the earth actually being on the back of a turtle comes to mind.
       
      MEntity: On an individual level, the Turtle can symbolize endurance, innocent persistence without aggression or defense, and passive patience.
       
      MEntity: Yes, that is related.
       
       
      01:07:38 PM
      BrianW: Hi Michael. Could you comment on differences and similarities of intimacy in monogamous relationships vs polyamorous relationship?
       
      MEntity: Most of those differences would be up to the individuals involved. Intimacy for one person can be sustained with only one person while another can sustain intimacy with up to 3. No fragment can tend to manage intimacy with more than 3 others at any given time.
       
      MEntity: For most, there is a limit to the number with whom one can sustain intimacy, and it rarely reaches 3 for most.
       
      MEntity: What tends to happen is that there is that inner circle of intimacy with whom one can sustain depth of intimacy, and if another were added beyond that, then someone would be moved out to another ring.
       
      BrianW: How might one choose which is best for them, or how to make it work?
       
      MEntity: Experimentation can help you decide if this involves mutual, sexual intimacy. If all involved can know all involved, then it can work. If you must juggle and sustain barriers among those within that inner circle of intimacy, then it is not working and is likely not an inner circle of intimacy.
       
      MEntity: Most who lean toward polyamory use the 2nd Circle/Ring for their management of intimacy, rotating one to three individuals in and out from that inner circle to an outer circle.
       
      MEntity: The 2nd Circle can manage up to 7 intimate relationships, so a part of that pool may be sexual in nature.
       
      BrianW: And the 1st Circle only up to 3 intimate relationships?
       
      MEntity: Yes, at most. The Personality simply cannot sustain more than that, and this includes non-sexual intimacy, as well.
       
       
      01:22:34 PM
      DianeHB: Hi Michael, could you talk about how the Pragmatist appears/acts in social situations?
       
      MEntity: The Pragmatist in the Positive Pole can show up as attentive, quiet, and observing of how others are maneuvering, behaving, functioning, and producing, offering insight, feedback, and direction only as necessary or as beneficial to the dynamic.
       
      MEntity: The Pragmatist in the Negative Pole is your micro-manager, your "nit-picking" and badgering presence, either in obvious ways or in passive-aggressive ways that are not productive, but tend to actually undermine efficiency. By "efficiency" here we mean that an intended effect is lost in favor of the feeding dogma.
       
      MEntity: Because Pragmatists can be using any other Attitude, this benefit or undermining can come in the guise of any other Attitude. Many Negative Pole Pragmatists are known to say something along the lines of "I'm just being truthful."
       
      MEntity: This is not limited to Pragmatists, because all other Attitudes can also access the Pragmatist. An Idealist can express the same if he's using Dogma, for example. However, most other Attitudes do tend to stay on their own Axis and not involve Pragmatism.
       
      MEntity: As usual, the above is highly simplistic and not indicative of the complexities of a human being, but it can be helpful in understanding the dynamic of a trait.
       
       
      01:36:36 PM
      Kurt: Hi Michael, I'd like to continue with my series of questions. This time on how the Skeptic appears/acts in social situations.
       
      MEntity: The Positive Pole Skeptic is curious, even if presented with surprising, challenging, or discrepant information, behaviors, or expressions. The Skeptic understands Expression and relies on it for gathering information with which she can then sort.
       
      MEntity: The Positive Pole Skeptic would rather know than not to know, so it is important to that Skeptic to keep from imposing her own restrictions on others.
       
      MEntity: The Negative Pole Skeptic has already decided you are wrong.
       
      MEntity: She may probe you for more interaction, not as a means for sorting, but as a means for holding it up to mock or discredit.
       
      MEntity: This Skeptic may not even ask you or interact with you because she has already decided you are wrong, uninformed, or some form of threat to her being right.
       
      MEntity: The above may be obviously or quietly brought to a social situation.
       
       
      01:48:25 PM
      Bobby: Being that this is a Higher Moving Centered year, there has been a good deal of larger seismic activity around the planet so far this year. As things look now and into the rest of this year, are probabilities building for the increased likelihood of any sort of major event of some type?
       
      MEntity: Yes
       
      Bobby: LOL
       
      Bobby: anything else you'd share?
       
      GeraldineB: LOL -- Michael, you so crack me up :)
       
      Kurt: oh no...
       
      MEntity: Seismic activity is being registered more because better methods are being used now, and the more seismic activity, the "better" in that it means relief is coming to stressed lines. This does not always prevent larger events, but it often does. Greater threats arise in areas were seismic activity is low or non-existent, even as it is clear there are fault lines.
       
      MEntity: Though there are no years with exclusive claim to major events, we have seen that Higher Moving Centered years do have a strong track record for globally-significant events that can range from earthquakes, extremes of weather, and Solar activity.
       
      MEntity: Though several events of extreme have already happened in this year, we do not think the "big one" has come about, but we do think it will. We say this, not as a prediction or ominous note, but as a matter of momentum of patterns we can observe.
       
      GeraldineB: Where?
       
      Bobby: lol
       
      GeraldineB: Mt Rainier? during late June? Oh no!!!
       
      Kurt: cringes all throughout
       
      MEntity: We cannot predict. We can only say that that there are several probable locations and events moving into stressed states.
       
      MEntity: We will conclude here for today. Good evening to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
       
      Janet: Talk about a cliffhanger
       
      Kurt: later...
       
      Kurt: I swear now i'm on edge
       
      Kurt: Have to calm my phobia...
       
      GeraldineB: DAMMIT!!!
       
      Bobby: heehee
       
      GeraldineB: LOL
       
      GeraldineB: Thank you, Michael and Troy :)
       
      Bobby: well, look where there hasn't been activity if they are locked :-)
       
      Kurt: *internal screaming*
      02:02:42 PM
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      June 8, 2015
      Followup Q to the Earthquake Q from this Ask Michael Session:
       
      GeraldineB: 2) Yesterday, earthquakes were discussed in the Ask Michael session. Could we have a probability of possible major earthquakes during 2015, approximately 8 pt or higher, either along the West coast of the U.S. from Alaska to Baja California, either of the two Super volcano sites in the U.S. – Mammoth Lake or Yellowstone, and along the New Madrid faultline.
       
      MEntity: In response to your next question:
       
      MEntity: To speak of probabilities for Earthquakes is one of the most difficult to assess. We know you know the lack of solid ground we can give for any prediction, and for many probabilities. With that being understood, we can say that we see the higher probabilities for Earthquakes near the 8.0 range as being around Missouri and Tennessee, or further East, because these areas are long-overdue for release. Numbers between 6.0 and 8.0 seem to be most probable further West.
       
      MEntity: The entire Pacific Rim up and down and beyond in both directions along the Western United States is high in probability for those numbers.
       
      MEntity: We do not have any way to be more accurate.
       
      MEntity: In parallels "close" to "this" parallel, Portland to Vancouver have been hit hard, as well as generated tsunamis to the coasts of Alaska.
       
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