[Excerpt from Ask Michael: August 2018]
Hi Ms I'd like to ask for more information on the Jovial Nature.
You've previously said that this Nature's polarities are -Indulgent and +Joyful, and that at its core it is gravitational in effect, drawing people in because of its strong sense of permission and more striking confidence to speak up and show up.
I would like to hear and know more about this nature then, including what its struggle and strength is.
The Nature of the Jovial Body Type has as its primary struggle and strength through the constant navigation of life in terms of CONSUMPTION, or the careful use of resources. There is a constant assessment of what fuels are available, and how those fuels work. This includes the more obvious fuels of the body, but there are also fuels of the Intellect and Emotion and "spirit" as well.
While those with a Jovial Body Type may be "full of life and joy," they can also plummet into deeply exhausted extremes of fatigue and even despair and anguish.
In the Positive Pole, the Nature of the Jovial Body Type has discovered and honors the delicate balance among resources, reserves, and the effective use of these.
This allows for the Jovial to be Joyful, which acts as a kind of infectious quality that propagates energy. When one is joyful, the resources one uses are not simply burned up, they are amplified in a way that others can then carry forward and use. This is why the Jovial Body Type can be experienced as a sort of gravity that draws you in.
In the Negative Pole, the Nature of the Jovial Body Type has not discovered or honored the delicate balance among resources, reserves, and the effective use of these. They have only learned how to survive, to get by, to fuel up enough to (hopefully) get to the next moment. This is not a fault of the Jovial Body Type, it is simply a process of learning that the individual must consider more than most body types.
We describe this negative pole as Indulgent because in most cases where the negative pole is in effect the emphasis is on stimulation rather than joy.
When the balance of resources have not been found, there can become a drive to simply "feel good" and this becomes a survival technique to some degree.